Here’s a project I’ve been working on for some time now. I’m pretty satisfied of how it turned out, given that it was my first time making baby size clothing. I based my design on the general styling we see in-game and in the movies, but did not copy an already existing dress.
As any other hobbit dress, this one is made out of three different parts. First is the shift, second is the bodice and finally is the skirt. I finally decided to add an apron to complement the outfit.
I did some sketching first to get a clear idea of what I was going for. It helped me choose my fabric and estimate how may rivets and ribbons I was going to need.
While we should only work with linen to be lore correct, I only chose cotton for this outfit. Cotton is much more comfortable and has less chance of hurting your soft baby skin!
Here’s the final result:
I learned a couple of lessons along the way the first being that sewing baby cloths without a pattern is not the best idea you could have. I managed to get proportions right by looking at baby clothes in store and some pictures of the model, but seriously, I’m sure it would have been much easier with a pattern, hehe.
To create this outfit I scavenged fabrics from my costume chest but I had a problem with the fabric for the apron. While every white fabric I had was egg-white, almost soft beige, the piece I had for the apron ribbon was crisp white. I know, that’s not a big difference, but it really was annoying to me. I solve the problem by dying the fabric with black tea!
The key to this outfit is that it’s overly adjustable. I laced both sides of the bodice instead of the front (like it’s usually being done) as well as the top of the shoulder. That way, Baby Hobbit will still be able to wear it when she gets a bit older.
Here is the back of the bodice:
I also added lace to shorten the shift for now and be able to make it longer when she grows up.
Finally, I made sure the waist elastic of the skirt was still easily accessible so we could tighten or loose it anytime.
And finally, here’s baby hobbit in her new dress, with the prettiest smile of all the Shire!