Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Little Geranium Dress

My sister-in-law is due to have a baby next week, which means I am going to be an aunt for the first time! I'm really excited.

I'm fixing up a package to mail them and of course had to include a Little Geranium Dress. This is the free 0-3 month size pattern of Made by Rae's oh-so-popular Geranium Dress, (which I plan to make for Louisa very soon!).

Unfortunately they live very far away from us, but we will get to meet the new baby girl when they come for AJ's graduation this May. Yay! In the meantime this smaller-than-lifesize baby doll is my model. :)

I managed to piece this tiny baby dress together with less than half a yard of Heather Ross Far Far Away double gauze that was leftover from Louisa's second birthday dress. As a result it has two side seams that it isn't supposed to have, but I made them French seams and they aren't very noticeable.

I used a super silky white cotton lawn for the bodice lining. I finished the back seam allowances with pink bias tape.

To complete the outfit, I made a pair of bloomers from a pattern from the Summer 2011 Ottobre. They're the ruffle bloomers on page 14, but without the ruffles, and in the smallest size—56. I used another print of the same Heather Ross Far Far Away line that I also got a Purl Soho a few years ago.

The bloomers are fully lined in the same white cotton. Still the waist and leg openings are simply serged together before making the elastic casings. They were quick, but of course, the first time I forgot to add the seam allowance before cutting. Grr.

I hope the outfit fits well enough for her to wear them at some point, but there is something about sewing for babies (especially ones related to you!) that is just so gratifying even if impractical.


  1. these are both adorable! those bloomers are super sweet... what a patient model you have!

  2. haha I love your model! the casting for the bloomers looks so neat. Does serging it make it much easier? I really dread castings...

  3. Yes it is faster since you only have to fold the edge up up once. And yes, she was such a cooperative model! ;)

  4. This is beautiful. I love pockets on baby clothes!


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