May 23, 2010

Sweet Liam's Christening Gown...

Sweet Liam's christening gown is nearly finished.
I only have to hem the little sleeves, sew buttonholes
and sew the buttons onto the back opening.
Sewing the components together is a joyful process.
For instance, sewing in the pleats requires multiple steps...
mark, pin in two places for each pleat to secure them, then, baste.
Nothing difficult, but concentration is required.
But the result is well worth the effort.
I also love the process of lining up elements,
as in the bodice with its brocade insert (and stitching)
matching up with the skirt brocade insert and stitching.
Those parts are sewn separately, and then
the bodice and skirt are sewn together.
It's such fun when everything lines up as it should!
You can see from this photo
that I made the front of Liam's gown mimic the
front of Mama's wedding gown.

The wedding gown had a brocade skirt, with a
silk overskirt. I didn't have the fabric to make a separate
overskirt for Liam's piece, so I did brocade inserts instead.
I'm very happy with the resulting effect.

I'll finish the gown today and then begin
work on the next piece of the ensemble.
The plan is to make the coat, bonnet and slip for the set.
I have to see if I have enough fabric to be able
to make everything on my list.
I promise an update tomorrow.

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Simple Southern Happiness said...

Shaking my head, BOY! you sure can sew fast.. then to create a masterpiece like this just takes my breath away. What a showing Liam will be wearing your creation and what an heirloom.

Mercy, I am blown away.

Michele said...

Donna, I think both the christening and wedding gowns are stunners! You are a talent! I hope to learn to do something to that level one day... Still working on what exactly that something will be... It's a journey...

Lady Farmer said...

Simply stunning!

raggygirlvintage said...

That is going to be one special keepsake, simply gorgeous!

The Farmer's Attic said...

Gorgeous!!! It's been years since I've sewn an heirloom piece like that :( Hmmmmm, I'm thinking I should make one just for fun! (When time permits that is :)

Carol at Serendipity said...


Your work is just exquisite.

I spent the weekend at A Good Yarn taking a lace workshop. Lace and beaded knitting are going to be my next endeavor. We head back to Maine soon and I am organizing projects for the summer.

Again, just exquisite work my friend.


PeggyR said...

I agree you sew fast! But that is breath taking!

beth said...

So pretty! What a lucky baby and I love how you tied this dress to the other heirloom dress you made for Mama!

Tina Eudora said...

Amazingly beautiful work, I wish I had your patience! I guess labors of love become effortless.

Debra said...

Oh My! I am in awe! That is so brautiful and you are so talented!

Jan said...

Gorgeous! I love the pleated skirt for a little boy!

The French Bear said...

Donna, I just knew it would be spectacular!!!! Wow, it is so beautiful!!! You are so fast too!
I am off to a knitting class.......never can have too many lessons!
Margaret B

Jo said...

How beautiful!

Diva Kreszl said...

what an accomplished seamstress you are! amazing how beautiful it all is :)

Marydon Ford said...

Oh, Donna, this is exquisite. Liam will have a treasure in this gown for generations to come. You are soooo talented, my friend.

Have a lovely week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Marydon Ford said...

Donna, I just visited your etsy shop for the first time. MARVELOUS creations! I fell in love with that teacup pincushion ... how precious. I love LOVE everything you have ... I'll be back for sure.

Have a lovely week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Anonymous said...

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DeeDee said...

WOW Donna..this is so lovely and done so nicely and with such thought..little Liam is a lucky little is his momma to have your beautiful work for her...

cannot wait to see the rest..enjoy your day...

The Lone Dollier said...

It's so beautiful it takes my breath away. You are such a great seamstress!


MosaicMagpie said...

What a heirloom you have created. Such thought and time that have gone in to this will make it a treasure.

Createology said...

Your attention to detail is what makes you a seamstress and not just someone who sews. Your work is breathtaking. Happy creating...

sissie said...

Oh Donna, what a wonderful gift of love. Your hands are amazing. You have made the most beautiful gown and to mimic it after Mom's wedding gown is so touchingly beautiful. I know it will be treasured forever.


Debby said...

Donna, this is the most gorgeous christening gown ever, so very special.

Deb said...

That christening gown is just breathtaking and how wonderful to have it look like his mother's wedding dress. You do remarkable work Donna and these will be heirlooms passed down for years to come.

Michelle May said...

Oh wow!! I'm totally in awe. Girlfriend..I've said it totally rock! This is so beautiful!

Andi's English Attic said...

Absolutely beautiful. Such fine stitching, and what a wonderful idea to base the design on mum's wedding gown. An heirloom has been made. xx


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