Catherine Wrap Dress

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Oh my goodness isn’t she precious?!?!

Can you believe this was almost a year ago? Time sure does fly.

Now she’s walking and babbling and getting into everything. And… she’s almost 1. Which means, it’s almost time for 1 year old pictures.

I wanted to make something special. So I decided to take this wrap, that we took pictures in when she was only a day old, and turn it into a dress.

I came across a wonderful group of women who produce the cutest little girl dresses. I know I’ve mentioned them before: Violette Field Threads.

A while back I had purchased their Catherine Baby pattern, and I decided it was time to pull it out and use it for this very special project.

Violette Fields does a 6-12 months size, which would’ve been perfect for my baby girl, but I’m working with a stretch knit. When working with a stretch knit, you actually go down a size to account for the stretch in the fabric.

I cut out a 3-6 month, removed the area on the back bodice where the buttons would go, and placed it on the fold.

I wished I had taken pictures of this, but, when finished, the front bodice and the back bodice pieces would be the same width. They are both placed on the fold.

I used the hi-low front bodice, gathered skirt, and 3/4 length sleeves, which I then added a flounce to it.

I didn’t line the bodice, mainly because I didn’t have enough fabric. But I used the front and back bodice pieces to make a interface for the bodice. I sewed it together just like you would if it was lined, and sewed it together at the neckline.

Let’s just say, I’m super excited at how it turned out. What do you think???

Isn’t she a doll?

As you can see, I decided to pair it with some bright pink pants, which I got from Walmart the day before. Of course I’m using that same cute bow that came with it. Add some cute shoes and she’s good to go!

The best part??? I won a milestone portrait session from Three Twigs Photography earlier this year, and we are going to take the cutest, outdoor pictures in this outfit. Perfect for fall!!

Hopefully she’ll smile for them. (She doesn’t tend to smile when I go and get her pictures taken at the portrait studio.)

Okay, so now, go decide what you want to do with the wrap that you have. That first year milestone is a great way to repurpose it.