C.1860. Mid 19th century christening gowns are one of my favorite things to buy as they are always beautiful and always have the most exquisite workmanship. I can just imagine a proud mamma working on such a gown for her little baby and all the love that went into making such a special garment.
Although this one would have been worn by a little baby girl, my 17 month old son Jake graciously "volunteered" to model it :) The gown is made out of soft cotton and has V shaped bands of Embroidery Anglaise down the front of the bodice
. The same embroidery decorates each cap sleeve and a band of handmade lace decorates the typical mid 19th century scoop neckline that kid's wore. Typical 1860's feather stitching decorates the neckline and the waistband.
The skirt of the gown is handstitched and tightly gauged around the bodice
. The bottom of the skirt is decorated with loads of pintucking
. The back of the bodice closes with cotton tape drawstrings.
The gown is wearable with care, and would make a wonderful display on a large doll. There are some rust colored spots in areas on the bottom of the skirt, and a little L shaped
tear at the middle center front of the skirt which has a period darn to it (this is lost in the folds of the skirt). There are also two small fray holes on the left side and back of the skirt which are also lost in the folds.
It could be used as a christening gown today if you wished to have a "vintage" christening. Although my son is 17 months old, it's a little small in the body for him and the drawstrings would not close all the way. A baby of about 1 year depending on weight would be able to wear this. Measurements: shoulders 8", Chest 21", Waist 17", Length 36".
(Formerly L. Hidic)