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Baptism Outfit from Both Grandmothers’ Wedding Dresses

Denise Durick asked us to make a baptism outfit that combined her wedding dress and her daughter’s mother-in-law’s wedding dress.

The two dresses were pretty different in color and design so it took some time to figure out how to best combine them. Our “Bishop” style seemed to give the best options and allowed us to make a more unisex gown with a chiffon and lace overlay. This also lead to mixing the two kinds of lace with the darker lace on the bottm and lighter lace scattered on top with bead accents.

I’m rather proud of this masterpiece that now represents both grandmothers.

Christening Gown with Overlay & Romper

Ann Szapor wanted her wedding dress turned into a christening gown and romper set for her first grandchild and future grandchildren. She originally ordered our Gown, Romper & Bonnet combo with the addition of a boy’s cap but she really wanted an overlay on the gown similar to some of the photos she’s seen on our web site. An overlay or robe is an additional garment and it takes quite a bit of time to make so we charge $220 for this add-on. However, we offer a Gown with overlay combo that includes a bonnet. It was less expensive to switch to a Gown with Overlay combo and add the romper and cap. She also added a ring pillow and kerchief.

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The overlay was made from the WD mesh and lace. It is sleeveless with a ribbon closure. We did have to add some of our own lace trim at the opening.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]

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Normally, when we make an overlay, the actual gown is plain. However, Ann’s wedding dress had two layers of mesh and an organza accordion gather at the hem. We decided to use the plain mesh and accordion gather on the gown and added some of the floral lace appliques so that you could see them through the overlay.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]

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We used the base fabric from the WD for the little man romper and took just a bit of the lace mesh and added it to the faux vest.[/ezcol_1third_end]

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The matching bonnet included some of the lace mesh.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]

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The boy’s cap was made from the WD base fabric.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]

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The kerchief was made from the WD base fabric with an embroidered “S”.[/ezcol_1third_end]

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The ring pillow used the base WD fabric. We put some of the accordion organza on two sections and lace overall.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]


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The wedding dress was covered in lace with two layers of organza on the skirt. Some of the netting under the lace of the bodice had fabric rusted but the lace itself was still in good condition so we removed it from the mesh and used it as applique to the christening gown skirt.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]

Unisex Christening Outfits for Grandchildren

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Kim Bokowski sent her wedding dress to have christening outfits made for current and future grandchildren. She chose to have a unisex gown with overlay and an ornate ceremonial robe along with accessories to make a complete ensemble for either a boy or a girl. We took advantage of every last bit of fabrics and materials from her original dress.

A Trio of Unisex Christening Outfits

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What better way to share your wedding dress with your adult children than to have it turned into christening outfits for their future children? Kelly DeBenedictus sent her wedding dress to have us make three unisex christening gowns with overlays as gifts for her three adult children.

Getting three outfits from one wedding dress presents us with a bit of a challenge, be we’ve done it several times now. In this case, we used the under skirt fabric from the lace WD for the gowns. We had to do a kind of elegant patchwork with the organza and lace to create the overlays from.

Unisex Christening Gown with Soft Lacy Overlay

Christine Senner is excited about her new granddaughter and wanted a complete ensemble made from her wedding dress. In addition to a blanket, she had a unisex gown with a soft, lacy overlay made and several accessories.

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The gown and overlay work together to convey an elegant, feminine look.

The gown and overlay work together to convey an elegant, feminine look.

We used some of the lace from the WD on the large, split collar and created a satin band down the front that we put some of the lace trim that came from the hem of the WD.

We used some of the lace from the WD on the large, split collar and created a satin band down the front that we put some of the lace trim that came from the hem of the WD.

We added just a piece of lace from the WD as a small applique.

We added just a piece of lace from the WD as a small applique.

 Christine wanted an S embroidered on the booties.

Christine wanted an S embroidered on the booties.

We tried not to go too feminine on the bonnet but felt there needed to be a touch of lace.

We tried not to go too feminine on the bonnet but felt there needed to be a touch of lace.

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Wedding Dress Becomes Lovely Bishop Style Christening Gown

CG-McGillK-bishop style christening gownKaren McGill brought her wedding dress to us to have an outfit made for her grandchild. We made a unisex bishop style gown and then added an overlay/robe. Many of the gowns we receive from the 1970s and 1980s have some beautiful surface materials but use a stiff lining fabric that does not work as well for infant wear. We can use the fabric, but will often suggest switching it out for a softer fabric. With this outfit, we used a bright white to help accentuate the lovely translucent overlay, embroidered lace and bead work.

 

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