I've always been impressed by heirloom quality gowns. Truth be told heirloom gowns and smocked dresses are two of the main reasons that I started working on my sewing skills again after my daughter was born. Smocking I got to pretty quickly but heirloom was just too intimidating.
While many people like Samantha and the ladies at Elegant Stitches have been very supportive I ran across one local lady who made some rude comments about my ability that left me afraid to try. Isn't it funny how even amongst a lot of support one person's catty comments can put you off.
All that said I got up my nerve and took an heirloom sewing by machine class at Elegant Stitches this past fall and have been practising on nightgowns ever since. I also bought French Hand Sewing by Machine and decided to bite the bullet and make Emily and heirloom gown for Easter. I used several different laces and did all the embroidery by hand.
this book. The dress has bunnies, flowers, butterflies, chicks, and lambs around the bottom all in pastel colors. Now on to a whole bunch of pictures. No model shots till after Easter though. I let her try it on but I don't want to let her wear it outside for pictures. Usually I'm not that protective of what I make but I worked on this on and off for several months.