"Christening Gown Patterns"

The christening of your baby can be the first most important event of their life, and because we know you want it to be special we have created this section to help you choose the right pattern, fabric and laces to make your garment and heirloom for this and future generations.  If you wish to order everything at once, pick out a pattern you like and the fabric you like and we will figure out the yardage and the cost for you and send it to you.  We try to be extremely helpful and wish to assist you in every way we can.  Let us know your needs and we will try to help you.



Karen Faylor Designs

KF04 Geneva Baby Daygowns Infant-6mo

Two wonderful baby daygowns by Jane Soffos from the 1980's redesigned for 2010 by Karen Faylor. The bishop daygown includes a christening gown pattern, as well. Traditional bishop styling or area for embroidery or embroidered tab front. The square yoke daygown is smocked on front and back. Also includes square yoke dress and christening gown. Embroidery designs, smocking plate included. Fits size Infant to 6mo.

Price $15.00
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Beautiful Baby Blankets - $12.00

A custom made blanket is a great sewing project, useful item, and always an appreciated gift, but you won't be able to stop with just one blanket when you read this 10-page booklet filled with instructions, illustrations, and creative ideas for transforming a plain piece of fabric into a treasured keepsake. Two methods for edging fabric with a variety of bindings are meticulously detailed. Booklet also includes 3 embroidered blanket projects ranging from fancy to fun with designs and instructions, plus a great alphabet for monogramming.

Price $12.00
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Primrose Lane


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PL The Tiffany Christening Gown, Slip, Bonnet & Dress - Nb - 6mo

A very sweet, & elegant Christening gown, slip and bonnet and very special heirloom sewn dress!   Pattern includes smocking design, all embroidery designs and a shadow embroidered monogram alphabet. Smocking is optional.

Price $12.00
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Creations by Miche'

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CM#112 Boy's Christening Gown - 3mo - 12 mo

Perfect christening gown for boys, soft front and back pleats, choice of three heirloom collars and 3/4 length sleeves.  Gown may be made plain for a tailored look, or dressed up with lace insertion and embroidery.  Embroidery designs and slip pattern are included.

Price $12.00
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Wendy Schoen - Petite Poche'

WS Heavenly Bliss Christening Gown
Sized up to 6 months

Just about the most gorgeous christening gown pattern available. Comes with a christening gown, button-on apron and a matching bonnet. Pattern also includes embroidery design, embroidery lesson, and detailed instructions.

Price $15.00
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WS#20 Be'Be'$12.00

Size 3-18 months

A smocked baby bunting that buttons down
the front and ties at the bottom with ribbon.
Scalloped collar is included as well
as an embroidery and smocking design.

Price $12.00
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More Design Companies

Sandy Hunter Christening Gown $12.00

This is the simplest gown we have in stock. With an elegant 'V' formation of lace insertion down the front which ends at the hem. Lace insertion finishes off the hem with gathered edging. There is also a short dress version for baby's special occasion.

Price $12.00
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Patricia Moore

PM#01 The Handkerchief Bonnet Trio

A pattern featuring three styles of baby bonnets made from handkerchiefs. Traditionally known as the "from baby to bride" type bonnet. Includes a poem cleverly explaining the dual use of handkerchiefs as bonnets, as well as, future wedding handkerchiefs

Price $8.00
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Old Fashioned Baby

Here's a small taste of her patterns, click on link below to see more bonnets and baby things to make

OFB#01 Baby Layette

The Old Fashioned Baby Layette is very dainty and sure to inspire beautiful baby clothes. The pattern has been revised to include six sleeve styles on the exquisite Day gown. Embroidery designs are included The Bonnet also has a scalloped facing and embroidery. The NEW embroidery design is appropriate for the slip or gown.

  • View 1 has tucks, embroidery, lace and long or short smacked sleeves.
  • View 2 has a collar, front placket with tatting and long cuffed sleeves. Tucks are optional.
  • View 3 buttons in the back and has a front pleat, ruffled cuffs, collar and front tab.
  • The NEW French Day gown (View 4) has long or short puff sleeves gathered to a lace band or beading with entredeux and lace at the neck It is embellished with tucks and embroidery and features an optional Scalloped Hem.
  • The Bonnet is lined and has fabric ties. The embroidered slip can be made long or short.

