Twice as Sweet: Reversible Baby Girl Dresses

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For the last several months we’ve been on a girl kick in my circle of friends.  My friend H adopted her baby girl just a few months ago.  This week my dear friend from law school, M, gave birth to her second child, a healthy beautiful baby girl.  And even though it’s early, it seemed like my own little kidney bean was intent on showing us her goods at my last ultrasound.  Not much modesty there (that’s a view from the bottom of her tush looking up with her legs on the right, the little arrow points out the money shot).  We’ll need to teach her to be a little more ladylike when she gets bigger but for now we were grateful for the sneak peak: it’s a GIRL!

With all these baby girls popping up that gives me more excuses to sew baby girl clothes.  This week I tackled a project from my latest project book: Cute Clothes for Kids by Rob Merrett.  This book contains projects for boys and girls ages newborn to five years.  Of the 25 projects, some are a tad on the cheesy side, but they can be adapted easily to make them cuter. 

Though I’ve just tried one pattern so far, I found that the instructions for this dress were missing a step or two and could have been better explained.  For example, when I was sewing the dress, the instructions should have stated that I needed to turn the contrasting fabric inside out before piecing the two parts together.  The picture just didn’t convey the message and I found myself re-reading several times until I figured out what I was supposed to do, after 20 minutes of pinning and turning and head scratching.  In the end I figured it out without too many annoying turns with my seam ripper, but more detailed instructions would have been nice.

Despite this minor hiccup, this particular dress was very easy to sew: no zippers, no gathering, no buttons.  And, the best part is that it’s reversible! Two looks in one, gotta love that.  The dress pattern includes matching bloomers and when baby grows out of the dress it can be worn as a tunic top.  So this outfit should last a while.

I made one dress with bloomer set for M, and couldn’t resist making another to keep for my own kidney bean.  Since M recently commented that she loved a little jumper I sent her before she gave birth because it wasn’t “pink or frilly,” I thought that she’d appreciate the non-pink fabric: tiny red flowers on a cream background with contrasting sage bloomers. This fabric was a bit of a 70’s throwback.  For the set I’m keeping, I don’t mind a little pink, so I chose a 60’s-ish retro pink and green Amy Butler fabric (you know how I love the retro fabrics).  Which do you prefer?

I hope M likes her “non-pink and non-frilly” dress for her sweet pea.  Thankfully I have a few more months of nesting to fill my kidney bean’s closet with handmade creations.  Right now I’m trying to decide what direction to take for crib bedding.

Decisions decisions.


  1. Holly Gonzales says:

    So Sweet!

  2. How cute!

  3. Congratulations on your growing little girl! My husband and I just had our daughter 1/12/12. We had pretty much the same shot in our ultrasound and called in the toilet seat shot! lol! Anyway, these are super cute dresses and I’m hoping my mother in law will make one for our little lady :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Toilet seat shot!I love it. Congratulations on your newest addition Jen. I hope your mother-in-law does make you a dress for your angel.

  5. Sorry, I am not really of much help with that age. Maybe eltnreocic stuff, ipod, new phone, etc. Or the spa day type thing with mom sounds great. Or even just a shopping day with mom. My mom used to do that for me.By the way, she’s very beautiful.


  1. […] little girl’s dress soon, I am thinking very simple tunic style. Probably something along these lines. Pretty sure I am going to piece a bunch of scraps together for it. That when when it goes […]

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