I am starting to go through things to get ready for the new baby – I figure its just three months away so I should get a move on! While going through things I came across the baptism gown I made for Bugaboo. I bought a vintage Vogue pattern and fell in love with the beautiful gown and the intricate smocking on the front. I wanted to make something that could become a family heirloom, passed down to my kids kids and so on.
I started the gown before Bugaboo was born. I knew the smocking would take a long time, so I wanted to finish that before he came. The rest I felt I should wait on since I didn’t know when his baptism would be or what size to make.
Once Bugaboo was born and we found out he was a boy, I wondered if I should still make the gown for him since most of the styles I saw for boys were little suits. I am glad I stuck with the gown. It is so traditional and classic – I love it. Several months later I noticed Prince George was christened in a beautiful satin and lace gown. The gown he wore is a replica of the gown made in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s first daughter. The gown was worn for 175 years until a replica was made in 2004, which is the one Prince George wore. So there you go, Bugaboo was right in style! I love history (it goes hand in hand with costume design) and hope my vintage inspired baptism gown is also passed down through generations!
To make the gown, I decided to order my fabrics from Mood Fabrics online. I often need to order fabric online for the shows I design since Joann Fabrics (one of the only fabric stores in our area) often doesn’t cut it. I always recommend taking the time to order swatches. For just $1 a swatch it is totally worth it!
For the baptism gown, I chose a pearl poly satin and an antique white silk organza. I ordered several different swatches of satins and organzas in different shades of white, and these went the best together. I hadn’t planned to get polyester satin I originally hoped to get 100% silk satin, but the color matched the silk organza best and it was way cheaper, which was nice since the silk organza was pricey.
After Bugaboo was born, I decided to add blue ribbon to the sleeves that could easily be traded out if our next child is a girl. I got the lace and blue ribbon from Joann Fabrics. The beaded trim along the collar is actually left over from my First Communion gown my mother made me. I love that the gown has this trim on it. I think it makes the whole thing extra special.
To help preserve the gown, I bought a baptism bib at a local religious store. It worked out really well since Bugaboo was a serious drooler at this point. We took the bib off for the ceremony but kept it on the rest of the time.