Ivy was blessed this past Sunday. It was a beautiful day full of family and friends. Even the weather cooperated and gave us probably the nicest day of the year so far. At one point we had nearly 60 people at our little house, so being able to have all the kids outside playing made it seem much less crowded. Ivy was perfect for the blessing, awake but quiet through the entire thing. I think it helps she loves her father’s voice, and that she is the sweetest baby ever. There was a time earlier in my life that I wasn’t sure I wanted a girl. I see myself so much as a “boy mom”. But I am so smitten with this little daughter of mine. There’s just something about her and we’re all in love.
The blessing gown was made using Simplicity 2457, view B. I ended up scrapping the booties. My sister had given us a pair of tiny white shoes that we used instead. I was so totally over sewing by the time it came to make any, it seemed silly to not use the ones sitting in a box in her closet. You can’t see them anyway. I may use the pattern to make some non-white variation down the road, though. The rest of the pattern came together really nicely, other than that infamous hole. I stayed right on pattern with the whole thing, and I love how it turned out. The tucks, pleating and other details were exactly what I wanted. I’m super happy with the linen blend I used. The texture and drape are perfect for the gown. The bonnet seemed a bit much after it was all completed. It’s very pretty, but that’s a lot of look for one tiny 11lb baby! I wish I would have made a headband or something. She does wear it well, though.
I wanted to thank you all for being so supportive and encouraging. Your comments and emails helped me to see the hole and patch in a new light, and pull things back into perspective. I almost like the patch now. Almost. So thank you. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for keeping me grounded and building me up at the same time.