My sister-in-law is having a little baby girl at the end of may. I was trying to come up with something I could give her new little one. I usually make bibs, but from talking to her, I got the impression that she wouldn't really use infant bibs. The one thing you learn from having a baby is that every baby is very different, so some things that may have been useful for one person may not be useful for another. I searched around and came up with this. I'm totally happy with it and every baby has to wear clothes. :)
The dress is from a free pattern and tutorial by Sew Much Ado.
Check it out! Infant Peasant Dress
It was really pretty easy. I made a few mistakes here and there, but was able to remedy them quickly - that's what happens when you don't read the directions carefully. I only had 1/2 inch elastic instead of thre required 1/4 inch elastic. That made it a little more difficult because I didn't want to make the dress too small by making too big of a casing. I also lengthened it a bit because my in-laws are really tall people and I wanted to make sure it would fit for more then a day. But when all was said and done, it came out so cute!
I decided I wanted a diaper cover to go with it. I searched around and found another free pattern and tutorial from MADE. It was just the right size to go with the dress. She has several sizes which is nice so that I can try making another one for my little girl. You can find it here: Diaper Cover . It was pretty easy too, though, she says that it's hard to make it flat and smooth so don't worry about it. She was totally right - there were definately places where it puckered or bunched up but once you put the elastic in, you can't even tell!
With some free patterns and a little bit of time, I wound up with such a cute gift that I was pretty proud of. I recommend giving them a try!