These may not look like the most exciting little baby dresses in the world, but to me they are. That's because they are my own pattern. And they are both recycled from two summer tops I've owned for years and never worn. I guess I kept them around because I loved the fabric so much. Both tops were that breezy, tent-style that I just cannot rock. I need a little definition around the waist.
When I say I "drafted" my own pattern, I mean that in the lightest sense possible. I used the height and waist measurement for a three month old from the Gymboree size chart and drew a basic bodice pattern piece free hand. I used the same piece for the back bodice, just adding in seam allowances for the zipper. The skirt portion of both dresses was determined by what was available at the bottom of the original top. No real technical skill here, just a bit of guesstimating.
But still, I'm pleased with how they both turned out. Not bad for a first attempt. I kept the pockets and placket on the pink and green dress. I changed the bodice slightly on the all pink dress. It's slightly wider and the armholes are a tad bit smaller. The picture below is a good comparison of the two. I also changed the order that I constructed it and hemmed the sleeve openings before I stitched up the sides. That eliminated the need for an itty bitty bias binding around the arm hole, which was not an easy thing to sew.
Both dresses are for baby M and I'm excited to see how they fit. She's not quite three months yet, but will be soon. She'll be one well dressed little baby, won't she? This was fun for my first time working completely from scratch. I thought I'd always rely on patterns, but I'm starting to see that there is an infinite number of possibilities when you can create your own patterns. It is something I'm interested in learning more about right now. Anyone know any good resources for drafting your own patterns? Any tips or tricks you'd like to share? Any pattern drafting tools you can't live without? I have two books on the way already. I'd love to hear from what you think. Happy sewing, everyone!