@jay_1965vw that gown is gorgeous! Now I have to beg the question. Do you want to go heirloom-y and have one just for Dot or are you after something more simple to “get the job done”. Do you want embroidery, smocking etc?
I would do a natural fibre, even though I am not really familiar with Queensland weather in September but I can imagine that it would be warm to hot during the day and coolish evenings.
I have another question, do you specifically want the traditional white? The reason why I ask is that, like weddings colours seem to be creeping in. Personally I love a beautiful long gown of white and maybe a bit of colour in the embroidery. I made one that my older two children wore (the Godchild As&e I forget the issue number) and then I made another one to enter in the Royal show in Perth which Chloë later wore because she “had to” (because it won best in show and was completely gorgeous!). It was a case of opening the box with the original christening gown and then howling “I don’t know what to wear”.
It is really ok to go long heirloom for Dorothy and then you can have two gowns the girls can choose from later (or you may have to make a third). I am going to have a look in my books to see what would be useful. But do you want lace and smocking and the like? And how much?
The other alternative is for me to send you a cut out ready to sew Library dress in size 6-12 months. The catch is it is pink silk dupion and it has a smocked panel with little seed beads.
And that is also the other thing, do you have your AS&e issues with you?
There are some beautiful Lyn weeks patterns that would be gorgeous. I made the daygown version of the Edwardian christening gown she had in an AS&e issue. Dead easy to put together if you are confident at lace insertion etc. There is also another pattern called Tiffany but I can’t remember the company name that produced it.
Sorry I am not being very helpful…. I will go and have a hunt.
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