Baby Dress & Bloomers

By July 11, 2012 ,

Yes, I did make a baby dress. No! Not a single person I know are expecting a little girl anytime soon.

So I put it on my cat.


Well… the real story is I saw the awesome free Criss Cross Baby Dress and Matching Bloomers freebie pattern over at one of my fav’s Melly Sews, and it was so cute and fast I HAD to make one…
Melly did a great tutorial, but we all have our favorite methods and tweaks we love to do, so I thought I’d share my little changes.

Since Pepper wasn’t exactly the happy model, we’ll now using Pooh and Boo.


On the dress I completely followed the directions, apart from the fasteners, it was hard to tell but I think Melly used snaps on her dress.


I wanted to make the dress fully reversible so made button holes on the straps, and then I hand sewed on back to back buttons, I wrapped floss around the thread to make enough of a ‘gap’ to be able to get the straps under the buttons.

Bloomers on Boo

Criss-Cross-Baby-Dress-&-Bloomers-006Since I have a serger my technique on the bloomers was a little different.
I altered the pattern by changing it into a two piece rather than 1 since I was working with remnant. You can do the same by cutting the pattern in the middle and adding a small seam allowance.
Stitching it back into 1 big piece was my first step.
For the ruffles rather than making tubes like Melly, I rolled hem serged some strips, gathered them, then sewed them one before constructing the bloomer.
Then I serged the leg hole edges.
Then I serged the sides together
Then I serged the waist band edges.
Then rather than ‘double folding’ the casing I single folded it to make the casement for the elastic, since this isn’t sized I left my casing open so I can later adjust it.

(Cute fact, this fabric is from my Oma’s fabric stash =)

This was a great quick project to add to my baby shower repertoire, I hope my methods along with Melly’s encourage you to stitch some up!

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  1. Good job! I did the ruffles that way on my bloomers in the original post as well, but when it came time for the tutorial I assumed not everyone had a serger, hence the tubes.

  2. I need some of these adorable bloomers for my girl!

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  4. That outfit and fabric are just toooo cute!

    1. Thank you Carol, the fabric was nabbed from my grandmother's stash over Christmas, I'm pretty sure I have something she made me in it somewhere as well. "Someday" it will be a very special little outfit =)

  5. WOW this is nice and look at the cat wearing this.I think she is also happy to wear this.Very nice job.