Newborn Going Home Outfit

Two days before the early arrival of Baby Celeste, I decided I absolutely had to make her going home outfit. Luckily, sewing for babies is so quick and I finished in the nick of time (sewing through what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions, but were probably real ones!).

Knowing that bub was going to be a girl, I decided it had to be a dress. I’m a big believer in dressing babies for comfort rather than style (rompers, onesies, knit tops and pants), but I wanted this outfit to be special. After trawling through my saved links in Delicious and a bit of googling, the Itty Bitty Baby Dress from Made by Rae looked like just the thing.

Next step, sort through my stash for the perfect fabric. I wanted cute and girly, but not pink and frilly. Little Birdies in Yellow by Me and My Sister for Moda Fabrics was the one. I also had a small piece of lemony-yellow linen (I think?) that I picked up at the thrift store that I used for the bodice lining. Here’s the finished product, modelled by the adorable Celeste:

I made the 7-9lb baby version and it fit my 7lb 12oz darling perfectly (won’t be getting a lot of wear out of this one!). I also attempted to make the baby jodphurs from Ottobre Designs magazine (3/2010), but wasn’t paying much attention when sewing the front and back leg pieces together to what was the “right side” of the fabric (can you really tell with plain knits?), and managed to sew two left legs. I was running low on thread and didn’t want to get the seam ripper out, so I just bodged the pants together. No close-up photos of that sewing effort!

I’m still pleased that my daughter came home from hospital in a homemade outfit (although wearing a bought long-sleeve onesie underneath the dress as the weather has been miserable here lately). I’ll definitely keep the dress as a memento of such a wonderful occasion!


  1. The undomesticated scientist says

    what a super cute dress and an even cuter baby. enjoy her and making her lots and lots of cute frocks!

  2. Very sweet baby and dress!

  3. You were seriously nesting when you made this!! It is lovely and she is absolutely gorgeous.

  4. Congratulations on such a beautiful baby girl!! You did a great job on the dress too! Way to go mama!

  5. sewing dresses 2 days before she’s due?? Wow! Adorable dress and baby!! Congrats.

  6. You are so ambitious to be sewing two days before your adorable little girl was due! The dress turned out lovely, as did your 9 month project. 🙂 I just stumbled across your blog and I am so excited to read more!
    Amie @

  7. Congratulations! Your daughter, (and her dress!) are adorable!

  8. How sweet!

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  9. So awesome.
    The dress will be treasured for sure.

  10. Adorable~ congrats on the sweet baby girl!! Stopping by from twitter- you have a great blog!

  11. That is adorable! Way to go!

    Stoping by from SITS!

  12. aw that is so cute! Just found your blog, congrats on your baby girl! If you have time come link up @ Ladybug Blessings Handmade Tuesdays next week!

  13. Maridith @ Strictly Homemade says

    That is so sweet. I am having another girl in January. I would love to make her something homemade. Your daughter looks so beautiful!! Congrats!

  14. Life with Kaishon says

    Oh my goodness. Your baby is SO adorable. What a little sweetie! I love that you made her that special outfit so quickly! I think girls that can sew are total and complete rock stars!

  15. awwwww she’s so cute! congratulations! I think we’re living similar lives with a newborn in the house!


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