Friends, it’s not often I come across patterns that are specifically for making Christening/Baptism Gown – Nearly every layette pattern has a pretty dress to choose from, and only occasionally a gown pattern as well. So you can imagine my delight when I found this Butterick 8045. So far I haven’t been able to date this pattern but I’m guessing around the 1940s.
This Butterick is probably from around the same era as the price is the same. It has a pretty gown, dress, jacket and bonnet for that special day or outing.
This McCall’s 1969 from 1955 is another special occasion pattern; this time there’s a gown, dress, bonnet, slip, dress and booties!
McCall’s 7718 from 1965 has the who special occasion outfit with a sacque, bib and booties as well as the obligatory gown. The maker has the choice of using an embroidery transfer to tizzy it up or keeping the gown visually simple without embroidery.
As much as this McCall’s 2318 from 1959 has a gorgeous special occasion gown I’m loath to call is a special occasion pattern, simply because it also sports a sleeping bag, shirt, pant, long wrap and a bunting. This makes it closer to a layette than simply a special occasion gown/outfit.
Friends, I leave you to lament whether McCall’s 2318 is a special occasion pattern or a layette pattern…I have the sleeve hems of the Vogue 2329 sleeping bag from 1943 to complete; it’s the last thing to do and I’m finished!
Then there’s only the photography and blog post so we can
pick it apart critically analyse it.