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Mother-in-Law Wedding Dress Turned into Christening Gown

Emily Nolan sent her late Mother-in-Law’s wedding dress to have christening outfits made for grandchildren. We made an ornate unisex gown in our “Bishop” style that took advantage of some of the lace elements. We also made a matching bonnet and protective bib. The corsage pin consists of gathered rosettes that we made from the WD organza.

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Boy’s Short Romper from GrandMom’s Wedding dress

Kathryn Hodgins sent her Mother’s wedding dress to have a christening outfit made for her son. We made a short romper with pleated bodice along with a cap and a couple of wrist corsages. We also made a first communion tie for his future communion.

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Wedding Dress Memory Flowers Worn By Family

Engle WD01These memory flowers were created from a wedding dress. Margot Engle and her sister brought their mother’s wedding dress to my studio looking to have floral Corsages and Boutonniere’s made from it.

Their mother had just been moved to a convalescent home. In cleaning out her home, they came across the wedding dress and, thinking they had some time, decided to have it made into floral pieces that the family could wear at their mother’s funeral when the time finally came.

Unfortunately, Margot’s mother took a turn for the worse about a week or so after they had left the dress with me. Olga and I put it into over-drive to get the flowers done sooner. Working day and night, we were able to move our scheduled finish time up considerably. About a half hour after I had finished the last boutonniere, Margot called to tell me that her mother had passed. The family had a lovely memento of a much loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

My deepest sympathy goes out to Margot and her family.

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Corsage group for the women of the first generation.

Corsage group for the women of the first generation.

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Group of Boutonnieres for the men of the first generation

Group of Boutonnieres for the men of the first generation

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Group of corsages for the women in the second generation

Group of corsages for the women in the second generation

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Group of boutonnieres for the second generation men

Group of boutonnieres for the second generation men

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Group of corsages for the third generation women/girls

Group of corsages for the third generation women/girls

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Group of boutonnieres for the third generation of males

Group of boutonnieres for the third generation of males

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Sleeveless Baptism Gown Mimics Mom’s Wedding Dress

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Kimberly Roe sent her wedding dress to have us make a baptism gown and accessories for her daughter. She wanted us to capture the overall feel of the original wedding dress so we made a sleeveless gown and used the bead work from the waist line.
Kimberly wanted a tie-on headband so we used the WD satin to make a floral element that hides the tie ribbons.

Grandma’s Dress

 

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Jody sent her wedding dress from 1984 and a first communion dress to have outfits made for her grand children. We were able to get a lovely ensemble with a princess style gown and a romper with faux vest. The outfits were accessorized with bonnet and cap as well as panties, slip and bib.

The package arrived today!  I am so impressed with all the garments.   My daughter is going to be so delighted when she sees them.   I can’t wait to see her expression.   The quality and workmanship is superior.   They are simply gorgeous and beyond my expectations.   The pictures simply don’t do them justice.   These will make the christening so very special and mean that much more.    Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication in making these special memories for our family.

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Maximizing the Materials

Colleen Speer wanted to get as much from her wedding dress as possible. When you only have one, sometimes it makes sense to think about the future. We made her future grandchildren a unisex gown with a ceremonial robe. That allows her family to use the outfit for any child/granchild/great grandchild. In addition, we made a boy's confirmation tie, a bib, three kerchiefs, a pretty headband and a coursage pin that incorporated a bit of each of the major elements of her wedding dress as a keepsake.Colleen wanted to get as much from her wedding dress as possible. When you only have one, sometimes it makes sense to think about the future. We made her future grandchildren a unisex gown with a ceremonial robe. That allows her family to use the outfit for any child/granchild/great grandchild. In addition, we made a boy’s confirmation tie, a bib, three kerchiefs, a pretty headband and a coursage pin that incorporated a bit of each of the major elements of her wedding dress as a keepsake.

Liane,

I just wanted to follow up on my son’s baptism and share my thoughts on your work.

Words cannot describe how thrilled I was to see my son wearing my wedding gown on his christening day!  You and your team did a BEAUTIFUL job maintaining the character of my gown while also creating something that will work for either a boy or a girl.  I am especially grateful for your patience and vision since I really had no idea what I wanted! You have created an heirloom for our family and I can’t wait to pass this stunning creation down to my children and grandchildren. I was also really happy with the other items you created, including the handkerchiefs for my sons’ future weddings (hopefully!), my son’s communion tie, the flower headband and my flower pin. All have special meaning to me and I can’t wait to pass them down!

I have already shared your name with so many people.  Best of luck and thank you for creating such a beautiful heirloom!! You are a gem! Thanks for sharing your talents!

Colleen Speer and family

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