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Baby Boy Blessing Outfit

Octavius Blessing 1 The Prudent Homemaker

Since we blessed Octavius in September, I thought short sleeves would be in order.

I used the same pattern as I used to make a blessing outfit for Cyrus and Ezrom.

This time, I used a linen and cotton blend fabric that I bought several years ago (at 40% off).

Octavius Blessing 4 The Prudent Homemaker

For the bodice, I cut a piece of fabric longer and wider than I needed. I then marked and sewed the tucks  and sewed the lines with a wing needle.  I then traced an "O" (from here) on with a wash-out marking pen and embroidered it with pearl cotton. (I love using pearl cotton for white work; it's easier than using embroidery thread as there are no strands to pull apart. The thread is about the width of 2 strands of embroidery thread, which is perfect for whitework.)

Then I pinned on the bodice pattern piece and cut it out from the prepared fabric.

If you've never used a washable embroidery marker before, I highly recommend them; they work especially well for embroidery as you don't rub off the design when stitching like you would with a chalk pencil. You need to rinse out all of the blue with plain water before the item is washed (any remaining blue will turn brown and become permanent when it is washed with soap). 

I modified the collar to change it to an Eton style.

Octavius Blessing 2 The Prudent Homemaker

The entire outfit, including the buttons and snap tape, cost about $10 to make.

 Octavius Blessing 3 The Prudent Homemaker




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  • Christine September 22, 2016

    Octavius is such a big, chubby boy! Such a sweet smile. Brandy, your blessing outfit and embroidery is gorgeous, thank you for sharing.

  • Margaret @approachingfood September 22, 2016

    Oh my gosh, I love it! The outfit is soooo cute! (But I have to say, Octavius is cuter! Just look at that smile!) I love the details on the outfit -- the embroidery, the fitting, the cuffs, everything. Just adorable! Many blessings to your baby boy!

  • Michelle S. September 22, 2016

    Your sewing skills amaze me, Brandy! How adorable Octavius looks in his blessing outfit.

  • Kathy September 23, 2016

    I agree on both, cute boy, amazing sewing skills. I love the bodice close ups, so we can truly see the details of your handiwork. How did you learn to sew?

  • Tanja September 23, 2016

    Beautiful outfit. High quality sewing I would say. If you would buy this it would be very expensive.
    And of course, the most important looks lovely on your (also lovely) boy.
    Greetings Tanja

  • Celeste September 23, 2016

    That is very sweet. Congratulations on the blessing, it nice that he is old enough to be a bit sturdy. My daughter was so wee at her baptism, I don't think she had cracked six pounds yet and it was very hard to dress her in something suitable. We actually ended up putting her in palest pink because she swam in everything,

  • Fiona Chain September 23, 2016

    Cute as a button, the outfit is just so lovely as is your precious Octavius. You are a very talented lady.
    Have a wonderful weekend

  • Annie September 23, 2016

    You are so talented! So beautiful!

  • Rhonda A. September 23, 2016

    What a beautiful outfit, Brandy! Just a stellar sewing job. The embroidery detail is gorgeous too. Octavius looks so adorable in it. I'm sure he enjoyed all the special attention at the blessing. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • Laurie in central NC September 23, 2016

    Such a sweet boy in a very special outfit. The embroidered "O" is gorgeous. I have saved the info on the pearl cotton and the monograms for a gift for a niece who will be getting married this fall. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Roxie September 23, 2016

    That is just beautiful. I love it. Your sewing talents are amazing. Thanks for sharing the picture.

  • Hilogene in Az September 23, 2016

    Thank you for posting the photo! I was going to say the outfit was cute as a button, but Fiona beat me to it ;). Really handsome outfit and beautifully done.

  • Ros September 23, 2016

    Gorgeous outfit, wow!

    (Also, that is one pretty baby. Look at those cheeks!)

  • Mrs. Picky Pincher September 23, 2016

    Oh my goodness, what a little chunk! Octavius is so precious! And the blessing gown is amazing! I'm sure your kids will love having a homemade keepsake when they grow up, too.

  • momsav September 23, 2016

    What a cutie! He looks happy and engaged.
    Wonderful blessing outfit; i love the embroidery.

  • Kirsti September 23, 2016

    Octavius is darling! The blessing outfit is beautiful and special since you took such time and care to make it especially for him. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Roxie September 23, 2016

    Is he already sitting alone? I have a beautiful boy in my day care that is 6 1/2 months old and he can not sit alone and just learned to turn over. He is not even pushing up on his knees yet like he is trying to crawl. He likes to be held a lot. He is the 'baby' of the family and don't think he is put down very much with Mom and Grandma get home.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 29, 2016

    Yes, he can sit if I set him down that way, but he cannot pull himself up to that position yet.

  • Jenifer September 23, 2016

    Beautiful handiwork! I love the time and dedication you take to make these keepsakes and your family.

  • Lea Stormhammer September 23, 2016

    So beautiful Brandy! And Octavius is just a beautiful baby boy. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Our church practices infant baptism and we were so blessed to have our daughter wear my Grandfather's 100 year old handmade baptism "dress". That gown is now 111 years old and I am feeling so very grateful that our daughter was able to wear it! There was even a large roll of leftover handmade eyelet lace in the box with the gown, made by my Great-Grandmother. My mother took that and made a matching gown for our son. Those are something I'll treasure forever!

    Thanks for sharing both your handwork and your son with us,

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