This white batiste daygown was made back in June – for a very beautiful young lady born on the 20th of June – Her name is Kwaio-fé. It’s pronounced Kway-oh-fay and it means grace or cherish; beautiful huh?? The daygown was made from one of Jeannie Baumeister’s Old Fashion Baby patterns: it’s view 3 from the Baby’s First Daygowns pattern. The back of the daygown has a special feature not found in the OFB pattern envelope; the back pleat is finished with point de Paris stitch – more on that later.
You’ll have to excuse the quality of the pictures in this post; i used my iPhone back in June…usually i use one of two digital cameras i have and do a ‘photo shoot’ with a pretty quilt or table cloth as a background to faff it up a bit…but this post will be a little ‘low brow’ haha
The embroidery for this gown is so petite and the simplicity of it really appealed to me…and look at that French lace; it’s just lovely.
The design on the front placket has four ‘dots’ of the design are seed stitch, then a bullion knot rose bud and then a line of stem stitch (also called outline stitch).
The design on the sleeve is a carry-on from the front placket – just a simple bullion rose with detached chain leaves and some French lace on the cuff of the sleeve.
One of the hallmarks of heirloom garments is French seams – the outer sewing of the French seams are hand sewn but i can’t remember if the inner seam is machine or hand sewn…
I LOVE pin tucks…not like…LOVE them. The lace insertion has the back of the batiste cut away; it’s a nice feature. You can also see the French lace edging on the neckline.
I’ve made this daygown before; in pink. The back pleat was created with plain sewing. This version with point de Paris stitch on the pleat was published in Sew Beautiful magazine, Best Baby Issue (Issue #142, 2012, Volume 26, Number 3).
Now for the purging: my biggest mistake with this gown was the cutting out…you need to sew the pin tucks BEFORE you cut this gown out…i, very stupidly, forgot to do this and cut the gown out first 😳 This meant that i had to buy more fabric and start again. The only thing about mistakes is that they are opportunities for learning – and i can tell you i learned my lesson!
I’ve been told by Kwaio-Fé’s grandmother and mother that she will be dedicated in this gown and she will also wear the bonnet that i made her – i look forward to seeing pics when the big day arrives.
Readers, i know many mum’s and dad’s wouldn’t dream of dressing their babies in traditional heirloom garments; they’re into mass produced garments all the way. It’s mostly the grandmothers that are most enamoured by these types of garment; why is that so? Do the mums and dads of today, not value the high quality fabrics these garments are made from? Perhaps, they don’t appreciate or understand the heirloom construction techniques…in actual fact the hand sewn construction techniques are couture construction techniques – which have all-but disappeared from most ready to wear designers’ collections and all ‘off the rack’ stores.
Even the high-end stores that produce some very visually appealing babies and children’s wear isn’t what i consider high quality – granted the fabric might be nicer than the chain store equivalent, but the construction techniques are the same as the chain store counterpart. Have we been so drowned in mass produced fabrics and industrial construction techniques that we have no idea what quality really is?
I, SuziWong, promise to never again use my iPhone to take pictures for this blog…this, readers i do solemnly swear!