Taking a few Liberties
Pattern: Piece of Cake Baby Dress (free)
Materials: Liberty of London Spring Stack
When we received our newest Liberty of London cotton lawn fabrics, I was excited to see how much I could make from one 8 piece fat quarter bundle. Naturally, I started by thinking then of what I could make for the smallest among us, our little Mary Anna.
Now I have been sewing for wee ones for very many years, so in general I know that you can get a dress or blouse out of some very small pieces. But even I was surprised to see that I managed to get three of these little Piece of Cake frocks out of the one Liberty stack by using a mix of the prints for front, back, and sleeves. The pattern is a free one that I created for Janome and available as a download and highlights video right over here. The simplicity of this pattern is part of what makes the multi-fabric design work out so well.... the front is just the same as the back, so really each of the dresses have two lives.
Though Mary Anna has outgrown the baby sizes (she is 20 months) of this dress, it is such a simple shape that I was able to grade the pattern by just free-handing a bigger size with a highlighter. As long as you pay attention to how each of the nested pattern sizes changes as they get bigger, it is pretty easy to see how to shape one size to the next and in what direction. I made one short sleeved tunic, one long sleeved tunic, and one long sleeved patchwork dress. The patchwork piece was just an improvisation using what fabrics I had left, that I added to until it was big enough from which to cut a dress front (the back is solid).
So plenty of cuteness for the little lady that will transition well from winter to Spring, not to mention a nice pile of scraps left for my quilting projects!