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Monday, June 16, 2014

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Here it is! The last Easter dress for this year!

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

I let the other girls have a little say (or a lot) in their dress designs. Hannah doesn't care. It is fantastic!

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

I wanted it to be simple. So unlike me, I know! I wanted little hints of blue and a sweet, vintage baby look.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Then, because I can't really let things be simple, I went over the top (after Easter) with a bonnet, shoes, and a diaper cover. Well, I didn't finish the diaper cover quite yet. I'm procrastinating...

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

The bonnet is the Peekaboo Bonnet pattern I bought HERE. You can see the first one I made HERE when she was so teeny tiny. *sniff, sniff*

It is actually reversible, too.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

As you can see by these before and after pictures, she prefers not to wear the bonnet.


But, it keeps her safe from the sun, so too bad!

The shoes were made with THIS pattern. They went together pretty well, but this is the second time I have made baby shoes and the little buggers do not want to stay on. I guess all baby shoes are like that, but they look cute anyway. :)

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

So, back to the dress...

It is just a basic dress with puffy sleeves, a collar, and buttons in the back. I was a little intimidated by the collar, but it isn't hard after all.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

I didn't take too many pictures as I was sewing (and it really isn't anything wildly original anyway), but I did get enough to show you how I did the collar.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

So, get your dress pieces all cut out and ready to go...

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Sew the shoulders seams of the front and back bodice pieces of the main fabric and lining.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Use the sewn bodice, folded in half, to draft a collar pattern. It needs to extend out 1/4" in the center for seam allowances and shift in 3/4" at the back for the button closure.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Cut two contrasting collars and two linings (they can be the same fabric, but I was making do.) Interface one side of each collar- I used a midweight interfacing.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Sew the right sides together using 1/4" seam allowance and clip the curves.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Flip and press really well, then sandwich the collars between the main fabric and lining. To hold the collar in place nicely, topstitch the edge of the bodice underneath the collars. This will hold the seam allowance in place and keep the collar from flipping up.

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

If you want to make trimmed, puffy sleeves like these, Jess has a great tutorial HERE (although mine have a little more poof at the top.) The rest of the dress was made just like my Gracie Dress shown HERE and I cut the skirt from the edge of the sheet (no hemming! Woohoo!) 

Vintage Baby Dress Collar Tutorial

Here are the rest of the dresses in case you missed them...

    Lydia's Sweetheart Dress  Gracie Dress Tutorial

Until next year... 

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3 comments:

Renee said...

She looks so adorable! But if you procrastinate on that diaper cover for too long she won't need it anymore!

Katy R said...

Oh goodness - that's adorable! I love the bonnet best!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I could never get baby shoes or socks to stay on, but the ones you have made are just ADORABLE, especially with the vintage fabric on the inside. She has to kick them off so we can see the lining. Another gorgeous dress, Lindsay. I think it will be hard to top this year's Easter dress line up.

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