Princess Charlotte was christened yesterday at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Norfolk, and we just can’t stop looking at all the adorable pictures! The little princess wore a replica of the famous royal christening gown that has been worn by generations of British royal babies, while Prince George donned a suit nearly identical to the one Prince William wore as a child to visit little brother Prince Harry in the hospital for the first time. Below, read more about the history of both Princess Charlotte and Prince George’s outfits, and learn how you can create similar looks with patterns featured in our book, Sewing for a Royal Baby:
The Royal Christening Gown
Generations of British royal babies, from Princess Victoria in 1841 to Princess Eugenie in 1990, were christened in the elaborate royal gown of Spitalfield silk satin and Honiton lace commissioned by Queen Victoria. Having finally deteriorated beyond a wearable state, the gown was retired seven years ago and replaced by a replica commissioned by Queen Elizabeth. Our version of the gown – the “Royal Netting Christening Gown” constructed by Connie Palmer with directions by Kathy Barnard – was inspired by this royal gown and includes elegant machine embroidery motifs, gathered strips of netting and a silk satin sashing. Our version also includes a unique bodice effect using a wide gathered netting ruffle at the neckline. Click here to learn how to add the ruffle and finish it with a netting/organza bias band, which you could apply to any round neckline. Complete pattern and instructions (sizes 6-9 months) are in Sewing for a Royal Baby.
Prince William’s Suit
On September 16, 1984, little Prince William, dressed in an English smocked shirt with matching red shorts was introduced to his new little brother, Harry. Photos of William clutching his nanny’s hand as he left St. Mary’s Hospital in London circulated around the world. Designer Laurie Anderson based this little boy’s suit on that precious moment. Click here to learn how to smock the shirt’s diamond chevron smocking design; complete patterns and instructions (sizes 1-4) for the suit are included in Sewing for a Royal Baby.
For more royal sewing inspiration, be sure to check out the Sewing for a Royal Baby book from the editors of Sew Beautiful magazine. This book includes 22 heirloom patterns you can make for your little prince or princess, many of which are inspired by actual royal attire like the two designs featured here.
We also have two new gown kits that would be perfect for a christening – the Vintage Tucked Lace Gown Kit and the Australian Smocked Beginnings Dress Kit. The Vintage Tucked Lace Gown (6-9 months) was designed by Laurie Anderson and is a reproduction of an antique baby dress, while the Australian Smocked Beginnings Dress (3, 6 and 12 months) designed by Susan O’Connor is a beautiful bishop-style gown.