My sweet little baby was baptized the other weekend. It was a group baptism, which was both beautiful and humorous at the same time. As the service continued on, the restlessness of all the babies escalated and escalated. By the end there was quite a lot of crying and noise. In the midst of all of it, baby Jane passed out. Like a deep, dead-to-the-world slumber. Too much excitement, I guess. Wouldn't it be wonderful if she slept like that at home...
My mom gave me my old baptismal outfit for Jane to wear. And I planned on her wearing it all along until about a week and half before the service. Luckily I thought to try it on because it was too small. I think the original baptismal gown was made for a six week old baby. It would have fit her anyway except baby Jane's four month old chubby arms wouldn't fit in the sleeves. So I decided at the last minute to make her something quick and easy.
I think she looks like Little Bo Peep. I love that the outfit ended up looking fresh but old fashioned at the same time. I used swiss dot and a little bit of pink fabric I had in the stash. I love swiss dot so much. There is something so nice about those little puffs of texture every so often.
I used my bodice pattern that I've used before. As a bonus I discovered that it fits her perfectly right now, so she can wear all those sweet little clothes I made her before she was born. The skirt of the dress is just a gathered rectangle. I cut it a little shorter so you can see the pantaloons underneath. The pantaloons! How crazy adorable are those little pantaloons?! When she just has the pantaloons on she looks like a little pirate.
I added a little mini pom trim around the waist and some eyelet lace to the hem of the pantaloons. I really did keep it simple. This was no heirloom baptismal gown. Just something nice and sweet to wear.
Now the bonnet. Let me tell you about the bonnet. It's my favorite part. Little betty of little betty sews thoughtfully sent me her bonnet pattern when I was pregnant. I meant to make one up a while ago, but you know how things go with a new baby. I was excited to print the pattern out and sew one up for this outfit. And oh. my. goodness. This little bonnet pattern is so darn cute that I almost can't stand it. The seams all match up perfectly which I am duly impressed with. I have made a fair amount of baby headgear now and very rarely have I had a pattern match up exactly right. Her instructions are in depth and perfect for even a total beginner. I highly recommend this little bonnet pattern. I will definitely be making more for my little bub.
Can't you just see her halo now? ;) Despite this not being heirloom sewing, I will be packing this outfit away carefully. I'm so glad I was able to make it. I'm chalking this one up to another one of those times where I am so glad I can sew.
Sweetness. That about sums it all up.