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…