work in progress ... Ruby's blessing dress

This weekend I made the bodice for Ruby's blessing dress.

I've been making up the pattern as I go along and the design itself is pretty simple.  I opted against the diamond pintucks for now because I found this sweet lace trim for the neckline that I love.  It was just too much with all the diamonds.   I am making two dresses, one for Ruby and one for a friend, so maybe they'll make it into the next design.

And since I'm making two dresses, my plan is to perfect the pattern on this version and make a tutorial for the little dress on the next version.  Is that something you'd be interested in?  You'll have to be patient with me though ... I've got a lot coming my way soon.

The inside of the dress is fully lined, and since I don't want any exposed seams, it requires a bit of hand stitching.  I think I'll embroider the baby's name and blessing date somewhere inside there as well.

The skirt of the dress is going to have a few rows of horizontal pintucks, and a sash at the empire waist.  Very simple overall, but so far it is turning out exactly how I had envisioned it.  I love when that happens.

50 comments:

Hannah said...

So cute! You are doing a great job! You inspire me to start learning how to sew!

Alecia said...

Would LOVE a tutorial for this. I didn't professionally preserve my wedding gown because I knew that someday I would like to make baptismal garments for our children. Even without any news of babies on the way for us as of yet, I would love to start working on something like this. Looks darling!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

It looks gorgeous so far! I can't wait to see the finished product.

Ashley said...

Wow, it looks awesome! I also would LOVE to have a tutorial for this since I am having a girl in October.

lisa said...

Very sweet!

Melanie said...

I like my baby clothes lined without seams too... unfortunately, patience is not a virtue I have acquired so rarely do my girls get that luxury!

Nathan and Alyssa said...

I would indeed be interested in a tutorial on this one. So cute!

Tasha said...

So beautiful so far. I love the simplisty of it.

Jana said...

So sweet.
And I like the all yellow header too :)
Jana

ellie g said...

I think this is the sweetest, most simple thing I've ever seen. (simple:clean...not simple:easy)

If I had been able to find a white dress that cute I might have gone white for my daughter's blessing dress. As it was...everything looked like they cleaned up the lace isle and recycled it on one dress. Not my style. She was blessed in pink and yellow. (i know! Gasp!)

Jeff and Bethany Davis said...

It's beautiful! And I love the idea of the name and date on the inside. What a treasured keepsake that will be.

I'd be very interested in a tutorial, once you get to it. :)

Darling Details said...

I have been waiting for you to post your blessing dress. I'm toying with the idea of making one for my little one. This is so classic. Love it. ( and a tutorial would be super!!) Have you seen the one on the Gymboree website? I bought it, but this is better...I might have to do a return now.

Jill said...

I hadn't seen the gymboree dress, but that's almost exactly what I am going for! Nice to know there is a pretty alternative out there if I screw everything up. :)

BECKY said...

Oh please finish it soon if you can and show us how to make one. I'm due with a girl in three weeks and have been wanting to make her a dress and this is just too perfect. Please share!

shelly said...

Oh yes, I'd love a tutorial! While my next baby is not yet a "twinkle," the blessing dress I made for my toddler was a terrible failure. The next time 'round I'll need some help!

Rachel said...

Love the solid yellow heading:)
and the dress!

Vanessa said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to see how the dress turns out! Oh, and I like the new blog changes.

Tab said...

I too love the lace. It is almost identical to the lace I used on my wedding veil, it's beautiful! I made a pintuck dress for my baby but she grew out of it long before her dedication. She ended up having to wear the 'family' dress that her great grandfather had been christened in 83 years earlier, and we don't now how much older than that it is! It was exquisite! I think yours will become a treasured heirloom in time too.

Jaime said...

Jill - did you make something for Oscar? I just had a baby boy and have been trying to figure out what to put him in for his baptism...I love your idea of something handmade that would include the name and date on it.

Jill said...

I didn't make an outfit for Oscar. :( I wanted to, but between the insanity of a first baby and still being quite new to sewing, I just didn't get to it. So he wore something from Macy's and it wasn't even white. But he did have a special white blanket crocheted for him by his great grandmother. That counts, right? :)

Anna said...

It looks adorable Jill! I'm also a fan of the simpler dresses... and yes! Please share a tutorial!!!

Amy said...

I would love a tutorial! Your tutorials are always the greatest! I am working on making some burp cloths now!

Oh, and I love your new yellow blog header! Looks great!

~Amy :)

leardonsbelle said...

I would love the tutorial! What a gorgeous dress.

Maggie said...

can't wait to see the finished dress, the description sounds lovely.

Jet said...

