Vintage & Meadows: Baby Dressmaking

The last week at work has been so hectic that I haven’t really had any prolonged time for sewing; I’ve only really had an hour here and there. However, it’s not all bad because, as it turns out, that’s all the time you need to rattle out a wee baby girl’s dress. This week I’ve made two of them.

First up, I used my most precious vintage fabric to create this gorgeous peachy piece of sweetness. The fabric is Sanderson fabric from 1984. What a good year for fabric… and babies (yeah it’s the year I was born and my husband and most of my wonderful friends). I bought 3 metres of the stuff from a lovely lady who was a seamstress many years ago for the measly price of £3. I actually felt like I was ripping her off but she was insistent. UNBELIEVABLE.


It was such a pleasure to make this dress and it really makes such a difference when the fabric is special. I decided to make this dress in size 3-6 months. I’m not entirely happy with the top of the zip. I trimmed it but it’s a bit lopsided. From now on, I think I’ll use the Emery dress method of inserting the lining. Although then I have the issue of the arm scythes potentially looking messy.


Other details: the bodice is lined, the skirt gathered and there’s a peachy concealed zip in the back (so beautiful) from Jaycotts (79p? LOVE IT). The waist seam is encased in cream bias binding to give it a nicer finish.


Secondly, we have the little floral ‘I like to wander in meadows’ dress (age: 0-3 months). It’s so cute. I used left over fabric for the bodice. It was £11.99 a metre in The Cloth Shop last year and it’s 100% cotton and really lovely to work with. It’s lined with some neutral cotton that I bought on ebay for much cheapness.


The skirt is also cotton and it’s part of the bundle of fabric I bought from Hulu Crafts last year. It has a slight stiffness to it but I quite like that it holds the gathers well.

The waist seam is encased in a cream coloured bias binding and I used another 8” concealed zip from my Jaycotts’ stash, this time in green.


So, that’s all for now in terms of my baby dressmaking adventures. I have a busy day ahead of me. I get to see my beautiful wee niece, I’m visiting my parents and my husband’s parents and it’s my wee granny’s birthday. Oh and I have some work to do for tomorrow! Grrrr… I really grudge doing work at home. I guess that’s the life of a teacher though, eh? Sad face.

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