Pam Reiher wanted her step children to have something from their late mother as they are now starting their own families.
Pam sent me a wedding dress and communion dress that belonged to their mother and asked me to combine the two dresses into an heirloom christening ensemble (gown, romper and headband). The fabrics ended up working very well together and the finished ensemble is an heirloom her children can treasure.
Sometimes we’re asked to convert both the wedding dress and the husband’s wedding tie into a christening outfit. Allison Murray asked us to do just that. We incorporated the tie by creating ribbons down the front and on the collar of the unisex gown. I also added a little of it on the headband and booties. There wasn’t anything left of the tie, but the whole ensemble goes well together.
Jenny Darr sent her wedding dress to have a baptism gown and boy’s vest made for her soon-coming grandchild and future grandchildren. The full ensemble included the girl’s gown, boy’s vest, girl’s headband, bowtie pin, booties and a kerchief.
Denise Segerson sent her wedding dress from 1987 to have a gown, romper combo made for her granddaughter and future grandchildren. We took advantage of the pretty lace from the gown. The original dress was not very large so we ended up putting a light ruffle on the gown to make it long enough.
Kristine Hickey sent her 40-year-old wedding dress to have a dress made for her granddaughter. Even though the lace has colored with age, I thought it simply added to the heirloom quality of the dress. I incorporated elements from the original veil into the headband.