I've been spending a lot of time the last few days gathering up baby clothes to pass on to friends with littler ones than I. That, coupled with Lily moving into a big girl bed this week has me pining, once again, for a baby. I suppose, more accuratley, I'm pining for the days when our girls were babies. Not sure that I could go back to the sleepless night thing...oh, who am I kidding, I could be convinced!
Anyway, as I spent time dividing the 3-6 sleepers from the 6-12, I came across a few things I just couldn't give away. Some for sentimental reasons, and some that I wanted to hold onto to try and recreate in a larger size.
In the mix was this 6-12 month skirt from Old Navy:
That fabric with the tiny embroidered goldfish is just so cute!
Af first I thought I might just cut it up for dress pockets, but then I thought, why not turn it into the bodice of dress! So, I put to use some of those sewing tutorials I've been reading, and created this:
(Click to enlarge.)
This was a little complicated because the 6-12 skirt was too tight around Lily's chest, so I had to cut it apart and add side panels to extend it a bit. If it were a 12-18 or 18-24 skirt, it would have taken half the time. Still, it really only took about 2 hours, tops. Here are a few details:
- I put the skirt on Lily's body, then measured how long I wanted the skirt to be.
- I used the bottom of the Leila and Ben "Sweet Dress" pattern to cut two skirt pieces, then I sewed up the sides and hemmed the bottom.
- Then I sewed the right sides of the fabric skirt and the fishy skirt together. (This is after I added the panels to make it more comfy for Lily.)
- For the cap sleeves I used this tutorial. They are a little big-- my husband thinks they look like something out of Star Trek-- but cute nonetheless.
I'd say I am 80% happy with this dress. I'm happy I used some of the fabric I bought a few weeks ago at The Workroom, and I like that I created something new out of something old. It's also the first time I designed and executed something like this, so that deserves a little pat on the back. However, the shape is not quite right for me-- the proportions are off-- but maybe as Lily grows it will correct itself.
Lily, for one, is pleased.