Handmade Fourth of July Baby Dress made using two Simplicity Patterns and nautical sailboat fabric.
Happy Fourth of July weekend! Today I’m sharing this cute handmade Fourth of July baby dress I made my little one using the cutest nautical sail boat material. When I was little, my mom used to make my sister and I matching Fourth of July outfits. In keeping with tradition, I thought it would be fun to make my daughter a little Fourth of July outfit this year. I bought this cute sailboat fabric from Florence Eiseman and thought it would be perfect for the Fourth with the red, white and blue colors.
This outfit was a bit of pattern mashup! I used the Simplicity Sew Easy pattern 1447 to make the dress and hat and used Simplicity Pattern 1205 for the bloomers, collar and sleeves. Once you are comfortable using commercial patterns it is fun to mix and match parts of them. The sleeves from Simplicity 1205 are my favorite sleeves! They are little flutter sleeves that are super easy for little ones to move and groove in. Since they do not attach to the entire armhole they can work with just about any pattern.
One of my favorite things to add to commercial sewing patterns is piping to either the collar or the waistline. I think it adds a lot without changing the pattern in any way. I added it to the waistline on this Little Red Riding Hood outfit and on this outfit I added navy piping to the collar. You can make your own piping from coordinating fabric to match perfectly, or you can buy pre-made piping. For this dress, I purchased navy piping and it was perfect!
Before sewing this dress, I shortened the skirt to make it shorter. It looks cute with the bloomers or with navy leggings when it is cooler out. I used an invisible zipper, which gives the dress a nice look from the back.
The dress turned out so sweet and looks adorable for the Fourth of July and all summer long! It has such a nice vintage look especially with the hat and bloomers, yet it looks so modern when paired with navy leggings.
Happy Fourth of July! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Below are a few of the other dresses and outfits I’ve made using commercial sewing patterns! :)
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