So… the sewing machine is out of storage

I’ve always been terrified to attempt anything in a knit fabric but I’m 40 now and grown up bolder, (and I’ve been looking at all the stuff people have made on http://www.craftsy.com), so… here goes nothing:-

Simple single-knit baby dress with back opening – TUTORIAL

Using a dress that fits the baby/child, cut your own pattern out on the fold of the fabric, leaving a 1cm seam allowance all around.
Using a dress that fits the baby/child, cut your own pattern out on the fold of the fabric, leaving a 1cm seam allowance all around.
Cut out 2nd piece in exactly the same way
Cut out 2nd piece in exactly the same way
On the BACK piece, cut the armhole slightly more open (about 5mm)
On the BACK piece, cut the armhole slightly more open (about 5mm)
On the FRONT piece, cut the neckline 1 inch deeper/lower than the back.
On the FRONT piece, cut the neckline 1 inch deeper/lower than the back.
On BACK, snip about 2 inches in the middle back (for opening)
On BACK, snip about 2 inches in the middle back (for opening)
Optional - Cut a strip of lace just longer than the width of the dress.  Turn under 5mm on one long edge and sew
Optional – Cut a strip of lace just longer than the width of the dress. Turn under 5mm on one long edge and sew
Gather other long edge of lace till it matches width of dress, then pin & sew upside down & wrong side out (the lace)
Gather other long edge of lace till it matches width of dress, then pin & sew upside down & wrong side out (the lace)
Next, flip the lace downwards, so it's now right side up, and pin, then top-stitch close to the top edge to hold it flat and neat.
Next, flip the lace downwards, so it’s now right side up, and pin, then top-stitch close to the top edge to hold it flat and neat.
With RIGHT SIDES together, pin and then sew at shoulder seams (I stitched about 1cm from edge)
With RIGHT SIDES together, pin and then sew at shoulder seams (I stitched about 1cm from edge)
Cut binding (strips of fabric about 1 inch wide) then carefully ease & pin (use lots of pins!) onto the RIGHT side of neckline and armholes.  If you're worried, I would suggest tacking by hand to make sure everything is lying neatly before sewing by machine.
Cut binding (strips of fabric about 1 inch wide) then carefully ease & pin (use lots of pins!) onto the RIGHT side of neckline and armholes. If you’re worried, I would suggest tacking by hand to make sure everything is lying neatly before sewing by machine.

9b Stitch binding to neck & shoulder about 1cm from edge

Carefully trim the raw edges down to +/-5mm. (I also trimmed the actual binding width down - to about 1cm)
Carefully trim the raw edges down to +/-5mm. (I also trimmed the actual binding width down – to about 1cm)
Carefully roll/fold over binding to the INSIDE and pin, tack & sew by hand (so the stitches don't go through to the right side)
Carefully roll/fold over binding to the INSIDE and pin, tack & sew by hand (so the stitches don’t go through to the right side)

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Finished the neckline - now just the the armholes left to do!  Keep on going!
Finished the neckline – now just the the armholes left to do! Keep on going!

Then sew the side seams of the dress (RIGHT SIDES together), and then decided how to finish off the bottom hem.  This is a big decision for me because I have an overlocker (on loan!) at home and I’ve never used one before.

Cool.  So, all that's left to do is to bind the little back opening & choose a button. I sewed a little 'loop' out of a piece of binding to use as a fastener, so I didn't have to sew a button hole.
Cool. So, all that’s left to do is to bind the little back opening & choose a button. I sewed a little ‘loop’ out of a piece of binding to use as a fastener, so I didn’t have to sew a button hole.
Ended up NOT using the overlocker. Just used a slightly pretty stitch to help disguise any non-straight sewing! (My hand is covering an accidental fold in the fabric - sigh!)
Ended up NOT using the overlocker. Just used a slightly pretty stitch to help disguise any non-straight sewing! (My hand is covering an accidental fold in the fabric – sigh!)
So... I made a 'flower' to cover my mistake. I cut out a circle of the same lace fabric, zig-zagged around the edge to stop any future fraying, then hand stitched a circle in the centre to gather the centre of the 'flower'. Attached it to the dress  by hand stitching it on - it lies over the mistake. Ta-daaah :)
So… I made a ‘flower’ to cover my mistake. I cut out a circle of the same lace fabric, zig-zagged around the edge to stop any future fraying, then hand stitched a circle in the centre to gather the centre of the ‘flower’. Attached it to the dress by hand stitching it on – it lies over the mistake. Ta-daaah 🙂
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