Friday, July 16, 2010

"Nakey Baby " 2 Dresses in 1 Tutorial

Nakey Baby Templates Are now Available in my Shop!!
I no longer blog here and can't keep up with the demand! But, I still want to offer this project!!
Go to the store tab on the top of page!!
Thank You!!!

It is 2 ,Yes 2!! 2 Dresses in 1.

 Do I sound like a salesman?I am a little bit. This little Dress is sooo simple to make.  Perfect for a beginner, Superfast for a sewer with some skills. You could whip up 2 of these and 2 nappy/diapers in a couple hours for a great gift. Any little girl would love .
So away we go,

2 pieces of fabric 18"x20"
2 closures  (snaps ,buttons,Velcro or whatever you like!)
Embellishment if you like
Printed Template (link at the bottom of post)

This tutorial is so easy it hardly needs instructions...........

 Fold one of the pieces of fabric in half . Place pattern on fold like so. Cut one ....Fabric  #1.
 Do the same with Fabric #2.
 This is what you should have. Put the two cut outs right sides together, pin  then sew a 1/4 "seam all around the dress.
 Leaving a space open for turning. As I marked above.
 Turn right side out and press. Make sure to turn 1/4 inch in at the opening  to match up edge for top stitching.
 Now it looks like this.
 Top stitch all around dress very close to the edge. This will also close the opening.

Now we need to add some closures. I use snaps cuz I love 'em. Velcro would prabably work better. And buttons would be super cute ...if you feel that spunky. These photos are from the first dress I made with all one fabric. These shows where to put the closures.

Now ,on these two little dresses I added some embellishments. I applied them using fabric glue. Easy Peasy!!

 A butterfly on this one.
 View of the back.
 I stitched a blanket stitch on felt hearts here. The hearts cover up the snap backs .
 Sweet right?

 The cute little back.
I hope you enjoy making this little dress. It gives two different looks for the fashion minded baby. haha
Print template from link below.

Just to remind you can find similar a  pattern here for your little girl. At SewBaby .
That will make a cute girl/doll matching outfits.

This is the last pattern for "The Nakey Baby Project".
I will do a wrap up next week an show off my dressed babies.
If you sew up some off these ideas , PLEASE show them off on the flickr page. I will also post some on the blog here! I really want to see what you do with these ideas.
Thanks to all of you who have down loaded the patterns, over 500 downloads so far !!!!!

How cute!! 2 babies in 1 pic.

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  1. So cute! I made sundresses like that for my daughter when she was a toddler, twenty-some odd years ago! Don't get me wrong, I *love* my precious grandbaby boy to pieces, and wouldn't trade him for ANYthing, but I hope I get a granddaughter next! LOL! :)

  2. Sorry to hear this is the last one. I hope from time to time you'll show some more versions of your patterns.

  3. so so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Very cute idea!! I always loved the doll clothes my mom made for me when I was little. This doll makes me laugh though. She has such a funny little face. lol

  5. Oooh, exciting! My chickie is getting a special doll for her birthday next month, so I'm looking forward to whipping up some of these. (I got here via Craftiness is Not Optional, btw)... thanks for the great pattern!

  6. What a cute little dress! I am sure that when my daughter gets older and likes to change her dolls I will get many requests for things like this! Great job and thank you for linkin to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday!

  7. What a cute little dress. And you made it look and sound so easy!

    I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting the 29th. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in!

  8. Thanks for the pattern, I made one for my daughter's Steiner/Waldorf doll and it's a great fit

  9. Just made this and it came out SO cute- cant wait for my little girl to see her new dolly outfit!
    Thank you!

  10. Oh, these little dresses are gorgeous. I am so excited about making some for my girls. Thank you for a beautiful tutorial and pattern

  11. This may seem like an extremely stupid question (I'm a blonde-what do you expect? lol) but would these fit an ACTUAL baby?? Like a newborn? I have a new baby cousin on her way April 25th and a dress like this would be adorable on her! Anyway please let me know as soon as possible. My e-mail is Thanks!

  12. Hi! What sweet little dresses! I was looking for an idea for a dress for a cute little needle felted teddy bear girl I am going to be making. This will be perfect!! I am now following your blog.
    Hope you come by to say hi!

  13. I'm glad that I've found your website. You sure can write and teach and inspire. Keep writing - I'll keep reading.

  14. Coooool and sooooooooo cute thnx for the help i need to make one for my practical at school so it is a big help thnx again

  15. Coooool and sooooooooo cute thnx for the help i need to make one for my practical at school so it is a big help thnx again

  16. Soo cute thank you so much for sharing. I just had a question though, what size of baby is it that it is suppose to fit? I guess how many inches is your baby?

