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Well Used Wedding Dress Becomes Family Baptism Gown

SertichM01webMeredith Sertich sent the wedding dress that she and her sister both wore over 20 years ago to have a unisex gown made for future grandbabies. She also wanted a number of accessories for her nieces and daughters.

We made a rather plain unisex gown but added a little bolero jacket to it so that we could use some of the lace from the WD bodice. We also made matching booties, a jewelry pouch, some kerchiefs with initials embroidered and a ring pillow.

Patchwork Pillows Hold Memories

VarneyM Pillows01webMelody Varney also asked us to make a couple of patchwork memory pillows from her late parents’ shirts. If you are looking for a huggable keepsake from a loved one’s clothing, a patchwork pillow can not only be decorative and huggable, it is one of our least expensive options.

What to do with a Wedding Dress

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Donna Taglione wanted to use her wedding dress for gifts to pass on to future generations. She wasn’t interested specifically in christening gowns as much as smaller gifts that she could give to children and grandchildren. We made ring pillows, garters, a pocket square, headbands, bonnets, bibs and tooth fairy pillows.

 

Custom, Custom, Custom

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.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.

Liane,

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

Planning for the Future

 

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Donna Johnson sent her wedding dress in to have christening outfits made forher grandchild and future grandchildren. She also asked us to make a ring pillow for her daughter’s future wedding. The gown was from the 1970s and had some lovely floral applique. The applique had colored over time and there wasn’t anything we could do about the color, so we incorporated it and the whole ensemble had a lovely heirloom quality to it.

Fancy but Understated

 

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Deirdre Smith-Ferraro sent her wedding dress to have a christening romper made for her son. Her dress had some lovely bead work and we really wanted to use it so we applied it to the faux vest. We also added just a little bit of satin on the collar, sleeve bindings and leg bindings or a bit of contrast. Deirdre also had us make a ring pillow, kerchief and bib.

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