You’re going to love making an heirloom gift for the new baby in your life with these 10 gorgeous vintage crochet baby dress patterns.
Babies are adorable, that is a fact. With their chubby cheeks and dimpled fingers, you could dress them in anything and they would still look good enough to eat.
Whether they are wearing a full suit and tie or only a nappy, if they have a smile on their face they look like the most beautiful thing in the world.
Over the years baby fashions have come and gone and mothers have tried dressing their little darlings in quite a variety of fun, frilly and even fantastical styles.
Yet somehow, the vintage style baby dresses of the Victorian era have never really gone out of vogue.
For practicality, ease and beauty these classic garments are unbeatable, and what makes them better still is if they have been handmade.
For crocheting enthusiasts, baby dresses are a perfect project because they are both decorative and functional and can be kept for years to come as a precious memento of a child’s first few years.
There are absolutely thousands of variations on the basic baby dress design online, and we have put together a list of our favorite vintage patterns to give you some inspiration for your own.
10 Gorgeous Vintage Crochet Baby Dress Patterns
Classic Vintage Baby Girl Crochet Dress Pattern
First up is this classic baby girl dress, which is a great pattern for advanced beginners to try as it only requires a few basic stitches and techniques but results in a really gorgeous final piece.
The little capped sleeves are flared for lots of flexibility and reach, and the scalloped edges give this dress a very delicate, feminine finish.
The pattern is a PDF photocopy of the 1970s original and includes yarn suggestions and sizes. The lightness of the yarn really gives this dress a soft fluffiness that both looks pretty and will keep your baby warm.
If you are looking for a classic dolly-style dress, this pattern is both simple and effective and will make any little girl (and her mummy) very happy!
Classic Baby Girl Crochet Dress and Shoes Pattern
If you are looking to challenge your crocheting skill a little bit more, or are already at an intermediate skill level, then this next pattern is perfect for you.
The design is similar to the previous pattern but it involves a few different stitches which create lovely areas of detail and intricacy. What is more, this pattern comes with the addition of matching shoes which are just too cute for words.
They really complete the outfit and are great if you plan to take your little girl to a party where she can show off her dancing feet.
The shoes are soft soled and perfect for new walkers and crawlers alike, and the dress pattern itself comes in three sizes so can be made for babies from three months to two years old.
Vintage Crochet Baby Dress
Such a beautiful little dress, perfect for a little lady. You can customize the little ribbon belt for her favorite color and add the hat for that touch of whimsy!
Source: The Lavender Chair
Frilly Princess Vintage Baby Dress Crochet Pattern
This next pattern is a great option if you want to make a baby dress for a special occasion such as a birthday or even a christening.
The pattern involves a number of different crochet stitches in order to create the elaborate and eye-catching design and any little girl would feel incredibly special when wearing it.
The puffed skirt is intricate and lacy for that princessy look, and the frilled sleeves are absolutely gorgeous without being too impractical or over the top.
We love the frilled collar detail for extra cuteness and better still is the matching hat which really completes this adorable outfit.
This design is inspired by Beatrix Potter’s beautiful illustrations and so, if you love reading those stories to your little one then you will love this dainty and detailed dress.
Baby Dress Jacket Shawl Vintage Crochet Pattern
Next up we have something for the maximalists in the form of this gorgeous vintage baby dress set, complete with jacket, hat, shawl and booties.
The great thing about this pattern is that, while the whole set will take you some time, you can work on individual items from the set and enjoy making them separately depending on your own schedule.
In the same way, some of the items are more difficult than others and therefore you can choose what to focus on depending on your skill level.
We just love the fringing detail on the very frilly garments, and the soft rim on the tiny baby hat is brilliant for keeping the sun off a baby’s precious little face.
Once again, this is definitely a pattern for a special occasion and will make a most beautiful baby shower gift for any mum-to-be.
Adorable Crochet Baby Dress Bodice
Although it’s not 100% crochet, this is a beautiful little dress. It’s little layered look is just too sweet not to share!
Vintage Baby Angel Tops Crochet Pattern
If you are looking for something a little more practical for everyday wear then these lovely angel-style baby tops are a great option. The pattern is very simple and offers two variations on the same basic design, one with long sleeves and one with short capped sleeves.
These tops come together nice and quickly so you will probably find yourself making both versions in the same amount of time it would take you to make one more complicated baby dress.
The loose weave makes these tops perfect for the summer months, and the lack of frills and bows means that these are ideal for crawling and rolling around in as they are fuss-free and easy to clean.
All in all, this pattern is perfect for those looking to make something practical as well as pretty.
Super Simple Crochet Baby Dress Pattern
Anyone who has looked after a baby will know that they often need multiple changes of clothes throughout the day – it is messy work being young!
This next pattern makes up not one but five different crochet baby dresses, so you will be able to rotate them as and when necessary.
The pattern is super simple and easy to follow and the dresses make up very quickly, so this is great if you don’t have a lot of spare time to spend making lots of bells and whistles.
Each of the five dress designs is slightly unique so you could make these for siblings and they would each feel special and individual.
The pattern offers sizing for newborns through to two year olds, so this really is a versatile and useful addition to your crochet pattern folder.
Vintage Baby Christening Gown Crochet Pattern
And finally, here’s something for anyone who is looking to pull out all the stops.
This incredibly precious and ornate baby’s christening gown will really be a labor of love as it requires so much attention to detail and pain-staking crochet technique, but the final garment is absolutely stunning and will be well worth all the effort.
A child’s christening is a day that will be talked about and remembered for years to come, and of course, the photos will come out for inspection over and over again, so this beautiful christening dress is the perfect outfit to live up to such an occasion.
The double layer of frills gives it lots of dramatic length, and the matching hat and bonnet really complete the overall impact of the outfit. For a confident crocheter, this is the vintage pattern for you – just be sure to get started on it in plenty of time!