Andrew was home a couple weeks ago. He was so excited to meet his grandson and i was really happy to have him home. We knew he was coming home shortly after Lucca's birth so we planned his baptism around Andrew's visit.
Twenty years ago or so, i wore this dress to marry the man of my dreams. It had a straight body with this wrap around bustle. After i wore my beautiful gown full of lace and fabric, i had it cleaned & sealed for protection and possible later use.
i had an idea brewing a long time ago of turning my dress into baptismal gowns for grandchildren. i thought about seeking out a seamstress to change my dress into these gowns knowing i had more than enough fabric. Time went by and the idea sat in the background along with the sealed gown on a shelf. Then Lucca came into our family and i knew it was time. i thought about doing it myself but worried whether i was skilled enough to create his gown.
i had no choice but to do it myself as i ran out of time to find a seamstress. Cheyenne & i went to look for a pattern. i asked her if she wanted a traditional gown or a "romper" for him. i was so excited to hear she wanted to have something modern yet traditional at the same time. i used parts of the pattern to complete the outfit but relied on my own knowledge to change up the piece. And i am so happy i took that deep breath and believed in myself. The top of the gown has a tuxedo like "shirt" under the vest.
i added the bowtie so he could be just like daddy. Chey & i both loved the traditional gown part so i added it to the top half of the romper pattern. The lace from the bodice of my dress was the perfect touch for this combination of Modern Traditional Boy Baptismal Gown. It brought tears to my eyes watching my grandson being baptized in a gown infused with love and memories. i have lots of leftover fabric still from the bustle to create another female baptismal gown for future use. i think i will sew that up soon along with a bonnet or two.