Monday, September 7, 2009

Butterick 3782 Infant Dress

Ah, the barage of babies doesn't seem to be letting up! Between upcoming baby showers and birthday parties, there are a lot of kid events in my future. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to try and make a little outfit for my former co-worker's baby. I could practice my sewing skills and if all went well, I'd have a cute dress to give to my friend for her daughter. If it crashed and burned, Baby Gap is thankfully down the street. ;)

I picked up this pattern because I thought it would be fairly simple (ha!) and it was a cute design. I particularly liked the little ruffle on the bodice and the two box pleats at the front of the skirt. After reading one of the pattern reviews , the reviewer suggested it would be particularly cute with a denim bodice and a printed cotton skirt. I totally agreed, and that became the inspiration for the dress.
When my friend found out she was having a girl she told me that I could now go crazy with pink. Sweet of her, but I know that is so not her style. I wanted a funky print for the skirt that would pair well with the dark demin bodice I was planning to use. After scouring Michael Levine, I found this slightly retro orange and sky blue print that was perfect. I then opted for plain sky blue cotton for the diaper cover.

I really love how this dress turned out! Fun, funky and still a little bit girly. The bias tape around the neck and arms were a pain to put in at first, but it will obviously be easier the next time around. I also really like how the orange top-stitching resembles actual demin topstitching thread, which I think gives it a more RTW look that I was expecting.

I like the look of the demin and printed cotton so much, that I have a second version of this dress already cut out and just waiting to be sewn up. That one is for another friend and her daughter and since I know she is all about pink, the print for the skirt definitely reflects that. :)

12 comments:

jane said...

SOOO fabulous. Totally looks like it came right off the rack at a retail store! Love the pleating in the skirt also.

Leslie said...

Damn! Great job, Amber! I am so impressed, as usual. Like Jane said, love the pleats. :)

dapotato said...

very cute! and i love the fabric.

10yearstogether said...

That looks so awesome! I first thought that it was a picture of a dress in the store that you were going to try to replicate. Go Jonesy! I'm so impressed.

Nanette said...

:::jaw dropped:::

I looove that! Great job, A!!!

alyssa said...

WOW!!! Love that dress and that pattern! So cute! Your friend will absolutely love it, especially because it as made with love :)

Winnie said...

Wow! You've got skills, my friend. I am so impressed and I love the choice of fabric. Great taste, as usual.

Diabolina Da Fashionista said...

wow wow wow. it is adorable. now one for me ;)

wan said...

i am super jealousE of your sewing skillz. now would be a great time for me to pick that up, but i just don't have 'em. awesome job!

So Not Wishy Washy said...

Holy crap! Love this! I'm so impressed! I cannot sew a THING. Nothing, baby. Everything is Baby Gap in my world. And your dress? Totally SLAYS anything in Baby Gap! Wow.

Jen said...

I am impressed!!!!

Veerle said...

Hi Amber, did you make the little jacket as well on this pattern? If yes, please can you mail me some instructions. I bought the pattern in downloadable version but no instructions came with it. What do you assemble first? The shoulders? How do you put the sleeves in? Thanks so much for your help. veerle@wsnet.co.za