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Then comes baby

Added Jul 14, 2011

by joyful-d

Ottawa, Canada






First comes love
Then comes marriage
Then comes the baby in the baby carriage.

I made this baptismal gown for our older daughter out of left over silk from making my wedding gown. It’s a fine-slub dupioni in a candlelight colour, smocked with shades of off-white and taupe. I worked without a pattern because I couldn’t find a pattern small enough for my premie baby (about the size of a newborn at 3 months old). The pics are actually from several weeks after her baptism, so she’s larger in the dress than she was at the time of wearing it.

The lace at the hem of the dress is some vintage lace harvested from an old wedding gown my mother found.

Our younger daughter wore it just a month ago at her baptism as well. This is an heirloom piece.

Material Notes

dupioni silk, vintage lace




Garment Type
Lace/Sequins, Silk


The general shape and smocking pattern was from this pattern:

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    Jul 14, 2011, 09.45 PMby tamezdc

    Great little christening gown! The baby is so beautiful as well.

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      Jul 16, 2011, 02.23 PMby joyful-d

      Thank you so much!

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    Jul 14, 2011, 05.34 PMby mojo elgin

    Just beautiful! Gown and baby. I made each of my kids a baptism gown to hand down in their own families. Now, just waiting for the grandbabies! (looks like it’ll be a few years yet)

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      Jul 16, 2011, 02.24 PMby joyful-d

      It’s lovely to not only have heirlooms but to actually produce them, isn’t it?

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      Jul 16, 2011, 04.08 PMby mojo elgin

      oh, yes! Maybe I’ll dig them out and post them on here. The fourth one even won “Best of Show” at our county fair in 1996!

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    Jul 14, 2011, 04.45 PMby sarahuk4

    lovely gown, I made my daughters too. Love the smocking

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      Jul 16, 2011, 02.24 PMby joyful-d

      Thanks! Smocking is such a neat way to add elasticity, isn’t it?

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