My coworker is having a baby girl in just a few weeks. And last week we threw her a baby shower at work (a lunch potluck). I had finished the dress, but I hadnt tied in any of the ends or crocheted the matching shoes or diaper cover (ie baby underwear) yet, so I elected to show her the dress but then take it home to finish.
I have now crocheted all the pieces, and hope to get the ends tied in tonight. but in the meantime, I thought I would share my progress
The Baby Girl Sleeper Set
As always, I found the pattern on ravelry, and it is available for free here, along with other baby clothes patterns.
To be honest, I think the pattern is pretty poorly written. First, I think it is always important to write the number of stitches you should expect to have at the completion of each row or section. While the pattern does contain these for the dress and shoes, it is missing for the diaper cover, which is where I think it would be most useful.
Second, I made the top (purple) section of the dress three times and cannot figure out how you would wind up with 20 shells for the dress part. The second time, I forced 20 shells, but then the dress looked kinda lopsided and like it was designed for a very fat baby. So I stuck with 19 shells. *Note: if you are going to want it to be a DRESS – you have to make it longer than the pattern implies. mine totals 12.5 inches
Third, the fact that there is no picture with the pattern is always a frustration to me. Of course, there are lots of pictures uploaded on ravelry, but exactly what this intended to look like is unclear as many of the projects on ravelry differ, particularly where the purple top meets with white shells on the dress.
Overall, I am pleased with the results, but if I have the time, I intend to re-write the pattern.
Time: Dress – about 2.5 hours, shoes – 30 minutes, Diaper cover – 1 hour
Because I LOVE baby shoes – here is a close up of the shoes 🙂