Grace brought us her mother’s gown, wanting to include her memory into this special day for her daughter. The gown was in pretty good shape, just a little discolored but it gave the christening outfit even more dimension. We used the bottom of the gown for the sleeves and placed some of the sweet little flowers on the bodice. We often, when we can, remove appliques and move them around. Many times we have to re-apply appliques, beading and sequins. We try to keep to the design of the gown when we can. Grace also ordered a diaper cover, shoes and headband to complete the look! The memento pillow is for her. It has her parents names and wedding date embroidered on the back along with the ribbon from their ring bearer pillow.

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We love to use all parts of the wedding gown whenever possible. From Betty’s gown we used the dress bottom for the bonnet, shoes, blanket, diaper cover, gown & long coat. We removed appliques for use to cover up some stains, for the shoes and bonnet. All this was hand stitched on each item. Some of the netting was also used on the shoes to dress it up. We used ribbons to tie, as this assures a better fit. The blanket was lined in minky and we used satin binding. On the diaper cover, we used part of a rosette that was on the back of the gown. We used the lace from her slip for the slip she ordered. All the rest of the fabric was 100% cotton with a tiny cross embroidered at the top, shell stitching around the neck and the lace on the bottom. She also ordered our garment bag, which is made from 100% cotton unbleached muslin. This is the best way to store your heirloom items. There’s a pocket on the back for the accessories. Thie fabric allows air to flow through the items but keep the light out. Many times we use older gowns and if they’re really yellowed we try to lighten them with oxyclean but sometimes the color just adds to the gown, like this one.


 

 

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Baby Kate’s mom sent us her wedding gown as well as her late mother’s wedding veil with lace. She was hoping we could make a coat for over the christening gown with the veil but the netting was too frail. We took off the lace and applied it over the organza overlay of her gown. We also used it to embellish the diaper cover, bib and bonnet. The bib will be used by her nephew, who is going to be christened the same day as her daughter. The shoes were fashioned out of fabric from the gown’s bodice. She requested ties for the back so it could possible be used for a smaller child and a Peter Pan collar, which we made out of the organza. These shoes were the largest I have made so far!!


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Our customer Lindsey came to us with a portion of her mother-in-law’s gown as well as her mom’s wedding gown. Her mom had passed away while Lindsey was on her honeymoon 10 years ago. She wanted a gown for her daughter using both. The bodice was from M-I-L, the skirt from her mom. We removed some of the lace appliques to use on the gown, which was hand sewn on. The rest of the lace will be saved for her sister to use. The pillow is actually is a gift for her M-I-L, incorporates an applique and chiffon and embroidered with her initials and wedding date on the back. It was indeed an emotional day for Lindsey. At her daughter’s christening she and her husband will renew their vows since it’s also their 10th anniversary weekend and how wonderful that her mother will be a part of it all.

 

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 Our customer came to us with her mom’s wedding gown. Mom had passed away and this was her way of making her mom a part of a very special day for her daughter. Her only concern was that we be able to leave enough fabric for her sister to be able to use someday down the road when she has a child of her own. What a wonderful way to honor a special woman in her life! We were thrilled to be able to help make that happen. God bless!

 

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Colin’s vested romper was created using the back of mom’s wedding gown so that the front could be saved in case someday a girl’s gown is needed. 🙂 We used some of the appliques to embellish the vest. Dad wanted a baseball cap instead of the usual bonnet. The bib was machine embroidered on the front with a cross and on the back with Colin’s initials. His shoes had the christening date embroidered on the bottom of one sole. The fabric in the gown was dupioni silk which gives it a beautiful sheen but wrinkles easily. We’ve been promised pics!


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Our mommy brought us her beautiful appliqued tulle & satin dress to create christening outfits for her twins, a boy and a girl. Of course, they’re adorable!!! For her son, we created our vested romper with snap crotch. On the vest we applied some of the appliques from her gown. For her daughter, we created a gown with a satin & tulle skirt, satin bodice, used the lacings from the back of her gown as ties and with our favorite, the puffy princess sleeves. He had a traditional boy’s bonnet with the full brim. She has an opened back bonnet which has the ability to be sized with the ribbon in the back. Because of the size of her train, we were able to create both outfits with no problem. 

 

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Twin boys! Adorable didn’t come close to describing them! Mom had 2 wedding dresses to work with. From one we took fabric to make the shoes and bibs and from the other their matching christening gowns. The top was tuxedo shirt-like and the bottom was a pleated gown. Mom chose the traditional full brim hats. The shoes are embroidered with the christening date while the bib was embroidered with a cross.We can’t wait to get pictures of them!

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Susan sent us her gown from California after finding our website and watching our video. Guess we looked “okay”. Ha ha. She said after watching the video she had no problem sending her gown across the country. We had a phone conference to decide what she’d like for her granddaughter after we saw her gown. Here’s what Susan said after receiving her finished creations: “I am pleased to let you know the box arrived. It was a thrill to open it and take out each sweet piece. Everything is lovely. I am so pleased to have found you. I’ve shared the photos you sent and everyone loves what you created. Thank you for being so gracious and easy to work with. I’ll send photos of the christening day. Kind regards, Susan.” Thank you too Susan!!

 

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Our newest creation. Mom said it looked like a miniature of her wedding dress! We removed a few to use on the shoes & panties. The panties are pictured before we put in the elastic, we were waiting for measurements. Mom had a flower she used in her hair which we transformed into a gorgeous headband for the baby. Unfortunately, forgot to take a picture of it!


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