A few months ago, I found this adorable dress on Pinterest.
As you know, there are no girl babies in this house, but I HAD.TO. MAKE. THIS. DRESS! So I pinned it away for the future, and then suddenly Janssen’s baby girl, Ella’s, birthday was coming up and I needed a gift. It was perfect.
I rummaged through my fabric box and found the leftover table runner fabric from Landen’s French bridal shower, and a large scrap of yellow cotton that I stole from my mom’s fabric box at some point.
[If you are interested in making your own dress like this, here are a few of my tips. If you don’t care, you can skip the following paragraph :)]
Since there was no pattern, and I didn’t have Ella’s measurements (it would have given away the secret if I’d asked Janssen for them!), I just made it up as a went along. The top of the dress is similar to the polka dot blouse I’m wearing in these photos, so I used that as a reference, which ended up being really helpful. Then for the skirt, I cut a full circle with a hole in the middle, then two more thin circles in black and yellow for the black band and the bottom of the skirt. I ironed the pleats and then carefully pinned them while I sewed, then re-ironed them after the dress was done. I put hidden snaps under the buttons on the blouse so it would be easier to put on a baby, and then the back of the skirt has velcro. I also added little sleeves, which were just little ruched half-circles.
I was in a time crunch toward the end, so as soon as the dress was finished I rushed it over to the post office without taking a final photo. Luckily, Ella was kind enough to model it after church one day and I was sent a few photos.
Happy belated birthday, baby girl. And happy ACTUAL birthday to Janssen today!
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