At the end of June, my cousin had her second baby girl and named her London. So once I got on my baby kick, I couldn't resist making her a little dress with London-themed fabric!
I used a pattern from a website a friend introduced me to: Mamma Can Do It. There are SO many cute patterns on this site for baby things, it took me a while to decide which one I wanted to use, but I finally settled on the Reversible Baby Jumper. This multi-size pattern includes sizes all the way from newborn to 36 months.
This is actually the second pattern I've used from this site, but I can't show you my first make until my friend receives her present. These downloadable patterns come with very clear photo tutorials. I like to print out the pattern pieces only, then load the pattern and tutorial into iBooks on the iPad so I can easily take it to the table with me when I sew.
The seam allowances on these patterns is 3/8", which I think is great - somehow it makes sewing easier to line the fabric up with the edge of my presser foot! The only thing I changed from the pattern was to notch my curves instead of clipping only, as the pattern recommended: it does make a difference when turning your work out.
I ordered 5 different London print fabrics from Fabric.com because I wasn't sure how the colors would be and which two fabrics would go together best - and you know I'll use the leftovers for bags and such! I made the 3 - 6 month size, which requires 1/2 yard of each fabric, but I really don't think I used that much. I have lots left over. Here's a better look at the two prints I used:
|Next Stop: London Around Town Yellow (Robert Kaufmann)|
|London Crowns Light Blue (Andover)|
And here's the little dress:
Squee! I love this little thing, and it was so fun to make! It's really clever how the reversible dress goes together - I doubt I could have figured it out on my own but the tutorial makes it really simple.
OK - I just realized that I did change one other thing. The pattern recommends using snaps or velcro on the shoulder tabs, but I wanted the dress to be fully reversible, so I made buttonholes and then sewed two buttons to each tab, front and back, making sure to keep my threads loose:
This project was so quick and easy - I really recommend this pattern. Also, if you buy a pattern from Mamma Can Do It, you get a coupon code for 30% off your next pattern! But at $5, I think this was really reasonable to begin with. I would definitely make this again!