My friend Alyson is expecting her second baby in March--a girl!! I'm so excited for her family and their upcoming addition. I've been crafting away making a few things just for the occasion! I've known Alyson and her family since I was in the 6th grade...so for like 18 years (WOW!) I'm actually going to be in her sister Alexandra's wedding in October as a bridesmaid :)...Alex and I are yarn buddies and have been pals since we met in our 6th grade class...but I'm getting off topic.
Pattern: "Sweet and Swingy Dress" by Ellen Gormley which is available in the May/June 2009 issue of Crochet Today!
Yarn: TLC Baby Solid in powder pink with accents of Patons Beehive Baby Sport in Big Girl.
Hook Size: H, 5.0 mm
Size: According to Ravelry, this pattern runs REALLY small. Since the baby isn't born yet, I figured that this wouldn't be too much of an issue and picked the 12 month size to make.
Notes: I have to say that I don't think this is a dress sized for a 12-month-old. I don't have a baby to compare it to, but it just seems small...which is perfectly fine because the baby will only be a few months old this summer and maybe it will fit perfectly then! I really loved making this dress. The way to do the accent crab stitch around certain areas is genius!
I decided to add a little flower to the front of the dress. I did this for two reasons-- 1) the back of the dress is identical to the front and I wanted to tuck my ends and start the accent colors on the back of the dress to make any finishing less noticble and 2) I wanted a little more detail and I didn't like the look of the three rounds of detailed edging on the bodice of the dress. The flower is called the "10 minute flower" by Boomie and can be found for free online. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the English instructions.
What would I change if I was do make this again (which I will be doing)? I would either make one shoulder have buttons so that it would be easier to put on/take off of the baby or try and incorporate a slit and button hole on the back of the dress. The neck line is stretchy and wide-ish, but I just would feel better knowing it would be easy for mommy or daddy to dress the baby.