Hey y’all – today is our last sewing for babies month tutorial, and we’re going to sew a baby dress pattern! I just love short little dresses on babies with chubby little thighs, and this dress is also perfect for that other Southern baby-wear staple – MONOGRAMS! Since the bodice is fully lined, it’s a great piece to monogram because you know that the back of the monogram won’t be touching the baby.
The 0-3m size is free below. If you need a different size, the Raleigh Romper and Dress pattern is available for purchase and comes in sizes NB-3T. To buy the Raleigh Romper and Dress Pattern, click the Buy Now button below. You’ll get an email with your download link after payment.
The fabric I used for this dress is from the Riley Blake Rodeo Rider collection. I used Rodeo Calico Mint for the dress and then I just had to make some coordinating bloomers in Rodeo Stars Mint.
To make this outfit you’ll need:
- 2/3 yard of fabric for the dress
- 2 buttons
- The pattern. This pattern is sized for 0-3m. (The pattern in sizes NB-3T is available in my shop.) To download the free pattern, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!
(PS – if you have trouble finding either your confirmation email or the email with the pattern link, try checking your spam, trash, junk, bulk, social and/or promotional email tabs or folders. Free pattern links are also included in every weekly newsletter; these go out on Friday afternoons. Due to the number of subscribers I can’t email pattern links to individuals.)
Here’s the video tutorial below; if you prefer written instructions, you can scroll on by. If you want to watch this directly on YouTube, you can see it here.
Note - in the video I sew two pieces together for the skirt, but in the written instructions below I say to use one piece and only 1 piece is called for on the pattern. When I shot the video I didn't have enough fabric to cut it all in one piece, so you'll see two. Either way the skirt ends up the same dimensions.
After you've cut your pieces, put the fronts and front lining right sides together. Stitch around the armholes, shoulders and neckline as shown below.
Clip the curves as shown above, then clip the corners (not shown, but you just clip diagonally across the corner as close to the stitching as you can without cutting through it). Turn the bodice right side out and press. Repeat these steps with the back bodice.
Stitch the buttonholes on the bodice front.
Place the front and back bodice pieces lining sides together. Then fold the outer fabrics up, matching the underarm seams. Stitch the side seams in one line on each side. (If this confuses you, try watching the video).
Fold the skirt fabric in half, right sides together, matching the short edges. Stitch so the skirt is a loop. Finish this seam (need help with seam finishes? See this post). Then sew 2 lines of basting stitches around the top of the skirt to gather it. Leave long tails on these lines.
Pull the bobbin threads to gather the top of the skirt. Gather until the skirt top is the same width as the bottom of the bodice.
Turn the skirt right side out, then turn the bodice lining side out. Place the skirt inside the bodice, matching the skirt seam with the center back. Pin the outer bodice fabric only to the skirt, then stitch.
Fold the raw edge of the lining 3/8 to the wrong side, then pin this folded edge so that it covers the seam from the previous step. (Confused? Check the video above). Stitch in the ditch on the right side of the bodice to secure the lining in place.
Sew your buttons on and you're done! You can also topstitch around the bodice if so desired.
This dress also goes perfectly with the bloomers from last week's post too!