I love to shop for Vintage Children's garments in antique stores, estate sales and even online. I love it even more when a Vintage Garment is passed down to me thru the generations of my family. Many of the Vintage garments I own are displayed in my Sewing Room. Among them, are a few garments that are true family heirlooms! Every now and then, I will share these in my Sewing Journal. Today I would like to share with you one of my treasured family heirlooms.
This beautiful baby gown is a true family heirloom!
It's hard to imagine, but this gown was worn by my dad when he was an infant. I would love to find a photograph of him wearing the gown, but I suppose that would be like finding a needle in a haystack. The gown is in remarkably good condition with no holes or stains.
The original slip is also in excellent condition!
I just love the rows of tucks above the ruffled cotton edging!
This is the underside of the slip
Notice the french seams and even a binding
that was stitched to hide the raw edges of
where the ruffle is attached to the skirt.
The slip has a button shoulder
and also buttons under the arm.
The yoke of the gown features tiny tucks
and hand embroidery.
One unique feature on this gown is that there is
no shoulder seam. The entire gown was cut
from a single piece of fabric!
The side seams have the tiniest of tiny
The sleeves have a casing with ribbon
Notice the back of the garment has no
buttonholes or buttons. This indicates that
the gown was most likely closed with
I sure wish those "beauty pins" were still with this gown! What are "beauty pins?", you might ask. When baby clothes were hand made, they were often made without buttons so they could be pinned and adjusted to fit. So began the "beauty pin".
Old Fashioned Baby carries a large
assortment of "beauty pins"
Unfortunately, I don't know who made this treasured family gown, nor do I have any other history behind it. If my grandmother was still living, she could give the complete history on it, she loved sharing the history on all sorts of things. I will be at my parents house for vacation, so maybe I can dig thru some pictures and see if I can find a picture of him in it!
I have really enjoyed sharing with you one of my treasured family heirlooms and even in writing this blog post, it's ignited a spark in me to draft a pattern off from this gown and slip! What do you think?
Update: My mom thinks there might be a picture of my dad in this gown - she's looking for it! YAY!