A few weeks ago, my fingers got to itching to do one of my Christening Gown projects. I came across a length of ivory Silk Dupioni and just KNEW it would make a wonderful gown!
The bodice features lace insertion, puffing and gathered lace.
I modified the original design a bit, leaving the puffing strips off the skirt panels. The center three panels of the skirt are embroidered with ivory and 34″ long.
The slip, of quality Swiss Batiste, is gathered at the waist with a full, gathered ruffle, embellished with 12+ yeards of matching lace.
Overall the gown has almost 20 yards of lace accenting the front panels and along the bottom edge. This ensemble may be purchased on my Etsy store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Old2NewHeirlooms?ref=hdr_shop_menu). You may contact me for this gown or other orders.
This dress features a full skirt, cummerbund with bow and wide collar in matching gingham, embellished with pintucks, French lace, satin ribbon and embroidery. The back closes with small mother-of-pearl buttons. This pattern will fit either a 24” Middleton Doll or 6-9 month old baby.
The center front of the wide circular collar is embroidered with a delicate floral vine then trimmed in lace and ribbon. The Heirloom techniques used are stitching lace to gathered-lace and lace to fabric, which is then accented by a narrow strip of ribbon. The neckline is trimmed in gathered lace and entredeux.
Entredeux is a “ladder” trim used in Heirloom sewing as a “bridge” between lace and fabric, fabric to fabric, or lace to lace, as well as a trim all by itself. In the picture, you will see I am using Tiger Tape to hold the gathers in place until stitched. The same technique is used to stitch gathered-lace to lace.
Pintucks are created using a grooved foot and a twin needle. A slightly stiffer fabric works best, so if your fabric is light-weight, such as batiste, spray starch before stitching. Following the groove on the foot creates even spacing between pintucks.
On this project, the pintucks are also scalloped. Work slowly as you are using a double needle. Pivot at the top of the scallop, with the needle down. Drawing the curves and pivot points on the fabric will allow for uniform scallops and points (make sure you test that your lines will come out!).
I modified this dress for an Easter outfit. The client wanted a pink dress trimmed in white, no lace or collar. I used quality Swiss Batiste for the pink and white cotton sateen for the trim and cummerbund. The skirt is finished with the scalloped pintucks.
The sleeves are gathered and trimmed with a band of the matching gingham fabric.
Regardless of trims or embellishments, this is a cute dress for dolls OR babies!
Note: I have a few of the 24″ Middleton Dolls still in stock. Contact me if interested.
Since most of my fabric/trims/etc are still in storage, I decided to pick up a few ready-made dresses from All About Blanks at the recent Sewing Expo. These are cute, but plain, sundresses. You can easily and quickly turn them into darling dresses for Easter or just “Sunday best” by adding lace, ribbon and trims. Note that the decorative trim extends to the back of the bodice. The back of the dress should be just as cute as the front!
The first two dresses, white with pink or blue collars and hems, have 3 rows of decorative stitching around the skirt. The third dress is all white with two rows of cutwork stitching along the hem.
On the white/pink dress I stitched Swiss beading trim woven with pink ribbon around the hem and bodice – both front and back. I used pink silk ribbon roses as accents along the trim/ribbon at the hem and bodice front.
The blue/white dress features a French Lace beading woven with white ribbon around the hem and bodice as well. The accents are white silk ribbon bows.
For the white dress, I cut the two rows of cutwork stitching apart and inserted a row of French Lace. Narrow lavender silk ribbon was woven through both rows of cutwork. I stitched a row of French Lace on both sides of a length of Swiss insertion. This “fancy band” was then stitched onto the bodice (front and back) in a V shape.
A row of French Lace beading woven with lavender silk ribbon was stitched around the bodice and 3 lavender silk ribbon bows added to the front ~ and one on the back.
Even when short on time and supplies, you can create dresses ready to be worn to any special occasion!
FYI These dresses(and others) are available for purchase . . .