Sunday, July 10, 2011

Monogramed Pillowcase Baby Dress (and a little bit of Roller Derby)

Embroidery.  I've been on a crazy embroidery kick lately, and there's no help for it.  Also, remember that appliqué rabbit-hole that I promised I'd fall into?  Behold:

Pillowcase Dress for Becca's Baby

One of my best friends is due in September with girl-baby "C".  Today was her baby shower, so of course I waited until yesterday to make this little dress.  (OF COURSE.)

Becca's Baby Shower
Becca on the left, and on the right is the fabulous host of the shower, Jenny (a.k.a. Wanna Be Derby Girl)

I monogrammed the dress (Heat 'N Bond ironed onto the back of the "C", then stitched onto the garment with zig-zag on my machine), and hand-embroidered two little owls playing among cattails around it the letter.  The owls from the "Woodland Creatures" page in Amy Ray's Doodle Stitching: the Motif Collection.  I free-handed the cattails, because I wanted them to look organic to the the design.

Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs

We went to Roller Derby last night, and I brought the tiny dress with me to work on while we waited for the bout to begin.  Maybe Baby C will be a Derby Girl someday. :-)

Stitching at Roller Derby

TXRD Rhinestone Cowgirls vs. Las Puntas Del Fuego
TXRD Rhinestone Cowgirls vs. Las Puntas Del Fuego

Pillowcase Dress for Becca's Baby

I'm pretty in love with how this came out.

Pillowcase Dress for Becca's Baby

I made this a 3-month size, and since the straps tie and the top is stretchy, this will be able to grow with the baby into a tunic top.  It's also machine washable (incredibly important!), since the fabric is simple cotton sheeting.  There are not many things sweeter than a tiny girl in a simple white dress.  It seems impractical, but the truth of it is: if there is a spill (and there will ALWAYS be a spill!), it can be very simply bleached out.

Here are the specs I sketched out for this size (posted here for posterity, since I am sure that I will need it again for future baby gifts):
Specs for 3-month size Pillowcase Dress

Now I want to monogram some skirts and dresses for Daisy too.  She's learning her letters, and would be thrilled to find "her" letter on her things!


knit1spin2 said...

The hair - simply adorable!  You can really pull off the short hair girl!

I think you can start a little business there.  That is the cutest little dress I have ever seen for a baby.  I can't wait to see what you come up with for Miss Daisy :-)

Livnletlrn said...

I could die from the cuteness. So incredibly sweet -- both the finished dress and the intention/love behind it. You are the bomb diggity.


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