2019 was the year of christening gown fashion making its way to the Zobi studio, with requests coming from as far away as young Irish parents living in Australia, Dubai and Canada.
Whether it is for your own baby or as a special gift it is not usual now to get a bespoke christening gown. In some cases, it was using a family heirloom to make the gown, for example a wedding or communion dress, and in others it was a modern take on the traditional gown style. Either way we love the idea of investing in a custom-made piece to use and pass on to family members and friends for years to come.
When making a christening gown from a wedding or communion dress we first have to check there is enough material available to cut from and that it is in good condition. For accessorising Ann recommends keeping it simple with small bow details, ribbons and flat buttons. Comfort is key here as the baby has to be able to wriggle around freely and the parents need to be able to hold baby over a stone font for several minutes.
Some parents opt for a bonnet which can be cute for the pictures, not always practical if baby is not willing to wear it but if you can snap a quick picture with it on it is a nice addition to the dress. With colours there isn’t too much choice with white, ivory or cream being the usual. Then the material type of a crepe, satin or silk is again the traditional option but some prefer to use cotton or linen especially if it is summer time.