A personal note from Anna Maria:
I am so happy to introduce the Piece-A-Cake baby dress! After sewing for my kiddos for years (and years) I have come to rely on simple patterns that are not overwhelmed with details. This one is the perfect opportunity to play with favorite fabrics, add details and even to make a batch of them at once. I also really appreciate that in just a couple of hours my little one can have a new dress ready to go. That is helpful when she seems to grow from one size to another in about that much time!
As you can see from the photos, the abbreviated length of the dress gives an older baby plenty of wiggle room once she is on the go. Because of the easy-going shape, the same little frock that acts as a dress now will be just as sweet as a top later this fall over little baby jeans and under a cozy sweater.
The short or long sleeve option and the classic peasant neckline keeps the styling options open for any time of year. Just a switch up of fabric types and sleeve length, pairing it with leggings or cute little bloomers, will take the one pattern through every season. I made several of the short sleeve versions for Mary Anna out of soft and lightweight cotton voile in the 3 month size when she was first born. The elastic neckline and buttery soft fabric made it so simple to slip on over a onesie during the summer months. She instantly had a sweet little outfit ready for visits from family and friends.
The version shown here is made out of a quilting cotton from my newest collection of fabrics, Pretty Potent, arriving in stores now. I have two more for her sitting on my ironing board waiting for a the final hem step. Speaking of hem, this pattern and the video that we produced for you will teach you how to use the blind hem foot on your machine for a really nice finish. This is the perfect time to sit down and watch how simple the process of making a blind hem is, especially if you have never tried it. It is much easier than it seems, and you will probably get hooked on making all your hems blind hems! My Janome machines make this fool proof and beautiful.
Enjoy the pattern & and I can't wait to see your Piece-A-Cakes!!
xo, Anna Maria