I love making baby dresses. They are fun to make, takes just a small amount of fabric and always turns out super cute. Here is a simple design I made in size 0-3 months. It took about 2 hours and cost around $5 for all the material. I found this pretty birds fabric at fabric.com.
Take your main back pieces and sew with right sides together to the shoulders of the main front pieces. Do this for the lining also. You will have one set for the main and one set for the lining when completed.
Now take both sets and line them up with right sides together. Sew the lining and main fabric together following the diagram below. Basically, you are sewing all ends except the side arm area.
After you sew the lining and the main fabric together, turn it inside out and iron out all seams.
Now for the arm areas: take the lining pieces and fabric pieces and sew together with right sides facing each other. You can follow the red line in the diagram below.
Iron out the seams and zig-zag the bottom of the bodice all the way around. I like to sew my button holes at the back after this stage, so you can go ahead and do that now or wait until the dress is completed.
The Bottom Body
|Oops! I added my ric rac on the outside of my lining body piece instead of tucking it under the right side.|
Oops!!! For my lining, I mistakenly add the ric rac on the wrong side so the entire ric rac was facing out at the end. Be careful not the make this mistake. I didn’t think it looked that bad, so I left it for this dress.
Once you have your ric rac done, line up lining fabric under the main fabric. Fold both in 1/2″ and then another 1/2″ and sew all the way around. Its like hemming but with two pieces instead of one.
To connect the bottom body piece to the bodice, line up your bottom body piece which is your lining and main fabric sewn together, as seen above, to your bodice. The right side of the bodice will be facing the wrong side of the bottom body piece. You will want to start from the back of your bodice piece.
Leave about 1 inch out as seen above. This will come into play when you connect your two ends of your body pieces together.
Pin the end 1″ out to the bodice and start folding in 1/2″ increments all the way around. If you don’t like pinning, you can fold in 1/2″ increments as you sew around the bodice piece.