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Fancy Fabric Challenge

Traditional Silk Christening Gown

Bodice detail showing smocked band, whipped piping, pintucks, and feather stitching.

This gown was made for a baby boy and a very traditional Christening with his twin sister. They each wore different gowns. The challenge here was to make the gown classic but with masculine details. First decision was to use blue for the accents. The sleeves were set in, no puffiness, and with piped cuffs. For the collar and cuff piping I whipped the piping with floss to add some balance to the use of blue in the design. I was  going for low-key here. Pin tucking and some blue feather stitching finish the design.  I used McCall’s 3063 for a basic bodice design without any detail. Other than that, the design is my own.

This fabric, like most silk, was a delight to stitch on. I was really pleased with the results of the details. It is not lined, not see through, in an effort to keep the volume down and a more boyish effect. You can see on the back photo that the skirt is pleated, not gathered, also to provide a more masculine result.

Christening gowns can be quite elaborate, even for boys, depending on your part of the country and family custom. The goal here was to have  the boy twin in something definitely more tailored and masculine and the little girl twin in something very feminine and lacy. I think I succeeded and I hope you agree.



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  1. hudsondeb | | #1

    Besides wonderful workmanship, the use of color is inspired- subtle and delicate- just enough. And you totally achieved your goal of a more tailored look for the boy. Whipped piping!- love it.

  2. suevet05 | | #2

    I know this is an old post, I just found this during a search and I love this gown. If you are there, I would love to hear from you to see if this can be made for my son who is to be baptized in July.
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