Friday, June 28, 2013

Antique - A Baptism Gown

Last weekend, our beautiful girl (who is now 6 months old) was baptized. I knitted her gown, and one of her godmothers knitted her bonnet. Both turned out beautifully, and received many compliments. I've vacuum-sealed the gown, bonnet, extra ribbon, and the rest of the last skein of yarn used in this project all together for future generations.

Here are the specs:

Project: Antique

For: Kinsye's baptism

Pattern: Isla - A Seamless Modern Baptism / Christening Dress 
                       (which can be seen here)
Yarn: Baby Alpaca Indiecita
Color: 100

Modifications: I followed the pattern exactly as written, but I used a lace weight yarn instead of DK. I wanted a softer, lighter fabric because St. Louis in summer can be hot and muggy.

Thoughts: This was a pretty easy, quick, and fun knit! I loved that there was no seaming, and that the slight flair of the skirt was achieved by increasing needle size, instead of increasing the number of stitches.

The yarn I used made it look vintage, which is exactly what I was going for. Because I used the lace weight yarn, I ended up with a more sheer fabric, which meant that I had to sew a slip to go under it. I'm not at all good with my sewing machine [yet], but it wasn't too hard to come up with something simple to keep the gown modest.

Here are a few more pictures:

I have to say a huge thank you to my sister, Katie, from River City Images. She took fantastic photos of Kinsye in her gown!