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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Smocking and pintucks , are they OK in a boys baptismal outfit? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Smocking and pintucks , are they OK in a boys baptismal outfit?
I will be making my first christening gown/pants soon
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Date: 8/2/09 10:19 PM

What type of pattern for a boy would you suggest. I love pintucks ad smocking but wonder if too feminine for a boy?.
I need sugestions. The will be in qite warm weather so no hats.

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Date: 8/2/09 10:32 PM

Are you familiar with Sew Beautiful - Martha Pullen's heirloom magazine? She has published many christening gowns for boys and girls. I think both are fine - but also like very narrow tucks for boys. Connie Palmer did a really elegant gown for her GS Carter. I think the pattern is on her website it itssewconnie.com

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Date: 8/2/09 10:34 PM

I think this is especially tradition in the south, definitely check out Marta Pullen's website and magazine, I'm sure you'll more than be inspired. Happy sewing on this precious garment.

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Date: 8/2/09 10:35 PM

I was going to suggest Martha Pullen's website, too. Also, Children's Corner patterns. I made smocked clothes for my son until he was two or so.

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Date: 8/2/09 11:20 PM

I also love the Martha Pullen site. I have also made this Christening gown more than once, and I think it is suitable for both boys and girls, which makes it great as a family heirloom. I've made it from linen with lace that has crosses in the embroidery (sold at the Martha Pullen site).
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Date: 8/2/09 11:42 PM

Yes, yes, lay it on! This type of gown comes with the old mindset that boys and girls both wore long baby gowns until they were "shortened", with pants and other manly attire following later.

My boys wore a long christening gown with pintucking, and I think my nephews wore the family smocked gown that my sister and I wore, and our father wore before us.

I'm not so keen on really big ruffles (but narrow ruffles with pintucking look good) or sheers for boys' christening gowns.

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Date: 8/3/09 0:00 AM

Yes! I think as long as there aren't big ruffles, there are plenty of lovely and appropriate options. Definitely check out Martha Pullen/Sew Beautiful or see if you have an heirloom sewing store nearby.

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Date: 8/3/09 11:51 AM

My mother made lovely Christening gowns for my children. The one she made for my youngest son was puffed sleeved and pintucked and just the most beautiful thing. He is 32 and seems to have suffered no ill effects...

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Date: 8/3/09 12:37 PM

Most Definitely! I'm from Louisiana, and you didn't even consider making a baptism/christening/dedication outfit without some form of smocking, pintucking, or lace insertion in it (and in some cases all three). Definitely look at the Sew Beautiful magazine it is a big inspiration for these types of garments.

Typically, depending on the age of the little boy, you see a lot of "onsie" type jumper outfits or the two piece where the bottom buttons onto the shirt. Also, if it were a very young infant boy, they were quite often dressed in christening gowns.

Enjoy your project....

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Date: 8/3/09 2:27 PM

I forgot that I posted a review of a Christening Gown that I made from a Sew Beautiful magazine pattern last year. It was originally designed for a boy.
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