Saturday, 7 May 2011

Heirloom Christening Gown

This is a christening gown I made for my darling niece Emily when she was born in 2000 and then her sister, Mathilda wore the same gown in 2009.

Ivory organza overlay

Ivory silk dupion lining

Scalloped organza hem over lace edged silk dupion.  The point of each scallop has a bullion rose embroidered on it

The bonnet which was also smocked and then scallop edged.

Close up of the bodice - layers of smocking using DMC embroidery thread, bullion roses and detached chain stitch for the leaves.

Showing the stunning gathering that the fabric made by pleating and smocking

Close up of the stitches which on the bottom row make hearts with a bullion rose in the middle of each one along with detached chain leaves

The neckline is matching handmade binding with bullion roses in rows on the yoke - four each side and three in the middle.

The sleeves were also smocked and inlaid with silk ribbon which was alterable allowing the gown and matching bonnet to be worn by more than one baby.