Posted by: michelenel | 2 August, 2013

Heirloom dress for a dedication…..

Our youngest granddaughter was dedicated at church a couple of weeks ago and we wanted her to have a really special dress for the occasion; I had recently purchased a beautiful smocked dress pattern that was ideal.  Our daughter chose a wonderful bottle green velvet for the body and I found a lovely contrasting white for the sleeves, collar, hemline and bow.

Unfortunately the pattern was way too big for a 4-month-old and we adjusted it down to her size – luckily babies don’t need to have fitted outfits otherwise this would have been much more of a challenge.  The second challenge I had was the pattern; these were THE worst pattern instructions I have ever worked with and if anyone with less experience had attempted it they would have been completely stuck because the method for completing the entire bodice was incorrect with whole sections missing!!  Even I got really angry and eventually made up my own method in the end – this really would have put some people off making any more clothing and I will definitely be leaving feedback on their website.


Making the dress was a collaborative effort between myself and daughter.  I did the mock smocking (velvet is too thick to do this the traditional way), bodice and collar and she finished off the skirt and sleeves.  In the end it turned out beautifully and baby did look gorgeous.

Such a lovely dress deserves more than one outing and we have decided to box it up and keep it for future little girls who may need a special dress for their big day.

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Is it just me or does she look like she is taking a bow for her adoring audience? 🙂



  1. What a lucky little girl having two talented seamstresses at her disposal! It’s lovely.

    • Thank you so much. It is so much fun sewing for grandchildren! 😊

  2. This is just too adorable! And it is true, I have some across some vintage patterns where the directions were just awful and much more difficult than they needed to be!

    • Perhaps I will learn a lesson from it and check to see if the instructions all make sense BEFORE I begin working on it and it is too late to do it the right way! Perhaps! 🙂

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