From Melinda’s gown we created an adorable little gown using the appliqued bottom of the gown, which had to be re-attached in some places along with some of the beads. We took some of the appliques and placed them on the sleeve. Since the shrug had so much going on we decided to only place some of the bodice lace on the bodice of the gown. The shrug used the bottom of the gown on the back and part of the front. We put ties on the gown mainly to help with the sizing of the gown for Zoey. Mom also wanted a shrug, bonnet and shoes…unfortunately I can’t find the pictures of the shoes. They were mary-jane type. To put it all in, she also purchased one of our special garment bags made of unbleached muslin and embroidered with her initials. There’s a special pocket in the back to hold all the accessories. This was created and a pattern made by Angie. Our research tells us this is the best way to store your heirloom items.

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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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Our newest mom contacted us with a request for a specific looking romper with a detachable skirt. She sent her gown ups with 2 shamrocks representing twins she had lost. Mom wanted them to be a part of this very special day. Unfortunately, something happened to the package, which was shipped UPS between Chicago and my home in NJ. Fortunately the dress was unharmed but the shamrocks and the order form she sent were missing. This is the first time this has ever happened with shipping but we use the US Post Office anyway. We cut out and placed just one small applique on the bodice of the romper, hand stitching it on. The overlay of the skirt we recreated in the christening skirt and used the bodice detail as the waistband of the skirt. Buttons were placed on the romper waistband and buttonholes in the skirt waistband. At a meeting with a new customer who saw this outfit decided she wanted the same for her son and another who we had already met with saw it and wanted to change her outfit to the same. We’re very pleased (and so was mom) with the outcome.



The christening outfit arrived and I can’t thank you enough. I absolutely love the romper and skirt. I can’t wait for Kevin to wear it this weekend. I am so glad I found you guys online and can’t thank you enough for your responsiveness and turnaround time on top of putting together exactly what we were looking for from a conversion.

Thank you for going above and beyond everything else and including the shamrocks. Knowing that our Riley and Aiden will be a part of Kevin’s special day means more than I can tell you

With gratitude,
Katie

 

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So, here’s the results of the gown with the beads we were working on. The back of the gown shoes the buttons with the beads attached. The bonnet has the chiffon fabric and beading over the satin. The beads were hand sewn onto the bodice neckline and sleeves. The swoop of beading down the side of the wedding gown was also used in the skirt of the christening gown. The shoes have an organza ribbon tie and the beads sewn into a flower on the toe.


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Corinne’s Godmother brought us the grandmother’s wedding dress to create her special christening gown.We used the sheer sleeves to make the sleeves but elasticized and puffed them up to make them more fit for a baby. The buttons on the back were placed on the back of the gown. We used the neckline to create her headband. The sheer lace bodice was placed over the satin lining. Godmother chose a more traditional length for the skirt. We hope to get pictures!!

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We took mom’s gown, using just the satin on the top of the dress, bell sleeves and just a hing of the bling mom had used on her gown. She did not want the ribbon she used so we created the sash and ties also from the satin undergown. An open backed bonnet helps assure a good fit for baby since it’s adjustable…although Annalisa was not too happy with it. She did like her shoes and I included a picture of her wearing them. Mom decided she wanted a pillow to remember her dress. There was not much fabric left so we had to make a 10″ x 10″ size. On the back was embroidered their initials and the wedding date. So, not only do they have a beautiful heirloom gown to pass on but mom has a remembrance as well.

 

 

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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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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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Angie and I would like to wish all our family, friends & followers a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!! We started our year off with a bang as Angie’s son was married on New Years Eve. Going to be hard to top that one Angie! We are looking forward to a brand new year of creating christening gowns, outfits, blankets, teddy bears and anything else you can come up with out of yours, your moms or even your grand mom’s gowns. Check out our website: www.christeningcreations.com as we will be adding ready made items for baby soon.

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