Bodice

Coming along – I still have to finish off the ends of the lace at the back of the neckline – turning under the ends with some tiny hand stitches with #80 thread. Regular sewing thread on this delicate work looks like string –  thick and ugly.

Next step is making the sleeves and then setting them into the tiny armhole. I’ve made doll clothes so I should be able to manage this without too much trouble.

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11 responses to “Bodice

  1. If you know the date of the Christening maybe the date can be embroidered into the seam on the hem. The knitting project was a good idea. This way it would be a dated piece. Which would make it more valuable for furture generations. Chris

  2. Gosh, Carol, that sounds just perfect. I once knitted a baby sweater ( for Hazel, Julia Roberts’ daughter…Julia was a customer in my shop) and knitted a little message into the bottom hem. Doing a book of the entire process is just the greatest idea. I love all the self publishing opportunities there are to capture just such moments. I am so inspired by your work.

  3. Will you be putting a tiny, hand embroidered label in this gown?

    • I am going to use my machine alphabet and write a continuous line around the hem of the petticoat – at least that is the plan – I have to do some experimenting first with some scrap fabric. I am also going to make a book of all the blog posts and comments – and have the pictures of the baptism with the baby wearing the gown at the end. my “working title” is “A Christening Gown For Baby Maren”

  4. You are doing a great job! I made my daughter a bib that went from the shoulders to her waist. I had lace sewn to a strip of fabric. I gathered that strip and hand sewed it to the entredeux. Very, VERY, VERY time consuming, but VERY beautiful! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • Hi Lisa – thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      I have a book on Pinafore Bibs – now that I am an “expert” at sewing lace to entredeux I will have to make baby Maren one when she gets older. Those bibs are a great idea – the child can wear it over a velvet dress in the winter or a pretty pastel linen or floral print for the summer – and they will last for years. I also have a book on removable collars – the same idea as the bib – but smaller. A wonderful project to showcase your heirloom sewing skills.

  5. I love the look you are doing on this Christening Gown. I make doll clothes and dress antique dolls when I can. The Old World look isn’t easy to accomplish and several don’t appreciate the time involved. You are doing lovely work. Enjoy the process. Chris

    • Oh my goodness Chris – you are the first person to comment who has ever done any heirloom sewing. My blog is mainly about quilting and very few of the quilters even know what I am talking about. The techniques are very definitely not easy to accomplish. I have done some of this type of sewing on doll clothes – but a Christening Gown is really BIG in comparison. I am making it up as I go along – I am not following a pattern. It has been sort of one step forward and two – or three – steps backwards. I am feeling quite confident at this point – I do think it will turn out well in the end.

      Please keep visiting so you can see how this saga ends.

      Thanks so much for your visit and your comment – I really appreciate it.

      Carol

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