Price $12.50
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OFB#17 Baby Bonnets II - Infant-12 months - Boy or Girl

A collection of four exquisite Bonnets which complement patterns "Sweet & Simple Daygown Collection" and "Baby Daydresses", they feature the classic cap style with a set in crown. Baby Bonnets Package Two is a welcome addition to this Baby Pattern collection. These adorable bonnets for boy or girl baby will be the pride of every Mother! All are lined and have a variety of embellished brims.
  • View I is a sweet little bonnet perfect for baby boy with piped details on the brim and crown. The Shadow Embroidered duck matches the Baby Daygown in the pattern "Sweet & Simple Daygown Collection".
  • View 2 is a classic bonnet for boy or girl baby. It features an embroidered brim trimmed with baby tatting. The bonnet matches the Classic Daygown from the pattern "Sweet & Simple Baby Daygown Collection".
  • View 3 is a ruffly little bonnet, adorned with lace and sweetly embroidered inside each scallop. The perfect bonnet for dressing up! It goes very nicely with the new "Baby Daydresses "pattern.
  • View 4 is a beautiful little bonnet featuring lovely embroidery on the brim and crown and is embellished with lace edging. The embroidery on this bonnet matches View 3 Daydress in the pattern "Baby Daydresses" and complements the other Daydresses as well.

Four styles of bonnets with embroidery designs included.

Price $12.00
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OFB#26 French Arcadian Christening Gown - Size INFANT

The charm and style of the Gowns sold in the New Orleans Baby Shops in the early 1900's. This pattern contains directions for both hand and machine techniques plus a simplified variation that retains the original look. Slip included. When you make this gown, you are stitching a little bit of Louisiana history!

Price $12.50
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OFB#02 Baby Bonnets - Infants - 12 mos

A collection of five beautiful bonnets including Hanky Bonnet with Poem, "T"-Bonnet, Lacy Christening Bonnet, Little French Bonnet and Baby Boy Cap with Scalloped Brim and a chin strap.
  • The Lacy Peek a Boo is a T - Shape that ties together with ribbon.
  • The Hanky Bonnet is designed for baby to wear and then later when he/she marries, it can be made back into a hanky to be carried down the isle by the bride. It comes with an embroidery design, poem and instructions for pin stitching. NEW!! Shadow Embroidery design for the Hanky Bonnet. Revised Stitch Instructions.
  • Antique Christening Bonnet is fashioned after a bonnet made in the 1920's. It has lace insertion alternating with embroidery, and has fabric ties.
  • The Little French Bonnet is a quick and easy version of an old favorite.
  • The Little Scalloped Cap is perfect for a little boy as it lined and has a chin strap. A touch of embroidery sets it off.

Price $12.00
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See Lots More Old Fashioned Baby Patterns on this page

Diane Jensen - Baby Booties

Smocked Toe Booties

Such a cute little pattern.  Perfectly easy shoes to smock up for the baby in your life or make them up as baby shower gifts.  Sizes Newborn to 6 months

Price $7.00
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Silk Ribbon Booties

A delightful pattern for Baby Booties.  Comes with  easy to follow  instructions for making the little shoes as well as designs for silk ribbon embroidery.

Price $7.00
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LBJ - Every Mother's Pride Smocked Bonnet

Every Mother's Pride - Smocked Bonnet

Just back for a return engagement is a wonderful smocked bonnet pattern for boys and girls sized 6-24 mos. Included is a cap and bonnet with two smocking designs. Every Mother's Pride by LBJ Designs $7.00, has been around since 1985 but it just goes to show you a good idea can't be kept down.

Price $7.00
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GS Baby Boy Christening Gowns

These patterns are perfect for little boys as they are not too frilly (a common complaint) but perfectly tailored for a boy.  The gowns included feature simple construction and several design options using a varitey of unique trims and fabric textures that are perfect for little boys.

Fabric selections such as linen, linen batiste, Swiss flannel,  Heirloom Crepe, silk dupioni, satin batiste, as well as the more traditional Swiss batistes, pima cottons, and polyester-cotton batistes are perfect choices.

"Embellishment options presented in this book include a pointed collar, tucks used with tiny pearl buttons, cording, or Swiss eyelet trims, and neckline treatments that include the use of entredeux-edged Swiss trims, tatting, and cording. The sleeve options are all ideal for use on gowns for baby boys and there is the additional option of adding hand shadow work or machine embroidery, if you desire."

Price $20.00
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GS A-Line Christening Gowns II

This booklet includes designs for baby boys (and girls, too, but the focus is on boys). The A-line design has a back button closing. Sleeve variations include a long straight sleeve, an elbow length puff sleeve, and a long puff sleeve. Variations include a large Peter Pan-style collar and a design suitable for monogramming. This pattern provides a wonderful way to showcase unusual trims or hand or machine embroidery. It may be made in a simple fashion to satisfy the most discriminating fathers who declare "No lace on my son!" It may be made with a somewhat conservative design using geometric laces or trims or heavier fabrics such as linen, Heirloom Crepe, or Swiss flannel. It may also be embellished in detail for boys or girls. The nice thing about this pattern is the choice it affords. The multi-sized pattern includes sizes preemie, newborn, infant, and large.

Price $12.00
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Christening Gowns Book I by Nancy Coburn - $20.00

The newest book from Ginger Snaps Designs features Yoke and High-Waisted Designs sized Newborn, Small, Medium and Large Patterns.

