We made this gown from Anna-Kathryn Kline’s wedding dress several years ago for her newborn daughter. She contacted me because she has another daughter and wanted to use the gown for her baptism but the gown was too big. I was able to alter it to a smaller size. I’ve always been proud of this .
Kathleen Hoppe sent her wedding dress to have two little train skirts for her daughters to wear as flower girls in their uncle’s wedding. Kathleen’s dress had lots of gathered organza ruffles–which gave me quite a challenge to tame smile emoticon In addition to the skirts, we made a couple of kerchiefs, a jewelry pouch and a wedding garter.
Kathleen Brothers sent her wedding dress to be made into a flower girl’s dress for her daughter to wear to her uncle’s wedding. We also made a matching headband and panties as well as a wedding garter.
Jolene Sodano wanted to have her daughter’s First Communion dress designed using the remnants of her wedding dress. We had already created a christening gown for her youngest daughter from the dress.
Although there was quite a bit of material to use, we did have to augment it to get the overall look we were after. Jolene gave us a year to create this outfit. I was able to use that time to find just the right trims, laces and matching satins to get the gown that her daughter dreamed of being able to wear.
To be honest, I felt like I was shipping off a personal masterpiece.
The long gown had spaghetti straps that were covered in beads with a beaded belt.
We added a bolero jacket to conform with the Church’s requirement that shoulders be covered
A simple veil with matching lace and a comb with some of the same beading as the belt
An outfit for her doll as well.
It IS a Masterpiece! You are absolutely amazing and I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful dresses you created for our daughters! I am in awe of this dress! It’s even more gorgeous in person! Thank you so much!!! Jolene
Trudy Woolf sent her wedding dress to have a blessings gown made for her future grandchildren to wear. We chose to try and mimic the primary decorative elements of the original WD in the skirt and along the collar. We also made an infant bow-tie pin and neck tie for any future grandsons to wear.
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.
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