Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Day Gown for Lydia

Every precious child coming into this world needs a sweet day gown.  My granddaughter is no exception.  this was the first dress I have pleated on my new Mary Jane Pleater and love how easy it was to use.
It took awhile for the smocking mojo to kick in, but with the help of the A to Z Smocking Book, I was able to get it done.  This is the first dress I have smocked in about 20 years.

The pattern is the The Tucked Infant Gown by Michie Mooney.  I love her patterns and have bought two more to work on for Lydia this summer. Here's a closer view of the front.

And here's a view of the hem with the tucks, lace, beading, and entredeux.  The #16 gathering foot for my Bernina came in handy for the lace on the neckline, sleeves, and hem.

As I was making this dress, I kept thinking about the fact that little Lydia will be wearing this in just a few weeks.  I can't wait!


  1. What a darling dress! Its details are just beautiful. The smocking, pleating and other details are so well done. I'm sure it will be perfect on your darling Lydia!

  2. Beautiful details in the day gown, I have done much heirloom sewing in the past and every little girl needs to have lovely hand smocked items~ It will be a lot of fun dreaming up lovely dresses for your new DGD! I do know that there is a lot of work that goes into this , you did an outstanding job! I found your blog via Sure Fit as I re entered sewing again, got frustrated w/ fitting and turned to Sure Fit for help w/ fitting, you are a sewing inspiration, as you accomplish so very very much and such lovely things at that!
    I used to dream of taffeta plaid silk for Christmas dresses and have a lot of Sew Beautiful magazines left, you surely want to look to Martha Pullen , I hope she is still doing well w/ the magazine and her lovely designs, It is such a blessing to become first time grandmother! Years later I am still making her simple button on A line lined jumper for gifts for little girls~ Blessings to you~