SEW Adorable: A dress for baby Brooklyn

My friend Kristen (my older sister’s best friend from high school, who lived with us for a while after they graduated, so is more like an older sister to me – are you tracking?)…Let’s start over…

Kristen has had some difficult pregnancies. Her first daughter was born at 26 weeks gestation at 1lb 10oz, and spent a couple of months in the NICU. She’s a beautiful 9-year-old now, and doing just fine.

Later, when I was pregnant for Jaden, Kristen was pregnant for another baby girl. She (and everyone else) was heartbroken when her baby Angel was delivered at 20 weeks, and didn’t survive.

Well, Kristen became pregnant just one more time, and this time the doctors put her on bedrest early on and did an extra precautionary measure (probably TMI for some of you, so I’ll refrain) to help her stay pregnant longer.

Kristen went into the hospital at 27 weeks, and they were able to keep her from delivering. She went home at 28 weeks, and she stayed on bedrest and endured weeks and weeks of labor. And – PRAISE THE LORD – she kept that baby in until 34 weeks. What a blessing! We are all praising God for this little one…

Since Brooklyn was a 5-pounder, she was a tad small for newborn size clothes. And my friend Loribeth had sent this Itty Bitty Baby Dress pattern my way a while back. So I decided to try my first attempt at clothing!

With a few changes to the original pattern, I think it turned out quite nicely!

The original pattern only called for the bodice and top layer of skirt. However, I thought it would be fun to add a petticoat with lace to the bottom. See?

And instead of just gathering the skirt, I made inverted box pleats, ’cause I like the look of them better.

Then I made a cute little (well, HUGE in proportion to her head, but that’s all the rage these days) headband to match. (THANKS to my awesome friend Dana for telling me how to make these!)

Now I’m just waiting for Kristen to send me a picture of sweet Brooklyn wearing it sometime. In the meantime, I’m getting the creative itch again!!!