St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is a very special place for my family. A little less than a year ago, my sister and brother-in-law were married there. Then just this past week, my niece, Gigi, was baptized in St. Michael’s. The baptism was very nice and extremely special.
Since Baptism is the most important day in one’s life, I though it appropriate that I make dresses (and a onesie) for the ceremony and reception.
Gigi wore the baptismal gown passed down through the family, which was sewn by my babcha. It was a beautiful gown! My babcha did all the (pink) hand stitching on it as well. (Which reminds me….I’m coming out with baptismal gowns! They should be available for sale later this fall.)
I absolutely adored the dress I made for myself to wear for Gigi’s baptism.
Last winter I made a shorter (and velvet) version of this dress, (see dress here). Unfortunately, the velvet material of the first dress made it difficult to see all the details and pleats of the dress. I swore then that I would make this dress design again (before it goes out of style). I was so busy this spring that I never got around to it. But once I was asked to be Gigi’s godmother, I knew I had to do it.
I changed the original pattern in a few places. First, I made the skirt of the dress fuller than the original dress pattern. (The original pattern had the hem taper in.) I spent lots of money on this beautiful floral fabric and I wanted to use as much of the floral pattern as I could. Second, I made the straps slightly thinner than the original pattern. And lastly, I made the bottom bodice layer a stretch cream knit fabric. (This made the dress more comfortable and easy to wear!)
I made a white silk slip to wear under this dress! I will write something about it in a later post.
THANKS FOR READING 🙂
PART 2 WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW!