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Irish and Italian Christening Dresses – Precious Treasures
Irish and Italian christening gowns are special and elaborate gowns for precious little treasures. Both cultures have steadfast ties to family, tradition, and faith. Irish and Italian christening dresses are symbolic of something far beyond fashion. With their beauty and splendor, the gowns are part of the celebration of the very ‘heart and soul' of a people.
Irish and Italian christening dresses feature exquisite detail and elegant style. When choosing an Irish or Italian gown, you can choose a very detailed design or a less elaborate style. Although long, flowing robes are traditional for girls and boys in both cultures, christening rompers and suits are gaining popularity for boys.
For Irish style, parents can even go as simple as a christening onezie with an embroidered cross. As well, parents can choose Irish linen boys' christening outfits - suits or romper sets with embroidered shamrocks. A perfect christening ensemble for the little Irish lad is an exquisite Irish linen romper with detachable gown and matching hat. Gowns can be personalized with the baby's name and baptismal date.
Italian parents might like to choose a ‘Milano' four-piece christening suit (including white formal trousers, shirt, white swirl waistcoat with silver fleck, and matching bow tie) for their handsome sons. These ‘Milano' suits are even available in a luxurious, cream shade. Boys' Italian christening overalls and sets are available in various fine fabrics including linen, batista, and velvet.
Irish Christening Gowns
A traditional Irish christening gown might have a hand-crocheted collar and Irish roses sleeve trim. The skirt could have a large Celtic Cross and crocheted edge. Irish baptism dresses can also feature round collars embroidered with a shamrock bouquet, satin band edge, and pearl buttons.
Some Irish baptism dresses have Claddagh designs or shamrocks embroidered all over the fabric. Short scalloped sleeves might show off an embroidered scroll edge. The overskirt could feature Claddagh embroidery with a scalloped hem.
The bodice and matching bonnet of a gown can be embroidered with pearls and rosebuds. The hem may have three-row pin tuck detail and the under slip might be edged in lace. Irish christening gowns are all about exceptional detail – from skirt to slip.
Even though a smocked gown is a simpler design, this style is popular for Irish christenings. Smocked gowns have that ‘heirloom' look and the dresses can still have lovely details. With embroidery design on the bodice and pin tucks at the hem, a smocked gown can offer subtle style.
The accessories for Irish christening gowns are as spectacular as the outfits. The exquisite workmanship on a Battenburg design lace christening bonnet makes it a valued keepsake. The bonnet can also turn into a handkerchief for a future wedding day and fulfill that ‘something old' (something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue) requirement. A christening blanket of soft, pure Irish linen embroidered with the Celtic Knot (the ancient symbol of the continuity of life) wraps your baby in Irish tradition. An expandable Claddagh bracelet in sterling silver, hallmarked by a Dublin jeweler, makes a delightful gift for that special baby.
Italian Christening Gowns
Italian christening gowns are made from the finest Italian fabrics and reflect generations of expert workmanship. An Italian christening gown can be a long, flowing dress in white silk organza with embroideries and laces, as well as a matching bonnet and petticoat. If parents prefer a little color, a cream silk shantung gown is a dreamy creation. Pink embroidery on white taffeta or pale blue detail on white organza is pure perfection.
A christening gown in cream silk crêpe, with embroideries in cream and pink, valencienne laces, matching bonnet and booties, is an Italian beauty. 100% silk organza christening gowns with scalloped laces, tiny embroidered flower garlands all over the gown, matching bonnets and shoes, offer great Italian style. Italian parents love to choose christening gowns made from Italian silk organza. With delicate laces and intricate embroideries, this luxurious fabric creates stunning style.
Italian christening gowns can be expensive but there are affordable options in the marketplace that can still deliver style and quality. If the family budget can accommodate an intricate Italian gown, consider that the purchase is for a once-in-a-lifetime event. The elaborate gown can also be passed down as an heirloom.
The Irish have a special baby blessing. Many Irish parents purchase an illuminated print (overlaid in 24kt gold) of this blessing. When you read the blessing, you will understand why Irish, Italian, and all parents want to celebrate their baby's christening in the most special gown.
"A new born babe, rings light to the cottage, warmth to the heart and joy to the soul, for wealth is family - family is wealth."
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