I should have smacked myself upside the head. I’d had a month to get the Christening gown for Sophia completed, but ended up finishing it just a few hours before her Baptism.
Beyond my usual procrastination, I have a habit of “designing as I go.” I usually have an idea of what I want it to look like. However, I continually change design elements and always end up with something totally different from my original design. Am I the only one who does this?
Working with silk shantung is challenging to say the least. And trying to set the tiniest gathered sleeves is beyond nerve-wracking!
Then I sewed lace and tatting to tulle. At least I was smart enough to do it flat (before sewing up the side seams of the skirts).
But the worst was trying to gather 6 skirt layers (1 cotton batiste, 3 tulle, 1 netted lace and 1 silk shantung overskirt) and attach them to the tiny silk shantung bodice.
Whew! DONE! To give you an idea of size…this dress bodice is a size 3 months…LOL! It just looks bigger in photos. Ok, so the dress is huge…I think it measures about 48 inches. And oh my…it was HEAVY!
At the last minute, I decided to do these silk dupioni spider web roses. I’ll post a quick tutorial this week (once I get another manicure), so everyone can make some, too.
To make dressing the baby easy, I used large sewn-in snaps and covered them with no-functioning rhinestone buttons.
Here’s a close-up of all the skirt layers. I’ve made several special occasion dresses, but never a Christening dress. This was a first. I’ve been collecting vintage laces and tatting for ages and loved using them for such a precious little girl!
Meet Sophia, daughter of my dear friend, Diana (aka Diana of Not Just Bagels)! The Christening gown fit Sophia perfectly! It was such a feeling of accomplishment to see Sophia in the Christening dress.
Sophia enjoyed sucking on the big silk roses. Isn’t she beautiful?
Diana loved the dress and is going to put it in a huge shadow box to display in Sophia’s room.
Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!