I made this for my best friends first child (my god daughter) a WHILE ago. It was a pain the butt because it included a bunch of things I had never done before, however, now my friend has her first family 'heirloom' and both her daughters have since been baptized in it.
AND, just to toot my own horn for a second, I won "Best in Show" at the county fair for this gown (which means I won a big ribbon and a gift card to Safeway,
To the pictures!!!
This is Cecilia (daughter number two) in the gown. It doesn't show the detail very well, but it does give an idea of the length. The gown is an under'skirt' and over dress. (Both are actually dresses)
Here she is modeling it. Relishing the attention and posing nicely. The collar looks a little weird here, but I assure you, it is not, because I took it apart and re-sewed it about half a dozen times. This shows the texture of the fabric nicely and the lace around the sleeves, collar and bodice (ooooo, flowers)
I (my mother actually, I am no good at free hand embroidery) had the girls names embroidered on the underskirt, and there is plenty of room for future siblings.
Final action shot! You can almost see here that the bottom has four tiers of different lace on it (Two on the dress, two on the underskirt). I also washed the fabric a few times before sewing it to make sure it was extra soft for sensitive baby skin. The back has a button closure to allow room for bigger babies.
Whew! Thats it. Comments welcome