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Date: 2/21/07 1:16 AM

My sister is adopting a 16 month old girl and will be having her blessed in July once the adoption is final (just waiting on the court system!) So, she has asked me if I would make the blessing gown for my new neice- eep! She sent me a link for the basis of the dress that she wants, but has some things she wants to change. Here is the link:

http://www.smockingstore.com/kathyneal.html

She saw a dress similar to this, but the top of the dress from the waist up to the shoulders in the front is all horizontal rows of lace and the bottom edge of the dress is scalloped underneath the layer of lace.

Does anyone know of a dress pattern that looks like this? I could probably just modify this pattern, but I'm so new to apparel sewing that I would feel much better with an existing pattern. Keep in mind that she will be 21 or 22 months old by the time she will wear this, so baby patterns won't work.

If you don't know of a pattern, do you have any hints for me on working with lace and/or making scalloped edges?

*Any* help will be appreciated very much!!!

TIA,

Emily

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Date: 2/21/07 6:24 AM

gowns in sizes up to 24 mos

scroll to bottoma nice scalloped bottom pattern
a color photo of it on a child is third down on the right here:Cherry Williams
Ashlyn's Heirloom dress starts at a size 1- color picture is top right

something a little more simple and classic-but still effective when done in fine heirloom fabrics from martha Pullen's site:Wendy schoen pattern

and finally if you really want to make it easy on yourself, martrha Pullen sells some kits-with all the fabric and laces already included such as :
victorian middy dress sizes 2-6

or this one: (a lot more expensive tho) tea dress

BUT: I made my niece's christening gown-for a lot less money-using Martha's original French Sewing Book (II) which comes with a pattern for $12!!! you still have to buy the fabrics-but there are a lot of choices French handsewing by machine I used a lot of pintucks and puffing and less lace-It came out very nice!

ETA: sorry I'm sick-so apparantly it interferes with my orientation-at least I didn't know my left from my right when I wrote this!!!!
-- Edited on 2/22/07 1:45 AM --

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Date: 2/21/07 1:19 PM

I second the French Hand Sewing by Machine. It has all the heirloom techniques in it and I think I remember it having a pattern as well.

Since you are new to this, I would suggest lots of practice. The techniques are not difficult, they just require practice to look "right".

You will be hooked!!!

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Date: 2/22/07 1:48 AM

I think the pattern is just a bodice and sleeve that you trace-but it is more than adequate-however the techniques can be applied to any classic girl's dress pattern very easily. HTH Mary

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Date: 2/23/07 1:12 PM

How about this one?
http://store.marthapullen.com/?page=shop/flypage&product_id=3442&category_id=7d900c9d56b4063363257bdacccc6cd8&

I also really like the French Hand sewing book that everyone else mentioned. It was my first heirloom dress! If you can straight stitch and zig zag, you can do gorgeous heirloom garments.

My other thought is about the baby. If she is coming from another country, I know that a lot of times their sizes do not match our sizes. A friend got a 2 year old from Russia and he was the size of a 12 month old. He hadn't had the nourishment and care that we have in the US. Something to consider.

Good luck and once you make something frilly and pretty, you'll want to make MANY more!

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Date: 2/26/07 2:05 PM

Thanks everyone, I have the French Hand Sewing Machine book on order from Amazon as well as the pattern I posted. I'm going to make the dress in spring colors to practice on and maybe a few more between now and July. Hopefully by then I'll have the "perfect" pattern figured out for her by making the changes she wants on my own!

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