baby dress

Little Orange Dress

In December 2014 when I was just 18 months old, my Nanny made me a dress out of soft and squishy Sublime Soya cotton yarn. The pattern sizing wasn’t very specific but she made me a size 12 – 24 months and since I was exactly in between those sizes, this little dress should have fitted me perfectly. But it didn’t. She had got a bit carried away with the length so it was too long and it almost feel off my shoulders. Never mind, my Mummy put it away in my wardrobe until I grew a bit more.

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And then I grew and grew. My Mummy remembered this dress and got it out of my wardrobe and let me try it on. I am two and a half years old now and it fits! Yay! And it has pockets. Look, I can put my hands in my pockets and pull my dress up! My Mummy told me not to do this as it might stretch my dress. But my Nanny said I can do it.

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And then my Mummy got out the giant bubble maker for me to play with. I think she did this to stop me stretching my dress.

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Oh no. My Mummy can make giant bubbles for me using these sticks and the big string but it is a bit too hard for me.

Pattern Pamphlet – King Cole 3559
Pattern – Dress
Yarn – Sublime Yarns Soya Cotton DK
Link to Ravelry project here

The Little Sheep Dress

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This little sheep dress took forever to knit. This little sheep dress annoyed me so much that I didn’t even know if I liked it when it was finished.

Would it fit her?
Do the sheep actually look like sheep?
Will the colour suit a two year old little girl?
Would the collar be too bulky?
Will the collar sit right?
Are the sleeves too full?
Is it long enough?
Is it too long?

It was almost with trepidation that I handed this little sheep dress over to my daughter. All of this work and she probably won’t even like it! All of those cables! Every few stitches, another cable! Even on the reverse side. Normally you don’t have to pick the cable needle up on the reverse side. But not this little sheep dress.

I hope she gets some wear out of it. All that work and that beautiful Italian merino wool! What a waste!

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And then Mother’s Day came along. We had booked a local cafe that had a play area for small children, just in case boredom set in before the food arrived. And what do I see when I arrive at the cafe.

Sitting in the high chair waiting patiently for Nanny was our little toddler dressed in her little sheep dress. In all it’s pride and glory, the little sheep dress was sitting there looking so beautiful. The little sheep dress was just waiting to be picked up and cuddled. It was warm and squishy and just right for cuddling, just like our little toddler.

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They both love the dress and now, so do I.
(By the way, Mum hasn’t cut toddler’s hair like this. It has grown this way all on it’s own. We are sure one day her hair on the top will grow.)

Pattern book – The Baby Knits book by Debbie Bliss
Pattern – Sheep Dress
Yarn – Filatura Di Crosa Zarina Chine
Link to Ravelry here

Debbie Bliss Spanish Dress for our little toddler

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I first saw the Debbie Bliss Spanish Dress in a local yarn / fabric store when my daughter was pregnant. We both fell in love with this little dress and with so many gorgeous fabrics available, the possibilities are endless.  We were lucky enough to get the pattern in the store and gleefully took it home to store it for later when this little unborn baby has her first summer as a toddler.

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And this is our little toddler’s first summer.

I have a very small stash of fabrics (and rather a large stash of yarn). I don’t sew a lot since I do not have a sewing area set up in my house. My sewing area is my dining table and it is not very convenient to the people in our house for me to sew.

I found this gorgeous Beatrix Potter fabric in my stash but I didn’t have any yarn to go with it. The fabric is so pretty and I didn’t want to ruin the dress with the wrong colour bodice. I definitely wanted to use this fabric, so off I went to the local yarn store and found the perfect colour yarn, a beautiful soft ball of Sublime cashmere, merino and silk. Yummy.

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I also had a piece of cotton fabric with cute little cats in my stash and I was lucky enough to have the perfect bamboo yarn to match. So of course I had to make a second dress.

The bodices were a very quick and easy knit. It felt so satisfying to complete something so pretty in such a short time. I love the way the little frill is knitted at the hem of the bodice. I think that is what I like about Debbie Bliss patterns, the attention to detail.

But of course, once I had completed the knitted bodice, I had to put them aside until I had the opportunity to get the sewing machine out.

But my time did come and a few weeks later I had the sewing machine out on the dining table, the iron and ironing board set up and my sewing paraphernalia waiting patiently, and of course the family out for the day.

The skirts were so easy to make. The pattern was not terribly clear but I used the Ravelry site and read the comments of those who had already made the dress and got the answer to my biggest question.

