I know wedding gowns cost a lot of money these days. When I got married over 40 years ago, I spent more than a week's wages on my dress. Knowing you're only going to wear it once makes it seem kind of frivolous, but brides everywhere feel they must have THE dress!
Cutting into the dress with which I was entrusted was a bit intimidating. It was only the former bride's desire to have a dress for her daughter that made me even dare to take up my Ginghers and make the first cut.
The skirt on this baby gown is a large rectangle. Well, two actually, one front and one back. The gown itself as you can see from the photo had panels that angled out from the bodice and flared at the hem. So the first challenge was finding enough yardage to cut the pieces of the long skirt.
Did you know that in the early Irish Catholic church there was a saying that went something like "may the baby's life be as long as the skirt on its baptismal gown"? That's why the traditional gown had a skirt that covered way more than baby's tiny toes!
This is the back (buttonholes to be sewn in on the left) and below is the front, just needing some elastic in the lower edge of the sleeve.
The pin is holding on a motif cut from the skirt. There were many shapes, I cut the one I thought was the most symmetrical, and that wouldn't overwhelm the small bodice.
The bow on the front was on the bodice of the wedding gown, and Mom specifically requested that I reuse it.
This is a close up of the trim I put around the neckline. It's a bit shiny and sparkly to coordinate with the beads and sequins on the lace overlay I'll be using.