Last weekend, we formally welcomed our daughter to the world and the circles of our family and friends with a naming ceremony. We acknowledged her grandparents,
named three godparents, two of whom were in our bridal party, and promised to do our best by her.
As with our wedding, I was really torn about how Pagan the ceremony should be. Part of me wanted to go all out - we've been to Christenings, after all. But another part is really wary of alienating loved ones by doing so. In the end, we asked the elements and the Lord and Lady to bless her within a more secular ceremony. The only comments I had were really positive, so I think it worked.
And I had to make her a smocked dress for it. It was a bit of a rush - only finished on the morning (and a few little details could still be done), but I think it looked pretty good, and I'm so glad I could make her something special for her special day.
Made from a vintage layette pattern, this slip dress is fully lined and made from a remnant. I got my mother-in-law to make a nappy cover to go under it - I would have done it myself, but only finished the dress on Christmas morning.