The pattern of the week is pattern #112! I designed this pattern several years ago after struggling to find a boyish Christening Gown. The pleats in the front and back gives the gown a tailored look. The pattern has a choice of three different style collars and may be made with a boy's, girl's, or a long sleeve.
This first version is made from white pima cotton and is trimmed with ecru lace. The Shadow Stitched cross design can be found in the pattern and the "Heirloom Embroidery Book."
This gown is made from Handkerchief Linen. Large shank buttons are stitched to the front pleats and only a touch of lace is used around the collar.
The instructions for the heirloom lace techniques can be found in the pattern.
This Christening Gown is one of my favorites, because it goes together quickly, is simple enough for a beginner, and is still elegant without having to spend a lot of money on fabric and laces. I am looking forward to teaching the construction and embroidery of this gown in a two day class at Martha Pullen's School of Art and Fashion in July!