I would love you forever if you posted a tutorial for this dress! I love it!!!!

Katie said...

So, so pretty and timeless.

Rebeca Price said...

I would totally be interested!!! it already looks super cute! I made a blessing dress once and it was a challenge, but it turned out good.
I'm excited to see the final product.
Rebeca

Caitlin said...

So pretty! I would love to see a tutorial! Everyone in my family & my mom's family were all blessed in the dress that my great grandmother was christened in. Each person who was blessed in it has their name & birthdate hand embroidered on the slip of the dress. It's a pretty neat tradition. My daughter is the first of the next generation to have been blessed in it.

Genevieve said...

its adorable and i'd love a tutorial! but i also know just how busy life must be for ya... :) love the simplicity and clean look of the dress

Annie said...

Oh, it's going to be gorgeous! I for one would be very interested in a tutorial! :)

Magali said...

hi!
it looks great so far, I love the little lace trim around the neck!
oh and love your new YELLOW with bird but no stripes :) blog title :)

xoxo

Clair said...

Very cute Jill. Luckily for me, my mother in law sewed one for my girls.

The new header looks great! A little change but still looks like you!

Be sure to send lots of baby pics home with grandma so that your hometown ladies can see!

Clair
clairscreations.blogspot.com

Jenn said...

Beautiful work Jill (as usual). I would love to see a tutorial for this please.

Sophie said...

it's lovely!!!!

inday_adin said...

Can't wait to see the finished product. I am sure it will be a darling little dress! :)

beautifulladybird said...

That would be so kind of you to make a tutorial for this beautiful dress. Thanks!

Jenny said...

Very pretty! Since I just had a baby girl and am crazy for girl sewing projects I'd LOVE a tutorial for this dress. I just made the itty bitty dress that you posted and it turned out so darn cute that i'm making more for my little Buttercup :) thanks for your blog, I LOVE following your crafts (and kids) :)

Andrea and Casey said...

That is coming along beautifully! I'm completely amazed that you are just making it all up! I love the idea of putting her name on the inside and holy smokes, I would love a tutorial on this!!

Kourtney said...

That is awesome... can't wait to see it on her!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Cute! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Mama Hoot Designs said...

Oh it's BEAUTIFUL. I used pintucks on my daughter's dedication dress too. I don't know what it is about them, but it's a simple kind of fancy that just seems appropriate.

Aly said...

I love the simplicity of the design and the attention to detail. This will be an heirloom.

Sara said...

I can't wait to see the finished version! Looks like it will be lovely. :)

Any ideas on what to dress a boy in?

Creative Ruby said...

I am very interested in the tutorial. I made my daughter's blessing dress and it turned out, but if I ever have another girl, I would like to make her her own and so far I love what you have come up with.

Amy@ServingPinkLemonade said...

That is beautiful. I can't wait to see the end result.

Jodie said...

I am blessing my daughter in 2 weeks. I have been really trying to find the "right" dress pattern to make. This is perfect--not gawdy or too lacy. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind me copying this bodice (since I assume a pattern wouldn't be made in under that time). I am terrible at coming up with my own ideas, but really good at copying. I promise not to sell it or anything. Please let me know if you have a problem with that. Thanks.

Jodie
jodcoz(at)yahoo(dot)com

Beth said...

absolutely gorgeous start! My mom made my wedding dress and my kid's baptism outfits - and she embroidered a heart inside too. It's such a perfect touch. I can't wait to see how your dress turns out!!

Jennifer said...

I'm excited to see how this turns out! Beautiful, so far! My little girl is due in August and won't have her dedication until probably January, so you have inspired me to make her a special dress for the occasion.:)

pinksuedeshoe said...

It looks beautiful. I also made my little girl's blessing dress and all of my best intentions for a gorgeous frilly and complicated pattern went out the window when she was born. She was just so tiny I didn't want to overwhelm her little face with the dress, so I had a fewlittle pintucks, some tiny pearl buttons and a little bit of trim, similar to yours. Put the diamond tucks on her baptism dress, she'll probably wear that one more than once and they will be more properly to scale with the rest of her body. Beautiful start though, and I LOVE the idea of putting her name and date inside. In fact, I am going to add that to my little (not so little anymore)one's!

Aunt Mary said...

I would love a tutorial as I believe a new baby grandchild will be on the way soon, and we are hoping for a girl! We have little man Carter who is almost 16 mos and believe he needs to have a sister to round out the family. I like the idea someone posted of using their wedding dress for the material. I like that idea. Thanks for all your creative juices that flow into great products. I wish I was that creative. Will watch for the tutorial.