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.




David and Michelle said...

I like the idea. It needs to be fleshed out. I like the picture of the gown. Maybe a gown that is less shiny (I don't know the technical term for the fabric) as well as the one above? That would give people two choices...

Liz said...

I think the gowns are beautiful. We have just done without since we didn't inherit one. I'd be interested to learn the origins/significance of the gown itself. Beautiful work Crystal.
What would be the going rate?

Anne Marie said...

I love the idea of heirloom quality baptismal gowns! Since we have nothing but boys (so far...) I am curious what the "romper" you are creating looks like. Thanks for sharing your talent and vision with us! You are very gifted!

Kael said...

I think this would be a lovely option for those who are without an heirloom gown or seamstress in the family. I agree with David and Michelle and would recommend offering a non-shiny 100% cotton option.

Meg said...

very cool. One family in our old church had the names of each child embroidered in the lining...I think it was used up to fifteen times that would really make me want to start a new tradition, however I am behind in using one for five kids already!