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Natalie’s Christening Gown

Teddy’s Christening Gown

My middle child, Lindsey, now has a son, John Theodore Ehricht. He is my newest grandchild. Initially we did not know the sex of the baby, so I could not start on a christening gown until she could find out the sex at her ultrasound appointment. When she did finally find out, I was able to start on the gown.

Finding pretty christening gowns for boys is difficult. I wanted it to be elaborate without being prissy. Searching for boy’s christening gowns, I found this pattern. It fit the bill nicely.

I am very picky about items I sew. If I make a mistake I will always know where those mistakes are, even if they can’t be seen by the client. I was just learning my embroidery machine, and I did not know you could combine patterns into one. . Because of that, the embroidery on the center panels initially wasn’t lined up well. Even if Lindsey or anybody else would have never noticed, I knew it was there, so I had to remake the center panels on this dress, and had to order more fabric to do that.

The image above is the detail from the two front overlay panels. In the center between those two panels, I have embroidered the Trinity Cross set.

The finished Gown

Unfortunately these photos don’t do the gown justice as it is difficult to see the level of detail in the gown.

Detail of the center panel

In this photo you can see the Trinity Cross embroidery in the center.

I made shoes and a bonnet to match.  There is a beautiful embroidered “E” on the back of the bonnet in the Christian Crosses pattern. I don’t currently have a photo of the bonnet.

and a smaller complimentary “E” on the shoes.  Teddy’s feet are so big, I don’t think these fit too well by the time he was christened.

Hope’s Dress

 

I had seen this beautiful dress on the cover of Sew Beautiful magazine and wanted to make it for a while.

 

The inspiration for the dress.

I decided to make it for my oldest grandchild, Hope, knowing that she was getting too old for frilly dresses, she wants to look like a teenager, not a little girl.

The photo above is a close up detail of the lace fancy band on the bottom of the dress.

Overall dress

Wide Lace Collar

Detail of Sleeve.

Fabrics

Swiss Nelona Batiste – Imported from Switzerland, this wonderful 100% cotton fabric has a gorgeous sheen with a little body, yet it is still translucent. It is 45” wide and very easy to work with for machine or hand sewing, smocking, or any other heirloom sewing project you might choose. A Swiss batiste known as “Nelona” the cream of the crop quality for very special projects. It’s soft, light and has a lovely sheen. If you’re making a keep sake, and want to pass the garment down – this is the fabric you should be using. Buy the best you can afford when making these special items. Made in Switzerland

Lawn – More translucent than batiste. Soft, gauzy cotton with a silky, wonderful feel. Glides over your fingers- floats on air. Fantastic!o

Silk Batiste – very pretty and soft. It makes into a gorgeous blessing gown or other special occasion dress for child. It would make a pretty blouse for Mom too!

Silk Organza – Beautiful, sheer Silk Organza is such an elegant touch to that special garment! It is not as stiff as Organdy and it smocks very well.

Irish Handkerchief Linen – Our beautiful Handkerchief Linen is a fine, lightweight linen that is smooth to the touch and delicate. It is very light and slightly translucent, perfect for shadow work, drawn thread work, Madeira appliqué or any other type of embroidery.

Swiss Cotton Flannel – This fabric is wonderful and so soft! Unlike the Cashmere Cotton, which is a thicker fabric, this Swiss Flannel is finely woven, not bulky, suitable for French seams. Choose this fabric for baby’s layette, receiving blanket, a warm daygown, winter dress or shirt. Try it, I am sure you will love it!