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Christening gown from wedding dressTrust the Fairy Godmother to convert your wedding dress into an heirloom quality christening or baptismal gown.

order formOur custom christening gowns are made using as much useable fabric from the wedding dress as possible. A full Christening gown takes quite a bit of fabric so, if you want the entire gown made of only your garment, it needs to be a full length wedding dress. If you don't mind us augmenting your fabric with some of our own supplies of satins, linens and appropriate fabrics and trims, then we can work with shorter dresses and use as much useable fabric from the original dress as possible.

 



girls custome baptism gown from wedding dress
Girl's Gown $250

The Girl's Christening Gown uses whatever lace and trim the original wedding dress has to offer. We try to make every dress a work of art. To learn more, click on the picture.

Boy's Christening from wedding dress
Boy's Romper $195

Our standard rompers can include a faux vest or a pleated front bodice with snap crotch. To learn more, click on the picture.

Christening gown customized
Christening/Ceremonial Robe $220

An answer for people looking for ONE very special ceremonial outfit that can be used for either a boy or a girl--and be more ornate. To learn more, click on the picture.

Unisex christening gown
Unisex Gown $195

Our standard unisex baptism gown is a popular choice for those who want something for a boy and girl and have a wedding dress that does not have a lot of fabric to work with. Click on the picture for more information.

Custom bubble romper
Girl's Bubble Romper $195

A cute and comfortable little after-party girly romper. The design will vary based on the materials we have to work with. To learn more, click on the picture.

Infant Tuxedo Jacket $160

Fairy Godmother Creations is pleased to add our fully lined infant boy's tuxedo jacket. Order the jacket on its own for $140 or combine the jacket with a romper and bow-tie pin for $295.

 

 

Combo Packages

Baptism outfit from wedding dress
Gown, Romper and Bonnet Combo $450 (a $490 value)

Our best value! Includes Gown and Romper as well as a Bonnet (you can substitue a boy's cap or a girl's headband for bonnet). click on the picture to learn more.

heirloom christening gown with overlay and bonnet
Unisex Gown with Robe or Overlay $420 (a $460 value)

For those who want an outfit that can work for a boy while being more ornate for a girl, we can create a unisex gown and make a removeable overlay, vest or robe. Click on the picture for more information.

Accessories

The boys bonnet has a brim. The girls bonnet is more ornate. Other options include: A boy's bonnet with a decorative pin attachment for a girl. A boy's cap or a girl's headband. To learn more, click on any one of the pictures above.

christening slip
Slip $40

A basic, slip for wearing under the dress or robe. We usually use the slip fabric from the original Wedding Dress.

Get your baby's name and birthdate or baptism date embroidered on it for an additional $15

custom christening  booties

Booties $45

Add a pair of custom booties to complete the outfit. We offer unisex, girls and boys booties

custom jacket

Jacket $95

Add an elegant fully-lined jacket to complete the look. We offer a unisex/boy version that is plain or has little embelishment or a girl's version that includes embelishment. We also offer a girl's bolero. Click on the photo for more information.



Bow Pin $15

A simple bow tie pin is a great finish to your little one's outfit

Kerchief or Pocket Square $28

A traditional item for Mom or Godmother, we offer a 10"x10" kerchief using elements from your WD. Or we can make a pocket square for your son to wear on his wedding day.

custom boys vest
Vest $55

Add an ornate vest to complete the look. Click on the photo for more information.


Additional Gift Ideas

Here are some additional Gift Ideas that can be made from your Wedding Dress. Use the "other" spaces on the order form to let us know if you are interested in having any of these made.

Ring pillow from wedding dress

Ring Pillows $45

One pillow costs $45 and additional pillows cost $40 each.

custom jewelry pouch

Jewelry Pouch $40

The final pouch stands about 5"-6" making it a nice little holder for jewelry or make-up for that special occasion

wedding dress teddy bear

Teddy Bears

Made from your wedding dress materials, our jointed bears start at $95

 

Custom christmas tree skirt

Christmas Tree Skirts

36" = $185 each, 48" = $225 each, 52" = $285 each, 60" = $325 each

Quilts and Blankets

Decorative crib blanket (36" x 48") = $215 Lap Quilt (54" x 70") = $285, Twin Size (54" x 90") = $385, Quilted Wall Hanging = $125

 

 

Embroidery

We have the ability to add simple embroidery ( mostly initials, names, dates) to the slip or bib. We can also create a satin lable with the child's name and baptism date and attach it to the inside lining of the romper or skirt of the gown. Our embroidery hoop has a 4" maximum space and our fonts are limited. We charge $15 per set-up to cover the time and materials. For elements like crosses and shamrocks we can provide some options as well.

Shipping is in addition

Ground Shipping (with insurance) runs $15 for the first item and $3 per each additional item. I am located in Dayton, Ohio 1001 E Second St. #3140, , Dayton, OH 45402).

