I had the honor of making a beautiful Dedication Gown for Finley Gray.
This wee one is almost eight pounds at two weeks.
When I work with a Momma on a gown, I show her a few sample pictures. Then I ask her to close her eyes and tell me what she envisions for the gown. Color? Gown length? Sleeve length? Smocking? Embroidery? Lace? Swiss embroidery? Of course, I do my best to create something the Momma will love for the special day.
Finley Gray's gown was to be just past her little feet. A length of 22" - 23" would be perfect. A bishop gown would frame her face perfectly. And sweet, short smocked sleeves would be the icing on the cake.
We knew Little Miss would be tiny and would be Dedicated soon after birth. I used a preemie size gown and made the neckline 9" and you can see even that was a wee bit big.
So now the details!
I smocked geometrics and backsmocked the open spaces on the back. The windows formed by the geometrics are the perfect place for a monogram or picture smocking. I used an 'F' for Finley from Ellen McCarn's alphabet. I also added stacked cable hearts on either side of the F.
The stacked cable hearts are sweet! The bottom 3 cables of each heart is level with the top of the 3-step trellis. Each heart is centered in the 11 cable windows.
Note the smocking design arches ever so slightly just past the center front. This is accomplished by taking a 1/2 space jog up as in the picture below.
And the sleeves:
And the final touches with hand applied French lace.
I do hope you have enjoyed the making of this Dedication Gown.
Please feel free to recreate the design for personal use.