The only thing that’s traveled around my family more than my christening gown is the story behind it. (Well, that, and my grandma’s popcorn ball recipe. Both representing skill sets I have yet to master.)
My grandma made this gown for me, in a week, for fun; it took me longer than a week to gather the crafting supplies I needed to shadowbox it. Which is what I decided to do with it when we learned that we’d be adding another son to our family. It’s too pretty to hang, covered in yellowing cellophane, in the back of a closet. If no baby girls are around to wear it, no matter. It makes me smile and it’s going on the nursery wall.
It’s also a nice visual reminder that my sewing skills will likely top out at pillowcases. (Note to my 10-year-0ld self: You really should pay attention to grandma’s sewing lessons. You’ll want that know-how in 20 years when Pinterest comes calling.)
I found a rustic-looking shadowbox 50% off at Hobby Lobby, then covered the back panel with a layer of quilt batting (which I already had lying around from reupholstering our dining room chairs), followed by a layer of drop cloth fabric (take that, stupid curtain project). I gave the drop cloth a good iron first. And used duct tape, which is super classy. (But easy and efficient, so I’m okay with that.)
Then, I just smoothed out the dress and used basic straight dress pins to tack it to the fabric-covered panel, gathered the skirt at the bottom, and popped it into place in the shadowbox (which I gave a good dusting/Windexing to first). Ready to hang!
It’s easily removable if ever it’s needed, but maybe after being worn by half a dozen or so girls in the family since me, it’s ready for some R&R as wall art.
That’s a blue-ribbon craft in my book.