I wanted to make some knot baby dresses inspired by Matilda Jane clothing. I made one for each of my twins, one for my friend Crystal’s girl Kaelyn and one for my friend A.J.’s baby.
The baby knot dresses are pretty simple to make, just a bit time consuming. I used a bit of french seaming in it and overlocked and topstitched the rest so that the seams would be more comfortable for babies. The whole skirt is just ripped on the grain rectangles. However wide you make the rectangle for the skirt determines how full the skirt will be. The bodice is just a little rounded rectangle, and the straps of course are just long rectangles. The bodice is fully lined and the back of the bodice has a large strip of elastic cased in the middle of it. The front bodice has large button holes to allow the back straps to lace through, and then you tie a knot. There is also a waistband which ties in a bow in the back. All of this allows for greater flexibility in size, since I wasn’t exactly sure how big the girls would be around this time! I made the dresses while I was still pregnant. I based the width of the twins tiny dresses off of 3 month size dresses I had bought for them, guessing they’d be about that size now. Luckily my guess was right! But the way they dresses are made, the fit is very flexible. The only trouble is, it’s a pull over the head style, and the size is a little too close to the girls’ head size. If I make something like this again, I might do a side zipper in addition to the elastic back to make it much easier to get on for them.
I’ve made a vow with myself lately to try and use the decorative stitches on my embroidery machine more, so around the edges of the aprons and around the bottom of the dress hem, I added little snowflake decorative stitches. Also, the white aprons are actually a white-on-white desgin. Extra details like this I really enjoy! Each dress has slightly different fabric placements or colors and different color rickrack, too.