Occasionally I get the urge to sew clothes. It seems to come & go in waves, so I try to pounce on it when it comes around. For me it’s about being a maker & aware of what you have & appreciating a few well made items instead of having 100 poorly made ones.
Anyways, I saw Anna Maria Horner’s “Piece of Cake” dress pattern back in the spring & fell in love with it!
I used some cotton fabric from a big box store (honestly, Teapot grows too quickly to justify using expensive fabric) & had a great time making the dress. It’s a free downloadable pattern that came with excellent directions & required few skills/tools.
It was the first time for me to make a bias casing for the elastic around the neck & it came together well. I did use my serger to finish the edges, which I’m glad I did since this dress has gotten a lot of use.
The only step I didn’t follow was to make a blind hem. For some reason it wasn’t working so I just made a folded hem about 1″ from the edge. Again, it’s a dress for a baby/toddler so who really cares about the hem- as long as it’s durable, it’s fine.
The only downside was that the pattern only goes up to 12 months! I love this dress & want to make this for Teapot again & again! (I guess I could draft a larger size, but really, that’s not going to happen. Anyone have a recommendation for a larger size pattern I can buy?)