baby’s first dress

I really wanted to sew something the other day-nothing too complicated or mind boggling (my mind is boggled enough with being 6 months pregnant), so I pulled out this mint fabric from my sponsor The Ribbon Retreat and some eyelet trim my sister in law gave me, and whipped up a little Charlotte dress for the new baby!

Only I didn’t cut the back out correctly, so I winged it and added an exposed zipper-tada! No seam allowance needed.

I think it’s so sweet and I can’t wait to try it on the newest little Miss around here! Not to mention I must have a subconscious pull to coral and mint/teal right now-it fit right in with the nursery colors!

I have no clue if I did the exposed zipper right, basically I didn’t have any more fabric to cut out back bodice pieces so I was working with no seam allowance in back…so here’s how I put it in!

I serged the back of the dress bodice and skirt like so.

Then I hemmed the bottom up-making sure that both sides matched up! The bottom looks off but it matched up. Just a little wonky cutting I guess.

Then I sewed one side of the zipper to the edge of the dress, I lined up the edge of my serging right next to the zipper teeth. You’ll need to use a pull apart zipper for this kind of thing…and wow crooked stitches! My sewing machine didn’t like the metal teeth and kept hopping around.

Sew on the other side of the zipper, also matching up the bottom edge with the other side of the zipper, and then wrap the top around and tack it down to the lining. You can cut off the teeth right along the edge so that it won’t scratch your kiddo.
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  1. What a beautiful dress! I can’t wait to see it on your little miss too! πŸ™‚ Love the wide eyelet and the buttons and the chunky hem. The zipper looks good to me. πŸ™‚

  2. Ooh, that has got to be the sweetest little dress I have ever seen! The colours are beautiful! I think the zipper looks fab too and works really well! Not only does it look really modern, it will also be so much easier to get it on and off baby.

  3. Oh Jess – that dress has to be one of the most precious things I have seen. I look at it and immediately say ‘awwwwwwwwwwwwww’.

    It makes me happy for you, and want to have another baby just looking at it!


  4. That is so cute! I need to learn how to make cute dresses like this! πŸ™‚

  5. That is just darling!!! I love the eyelet trim!

  6. I stone cold LOVE this dress!

  7. So adorable! I always love all the little details you put on your dresses!

  8. That is so precious!

  9. Such a sweet little dress. I feel like you’ve already made so many things for this baby (in my head I’m including everything for the nursery) that you should have had five more babies by now. How on earth are you being so productive while pregnant? Haha.

  10. That is SO darling!

  11. Beautiful!!! I can only imagine how sweet the little one will look in it.

  12. LOVE this, Jess – the colors are so perfect! I think you definitely should make matching ones for S & C. πŸ˜€

  13. That is so adorable! I love how you made it work with the exposed zipper and that combination of fabric, buttons, and eyelet is so sweet!

  14. Lovely dress, the colors are great and the design is super cute! Enjoy your weekend!

  15. love it!!

  16. Squeee! That is one cute dress! I’m not sure how you’re meant to do exposed zippers either, but I would’ve done it the same way.

  17. What an adorable dress! I love how it turned out.

  18. I often come to your blog for inspiration and just to eye some beauty!
    Love the baby Charlotte dress. Would ruffle on either side be appropriate to cover the zipper?

  19. This is just so precious!

  20. Do you still have the brother 1034D serger. Looking to buy my first machine and wondered your opinion.

  21. Gorgeous. Your baby is going to look so cute in this!

  22. I love your little Charlotte dress! We are expecting a new granddaughter who’s name is also Charlotte! I would love to make her this dress. Is this your own pattern line? I couldn’t find a link. And your little girl is so cute!

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