Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Baby Blessing Dress

When my sister had her beautiful baby, I really wanted to give her something special. Being inspired by a homemade blessing dress by Jill at homemade by jill, I told my sister I would love to make her baby's dress. Her request for what it should look like went something like this-"elegant, flowing, angelic, and simple". Well, I made her suffer at the fabric store to find the fabric and pattern to match such a dress. Who knew there were people out there that hate the fabric store? I guess it can be stressful. True, my heart rate seems to increase while there, but I wouldn't call it stress. Any way, here is what we came up with.

It's moment's like these when I wish I had a really nice camera.

I used McCalls pattern 4865, and made my own adaptions. It was really fun to make something so pretty for such a little one. Although I'll admit, those little sleeves weren't so fun to put in.
We decided to do a contrasting sash rather than lace. Mainly because that is what I dreamed up one night.
I love the pretty buttons. (Oops, forgot to wipe off the blue markings before I took the picture).

What a beautiful mommy with her beautiful baby!

While I'm on the topic of blessing dresses, I am dying to show you the blessing dresses my amazing mother-in-law/sewing genius made for my girls. She does incredible work! She has asked before if I would prefer to make my children's blessing outfits and I said "no way!" What she does for my girls and EVERY ONE of her grandkids is so special. The dresses she has made have meant so much to me and I know my girls will treasure them too.

Here is my oldest daughters dress.

With a close up of her handiwork. I love the small pink roses. I would never have the patience for such a thing!
This was my last baby's dress.

The smocking is so pretty! Try to buy a dress like these folks. You won't pay less than 150 bucks. What a cool Grandma my kids have!


Melissa said...

You did a lovely job on the dress. I like the color of the contrasting blue (especially how Mama coordinated with it).

My Mom made my daughters' baptism dresses. My oldest has a long white one with eyelet lace (like the second one you show) and ribbon and is very classic.

I wanted something different for my youngest so I bought beige linen with pink roses and green vines embroidered on it and twining all over it. It is a very long but otherwise plain dress. I love, love, loved it but my whole family went into shock because I always professed to hate pintk

Melanie said...

I am totally floored! Beautiful!I used a pattern like that to make a Pride and Prejudice era dress for my girl once. I agree with you about those armholes. :)

It is true, your mil is talented!

Lyndee said...

Wow! And you are right; that is a beautiful baby.

Elisabeth said...

You did a wonderful job on that dress. I really like the contrasting belt.

You're right. Your mother in law is wonderful. I grew up loving smocking because of my mom. I remember being amazed that a person could actually do this at home. (That sounds like someone who doesn't know milk comes from cows and eggs come from chickens.) :)

Glad to see you're blogging again. Congratulations on the upcoming baby.


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I LOVE this. BEautiful

Candace said...

What a beautiful Dress! You are so very talented!

Jessica said...

That's incredible! So beautiful!!! :)

Chris said...

Well done! What a sweet, thoughtful treasure of a gift.