A friend (and former co-worker) of mine recently had a baby. Well, his wife had the baby but he's acting like he did! Even though he's no longer at the firm, we keep in touch and I promised him when the baby was born thatI would make her a little something. I waited until after the birth to start because even though they were expecting a girl, I wanted to be certain before I made something girly.
When I told him that something would be coming his way soon, he said that if I hadn't started yet, could I make it something in a slightly larger size because "they have about 3,000 variations of pink in infant to 3 months." Not a problem - the one baby girl pattern (Burda 9680) I have is an older Burda, with two dress variations, a long sleeve with a straight hem and a sleeveless pinafore with a scalloped hem. I loved the hem scallops and the sleeve variation would depend on how much fabric I had.
The other night I finally got around to starting. Since none of the fabrics in my stash are really baby-type fabric, I thought I was going to have to buy something, but then I started digging through my bags of thrift-store purchases and clothes that I had given up wearing and came up with something perfect. Not only is it a recycling project, but the fabric is all the softer for little Madeleine because I've washed and worn it for years.
Once upon a time it was a sundress from April Cornell, a vaguely Liberty-ish floral in lavender and pale blue. (See, Kevin, NOT pink!). It's hard to see in the photos, but the dress front was tiny pintucks. I laid out my pattern pieces and found out that I could take advantage of the pintucks for the front of the baby dress. Additionally, I could re-use the button back of the dress rather than inserting the zipper that Burda recommended. A zipper in a baby dress? Really?
There was plenty of skirt fabric to make the scalloped skirt pieces, and enough left to put aside for contrast cuffs and collar band for a shirt for Mario one of these days.
For the trim, I dug deep into the trim stash - several plastic tubs of assorted frilly that I've been accumulating for decades - and came up with the lace for the them and the cotton trim for the neckline, waist and the tops of the hem scallops.
This project literally took me 2 hours from start to finish and came completely from stash. Not only is it cute, but it's environmentally friendly.