Ocean Blue Mother-Baby Dress Set

By chloe • Nursery, Sewing • 5 Aug 2012

Update: Alas, I didn’t win the sewing machine but did make the top 3 =) Thank you all for your support! Can’t wait to post photos of our baby girl in the dress.


Yeah I made it to the 10 finalists of the Burda contest! Please support me and VOTE HERE. Thank you! The first prize is a new a sewing machine, which I will be over the moon to have since my good old second hand Necchi is having bobbin thread issues lately. Would love to have new machine to make things for my baby girl on!

We are expecting our baby girl in 5 weeks’ time! I made a mother/baby dress set as part of the Burda Summer Sewing Challenge.

For the mother dress I wanted the back to be the visual focus with the full lace panel (my bump already gets enough attention!). I used the Burda June 2010 chiffon maxi dress pattern and adjusted the back pattern to fit the lace panel. I also eliminated the back seam and darts to accommodate my non-existent waist line 😉 The front tucks on the original pattern are perfectly placed for a maternity dress and grows with my belly. It not only works as a maternity dress but also looks great afterwards as a regular summer dress.

For the baby dress I drafted the pattern with the same round neckline and front tucks. For a finishing touch both the mother and baby dresses have the same tiny lace trim in the front.

The fabric is a silk/cotton mix chiffon with some body. I got it in Tokyo at the Okadaya Shinjuku store a few years ago and had been keeping it for the perfect maxi dress project. The gorgeous cotton lace panel was found on Etsy after hours of searching for the right shape and pattern.

I love how both outfits turned out. I can’t wait to wear them together with my baby girl next summer!

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