As you know, Arabella turned eight last week. Normally that would mean she’s getting baptized soon*, but we’ve decided to wait until we go to Utah in July so that her family and best friend will be able to attend.
This leaves me a couple more months to find the perfect baptism dress. I have been searching for quite some time and have sadly come to the conclusion that it’s going to have to be made from scratch. These are my criteria:
–I’m not into the whole white dress thing. India had a gorgeous blue dress with an ivory lace overlay. At her baptism (in Utah so there were seven other kids) I secretly felt rather smug with all those girls in their boring while polyester dresses, and there was India standing out in sky blue dupioni silk. (Snobbish, I know. We all have our hang-ups.) Arabella, girly-girl that she is, wants something pink.
–It has to have sleeves. Mission impossible right there. Everything is sleeveless.
–Silk is preferable. Which costs a pretty penny. I’ve been looking for dresses on ebay for months . . . nothing. We have the crummiest fabric stores here. I wish I had a spare plane ticket to Portland–Fabric Depot is just what I need.
*Mormon kids don’t get baptized until they are eight years old and able to choose right from wrong. Before that all kids are considered innocent.