Determined that my daughter would wear both the dress and bonnet, I sewed quickly a tacking thread through the front of the bonnet (I did not inherit my mother's sewing talent or the patience for it). My poor mother's frown when she saw my effort with the christening bonnet said everything! But my daughter wore our new family heirloom and I was perhaps the proudest mother at a baby's Christening ever!
The Christening Gown was worn again in October, 1986 by our third child, daughter, Siobhan Kaitlyn Jemima. The bonnet was too small for her to wear, but she looked beautiful in her grandmother's very special gift. My mother did not see her little grand daughter looking angelic in the very special Christening Gown, but we were all thinking of her as we witnessed our baby being christened in the beautiful dress she had sewn.
Right: Myself proudly holding Siobhan in the Christening Gown, October, 1986.
Right: Briallen's Christening, where she is wearing the Christening Gown my mother made; now our special family heirloom.
THIS POST IS IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER, ALWYNNE JEAN MACDADE [REECE-HOYES]