Sweet Baby Lexi just celebrated her first birthday. And in honor of the occasion, I wanted to make her something special. I thought a handmade dress would do the trick. The original pattern was a solid color, but I thought that I could certainly do a little better than that for my precious niece. So, I set out to modify the pattern just a tad to arrive at a retro cherry baby dress.
I used the Little Sweetie free crochet pattern and followed the directions for a size 18 months. (Directions for size 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months are included with the pattern.) The only modifications I made were to the colors of yarn used.
I made the body of the dress with yarn that I inherited, and it came without a wrapper. The red is Caron Simply Soft Red. I changed to red only to complete the last Edging Round 2 row, Neck Edging, and Armhole Edging of the pattern.
This YouTube Video Tutorial will walk you through the pattern if it looks daunting to you (but it's really just a long pattern because it's written for multiple size options).
Instead of finishing the pattern with the flower given on the pattern as recommended, I completed the cherry part of this free Cherry Crochet Dishcloth pattern using more of the red yarn and some scrap brown and green yarn. I appliqued the cherry to the front left of the dress.
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Have fun crafting your retro cherry dress!
And here's an update to the post with a photo of our sweet Baby Lexi modeling the dress - looks so adorable on her!