So when I tell my hubby something like, "We need to go to JoAnns so I can get some fabric for the baptismal gown," you may see why his reaction is, "Really?" and "Why!?" and "I am sure we could find a white dress that would make do at a department store..."
Am I crazy? Maybe... I am leaving it open for discussion. But I do think there is something very sweet and nostalgic about using my own two hands to sew my baby girl's baptismal gown. Not only did it save us a ton of money, but when she is 25, engaged, and digging through our closets, she can hold that sweet gown in her hands knowing that it was created especially for her sweet self.
So back to me being crazy... as I have mentioned before, I have no formal sewing experience or classes and I waited till a week before to even begin AND I was too cheap to buy a pattern... yes, you heard that right... $13 was too much for a pattern that would have given me step by step directions and measurements. (Are you beginning to side with the hubby? It's okay, really!)
So I had to make my own pattern...
Those of you who know what I should have been doing, feel free to laugh, but it worked! I added a little lace at the bottom, around the waist and neckline and a few clasps in the back, and my sweet baby girl had a beautiful baptismal gown!
It cost me just under $25, most of the cost being in the lace material. But considering the gowns I was finding online like this one and this one were nearing $200 pre-shipping, $25 was an amazing deal! And the nostalgia... you can't forget the nostalgic factor!
And wasn't she just a doll in it!??
Oh- and I almost forgot! Since I didn't have a pattern I was completely stumped on the bonnet, so I used the tutorial from Craftiness is not Optional to create my first ever pleated headband, which I just thought was the most precious of additions to the gown. Thank you Craftiness is not Optional!
So it may have not been perfect like the ones we could have ordered, but I love that I was able to make her gown for her. My hubby had his doubts, but he came around! And she was just an angel on her special day.
So... I hate to ask, but your verdict... do you think I was crazy in attempting such a challenge?