Gifts That Tie Generations Together

Booties

Grandmother’s Wedding Dress Converted to Gifts

OconnorK gownrobe01webKathleen O’Connor sent her wedding dress from 1956 to have a number of Christmas gifts made, including a unisex christening outfit for her grandchildren and great grand children to use.

Her wedding dress was covered in lace so we tried to really bring out the lace in each project.  We made an ornate, unisex gown using the lovely older satin from the WD and created a lacy robe to go over it.  We also made  bib, diaper cover, kerchief, headband and a petal rose corsage.

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Boy and Girl Christening Outfits from Mom’s Wedding dress

FrostD romper01webDolores Frost sent her wedding dress to have us make a romper for her son’s upcoming baptism and a gown for future children.  Her gown had some lovely embroidered mesh and bead work.  We used the mesh on both the gown and on the romper vest.

We also made a pair of matching booties and a gathered rose corsage from the wedding dress.

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Unisex Christening Gown from Mom’s Wedding Dress

SnavelyC02webChristina Snavely wanted us to make a unisex christening outfit from her wedding dress for her son and any future children and grandchildren. We made a unisex gown in our “Bishop” style with a large collar. She wanted a long gown and we couldn’t get the length from her dress as one piece so I added a horizontal contrast hem. We also made booties, bonnet and a protective bib.

Grandmother Plans Ahead for Granddaughter’s Christening

Finley03Christine Stroup planned ahead for her granddaughter’s Christening.  This outfit was nearly a year in the making.  She provided bookmarked images of the overall style she was looking for with each item.  The gown is simple and elegant.  She originally wanted the skirt plain, but getting the lace off the satin would have risked the satin so we decided to leave it on and that ended up adding a level of elegance.

With the bonnet and booties, we added just a touch of pink ribbon

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Infant Booties from Wedding Dress Materials

I’ve decided to hi-light some of the booties we’ve made as accessories to christening outfits. All of these have been made from wedding dress materials. We charge $45 for a pair of custom booties and we try to incorporate elements that match the christening outfit.  We can add embroidered initials on the top or a baptism date on the sole for $18 per foot.

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Christening Outfits from Two Grandmas’ Wedding Dresses

Mary Furman sent her wedding dress and her daughter’s mother-in-law’s wedding dress to have a christening outfit made for their first grandchild. The wedding dresses were both very different and mixing the different materials was a challenge, but we were pleased with the results.

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For the gown, we used the satin from the MIL WD on the bodice and sleeves and added some lacey applique from Mary’s WD. The skirt used the lining fabric from the MIL WD and an overlay of organza and ace from Mary’s WD.

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The booties used the satin and lining fabrics from the MIL WD and we appliqued some flowers from Mary’s WD.

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The bib used the satin from the MIL WD and an applique of lace from Mary’s WD.

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The headband was made from the lining and organza of Mary’s WD with beads from the MIL WD.

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The panties used the lining fabric from the MIL WD and were decorated with some accordion organza from Mary’s WD.

 

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Christening Outfit Incorporates Grandmother’s Shoes

Jacqueline Keepers sent her wedding dress and grandmother’s shoes to have a christening outfit made for her daughter. We tried to stay with the elegance of the WD as inspiration for the christening gown and chose to use the floral element from the shoes on booties. In order to tie it in to the gown, we added some of the silver bead work to the booties by hand. We also made a ring pillow and used some of the lace and bead work on the pillow.

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Unisex Christening Gown Wedding Dress Remnants

Melissa Lee had her wedding dress shortened and sent the remnants to us to have this unisex baptism gown made. In order to get the length we wanted, we had to sew two sections of fabric together, we then added two horizontal ribbons as both a decorative element and to hide the seam. We were also able to get a matching bib and booties from what was left of the fabric.

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