I mostly work with yarn. It gives me small, portable projects that I can quickly tuck away when Mommy duty calls. Plus, if you make a mistake all you need to do is unravel. Working with fabric is a whole other story. Once it’s cut, it’s cut and unpicking seams isn’t always pretty.
I’ve had this pattern pinned on Pinterest for years and never got around to making it for either of my daughters. The free pattern only comes in a size 0/3 months, so the window of opportunity is rather small.
Enter pregnancy number three. Another girl, another chance at sewing the sweet little peasant dress. I printed the pattern and dug out some fabric I’ve had stashed for at least 5 or 6 years. It was a failed attempt at a wrap skirt for myself and I honestly didn’t care for the bright green on me, anyway. Why in the world did I buy it??? I knew I would never use this quilting cotton for anything else, and figured it would be a good way to test out my mediocre sewing skills before spending money on more desirable fabric.
Guys. The dress. It’s beyond what I had hoped to achieve. And it turns out that I LOVE the print when used for a baby dress.
I was pretty set on only using stashed crafting supplies for this since I didn’t know what kind of an outcome I was going to get. That meant that the elastic on the arms is 3/8″ instead of 1/4″, but there’s not that much of a difference between the two, so I didn’t have any issues. The rick rack I used on the hem is probably as old (or older) than me. I was given a bag of the stuff from my Mommom when she cleaned out her sewing cabinet years ago. It pays to hoard crafting supplies. This dress ended up costing me a big, fat $0.
Now that I know I can (very) successfully sew this pattern, I’m going to be buying the full version. It has 10 sizes (0/3mo- 6yrs), an optional scalloped hem, and the option to make it a shirt, tunic, or dress.