Now that Ilse has arrived and is doing very well, although with a bit of jaundice right now, it's imperative that I begin The Christening Dress. I have chosen Gentle Dreams from Australian Smocking and Embroidery Issue 29 from 1994. It's a basic square yoke gown with some simple smocking and embroidery on the yoke, sleeves, and hem.
The fabric is a basic cotton batiste and the laces are all from my little stash. In fact, the lace around the hem will be some rayon venice-style lace leftover from all the projects I did for Mystie's wedding six years ago. The pattern includes a slip as the fabric is quite light. I'm planning to embroider Ilse's name and birthdate on the slip and will add the names of other children who may use the gown in the future.
Kirsten and I spent a couple of hours with Mystie, Ilse and the boys this morning, helping with a few household chores and holding baby. It's so hard to leave them to come home to my chores, but I can always go back tomorrow. :)