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Julia Frei wanted a complete ensemble for her godson from her wedding dress. We used every bit of fabric we could to get a bishop style gown with a ceremonial robe, a bit, booties, bonnet and bow tie pin. We put pleats down the front of the gown and used the blue satin piping from her veil as accent on each side. We also used the piping as accent on most of the accessories.
Vicki sent her daughter’s wedding dress to have an outfit made for her granddaughter’s baptism. The dress was covered in beautiful lace and bead work. Vicki wanted an outfit that could be worn by either a boy or a girl so we suggested a unisex gown with a ceremonial robe. That allowed us to take full advantage of all the lace and bead work. The Unisex gown is our “Bishop” style with an ornate bib collar and pleats running down the front. The robe has longer sleeves and has the lace/bead work running down the front and circling the hem. We also made a unisex bonnet and a bib to go with the outfit. There was just enough scrap fabric left for two 14″ pillow shams.
The box with the christening gown arrived safely, and I have to admit that I was nervous opening it up. After all, we had spent a small fortune on our only daughter’s wedding dress and cutting it up was something I did not want to think about… even though it was my idea. So, as I slowly unwrapped the beyond-words-beautiful christening gown, coat, bonnet, and bib… I breathed an enormous sigh of relief… and cried. My daughter, her husband and their children will have an heirloom that will endure way beyond my years. Your design and craftsmanship is superb, and the whole ensemble will have a place in our family history. Thank you so very much.
We will send pictures on the Christening Day of our beautiful granddaughter… and your beautiful creation!
Kindest regards, Vicki