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Christening gown #1

solosmocker | Posted in Photo Gallery on

I have finally finished my two christening gown projects for my upcoming grandtwins.

This first gown is a traditional boys gown. I started with McCalls 3063, view F, a pintucked bubble. I pulled out the bodices, and sleeves and that was the end of any connection to the pattern. I did pintucks on the bodice front, much less than the pattern specified, and centered featherstitching embroidery. Oh, the fabric is ecru silk taffeta. I shortened the bodice and added a small strip of geometric wave smocking. There is a tiny piping on the collar, cuffs, and above and below the smocking. The piping is wrapped with embroidery thread. I had to draft a collar as the one in the pattern was a peter pan collar and I wanted a pointed collar. I was going for a more subdued masculine treatment every step of the way. For that reason I did relatively large pleats for the skirt instead of gathers. The hem is the piped hem that I have explained before in my dress for the wedding.



  1. user-217847 | | #1

    Hi solo,

    I have just been drooling over your gowns, they are simply stunning. I must confess I do love the girlie gown with it's beautiful lace. You are a wander and I envy your talent and creativity. Has your daughter seen the gowns yet?

    Warmest regards,


  2. meg | | #2

    Your work is utterly magnificent! What treasures you've created ~ simply awesome. Both gowns are masterpieces.

  3. jatman | | #3

    Hi Solo - I am in awe of your talent.  These two little gowns are just beautiful.  Very nicely done.


    1. solosmocker | | #4

      Thanks so much, everyone. DD doesn't know these exist. I will bring them when the babies are delivered. I know she will be pleased. Thanks again for the lovely comments. This is the type of work I truly enjoy. Now its on to two little sailor outfits that I am smocking for them for next summer. Those will take me a while but should be sweet. solo

  4. SAAM | | #5

    Beautiful work! Your daughter will be so surprised and pleased. Those grandbabies are going to be very well dressed.


  5. rodezzy | | #6

    Oh the gown is so precious and you are remarkable in your skills as a sewer.  I'm taking notes.  Wonderful, beautiful christening gown.

    Edited 10/22/2007 10:35 am ET by rodezzy

    1. Stillsewing | | #7

      Can I add my congrats too on such fine work --- but also such talent. I hope that the parents appreciate all the love and care that has gone into their making when dressing the babies.

      1. solosmocker | | #8

        They definitely will. They are very appreciative of all I make.
        Thanks for the compliments. solo

  6. MaryinColorado | | #9

    I believe that is the most beautiful boy's Christening gown I have ever seen!  Your children and grandchildren are so blessed to have you and all the lovely heirlooms you create.

    1. solosmocker | | #10

      Thanks again for all the lovely comments.

  7. From my Stash.... | | #11

    What wonderful work, as usual.  The changes you made to the pattern really made it look more masculine.  As someone else said, this will really be an heirloom. 

  8. WandaJ | | #12

    Beautiful work. Wonderful design. You make me miss heirloom sewing more than I thought I did by looking at your pictures. I just loved the smocked band and the matching piping. Very, very creative and professional looking.

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