Retro Baby Dress and Nappy Covers

by So Zo

in 1950s,1970s,Children,Dresses,Kids,Vintage Sewing

It may seem mental to be making baby clothes before I’ve even given birth, but these last few weeks might be my last chance to get any sewing done for a long time!

Dress Pattern:
If memory serves, I bought this vintage Style 1106 pattern (published 1975, Size 1) from the awesome Snooper’s Paradise in Brighton not long after we moved here a few years ago. How frustrating must it have been trying to sew for children before multi-sized sewing patterns became the norm? Such a small window of opportunity for each pattern to be of any use to you! This is actually the second time I’ve used this myself, the first being for my friend’s daughter Surayya that I made in Africa wax fabric. When I made that first version I wouldn’t have guessed that the second time I’d use it would be for my own little Missy! I also recently leant this pattern to my friend Kate so she could rustle up a birthday present for a mate of her’s daughter, thus getting more use from this than it possibly ever got from its original owner!

Dress Pattern changes:

Kate and I both came to the conclusion that the neck opening seemed a little tight, so we both made that a little wider on our respective versions. I also added a couple of cms to the length, plus only used 3cms of the suggested 5.7cms (!) hem allowance to make it a bit longer. What is up with those crazy-short hems on kiddie dresses of the 1950′s/60′s/70′s?! I’m hoping that our little girl will be able to wear it for a longer period of time if the length is a bit more generous. Kate and I also decided to opt for small poppers to fasten the top back opening instead of buttons because we’d narrowed the neck yoke and creating button holes would have been a bit of a faff on the new reduced dimension.

Also, I created a slightly different sleeve shape pattern for this version. I wanted something less frilly or puffy than most of the sleeved versions included in this pattern already so that this dress can be worn with a cardigan over the top (seeing as this outfit should be coming into use next Autumn/Winter).

Nappy Cover/Pants Pattern:

The matching nappy cover pants are made using Newlook 6818 pattern. I changed the pattern slightly to make them look less ‘bloomer-esque’. It’s not a vintage pattern and I haven’t used vintage fabric, but I think the style of the pants and the floral fabric have a sufficient retro vibe to justify their inclusion on this blog, I hope you agree! I’m not sure how seasonally appropriate they will be for when this outfit comes into use, it’s possible that wooly tights might be in order at that point, but who can say?! Making these nappy covers is so quick and so much fun, and I’m sure she’ll get some use from these ones even if it isn’t with the dress.

These nappy cover/pants are sooo quick and fun to make. I really hope they turn out to be useful because I could happily sew them again and again. Here’s another version I made from the pattern from a small piece of vintage linen that’s been in my stash for over a year:

I’m no expert but I think this fabric might be from the early 1950′s. The print is so pretty:

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mariebayarea September 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

Beautiful prints. Love these little outfits.

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Liz September 21, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I love these. Great fabric and lovely design. They’ll look gorgeous on a little baby girl :)

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Debbie Feely September 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Love the fabric and the finished items. So cute! and so fun to be sewing for your own little one. Someone else on here suggested cutting the seam allowance out of the neck of all vintage patterns and I find that helpful. I do it with all mine now. I remember the tight fits of the 50s.

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Technicolor Cutie September 21, 2013 at 4:51 pm

SO CUTE!!! I have a little girl, and I sewed something similar to this!

http://instagram.com/p/bPjUKezUgp/#

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ooobop! September 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

So incredibly cute. I love sewing little girl stuff. :-)

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Lucy September 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Hurrah another pregnant stitcher! Not crazy at all to make a few bits – these look great. (PS – have a pattern giveaway for a child’s blouse on my blog you might like)

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