228 Victorian Christening Gown and Toddler's Dress

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Infant 2-9 months and Toddler sizes 1-4

Grand Christening Gowns were made for treasured children in the Victorian age (original dates to 1840).  Our Christening Gown owes its grandeur to the full lavishly detailed skirt.  A wedge-shaped center panel is gathered into twos of lace insertion; an additional gathered inset joins the center panel to the rest of the skirt.  Adjustable drawstring fit the square-necked bodice to the body at the waistband and neckline.  Diagonal seam detailing typifies early Victorian styling.  Tiny sleeves are in overlapping petal style.  

We have instructions to create this Christening Gown entirely by hand (View B), if desired.

Also, included in this pattern, is a Toddler's Dress  (View C), so little girls needn't envy their siblings finery.  The Toddler's Dress is modeled on the same lines as the Christening Gown.  The sleeves are bodice are similar, but with a buttoned back closing.  The skirt is shortened to a practical modern length.  This is a dress that can take a little miss from playtime to dress up, depending on fabric choice.  


Suggested Fabrics:  View A - sheer or lightweight cottons and blends such as batiste, lawn, organdy, or voile.  View B - 100% cotton batiste.  View A or B Optional Skirt Lining - cotton broadcloth and blends.  View C - Lightweight cottons, and blends such as calico, dotted swiss, lawn, broadcloth, or challis.