Monday, September 21, 2009

Baby Blessing Dress with Texture Magic

I just finished making a baby blessing dress with Texture Magic, and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.
We have our first grand daughter due in November and I wanted to make an heirloom dress for this sweet little girl who will soon be joining our family.

I haven't sewn a dress in at least 20 years and I was a little apprehensive about making this one.
I picked a very basic pattern, McCalls M4865 with a simple yoke and sleeve.
It was so easy to construct this dress and it turned out looking like something out of an expensive boutique. I credit the result to Texture Magic that can make everything look like you've spent hours, when in reality, the process was fast.

I put Texture Magic on the yoke of the dress. Doesn't it look like I spent hours smocking?

I stitched the Texture Magic to the back of a piece of silk with 1/4" grids, and then applied steam.

Within seconds the fabric began to shrink, giving it that wonderful textured look.

I then cut out the yoke pieces,

and hand stitched some white beads in the folds.

I also used Texture Magic on the sleeve bands to add some pretty.
I made this dress in one day. It was that easy.

30 comments:

Di~ said...

Wow! great dress, good technique and all in one day?!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see the little darling wearing it. It does look very expensive too. Excellent job!

Sherri said...

The dress is absolutely beautiful!

Jan said...

What a beautiful sweet dress for who I'm sure will be a beautiful sweet baby girl :) Gorgeous job and in just one day no less. I am impressed and congratulations on the Granddaughter 2B :)

Material Mary said...

Boy that texture magic worked up so beautiful in that little christening dress. The baby will look absolutely gorgeous. I liked it on the sleeve cuff--neat idea.

Jana said...

Beautiful! I LOVE the smocking look with the TM!!!! I bet your daughter is going to love this!

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

It is so pretty. We will bless and seal our new little baby girl in about 6 weeks so I've been looking at lots of blessing dresses lately. I've thought about making one...... we'll see. I love the way yours turned out!

Amy Dayton said...

Mom- it is gorgeous! I'm sure it looks even better in person. I will treasure it!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is breathtaking. The bands around the arm are a fabulous touch. I'd have never thought of that. It really is perfect. Why would anyone ever smock!??? if you can use texture magic!

Trisha said...

That is the coolest use of texture magic I have seen yet. Beautiful!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! It's beautiful Nedra!

Ruth B said...

That dress is so sweet it makes me tear up remembering my own grandbabies when they were born. They are now 8, 6 and 4 and being a grandma is the best thing ever! The dress is perfect...love it.

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

It's beautiful!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Nedra, the little dress turned out beautiful. It does look like smocking, that's what sold it to one shop. She is going to so cute in it.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Jackie said...

Nedra, that is absolutely gorgeous! An heirloom for sure!!

Lurline said...

So beautiful, Nedra - yes, I hope the wee one treasures it forever!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Brenda said...

That dress i beautiful, she is a lucky little one.

Mel said...

Isn't that the PERFECT use for Texture Magic!! What a beautiful dress!!

Janet said...

When you said one day, I was suitably impressed! It's just gorgeous and congratulations, grand babies are the reward for having kids. They are the best.

Carin said...

Great dress! It will be an heirloom! What a wonderful grandmother you are.

Dawn said...

Oh Nedra!! The dress truned out gorgeous!!

Kaaren said...

OMG, Nedra...it is gorgeous! It will definitely become a family heirloom for generations to come.

Marcy said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Cathy said...

Wow Nedra, this dress is gorgeous, and a one off creation by you with that fabulous texture magicy stuff!! I love it. I love the little beads you have sewn in too. You should be very proud of yourself xo

Live Well With Judi said...

I saw this dress in person and it is even lovelier than the camera can show. It is truly beautiful. Having smocked all my girls their blessing dresses, I can say that this is every bit as charming as a hand smocked dress.

Shari said...

Wow. Very special. You are a good grandmother in waiting...

amy smart said...

This dress is a treasure. I love the effect of the texture Magic! Beautiful!

Ha ha- the word verification word is quill. So close. :)

Star @ A Load Of Craft said...

I love it! I wish I'd thought to make my baby's dress for her blessing but it always seemed too difficult... next time!! Thanks for the tip too - I'll definately be trying texture magic in the future! Beautiful.

Debi R said...

I think the gown is beautiful. One question tho, is the bodice stiff at all? I've seen a few projects with TM that were on the stiff side. I realize you used silk rather than cotton so I was just curious if it was stiff at all.
Thanks,
Debi R.

Nedra said...

Hi Debi R.
You didn't leave an e-mail address, so I don't have a way to respond to your question. Hopefully you will check back here.
No, TM does not go brittle or stiff as long as you don't lay the iron on the fabric. Hold it about an inch above as you let the steam do the work.