Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blessing Dress


As I've been deciding on what I want for my daughter's christening/ blessing dress, I was inspired by these turn of the century christening gowns.   Back when baby boys and girls wore dresses in photos.
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It's been funny expecting a baby girl, I find I'm not drawn to ruffles, lace, satin--the frills so much.
I was telling my mom I'd have pictures of the blessing dress on the blog today and she said she was excited to see it, and I told her it's nothing to write home about, pretty basic and plain jane.  She wouldn't find hours of beading or layer upon layer of chiffon ruffles in to this dress.  I guess the girl is starting out frumpy like her mom, if babies can be frumpy.
But I like the simplicity, and it ended up what I wanted for my little girl. 
I guess in my mind I was thinking more in the realm of making an heirloom that she'll hopefully keep for her own daughters and pass it down over the generations, and so I guess the minimal detail seemed more "timeless" to me?
So it's simple and basic.
I knew I wanted white eyelet.
I really love eyelet fabric.  It's usually just an embroidered cotton with holes usually in the design.
I found an eyelet with the embroidery more of a matte finish that I liked better than the shiny finish.

 The small detail on the bodice I added was tiny vertical pintucks.
I had a hard time deciding on the sleeves.  At first I planned to sew little puffed sleeves.
But after looking at a lot of the older vintage photographs, decided to make the loose, 3/4 length simple straight sleeve.  Hopefully it looks right with a baby in there.
So I guess I lied.  There is satin in this outfit.  I got some of these tiny satin buttons off ebay.  I bought a random 2 lbs of buttons for $5.00 a while ago, and these little goodies were among the stash.
There's no way I was making tiny button holes, then trying to button the back of a dress on an infant, so they are decorative.  The dress really closes with a strip of velcro.  Kind of ghetto, but easy on mom and the baby.
These buttons seem so small, they remind me of Pollyanna where they have to button her shoes with that weird hook.  The spats I think they're called?  Maybe I have the wrong movie entirely.  I haven't watched Pollyanna for at least a decade.

So together with the blessing shoes, the outfit is complete.
I thought about a bonnet, but didn't really love the bonnets, and so I don't know what I'll do for her head.
Little white headband with a bow on it?  Hair accessories--another area I feel totally out of my realm with a little girl.

17 comments:

EmilyJosephine said...

Simply adorable! I really love eyelet fabric too. I gravitate toward it every time- definitely a fabric you can't go wrong with. Can't wait to see pictures of it being worn! (:

Aleisha Z. Coleman said...

PERFECT!

Sarah said...

Super cute. Actually... it reminds me of the one my mom made for me. it was so classic that I blessed Lou in it. I love it.

The author said...

Very beautiful! What a sweet dress and shoes to pass on to the next generation.

Danielle Bartran said...

This is so beautiful! I love it!

Chris said...

It turned out wonderfully! I appreciate the simplicity and the pintucks.

Ten Cow said...

That's beautiful! What's ghetto about doing velro under the buttons? I did that on my little girls blessing dress to. It's impossible to button up a baby. I love the simplicity of it!
-Mariesa

Val said...

It's lovely..if you change your mind about bonnets I think you could use your eyelet fabric on this design

http://www.the-gatherings-antique-vintage.net/store/Victorian-Edwardian-Childrens-Clothing-Apparel/Late-Victorian-Baby-Bonnet-White-Dimity-Fabric/prod_655.html

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

very cute! I like the simplicity too. I don't know what I am having yet but I am secretly hoping it is a girl so I can use the blessing dress I made for my Etsy shop awhile ago. I haven't had much luck with Etsy so I figure if it doesn't sell it's mine for the keeping.

Julia said...

I love this sweet dress. I love eyelet, too! Great idea for the button closure.

Cerise said...

I would hardly call it frumpy! It's gorgeous!!

Pam said...

It's beautiful! I love the simplicity of it. I think the simple lines of the design actual add to it's beauty and lets the fabric shine.

Mecham Family said...

I'm melting!! That is DARLING!

pinksuedeshoe said...

Creamie's dress is pretty simple too. A few pintucks on the front and some pearl buttons, but no yards of lace and ruffles and gathers and fluff. It's not a prom dress. I think this is perfect, I'm sure she'll look beautiful in it!

Natalie said...

By the way, "Classic" and "Tailored" should never be described as frumpy.

Erin @ The Sisters Cafe said...

I think it's dainty and feminine, and beautiful. Great job! I love it!

Erin said...

I need to get started on a blessing dress for my new baby... I designed it in my head and it is so similar to the one you have made! I want something simple and very un-frilly the main detail being the center pintucks- just like yours! I really love the idea of the velcro on the back- so smart!!

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