With my last two daughters, I made blessing dresses for them. I really enjoyed making them, especially since I had five boys first! It is so much fun to sew for girls and I liked coming up with different designs.
For my first daughter, I made a simple, yet dainty dress. I added a layer of lace over the bodice to add texture. I also added little flowers to the front and the sleeves. When I tried the dress on her, the sleeves seemed way too big for her little arms, so I gathered them by hand. I love the way the dress flowed at the bottom!
For my second daughter, I wanted to try a different look. I changed the sleeves altogether and they fit so much better. I keep the bodice plain, but added a layer of lace at the bottom of it. The skirt part is what sets this dress apart from the other. I made roses out of the fabric and gathered the bottom of the skirt in various places and then attached the roses. I think that it gave it a princess feel to the dress.
Now, since we are going to bless my third daughter sometime next month, I am dreaming and designing another dress. I'm thinking of going for more of a vintage look. I will definitely post pictures. I am really excited to see the finished product...but I have to get started on it first. :)