Thursday, January 28, 2010
An Occasion for a Gown
A Baptismal Gown that is.
This is the baptismal Gown that I made for my niece a couple of years ago. It was the first baptismal gown I ever made, and I was quite proud (and a little surprised) of its extraordinary beauty. To say the least, I was inspired.
Let me give you a little back ground. We baptize our infants in our house and most families in our church do the same. No, we are not Catholic, but we are reformed and covenantal, and this way of living means we believe our children, who are born into a Christian family, need to take on the name of the head of their church, Christ, by being baptized. But that is a conversation for another time.
So, many years ago I looked for a gown for my daughter and could not find one I liked. All I did find was white and stiff with way to much cheap lace. And I thought to myself, someone really should make better Baptismal Gowns.
Well, I have yet to see anything that strikes me as beautiful, coming out of our local stores. However I have seen a few friends gifted an old family heirloom here and there, and this got me thinking. Why are we not producing our own heirloom Baptismal Gowns? Gowns that we can use for our children and that they can use for their children.
So, here I am on another quest. Sewing and ripping, and ripping and sewing my way to victory. I am now working on my nephews Baptismal Romper. It is a twist on the Gown, so it is fitting for a little boy. It has a special-removable feature, the Gown skirt snaps on and off. So he can wear his robes of glory for his coming into the kingdom of God when he takes on his new name of Christian. But then his glory robes can be removed so he can still look like a boy during his baptism party, because afterwards we must party.
I will post a picture of my latest creation soon.
By the way, I have been thinking about selling Baptismal Gowns. They are quite difficult to make and would be expensive. So I am wondering, do you think these are a desired item for those baptizing their children? I would love to hear your opinions.