How do I attach the skirt to the bodice? Of course. The answer to that question was to hand sew the skirt to the bodice. I know some people may have fancy sewing machines that would sew the knitted bodice nicely to the gathered cotton skirt without puckering the bodice or leaving unsightly stitches but mine is a very basic machine. I don’t mind hand sewing. In fact, this little toddler dress was made with so much love and hand sewing is a big part of that.

To see these little dresses being worn with such happiness makes all the hand sewing worth it.

UPDATED February 2015
A note from Mia.

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Nana just can’t help herself. She keeps making me these cute little dresses. Here is another one she made. I really like this one. It has ladybugs on it. She made another one exactly the same for Ruby’s first birthday. (Ruby is my mummy’s school friend’s baby.) This is me wearing my ladybug dress in the car at the Devonport wharf in Auckland.

Pattern book – Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, Spring/Summer 2012
Pattern – Spanish Dress
Yarn – Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK and Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK
Link to Ravelry here  and here

Debbie Bliss baby dress with a lace edging

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When my daughter was pregnant for the very first time, she found this Debbie Bliss book full of gorgeous knitting patterns for her baby. She fell in love with the “sheep dress” so I had to buy this rather large and expensive book for that one pattern.

Now that her baby is six months old and the end of summer is on it’s way, it is time to start looking ahead at what I can knit for her as the weather gets cooler. I don’t have the yarn to make the sheep dress, so that is going to have to wait. But I do have some Debbie Bliss Eco Baby organic cotton, which is so soft and is calling out from my stash box to be  used.

I found this pattern for this little dress with a lace edge in the Debbie Bliss baby book . The smallest size is 6 to 12 months, so it should be just right. Many of Debbie Bliss’s patterns come out reasonably big, so hopefully this little dress will fit her at 9 months, which will be our Autumn.  The suggested yarn is Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton, which is a 5 ply and is discontinued. But the Eco Baby yarn I have is also a 5 ply and I had just the right amount.

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This was a fun knit. I love the increases in the skirt to give it a gentle flare.
I love the detail across the chest with the line of garter stitch.
I love the way the Eco Baby organic cotton knits up with such beautiful stitch definition.
I love the little button placket at the back of the neck.
I’m not so keen on the untidiness of the decreasing on the sleeve and neck.

But I LOVE the lace edging.

UPDATED June 2014 with baby wearing the dress on her first birthday.

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Pattern book – Debbie Bliss – The Baby Knits Book
Pattern – Dress with Lace Edging
Yarn – Debbie Bliss Eco Baby
Link to Ravelry project here

Knitted Bergere sundress for baby adorned with a crochet pineapple

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My daughter asked me to knit a gift for her baby group Christmas swap partner.  We searched through my patterns and she chose this little sundress from a Bergere magazine (English version). I love it when someone goes through my patterns and chooses something for me to knit. I would never have made this cute baby sundress if it wasn’t for that.

We chose a yarn made by Lotus yarns, called Autumn Wind. It is 90% cotton and 10% cashmere and is so soft with that little touch of gorgeous cashmere. The yarn used in the Bergere magazine for this sundress is Coton Fifty which is a 4ply.  The Autumn Wind yarn is a 5ply but a tension square and an adjustment of the needles size meant the sundress came out the perfect size.

This little sundress is going to be sent to a baby girl in Sydney, Australia. Sydney has very hot summers so this little sundress should get a lot of use (with lots of baby sunscreen of course).

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The sundress pattern was made with the front and the back being the same with a small 1×1 ribbed bottom and the top of the sundress had a little stitched down hem to thread a cord through. The pattern uses a french knitter to make a 75cm cord. I made the cord using the i-cord technique, which is so easy and knits up quickly. However, if I made this sundress again, I would knit the i-cord a little longer, possibly 80cm.

The Bergere pattern was adorned with 3 different crocheted fruit but my daughter may have felt sorry for me knowing my crochet skills are a bit rusty so she suggested we put only one piece of fruit on and she chose the pineapple. I had a ball of bright yellow yarn in my stash but no green 4ply. None of my knitting friends (not that I have many) had any green yarn so I ended up buying some bright green embroidery thread and it worked perfectly. Much cheaper than buying a ball of green yarn.

I hope the recipient of this little purple sundress adorned with a pineapple loves it and that the baby enjoys wearing it.

Pattern book – Bergere Knit Mag 0-10 yrs
Pattern – 34 Dress
Yarn – Lotus Yarn Autumn Wind
Link to Ravelry project here