Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clara's Blessing

March 20th was the first day of spring.  Our daffodils finally peeked out from their eager buds, a fresh blanket of snow coated the earth, and our sweet baby girl received her first special blessing from her father.
Before Clara was born, I worked on several fun sewing projects for her, but I knew that one of the most special would be made after her arrival.  Even though there are lots of beautiful christening gowns out there, I really wanted to make Clara's dress.  I searched for the most basic dress pattern I could find and then altered it to get exactly what I wanted.  Super long and lacy is traditional, but not really my style.  I didn't want a lot of embellishment or extra length; I didn't want her to get lost in a cloud of a dress. :) My wish list included three things: beautiful fabric, slightly puffed sleeves, and pin tucks.  With my mom's help, we achieved all three.
Of course, the event itself was certainly more special than the dress she wore.  Spencer gave Clara a sweet and perfect blessing.
After the blessing, we gathered in our home for brunch with all of our great family that came for the special day.  Clara was pretty tuckered out and needed a nap right away.  I was a little sad that she couldn't spend more time with her adoring fans (or get photos with them!).  We had lots of delicious and beautiful food and it was so nice to have our house full of people we love.


Karene said...

Sarah, that dress is amazing! And Clara is adorable!

Heather Richardson said...

So gorgeous, perfect day, sorry we missed it. Would love to see any other photos you have including family ones from the brunch! Congratulations Clara!

Janelle said...

Beautiful dress! I love that it didn't swallow her up. :) Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

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