Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Blessing Dress

I was asked to make a blessing dress for a friend of a friend.

She is a mother of boys and has always dreamed of having girls. She told me that she has been dreaming of what her sweet baby would wear on her blessing day, since she was in high school.

She wanted an heirloom dress and she wanted it to be silk.

As I am typing this I realise that I haven't told you, first and for most I am an heirloom seamstress.
I may quilt and sew pretty dresses but if I were to say I excel at anything it would be heirloom sewing. I love creating things that will last for generations. I love leaving my heart and love in a garment. I think you can't do that with simple sewing, to put your "love into it" you have to heirloom it up. I love smocking and hem tucks. I love finding the perfect lace, entreduex is my friend and I love everything about it.

Anyway back to the dress... she came over and we looked through the samples that I had sewn before and she loved Baby Sister's dress, and she wanted to have some color. I smocked columns of lattice stitches and then embroidered the vines and flowers in the softest shade of pink and green.

I like to have a really long dress, what is the point in making a short blessing dress.
This one is actually shorter than what I usually do

Here is the front

close up of the details

If I were to make it again, I would do the sleeves different.
After seeing it all done, I wish I would have embroidered the flowers in the center of the sleeve, and have pin tucks on either side, with a tiny cuff.

The dress was too big for the day, she wanted to wait to take pictures, until she was a little bigger.
I added the ties to sinch it in, and it looks super cute.

She wanted hem tucks, I like to do them in threes as a symbol of the God head.

She wanted to have a bonnet and not a bow. I wanted it to look modern and not too foofy.
I love how it turned out, and I love how I attached the ribbon.

I hope you liked it....


  1. It is a perfect dress for such a special and holy occasion. You did a fabulous job, and I am so glad you had fun doing it, too! Heirloom sewing is my favorite also. It warmed my heart to watch two little boys christened this morning, and wearing heirloom family gowns. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. This dress is so very beautiful and perfect for the occasion! Your highly skilled talents have made a wonderful heirloom!

  3. Gorgeous! Just gorgeous!! I am visiting from Sew Chatty and I am a new follower! Hope you have a great day and I look forward to seeing you around soon!

  4. This dress is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Love all the pretty little details you put on it!

  5. What a glorious blessing dress! You've done such a lovely job with all of the details. The family must be thrilled.

  6. Oh my goodness! Breathtaking!! Thanks so much for linking it up with my Birthday Party Linky party. You did an amazing job!!

  7. Incredible!! I'm featuring you tomorrow on Toast of Tuesday!! Oh and I LOVE the sleeves!! :)

  8. wow. I am floored. You have MAD heirloom sewing skills woman!