I love traditions and special occasions and what could be more special than the dedication of a child to God. This dedication gown was made for friends who adopted their second daughter, Ava. It is made from imperial batiste and inspired by a picture from a Strasburg children's clothing catalog. Batiste is great for smocking and very soft against a baby's skin. I started with a basic bishop style pattern and lengthened it. The smocking along the neck and sleeves is a simple goemetric design using white embroidery thread. Along the hem are several rows of tucks. I also made a slip from the same fabric to go underneath.