So after failing to complete a project during Kids Clothes Week and picking up some very inexpensive remnants, I thought yesterday would be a good time to experiment sewing something for G without a pattern. I was originally inspired by the pillow case dress tutorial on Freshly Picked, but wanted to tweak a few things and use only what I had on hand (namely by doing self ties rather than elastic at the neckline). In full disclosure the tutorial looks really excellent, and any difficulties I outline below are due to my own experimentation-during-sleep-deprivation process.
After finishing the first version of the dress, though, I realized that I had made a pretty dumb mistake. I had cut the body to the size of G's chest, but did not add any flare to the skirt, so I couldn't get it over her ginormous baby head (I can say this. I have the C-section scar to prove it.). Plus, even if I could have gotten it on, the dress was so narrow (and G so increasingly mobile) that she would have been very, very uncomfortable in it. But I was really proud of the binding work around the arms and the casing I had made for the self-ties. Plus, since I was working with a limited amount of fabric to begin with, my options were pretty limited. And finally, as you should know by now, I am a very lazy seamstress.
So, I cut the dress about an inch and a half below the armpit, leaving just a little bodice. Then I trimmed the rest and sewed it together to fashion a wider, fuller skirt.
(I also feel like I should add a disclaimer at the end of this piece. A couple new moms have asked me how on earth I find the time to sew with a baby. Let me just stress that blogs, including this one, are incredibly selective. I might be showing off a project I pieced together during a few of her naps, but I'm certainly not showing off the dirty dishes in the sink, the piles of dog hair hiding under the couch, or the stack of unopened mail I still need to sort. Some days I make choices to put those other things aside so I can enjoy a bit of creative alone time--- please don't think I have it all together, because I definitely do not!)