"Christening Gowns, Book I is designed for the person who wants to make a beautiful, elegant Christening gown, but who prefers detailed, precise construction techniques, good instructions with numerous illustrations, and simplicity of design which will assure good results."

Nancy goes on to say "I have been collecting antique Christening gowns and ideas for Christening gowns for over 15 years.  This book contains a wide selection of designs which range from simpler designs suitable for infant boys to designs with lace yokes and fancy skirts.  A dress variation and pattern has been included to assist in making design selections and selecting pattern size."

Book contains 11 Christening Gown variations + slip, 12 Lace Techniques, Sewing Techniques (including Bias Binding and facing), Back Variations (Button back, closing with snaps and buttons), Neckline Variations, 5 sleeve variations, and five hemline variations.

Sorry temporarily out of print

Button-on diaper covers for boys and girls
Sizes: Preemie, Newborn, Small, Medium, and Large

A delightful book filled with dozens of variations, using the combinations presented in this book with pull-out pattern in sizes. You will find fast and easy construction techniques with numerous photographs and illustrations. Instructions for cording, Swiss eyelet edging, and entredeux and lace edging. Embellishment with hand embroidery, machine embroidery, decorative buttons. Measurement charts and guidelines included. Perfect for baby gifts....fast and easy. Great projects for using embroidery machines.

Price $16.00
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Baby Daygown Series by Mildred Gould, published by Nancy Coburn

Ginger Snaps has been publishing since 1985.  Nancy Coburn's product line includes designing patterns for heirloom sewing, smocking and writing wonderful instruction manuals for making gowns for babies which include patterns.  You can see her designs in almost every issue of Sew Beautiful and Creative Needle.  Her patterns and books are well known for their clear directions and excellent illustrations for Heirloom sewing, instructions are also included for adapting these patterns for French Handsewing Techniques, in fact she tends to spoil you with information.  Mildred Gould, the author of books 1-3 at the time of writing these books had been "sewing children's clothes for over 50 years but her first love was sewing daygowns - special creations with tiny tucks, lace insertions and edgings and delicate hand embroidery." (From Book One)

"Mildred Gould's machine sewing techniques are fast and easy and are especially helpful to the beginner seamstress.  For those of you who are handsewing enthusiasts, her patterns and designs may be adapted to French handsewing techniques.  These unique designs may be used to create your special baby's entire wardrobe or to make a quick and inexpensive (but very special) shower or baby gift."

Each book is a mini course in Heirloom sewing (or French Handsewing).  We are proud to offer these books to you and do apologize for not having them up on our website sooner.  (Oh and in case you are wondering about the term French Handsewing by Machine, it's the same as Heirloom Sewing.)

Baby Daygowns Book I - Mildred Gould  $16.00

Book One contains daygown designs with back closing in either French Handsewing or Machine Sewing.  Four designs (as shown on cover) are included.  Newborn and Infant patterns, designs and easy machine techniques included.  Designs and Patterns may be adapted to French Handsewing Techniques (now known as Heirloom Sewing).

  • Sewing Techniques
    • Tucks
    • Lace Insertion
    • Attaching lace edging to a bias binding
    • Back Closings
    • French Seam
  • Basic French Handsewing by Machine Techniques
  • Neckline Variations
  • Sleeve Variations
  • Hemline Variations
In this book, Mildred Gould is sharing samples of her designs as well as some of her unique methods for designing and creating these special daygowns.  She calls sewing daygowns "play" rather than work because it truly is fun.

Price $16.00
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Baby Daygowns Book II - Mildred Gould  $16.00

Book Two in the series expands the lessons learned in Book one but with Front button Closures.  "As in Baby Daygowns, Book I, instructions for various design guidelines and construction technique make it possible for you to create your own daygown designs, as well as sew the designs presented in this book.

Additional design features and style variations are included. They may be used interchangeable with the neckline, sleeve, and hemline variations and other design features presented in Book I.  Simply use the center front an center back of the garment, or the center point of a pattern piece such as a sleeve, as your beginning reference point and adjust the instructions accordingly.

The daygown designs presented because of the front button closing offer a wider variety of designs suitable for infant boys.

  • Sewing Techniques
    • Baby Slip
    • Kick Pleat for Daygown Back
    • Tucks
    • Lace Insertion
  • Front Button Closing Variations
  • Neckline Variations
  • Sleeve Variations
  • Daygown Construction

Price $16.00
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Baby Daygowns Book III - Mildred Gould  $16.00

Book III brings you what is perhaps the fastest and easiest of all daygown designs - the raglan sleeve daygown.  The simpler raglan sleeve daygown designs are ideal for quick-to-sew baby gifts.  The design of the ragland sleeve itself makes it an easier daygown to sew and it makes dressing the baby easier.

