Sunday, March 8, 2015

Christina's Baby Shower

Last September, I found out that a friend of mine was pregnant and shortly thereafter that it was going to be girl.  I immediately thought...I get to make dresses!!!  I started pattern shopping and settled on this:
I decided to do view C and D.

The baby shower was yesterday (Saturday) and I just got started Thursday...thank God for the snow day!  I started view C first, but realized I did not have enough tulle.  The package says you need 72" tulle, but I had 52".  (As an aside, I don't think I've ever seen 72" fabric.)  I ended up being just short one pattern piece and because it was snowing hard outside, I could not run back out to get more fabric.  I did as much as I could do and then switched to view D.  I encountered the same problem with the tulle so I decided to just make a simple overlay using this purple sparkly giraffe tulle:

Since I was on a time crunch, I omitted the flower also:

Friday after work, I raced to the fabric store to get more fabric for view C.  Came home and got to work.  To my horror, after I cut out the new tulle, sewed it together and tried gathering it, I realized it was way to much fabric.  It was as tight as I could make it and it was still twice the size of the skirt.  (When I was cutting it out the first time, I thought this really seems like way too much fabric for a newborn dress, but I followed the pattern anyway).  After panicking for a few minutes, I decided to cut off the access.  This is how much I cut:

Here's my finished dress:
View C

Without the extra tulle the skirt is still very full and in my opinion bulky at the waist.  I hope it doesn't bother the baby.

I love these dresses!!!!  I can't wait to get pics of the baby wearing them.  :)

I also decided to do a bear rug (McCall's 6719) because that's my new go to gift.  Here it is:


  1. Thank you for posting this. I am in the process of making the view C and I too think that 216 inches of tulle is way too much for a little girl's dress. I'm making two dresses for my twin granddaughters who will be in my youngest daughter's wedding.