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Just curious.<br><br>
Has anyone made a baptismal (christening/dedication/naming/other) gown? Did you design it yourself or use a pattern? What fabric did you use? Did you embroider the name/date of the child on the gown or slip? Was it made for a boy or a girl or unisex? Was it used for more than one child? Any other details you would like to share, I'd be happy to hear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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I made a gown for my first son. I used a dress pattern that I altered by simply adding length, I thought that most of the baptism dress patterns were too girly. The dress pattern I chose was more tailored with a piped round collar and release tucks on the bodice. I added white ribbons and a bit of lace to the center bodice and around the hem.<br><br>
I have four children. Before I had children, I thought I would make one gown that all of them could wear. It didn't work out that way. My oldest, my daughter, was baptized in the hospital before surgery when she was 5 days old. My dh and I weren't even there. I did keep the t-shirt she wore, and the bottle of sterile water the priest blessed for the ceremony.<br><br>
My oldest son was baptized at 6 months, I made him the gown I mentioned above. I thought that perhaps the rest of my children would also wear it. Didn't happen. My second son was baptized at 9 months, he didn't fit the gown at all. I was very busy and rather than making another outfit, purchased a little one-piece shortall for him to wear. But he was also baptized in an undershirt, just like his sister, as we left his pretty outfit at home. My last child was baptized when he was 1 yo, I made a one piece shortall outfit for him.<br><br>
I think having a family heirloom gown for the babies to wear would have worked better for us if we didn't have so many out of town relatives and schedules to accomodate, which is one reason why all my kids were baptized at different ages.. I love the idea though. I think gowns work well for boys or girls as long as they don't have a lot of ruffles and they are for young babies. My friend made a gown from dupioni silk with silk ribbon embroidery, it has classic lines, no ruffles, and was perfectly appropriate for all her children, two girls and a boy so far.
 

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I made a gown out of the scraps left over from my wedding dress. It is duponni silk and gorgeous. If you pm me, I can send you some pictures.<br><br>
It is a heirloom piece as it is just stunningly gorgeous (did I mention that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">) and all of my dc have used it, both our two dd and our ds. The gown has an empire waist-line, simple cap sleeves, a two foot long gown with a elaborate woven lace (hard to describe).<br><br>
Then I did a covering jacket with a sailor (square collar) that has more of that gorgeous lace, the empire waist-line with long sleeves and a beautiful silk ribbon tie in the front.<br><br>
I made a matching bonnet that is the creme-de-le-creme of the piece!!!<br><br>
We always get oohhs and aawws over the gown and everytime I take it out in preparation for my newest babes christening, it still takes my breath away.
 

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I made one for my DD1, altered a Vouge pattern, I used fine hankerchief cotton and add a fine eyelet trim. I made a sleeveless dress, a matching long coat and a bonnet. It was simple enough that a boy could wear it too, I think.
 

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I plan on sewing a baptismal gown for baby #3. I already have the pattern that I bought at JoAnn's. I plan on using the white satin from my wedding gown.
 

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I also used leftover silk from making my wedding gown. I found a beautiful simple lace collar for it. It is a very simple gown and all three of my children wore it. I made it kind of big becasue I was worried about it being too small but it was fine in the end, even though they were differnt ages (all under 8 months, though) whn they were baptised. I like having it to pass along if they have children some day.<br><br>
It really annoyed my when my son was baptised how uptight a few of my in-laws were about him wearing "a dress."<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake">
 
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