In my earlier post I used my own wedding dress to make a blessing dress for my daughter, I used the same pattern for this dress. We both agreed that this pattern was just perfect. ( McCall's pattern M4865) My whole idea for this was to make a Mini wedding dress, and I think it's pretty spot on.
When I started cutting this dress out I was a little nervous about it looking right. The top of the dress had darts in it and things to fit the bust of a woman, so I had to take the seams apart and sew them back together with smaller seams to make the top lay flat. HOPEFULLY no one will notice. :)
This dress wen't super fast because I used the whole sleeve of the original dress, binding and all and just shrunk it to fit. It saved a lot of time! That was not even my intention. The bow was on the original dress, so I shrunk it and sewed it in place.
The hem was not done by hand on this one. I started and it was turning out really crooked and I was feeling impatient and had mom duties to attend to. so...I took great care in measuring and pressing the bottom, then machine stitched it.
The back was even fast because I had done it before and it was like muscle memory took over.
I wanted to make a little headband too, so I used ruffle elastic stretchy stuff, stitched it and then... ruffled some satin and stitched it in a spiral on some interfacing. I took a beaded applique off of the sleeve fabric left over and hand stitched it on top where the end was and stitching showed. Then, I sewed a left over button from the back of the dress on top. Then, you just hot glue it on! :) you can glue a piece of felt, fleece or fabric to the back if you want to make it soft for baby's head, but if it isn't super bumpy and stuff, you don't even need it. it turned out cute!!!!
Here is a picture of my daughter wearing it.
Also, if anyone is wondering, I have washed both dresses by hand and in my washing machine (top loader -front loaders beat clothes up more I think) on hand wash cycle. They come out looking totally fine and no damage done. I then press them with my iron on the silk setting. perfect!!!