  17. Found you via Lori Holt and Pinterest. Love this sweet pattern. I found a vintage Gerber baby at a thrift sale, and her little outfit was not in great shape. Now, I can dress my own nearly nakey baby!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. I have two little premmie babies and would definitely love to make these dresses for them- thank you x

  19. Thanks for the tutorial. I made one for my niece and she loved it!

  20. I just made a couple of these today, thank you so much for the pattern! This is sized for a 13" doll and I'm sewing for a 15" American Girl Bitty Twin (same body as their Bitty Baby if anyone is sewing for that doll) so I had to modify it a bit. I made one by the original pattern and it fit my daughters 13" baby well but the 15" doll is taller and chubbier through the chest. I couldn't print it out again so I used the slash-and-spread method to enlarge it. I cut it vertically through the armpit and spread the pattern 1/2" (3/4" might be better if you want to make it easier for little fingers to put on). I cut it horizontally through the waist and spread it 3.5" to make it knee legnth. I also legnthened the straps 1/2" but next time I plan to make it a full 1"--1/2" was just barely long enough.
    Good luck! And thanks again for the pattern!

  21. I made a couple of these this afternoon, thank you so much for the pattern! I made one according to the original pattern to fit a 13" baby and then a second for my daughters 15" American Girl Bitty Twin (same body as the Bitty Baby if anyone is sewing for that doll). Bitty is taller and wider through the chest so here is how I modified the pattern, maybe it'll save someone else some fabric ;) I used the slash-and-spread method. I cut it vertically through the armpit and spread it 1/2" (it fit perfect but 3/4" might give little hands an easier time dressing). I cut it horizontally through the waist and spread it 3.5" to make it knee legnth. I also added 1/2" to the strap legnth but plan to add an inch next time for a little more ease.
    Thanks again for the pattern!

  22. Thank you so much for the photos and patterns. My mom made me shirts like this when I was a little girl. I have recently gotten my very first sewing machine! I was telling my daughter about this style of shirt and I wanted to make some for her for the summer. I think I am going to now make it reverseable after looking at your dress design. I thought about putting a ruffle on it but not sure how that would turn out, well that is what expermenting is all about. Thank you for the trip down memory lane, now I can show her what I was talking about. This is going to be fun!!

  23. This is too cute! I'm making some doll clothes for our baby dolls and a little friends for Christmas, thanks so much :)

  24. I have been searching forever for modern/nice patterns for my daughters little doll, I havent sewed really before so I thought this would be an ideal project - lovely step by step guide to help me along, thankyou! it all went well until I ahd to sew the press studs/snaps on how do you do this to both sides, particularly to the side you have the hearts on, surely the hearts are in the place where it would close on the other side, or am i being daft!
    My daughter 21 months wont let me dress her nakey baby - she screams everytime i try!!
    thank you for a great tutorial!

  25. This is a cute baby outfit idea. I used this sketch and sew a dress for my baby. The finishing was successful.

  26. Just made 4 of these in absolutely no time tonight. My girls will be thrilled tomorrow.

  27. This is so cute! My 4 1/2yr old daughter will love it! The only problem is that when I clicked the link for the pattern it said "The file is damaged and cannot be repaired" and won't open the pattern. This makes me very sad :( Can you help me open it or get the pattern from you by e-mail or something?


    1. Hello Shannon,
      I ill be happy to email the pattern. My link worked fine this morning ...... Maybe there was a problem at the file sharing site yesterday????
      Anyway.....feel free to shoot me an email and i will email back the pattern.
      Thanks for stopping by!!!!!

    2. could you please email the pattern to me. ty

  28. This is so cute! My 4 1/2yr old daughter will love it! The only problem is that when I clicked the link for the pattern it said

  29. I haven't gotten to sew these patterns yet because of back surgery but I'm drooling over them! Thanks so much for sharing these!

  30. I really want to do this beautiful pattern for a little girls cabbage patch doll that she is getting for her birthday on Wednesday, the link wouldn't work though. Any chance you can please email it to me? Would be very appreciated. I'm still fairly new to sewing and this is the only cute dress I could find for a doll. thanks!

  31. I would love to make this pattern for my granddaughter so she can stop trying to put the clothes of the new baby on her doll. thanx!

  32. would you e-mail me the pattern as well please?

    Thank you so much, it's so cute!!