A Denim Dress for the Birthday Girl!

Just a couple more weeks left to go before Baby Serrentino makes his appearance!! Jose and I have been making the finishing touches on the nursery, washing baby clothes, and putting together all the baby gear. It’s all becoming more and more real!! Tomorrow will be the last day at my office job before my “new” job starts – mommy hood. :) I’ll still be working on my masters part-time, but other than that my new job description will read “stay at home mom”. I’m equally nervous and excited for the transition. It’s hard to know what to expect at this point, but I feel like we are ready, nonetheless.

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I’ve been working on sewing up several things for the nursery, but I’m not quite done with everything just yet (hopefully the baby doesn’t inherit my tendency to procrastinate!). Everything’s coming together, though, and if he can hold off arriving until his due date then I’m sure I’ll have things finished up and ready to show off here on the blog when I’m done.

Anyway, last month my baby niece Kelsey turned one year old, and I decided at the last minute to make her a birthday dress for the occasion. :) I first came across Made by Rae patterns when I found out I was expecting, and I just fell in love with her designs! I really like how many of the patterns come with multiple variations – it’s easy to tweak her pieces to work for a variety of age groups and seasons throughout the year, depending on which fabric you use.

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Here are all the details about the dress:

Pattern: Geranium Dress by Made by Rae patterns (Version A, dress with flutter sleeves)

Fabric: Dress made from leftover cotton / linen chambray from my fabric stash (I believe this is a Robert Kaufman chambray, similar to this). The lining is made from a teeny piece of Liberty Tana Lawn, also leftover from another project. :)

Time Spent: From cutting out the pattern to hand-sewing the snaps, I’d say about half a day, plus an extra evening finishing up the hem and snaps. This was my first time making any type of kid’s clothing, and – like other sewing bloggers out there have mentioned – I was surprised at how quick and easy the whole thing came together!

Overall Thoughts about the Pattern: The pattern is labeled as “intermediate”, though I think it’s safe to say that anyone who has any experience in making a lined garment should be fine with this pattern (maybe “advanced beginner”?). I think the hardest part was, because the dress was so tiny, I didn’t have a lot of room to sort of smooth out any mistakes like I would with a larger garment. The sleeves were a bit tricky, but again, I think it’s because I was gathering something that was so TINY, that it made things a little hard. The instructions are fairly clear, although maybe not as clear as some other patterns out there, like from Colette or Sewaholic. Again, not really a problem since I’ve had some experience with lining and gathering – I sort of knew what to expect. :)

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The pattern calls for either button or snap closures in the back, and I originally wanted to use buttons before I realized I didn’t have the right foot for my sewing machine. So I went with snaps, instead, which were fine – although I think the dress would have been much cuter with little buttons on there. Oh well, it ended up working out, and now I know that I need to buy that particular sewing foot before I try anything else with buttons.

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All in all, I love how the dress turned out!! I can’t believe I haven’t tried making any baby clothes before – they really are so quick to make, and take very little fabric at all. I don’t think I’ll be making TONS of clothes for our little one – unfortunately, the opportunity cost of time + money spent on making clothes doesn’t outweigh the cost of just buying baby clothes on sale at the store. BUT I have realized that I can make simple basics in a couple of hours with just some remnants of fabric, which will be fun. :)

Finally, here are some shots of little Miss Kelsey modeling the dress herself!! The color of the dress is a little brighter here, but I love how the denim fabric makes her blue eyes pop!! Isn’t she gorgeous? My sister-in-law took these shots in Birmingham, and had wanted for Kelsey to model in the fallen leaves on the ground. But Kelsey kept reaching for her pacifier the whole time, and they ended up taking the pictures in the driveway. :P That last picture is just so cute. Her paci = pure happiness!! Hehehehe…

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6 thoughts on “A Denim Dress for the Birthday Girl!

  1. Oh, my, how Miss Kelsey is growing!! Once again, you have created memories with your sewing machine that will last a lifetime. I love the tiny floral print you chose for the lining – so girly and timeless. Can’t wait to see what you have made for your soon to be little bundle! xoxo

    1. Thank you so much, Aunt Mary Kay. :) I know, I can’t believe it how much she’s grown, just since I last saw her in May!! I cannot wait to show you all the little things I’ve made for this baby.. I’ve been wanting to post little work-in-progress updates along the way, but in the end decided it might be fun to show everything in the nursery at once – once it’s all completed at ready to go! It won’t be much longer now!! :) xoxo

  2. Oh my goodness what a cute dress and sweet little niece! If you’ve popped already, congratulations!!! Either way, thinking of you! All the best xxx

    1. Thank you so much, Zoe! You are so sweet. ;) I’m scheduled to go in next Tuesday, and hoping he stays put through the weekend!! We’re getting very excited to meet him!! xo, Amanda

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