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Name Day / Christenning Dress

Added Aug 31, 2011

by Louisa Forrest






I wanted to design & make my 5 month old daughter’s Name Day dress out of vintage fabrics & lace.

I purchased some ivory rayon from St Vinnies & used remnant lace from my own gown I had altered so that we matched a little on the day. I used a vintage lace curtain to make the underskirt petticoats.

Using the pattern from Prudent Baby website (included in credits) & the instructions laid out by them beautifully, I simply altered the pattern slightly by adding length to the skirt & sleeves & finishing with ribbon & lace applique which I did by hand.

  • I simply cut out the edging motifs of the lace remnant I had by hand with embroidery scissors, very carefully then hand stitiched it onto the bodice of the dress. The scalloped edging lay over the skirt / bodice seam covering it nicely.

I also cut out two motifs by themselves to attach to bodice where the ribbon sashes were sewn onto the back to hide the stitching & tie it all together nicely.

Material Notes

I used an ivory rayon fabric for the bodice & skirt.
I found some doubled ivory organza that had been pre-sewn & so I used it for the sleeves because of the pretty stitching on it – it had already had lovely scalloped stitching so this was incorporated into the final design. The finishing touches were satin ribbon sash to match lace motifs on bodice front and
hand appliqued lace motifs on bodice front, positioned to slightly lay over skirt seam. I then finished it all of with matching ribbon sash on back of skirt, hiding the stitching with 2 more lace motifs hand stitched onto the fabric.




Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Romantic, Victorian, Vintage
Chiffon, Lace/Sequins, Organza, Rayon, Satin, Silk, Tulle


Basic Party Dress Pattern

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    Aug 31, 2011, 01.55 PMby Douli Bee

    It’s beautiful!!!

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    Aug 31, 2011, 11.31 AMby ilksen bahşi

    very good fabric. Where are you buy, please?

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