Hi! It’s Esther Lewis here! I’m talking about the Mamma Can Do It Onesie today. I don’t know how you decide what to sew for your babies, but I love convenient and cute all in one. One of my favorites for my baby girls are the little onesie dresses. I had searched around a little bit and was never able to find a pattern. I finally just told myself, “You can figure out how to hack the MCDI onesie on your own!” Sometimes the only reason we can’t do something is because that’s what we’ve told ourselves. So today, I’m going to show you how to make an adorable onesie dress with a little bit of a capped sleeve.
First of all, if you don’t have the pattern, Grab it here! MCDI Onesie. The links I use throughout this post are affiliate links, and I’d love if you chose to click on them if you need to shop! ?
I’ll show you how to prep your pattern, and then walk through the sections that we are going to switch up
We’re going to need to change the shape of our sleeve cap to be able to gather it a little. Start with your desired size.
Lay your sleeve on top of another piece of paper. Make an angle opening toward your fold edge. The higher you tilt your piece, the more gathering you will end up with. Draw a line straight up from your sleeve to the top of your new cap. (Yellow line) and trace down over your original sleeve cap. You may want to do a practice run on your sleeve. My first version was not quite as much gathering as I wanted, so I followed my steps and tilted it back even more.
Mark your sleeve where you will start your gathering. (Remember this mark will be on both sides of the sleeve because it is cut on the fold.)
(Original cap vs. New Cap)
Now your new sleeve pattern is all ready!
Measure across your front bodice.
Measure down on your bodice piece where you would like your dress to start. You can choose between a higher waistline or lower. I like my waistline a little higher so I measured down 2 1/8” on the 9-12 month front bodice. Draw a straight line across your piece. Mirror this line on to your back bodice piece being careful that they are the same length down from each pit.
Measure down from your waistline. I wanted my skirt to hit mid thigh, so I measured 8” down. Account for seam allowance (3/8”) and dress hem (I chose 1/2” and you end up with 8 7/8” for your width. Summed up, that means you will need to cut two skirt pieces 8 7/8”W X 20L.
Cut apart your front and back pieces on the lines you drew. You are ready to cut out all of your pattern pieces now! When you are cutting out your front and back pieces, don’t forget to add 3/8” to the top and bottom pieces to account for your new seam!
SEWING THE ONESIE DRESS:
Get all of your pattern pieces cut out and start your project per instructions. When you are ready to add your sleeves, sew a gathering stich in between your marks and gather your sleeve to fit your armscye. Attach your sleeves as the pattern instructs.
Sew down the sides of your bottom onesie front and bottom onesie back RST (Black lines.) Turn right side out.
Lay your skirt pieces RST and sew down the sides.
Gather your skirt using your preferred method and pin around the bottom half of your onesie.
It should like like this! 🙂
That wasn’t as bad as you thought was it? Your dress should look something like this when you are finished.
And your baby will probably be as happy as mine when you put her in it.