I was able to make a blessing dress for my dear friend’s baby this past month! I was super excited because I seriously LOVE to make girl’s clothes, and also because this friends mother was one of my inspirations to learn how to sew!
First I did some pinterest research to see what I might be able to do with the fabrics I already have on hand. I have a lot of vintage lace and wedding gown fabrics in my collection so I wanted to go more towards silks with lace accents as opposed to all lace or chiffon alternatives.
This is how my dress ended up! I love it! Wish I would have gotten a better picture, but I was busy keeping a dog and toddler with bubbles away from the pretty white dress.
First I made a quick sketvh to get an idea of what I wanted my dress to look like and what pattern pieces I would need to accomplish that
To make the pattern trace around a newborn size dress if possible. Then add a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Add length to the skirt to make it as long as you would like it. I did a slight high low with a 2 inch difference between the front and the back.
I added a 1 inch button tab at the back of the bodice.
I added a 3 inch waistband and then realized that was huge for a newborn and ended up reducing that to 1 1/2 inches.
If anyone would like, I would be more than happy to give you my pattern measurements, just message me or ask in the comments.
I started with sewing the bodice since that is usually the hardest part and I wanted to get it out of the way.
-start by sewing side seams and shoulder seams together on both the dress and lining
-Sew the lining and dress fabric together at the shoulder, neck, and back.
-Notch the collar so that it will lay flat (super important to make it look nicer)
-sew the side seams of the sleeves and hem them
-baste at 1/4 inch and gather on the sleeve cap
-set in the sleeves using a double row of stitching or a serger
I struggled to get this done correctly, and wish I had done some things better or in a different order, so here’s the instructions for what I wish I had done.
-attach lace to front
-sew ties at the sides and end, trim and grade and then turn right side out (and press)
-sew side seams with the ties sandwiched between (all right sides together)
-attach to bodice right sides together, making certain the button tab is the way you want it
-baste 3 rows at the top of each piece of fabric and lining and gather (i did it at 1/4 1/2 and 3/4 inches)
– sew side seams and back seam of both fabric and lining
– sew to bottom of waistband with right sides together, either doing a double row of stitching or serging
– hem both skirt and lining
– sew on lace using clear thread (i used white in my bobbin and clear thread on top)
-Add buttonholes and buttons