Made to Order

If you see something here you like but don't have a wedding dress, we can still provide you with an heirloom quality outfit using fabrics, laces and materials we have in stock. Just let us know what you would like and we'll send some suggestions and an idea of the costs involved.

If you don't see an accessory you want listed here, please just ask about it.

If you don't have any questions, you can simply:

Click Here for a downloadable PDF Order Form

Fill out the form and send it, along with your dress and payment to:

Liane Wagner
Fairy Godmother Creations
1001 E Second St #3140
Dayton OH 45402

If you are interested in discussing what kind of dress you want used and to make a reservation: Reservations are recommended, my daughter-in-law and I work on each project in the order they come in unless different arrangements have been made.

Contact Information

Phone: 937-231-5025
Email: Liane@fairygodmothercreations.com



Sizes Offered:

There is space on the order form for your baby's current size information. We can use that to help get a more accurate size for the baptism date.

Xsmall

Small

Medium

Large

If you need a larger size, we can do that, just ask.

Timing:

It Normally takes 5-6 weeks from the time I receive the wedding dress to the day I ship out a final outfit. However, I can often give faster turn-around if needed.

For turn-around under four weeks I do charge an $80 expediting fee (which allows me to pay my assistant some extra hours to help keep me on schedule and also pays for any additional overnight shipping costs).

My schedule changes depending on how busy I am so please let me know if timing is an issue.

Find additional information and frequently asked questions below the following samples.

Christening Gowns for Current and Future Grandchildren

Kim Bokowski sent her wedding dress to have christening outfits made for current and future grandchildren. She chose to have a unisex gown with overlay and an ornate ceremonial robe along with accessories to make a complete ensemble for either a boy or a girl. We took advantage of every last bit of fabrics and materials from her original dress.

To see 10 larger photos of the entire ensemble, visit our FaceBook page.

 

A Pair of Cute Booties to Match an Existing Baptism Outfit

Sometimes people ask us for a simple item to add to an heirloom outfit and Gina Bueno did just that. She sent us a piece of her wedding dress and a bit of lace from her mother's wedding dress to have these booties made to go with the baptism outfit she already had for her child.

Grandmother's Beautiful Satin Heirloom Dress Transformed Into Lovely Christening Gown

Emily Abraham sent us her grandmother's wedding dress to have baptism outfits made for her daughter and future children. We created this gown, romper and bonnet combo with the beautiful satin from the heirloom wedding dress.

Two Very Elegant Christening Gowns

Angela Maselli sent her wedding dress to have christening gowns and booties made for her twin girls. We were able to split the details from the wedding dress to get two very elegant gowns for her little ones.

Lovely Mesh and Beadwork in Mom's Wedding Gown Becomes Part of Christening Outfit

Samantha Dutta sent her wedding dress to have us make a unisex christening gown and overlay. She had some lovely mesh and bead work that we used in the overlay. The unisex gown is rather plain except for the ornate collar. We also added a bit of the beadwork on the sleeve.

Christening Gown Inspired by Prince George's

Jeryln Holland wanted a unisex baptism outfit made from her wedding dress. She hopes the heirloom will be used by her daughters' families. We added some lace just to give it more style. As Jeryln mentioned "like Prince George's gown, it can be lacy without being too feminine"

 

Beautiful Pleated Ruffle on Wedding Dress Becomes Lovely Part of Christening Outfits

Maureen Bozeman sent her wedding dress to have outfits made for her grandchildren. Her gown was made from a beautiful fabric that worked well for making a pleated ruffle on the gown and pleated bodice to the romper. Many wedding dress fabrics do not do so well with pleats so someone like me gets excited to work with a fabric that handles this kind of treatment so well Of course, since Olga actually made the pleated ruffle, I'm not as sure she was as excited but she did a beautiful job.

Flowers From Mom's Wedding Dress Make Their Way to the Next Generation

Jenny Torre sent her wedding dress to have a christening outfit made for her daughter, a romper for potential future boys in the family and a communion veil. The flower elements on the gown and headband were part of the original wedding dress. One of the fun parts of doing what we do is working with such a variety of fabrics, trims and materials.

Grandmother's Lacy Wedding Dress Converted to Romper and Gown for Christening

Nancy Bianchi sent her wedding dress to have baptism outfits made for her grandson and any future grandchildren. Her dress had some really nice long lace in several layers so we used it on both the romper and the gown. On the romper, we put a touch of it on the faux vest. With the gown, we used it to create a cascading lace hem. We also covered the bodice in lace and used the buttons from the back of the wedding dress on an ornamental belt.

We Also Offer Pre-Made Christening Gowns

Did you know that we have a small selection of pre-made one-of-a-kind christening outfits available? Karen Griffin purchased this one, that I called "Big Bow".

