Create a Vintage Tucked Lace Gown

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Laurie Anderson’s recreation of the vintage baby gown, and a closeup look at the unique tucked lace.

Created by designer Laurie Anderson, this vintage tucked lace gown is a reproduction of an antique baby dress. The original gown was given to Laurie by her mother-in-law and featured lace that fanned out onto the skirt from the yoke. When Laurie began examining how it was made she became intrigued by the way the laces were joined. There were nine columns of insertion lace at varying lengths within a front panel, and lace was joined at the yoke in such a way that beautiful tucks were created between the columns of joined lace.

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The original heirloom baby gown

Laurie shared the original gown in an article about vintage baby clothing in the May/June 2012 edition of Sew Beautiful (issue #142), and she soon started getting emails from readers who were interested in finding out if she had a pattern or instructions for how to make it. She recreated the little gown for the magazine to present as a free pattern and as a kit, and the pattern was included in our March/April 2013 edition of Sew Beautiful (issue #147). The Vintage Tucked Lace Gown Kit, which includes all the fabrics and lace you need to create the dress in sizes 6-9 months, is now available to purchase again in our online store.

This Vintage Tucked Lace Gown Kit includes:

  • Two yards of Swiss Nelona White Fabric
  • Mother of Pearl Buttons
  • Eight yards of 5/8″ French Insertion Lace
  • One yard of 5/8″ French Lace Edging
  • Three yards of 3/4″ French Lace Edging
  • Sew Beautiful March/April 2013 – Download

The magazine includes a template to hand embroider the delicate embroidery design seen on the front of the dress. A machine embroidery option is available as a free download here on our website.

About the Designer: Laurie Anderson is the owner of Southern Stitches, and was a commissioned designer for Sew Beautiful for over a decade. Learn more about Laurie at her blog, SewNso’s Sewing Journal.

Happy Sewing,
Natalie