First Projects

Baptism Gown

After I had Dinah I was home from work for three months of leave and I started thinking about a hobby for naptime. I also knew I wanted to make her baptism dress so I dusted of my sewing machine and reacquainted myself with it. I had sewed some in college while working in the costume shop, but I didn’t do very much and that was already 7 years in the past. My first project was this little dress.

I was wandering the Joann’s and totally fell in love with this fabric. It is a textured, lightweight yellow with sweet little cherries on it.  It was perfect for a little summer dress.  I recently pulled it back out for Esther and it was just as cute, but I noticed that my construction skills have really improved since then.  That was encouraging!

Shortly after that I had to go back to work.  So my revived hobby had to take a back burner.  That lasted all of  three months before we decided it would be best for our family if I stayed home with our new baby girl.  Dinah’s baptism was right around the corner so I knew I had to get cracking.

In looking at baptism or christening gown patterns I decided I didn’t like them.  Too frilly for my tastes.  And then I found this cute pattern with vintage baby designs and modified it just a bit to make it longer and more “baptism-y.”  One thing I loved about this design was the little embroidery detail.

It had a been a loooong time since I had done any hand embroidery, but after doing this little bit I fell in love with it.  These little flowers add such a sweet touch and detail that was needed to keep it from being too plain.  I also made a little bonnet for her.  I loved it, but some people just had to point out that it looked like a little Amish bonnet.  I still think it is cute.


So, those were my first real projects in my modern sewing career.  After this I decided to be brave and make, yes make, everyone’s Christmas presents that year.  Stay tuned…

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3 Comments on “First Projects

  1.  by  Tracy

    I have that exact fabric. The cherry one. I made my DD a skirt and a matching red top with appliqué. I just showed her your pic and she said “I wish you had done that for me” lol. She’s 6 and she still loves the baby dress you made.

    •  by  Harmony

      That’s sweet…thanks for sharing, Tracy. I love that Tutti Frutti fabric from Joann. I recently found some in the remnant bin for a steal. Bonus!

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