Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sophia's baptism gown

When my friend Melissa asked me to make the gown for her newborn daughter's baptism this coming March, I was honored. I didn't know much about heirloom sewing back when my own girls were little, so I sadly did not make such precious things for them... therefore I consider it a truly special task to create these things for others close to me.

Melissa had a few special requests - box pleats, clean lines, and white silk. I took her desire for simplicity, and hopefully created a treasure for this special day for both the beautiful baby girl, Sophia, and her family.

christening/baptism gown

Designs for hand-embroidered crosses were practically non-existent on the internet and in my many back issues of Sew Beautiful magazine, so I designed this one myself.

bonnet and dress

Five rows of pintucks... three delicate hand embroidered arcs and french knot trios to symbolize the Trinity... I also added baby's initials & year of baptism...

dress skirt

I greatly modified the ideas behind an Ayrshire bonnet pattern from Sew Beautiful magazine Issue #79 for this bonnet - just a bit of flat lace, pintucks, and delicate crocheted edging...


I decided on the use of pleats to gather the crown, which kept with the design of the dress... I found this was actually easier than gathering, and the results are, in my opinion, quite lovely.

bonnet back


Angela said...

so absolutely beautiful

Joanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Fabulous job!!

Hana said...

This is gorgeous! I didn't have things like this for any of my children either but I'd love to be able to have an heirloom type dress made for my youngest for Easter (she'll be 2 in april). If not for anything but to take her photo in and wear to church. You did a fabulous job!! LOVE it!!

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FiberGeek said...

Really pretty. Your friend should be thrilled with it.

Deborah said...

That is just lovely!

Twisted in Texas said...

Rebekah, I love all the thoughtful detail. Beautiful keepsake.

Melissa said...

Rebekah, the gown and bonnet are gorgeous! It literally took my breath away!!!!! I can't wait for Sophia to wear them. I love the symbolism. You captured the simplicity and beauty I had hoped for. You never cease to amaze me. Truly lovely.

A very lucky mom and friend,