First, Happy Valentine's Day! Hurry for a day dedicated to eating chocolate and getting flowers! I know I will definitely be eating my fair share of sweets today, I hope you do too.
Ok, back to sewing and crafting. I made this wee little baby dress from Anna Maria Horner's book, Handmade Beginings, the dress is called the Pretty-as-a-Picture Dress. A number of our friends are having babies in the near future and I thought I'd get a head start on some baby gifts!
It uses one fabric to showcase the design in both the front and back of the dress. I had this adorable porcupine fabric that I found in Japan and figured this would be a great use for it!
Back view: You can see how the elastic around the waistband (except for the front panel) gives the dress some cute gathers.
And side view:
This was a great day project. I started it in the morning and finished after lunch, with many coffee breaks in between. I am loving Handmade Beginings, it has adorable projects for every aspect of parenthood: from diaper bags to maternity clothes to baby toys, a great range of things to create.
And if you're looking for a fun Valentine's day craft try making your own paper hearts with this tutorial:
Chocolate Valentine's Day!