Our newest mommy came to us with a gown that was elegant and understated. It was made of silk dupioni with a white satin underlay, quite beautifully made with a pleated skirt. We chose to make baby’s gown the same way, with a pleated skirt and to give it a little interest, used the white satin for the sleeve band, the waistband, sash and shoes. The bonnet was also created with pintucks and we embellished the brim with the white satin as well. We usually advise ties for small babies so it can be pulled in if necessary and still be big enough for a sister who might be bigger. God bless! 

 
 
 

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A customer that we had made a romper for from her wedding gown 2 years ago returned to us with the remnants of what was leftover. We had tried to save as much as we could. She had imagined we would be making a gown for a daughter. Instead she had another son so we made a different romper but with a detachable skirt for “when” she has her daughter. We also created a boys “Messenger” cap and a bonnet. We did have to supplement the skirt with satin material for the underskirt. The overlay was from her gown. There’s not much left but the bodice and the overlay! A special medal was sewin into the outfit. Today we spoke to another one of our mommies who will be sending the remainder of her gown for a romper to be made for her brand new son. We love you all! 

 

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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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We’re currently working on a new christening gown, bonnet and shoes using a wedding gown that has rows of clear beading on it. We like to use these on baby’s gown and hand sew them on by hand. We’ve “borrowed” the idea from another gown of placing several small beads on the covered buttons to add a little glam. We’ve also created little flowers for the custom shoes using the large and small beads.

 

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