I smocked a bishop style blessing gown with a lace overlay.
The white fabric is cotton organdy and the ecru lace is swiss cotton.
I used pearl cotton thread, size 8 in white to smock and stitched little seed pearls in the middle of each diamond.
The sleeve edge is finished with swiss beaded lace, and entredeux.
1/4" silk satin double faced ribbon is woven through the beading.
The gathered scalloped lace is swiss cotton.
I wanted the focal point of the gown to be the collar, so I left the hem plain.
I sewed some entredeux along the hem and attached some swiss cotton lace.
On the back of the gown close to the hem in the middle, I always embroider the baby's initials, with the family name initial in the middle.
I used DMC floche thread to shadow embroider the letters.
The idea is that when Lucy Jane has a daughter of her own, she will pass this blessing gown to her and embroider her baby girl's initials next to her own on the hem of the gown.
This will continue through the generations and there will be lots of initials embroidered on the hem :)
This is the yoke detail on the slip.
I think the swiss cotton lace is very delicate, it's also sewn along the hem.
Lucy Jane's blessing is next Sunday, I can hardly wait to see how cute and adorable she will look on her special day!
I will definetly share some photos of Lucy Jane in her gown and bonnet with you :)