It is funny. Usually, by this time in a pregnancy, I’ve made blankets, burp rags, blessing outfit, several other outfits, a take home outfit, bedding, crocheted items, room decor… the list could go on and on. Maybe because it’s my fourth baby, maybe because I’m in school and have no time, maybe it’s because we’re going to move and don’t want to accumulate or do too much rearranging… I have not done nearly the amount of nesting as normal. Little miss will be in our room, in a pack-n-play, for the first several months. We won’t be using a crib until after we move, so I don’t have bedding to make. We aren’t setting up a nursery, so there’s no decorating to be done. I’ve made a couple of outfits and done some crocheting, but not necessarily specific for MY girl.
I NEEDED to make a blessing dress, though. And, I wanted to get it done before she came because, as busy as I am now, I know how much busier life gets with a brand new baby.
This is the dress I found a while ago thinking that it would be beautiful for a blessing dress. I didn’t want to buy new fabric, though, so I decided to use what I had on hand and see if I could make something pretty enough.
Normally, I would have self-drafted a pattern, but I just didn’t want to/ couldn’t take the time, so I used a pattern I own: Simplicity 4243, making modifications where I needed.
It was a quick and easy dress to sew, but I decided to make it reversible, so I had to think a bit about the order I sewed things together.
At this point, I thought it looked a little too casual for a blessing dress. I decided to press on and add the bow, though, thinking that I’d just use it as an everyday kind of Sunday dress. But, the bow kind of makes it! I think it dresses it up just enough.
I also made a little grey stretch lace diaper cover and matching headband to go with. I plan to make some little shoes- either out of the grey fabric or crocheted… maybe the stretch lace? How would you make shoes out of stretch lace?!