Did you notice that I have a new header on my blog? I decided to make a new banner that really represents my passion for sewing! Photographed in my header is a daygown and bonnet that I created several years ago. It's been one of my favorite and one of the sweetest heirloom gowns that I have made! This gown is perfect as a Blessing or Christening gown or for Sunday Church! This baby bishop gown and bonnet are smocked on pure white batiste with a touch of blue and pink! Don't forget that you can click on each picture to see a larger picture.
What I really liked about this gown is that it had alot of different techniques on it; smocking, pin tucks, shadow work embroidery, bullion roses and joined lace for the hem. The bishop neckline is smocked with perle cotton #8 in white, accented with a touch of blue and finished off with pink bullion roses.
Close up of Smocked Bishop Neckline
Close up of front of gown
Close up of back of gown
The hem of the gown features three shadow worked bows between two sets of pintucks. There is a shadow worked bow on either side of the front of the gown and one centered on the back of the gown.
The sleeves of the gown are smocked in white with just a touch of blue for accent.
Between each of the buttons down the front of the gown is a bullion rose.
The bonnet has a dainty band of smocking to coordinate with the front
of the gown, along with 3 rows of pin tucking.
Close up of bonnet smocking.
The pattern for the gown is in Australian Smocking and Embroidery Issue No.36 from 1996. There is a bonnet pattern in the magazine, but I used my own tapered bonnet pattern for the smocked bonnet and used the smocking graph in the AS&E article.
I hope I have inspired you to make a beautiful daygown and bonnet for someone you love! As always, if you need assistance in smocking, or shadow work, my tutorials are available!