Monday, September 21, 2015

An heirloom

Quilting isn't all we do at Little Quilts!  One of our staff members just finished an heirloom stitched Christening gown for her new grandson.  We thought you'd enjoy seeing pictures of the gown...
The gown is 36" long and features tucks, pin-tucks, white-on-white embroidery, and lace work.
Hopefully in the close-up you can see the embroidery a little better.  It features shadow work, a gazillion French knots, and Bullion roses.
Muriel combined several patterns to make the gown.  The embroidery pattern came from a Christening gown pattern by Martha Pullen.  A Vogue pattern was adapted for the gown.  The pattern was so old the instruction pages were all yellow and Muriel had to keep taping them to keep them from disintegrating before she was finished sewing.  The gown bodice was Muriel's original design.
Made of Swiss Batiste and yards of lace, Muriel hopes the gown will be passed down for christenings of future grandchildren and great grandchildren, too.  Each child's name will be embroidered along with the date on the gown's slip.  

3 comments:

Ruth said...

This dress is stunning!

Debra Scarimbolo said...

Beautiful! And to think that on the 8th of September you had just begun this heirloom piece.

Sara Moline said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful work! Your family will think of you and your hard work for many, many generations. Wonderful!