Raglan sleeve daygown designs are suitable for both infant girls and infant boys.  A variety of front button closings, including those found in Book II, and the variety of sleeve styles included in all three daygown books, provide yet another opportunity to design and create unique and special daygowns. Color variations using pink, blue or yellow embroidery or bias bindings on a white daygown expand this opportunity. A very special smocked variation of the raglan sleeve daygown in included.

  • Smocked Ragland Sleeve Daygown
  • Front Button Closing Variations
  • Neckline Variations
  • Sleeve Variations

Price $16.00
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Baby Daygowns Book IV - Nancy Coburn  $16.00

Preemie, 15" Baby Doll, Newborn and Infant Patterns Included.

This edition continues the Baby Daygown series by Mildred Gould.  "It contains a wide variety of variations of daygowns based on the raglan style including five smocking designs for both traditional English Smocking and combined with silk ribbon embroidery, smocking with pearls and picture smocking. One daygown design is a copy of an antique daygown. It features tucks and lace, held in place with French knots. This design, completed with bullion roses, is ideal for girls. Make a few minor changes, including substituting buttons instead of bullion roses, and you have a design even reluctant fathers will accept for their infant sons.

  • Daygown front variations
    • Smocked Daygown Front
    • Antique Daygown with Tucks and Lace
    • Daygown with Vertical Insertion
    • Machine Embroidery or Shadow Work Variation
  • Lace Techniques
  • Sewing Techniques
  • Smocking Designs instructions
  • Back Closings
  • Neckline Variations
  • Sleeve Variations
  • Hemline Variations
  • Tuck and Lace Placement guideline

Price $16.00
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Baby Daygowns Book V - by Nancy Coburn  $16.00

The latest in the wonderful baby daygown series, complete with patterns and instructions for the garments shown on the cover.  Includes variations which appear to be specially gender-suited.   The smocked variations have sleeve and neckline treatments that some people may classify as feminine - too lacey for an infant boy.  The same is true for the two 'boy' daygowns, the designs that are simple and tailored.   However, any of the neckline, sleeve, and hemline treatments may be interchanged to create dozens of daygown variations.  

The sacque length may be used on any of the daygowns presented.  Sized 5-lb Preemie, Newborn, and Infant Patterns included.

Price $16.00
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Baby Daygowns Book VI - by Nancy Coburn  $16.00

Heirloom Daygown Designs from the 1920's ....Yoke Design for heirloom sewing techniques.  Perfect for machine embroidery designs as well as hand embroidery.  Using the pattern as a canvas for the heirloom sewing fabrics you create by attaching lace insertion to swiss beading and embroideries.  Use the designs included in the booklet or make up your own.

Included within are:

  • Pull-out pattern in multi-sizes for 5-pound preemie, newborn, and infant
  • Heirloom sewing by machine techniques
  • Four variations with interchangeable neckline, sleeve, and hemline treatments
  • Tailored design for infant boys
  • Embroidery designs included
  • Detailed step-by-step instructions with numerous photographs and illustrations

Price $16.00
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Baby Daygowns Book VII - by Nancy Coburn  $16.00

This volume of daygowns was created for designs for embroidery either by Machine or by Hand, but primarily with machine embroidery in mind.  Can also be used for monogramming, hand embroidery or shadow work, outline stitch designs, as well as traditional embroidery designs which are included.  

Center front pleat variation showcases the embroidery on the skirt ....notice how the gathers in the skirt fold away from the embroidery because of the pleat.   Simple construction is great for beginners.  Neckline and sleeve embellishment include cording and flat trims which are hand whipped to the finished edge...no heirloom sewing is included, although variations may be adapted to heirloom sewing and hand embroidery

More than 4 variations

  • Hemline variations include plain hem, false hem, and flat trim hand whipped to the finished edge
  • Long puff sleeve, long straight sleeve, and short puff sleeve
  • Detailed step-by-step instructions with numerous photographs
  • Fast and easy baby gifts
  • Pull-out pattern in sizes preemie, newborn, and infant

Price $16.00
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Kimono Sleeve Daygowns Book - by Nancy Coburn  $16.00 Ltd. Ed.

Here is another limited edition by Nancy in the Daygown Series (get it now otherwise it might be gone).   "Contains pull-out patterns in sizes Preemie, Newborn and Infantfor an antique Christening gown and embroidered antique daygown which are sewn using traditional heirloom sewing fabrics and laces.  In addition, you will find easy-t-sew designs which are suitable for a variety of fabrics.  These simpler variations may be made of fabrics like cashmere flannel, Swiss Flannel, brushed cotton, piques, and broadcloths.  Detailed instructions are incluced for neckline, sleeve, and hemline variations.  Embroidery designs are included as well.  Whatever you choice of fabric or embellishment, you are sure to find the kimono sleeve daygown one of the easiets you have ever sewn."

Price $16.00
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