A Special Christening Gown with Machine-Embroidered Shadow Work

Karen Ann Betts, one of our WeAllSew readers, sent photos of the beautiful Christening gown she’s making for her granddaughter. Lovely! Jo

Karen Ann Betts - Christening Gown - cap

Our newest little granddaughter is coming soon!! I made Baptism outfits for the other two munchkins, so I’ve been busy working on this project lately and finished it on Tuesday! I love my BERNINA machines – 730, 830, and 1300 MDC serger!

I found the pattern – “Sandy’s Joy” –in a Creative Expressions magazine (#9). It’s not quite heirloom, but I used some heirloom techniques – Madeira appliqué, hem with pin stitching, lace joining, and French seams. No raw edges show anywhere!

Christening Gown and Cap by Karen Ann Betts

I used Jenny Haskins’  “Twin Needle Shadow Work” machine embroidery collection and embroidered designs on the bodice, sleeves, skirt (three each on the front and the back), and bonnet.

Christening Gown by Karen Ann Betts

Christening Gown by Karen Ann Betts

I even did embroidered buttons – pale green stems and leaves with pale pink French knot flowers – on the back of the bodice!

embroidered button

This was so much fun!!! The best part is how impressed my husband is – he had no clue how much effort went into making something like this before! LOL

Have a blessed day,

Karen

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