It’s going to be a week for us all to remember because on Wednesday 23rd October the new royal baby - Prince George, will be christened at the Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace, London.
The christening gown that he’ll wear is a replica of the traditional royal christening gown, which over the years was worn by more than 60 royal babies - including baby George’s father, Prince William.
The original lace and satin christening gown was created by Scottish seamstress Janet Sutherland in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s daughter Victoria, Princess Royal. Sadly the heirloom gown is now too fragile to be worn so that is why baby Prince George will be wearing a replica gown made by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s couturier. I can’t wait to see a picture of the future king on his special day.
In today’s blog post I am going to provide you with some links to Christening gown sewing patterns and books. If there is a baby in your family who is going to be baptised in the near future then you may be considering making an heirloom gown for them to wear (unless of course they already have one that has been passed down to them from past generations), so these links should hopefully be helpful to you.
- We sell sewing book ‘Embroidered Christening Gowns' by Country Bumpkin Publications. This 144 page sewing book is £28.99 and it shows you how to make eight unique and exquisite Christening or Naming Day gowns. The clear step-by-step photos in the book will guide you through the process of creating a beautiful heirloom gown that will be perfect for your own little prince or princess!
- Simplicity 2457 has patterns for special occasion gowns that I know you’ll love. The pattern is £6.50 and has details about how to make Babies’ Christening sets with bonnet and shoes. There are 3 sizes to choose from. It is recommended you use fabrics such as Laundered Cottons, Broadcloth, Damask, Sateen, Eyelet, Crepe, Laundered Silks- Rayons, Silk Linens, Batiste, Voile, Brocade, Satin, Shantung, Taffeta, Soft Lightweight Linen and Linen Blends. You can read reviews of Simplicity 2457 on PatternReview.com and buy it from us here.
- In the book ‘Deep South Knitting’ there is a knitting pattern for a
Camellia baby bunting & bonnet set and it would be a lovely outfit for a little girl’s special Christening day. The bunting / baby gown has a draw string at the bottom that when pulled forms a Camellia blossom from the hem of the gown. The knitted bonnet that can be made to match is so cute!. You can buy the book from us here
for £18.99. There are also 15 other knitting patterns in the book and you can see pictures of all the other designs here
on the Deep South Knitting website.
If you need some lace or ribbon to embellish your gown then look no further than our website! We stock a wide variety of trimmings that would be ideal for your handmade creation. We also sell little pearl effect buttons, if they are required for the gown.
Before you start making your Christening gown from some store bought fabric, you might want to have a look to see if there is a family-worn wedding gown available for you to cut up and transform into a Christening gown instead. If you are not too sure about doing that please take a look at this blog post ‘Gorgeous Wedding Gowns Transformed Into Heirloom Christening Gowns' from Threads Magazine. It is an interview with Erika Mills of Petite Parfait, a lady who specialises in this skilled craft. You can see a gallery of her previous work here. You could always commission her to design a one-of-a-kind gown from an old wedding dress for you, if you don’t want to have a go at doing it yourself.
Another couple of blog posts to inspire you are ‘An Angelic Gown' from the Sew Well blog and 'A Christening Gown For Julia' from the Like Mother, Like Daughter blog. Both posts highlight how with a little bit of time and lots of love you can create an heirloom Christening gown which will be treasured forever.
If you need some tips and advice about heirloom stitching you might want to consider buying the book ‘A-Z of Heirloom Stitching' that we sell for £22.99.
Before I go, I’d just like to ask you all a quick favour…..If you are on facebook please could you go and like our friend Karen from WillowWears facebook page. She is only 13 likes away from her first milestone of 100 likes! You may remember her because I’ve spoken on this blog about her and her amazing dressmaking a few times over the last year. Back in June she reviewed sewing pattern Simplicity 1699 for us and then in July she road-tested Simplicity 2442.
She is currently sewing Simplicity 1874 and you watch the progress of her project on her facebook and twitter pages. The dress is going to be amazing! She will also publish a blog post all about her latest creation when she is finished, so make sure to keep checking her WillowWears blog so you don’t miss it.
By the way, the dressmaking dummy in the above photo is called ‘Dolly’ and Karen bought her from us! :o) You can buy the same one here. It is the Ladies Deluxe Dressmaking Dummy by adjustoform and it is available in sizes petite, small, medium and full-figure.
Have a great week everyone. If you have a moment, pop by and say hi to me on Facebook and twitter. I’d love to chat with you all and see pictures of the sewing projects you are working on.
Best wishes, Kim