It is made from some lovely embroidered organza and satin. Check out some of the other items we have in our Christening Baby Shop.

 

Christening Gown Covered With Lace and Chiffon

Lace and chiffon were all over Kathleen Denny's wedding dress so we used lace and chiffon all over the christening gown we made for her first granddaughter. Olga and I challenge ourselves to find ways to capture the overall spirit of the original wedding dress as much as possible.

 

Remnants from Christening Gown Conversion Become Christmas Tree Skirt

We made this Christmas Tree Skirt for Tifanie using the remnants of her wedding dress. We took our time on this one since she was not in a hurry. The pictures really don't do it justice. I was very pleased with the way this came out.

First Grandchild Inspires Grandma to Convert Wedding Gown into Christening Gown

Kim sent her wedding dress to have christening outfits made for her first grandchild and any future ones as well. We swiped lace from her veil to put on the hem of the chiffon skirt and covered the bodice in lacy applique. The romper has a pleated bodice and we used some of the pearl beads on the booties and on the headband.

Part of Wedding Dress Converted Into Christmas Tree Skirt

Amanda Hofer wanted a Christmas Tree Skirt from the remnants of her wedding dress. This can be an excellent way to use the odds and ends pieces that are left after we've made a christening outfit. We try and mix the variety of fabrics and materials from all over the dress and will add our own satin for backing materials if needed. It is hard to tell in the picture, but we had some lovely crystals left from the wedding dressthat we scattered all over the skirt to tie the different panels together.

Mom's Wedding Dress Converted to Christening Outfits for Grandchildern

Erin Kelly sent us her mother's wedding dress to have outfits made for her children. The dress had some off-center gathers and tucks that were attached with bead work. We decided to try and capture some of the concept in the skirt of the gown. We also added some of the bead work to the faux vest of the romper.

Beautiful Lace Highlights Christening Gown for God Daughter and Ceremonial Rove for Nephew

Christine Pollacco sent her wedding dress to have a christening gown and overlay made for her god daughter and a ceremonial robe made for her nephew. Her dress had some absolutely lovely lace that we incorporated into both outfits. Olga really did a spectacular job on these. She puts herself into every outfit but the lovely materials from this wedding dress were challenging and she made it look like this was what these materials were meant for.

Big "Bling" Highlights This Wedding Gown Conversion

Kathleen Fergus had some really big bling on her wedding dress. There wasn't a lot of it, but it stood out so we decided to use it on the unisex gown collar. She also wanted an overlay so we used the organza from the skirt of her gown and trimmed the front with a thin line of crystal beads from her veil.

Lovely Gift from Four Generations

Four generations wore this wedding dress before we turned it into a christening ensemble. Margo Spencer sent us her wedding dress to have heirloom christening outfits made for her grand children. The dress had been worn by herself, her mother, her grandmother and her great grandmother.

Olga and I feel very honored when someone trusts us to help pass on an heirloom that has been worn by so many generations .

We chose to make a long, formal gown with pleated ruffle and used the bead work from the WD on both the bodice and the hem of the christening gown. The boy's romper has a pleated bodice and faux belt. Margo also wanted a ring pillow and a kerchief.

Mom's Wedding Dress Becomes Christening Gown, Christmas Tree Skirt and Christmas Tree Angel

Jessica Varuolo sent her wedding dress to us to have a christening gown made for her daughter's upcoming baptism. We chose to keep the organza layers from the wedding dress but made them smaller to better fit a little one. We kept some of the bead work from the WD bodice and put it on the bodice of the gown. The original dress was pretty fitted so we had to stay with a straight skirt, but we kept a dramatic length.

With the remnants, Jessica wanted a Christmas tree skirt made and a tree-topper angel.

We took some of the rauching and bead work that was on the wedding dress and cut it into panels that we then incorporated into the tree skirt. We scattered beads all over (by hand) to give the skirt continuity and trimmed the hem with a bit of the organza.

The tree topper used a pre-purchased porceline angel head and arms. The organza worked to give the angel a very light and airy look.

Rhonda's Beautiful Gift to Future Generations

Rhonda Dodd sent her wedding gown to have a unisex christening gown and overlay made for her children and future grand children. Rhonda's dress did not have a lot of embellishment and didn't have a translucent fabric for making the overlay so we added some lovely lace mesh of our own and lace trims to get her a lovely outfit.

The unisex gown used the WD satin and some of the buttons. We also added lace to the collar. In order to get the fullness we needed, we had to incorporate a seam down the center front. So, to keep the seam from showing, we added pleats down the front as well.

Christening Gown Styled after Mom's Wedding Gown

Kimberly Roe sent her wedding dress to have us make a baptism gown and accessories for her daughter. She wanted us to capture the overall feel of the original wedding dress so we made a sleeveless gown and used the bead work from the waist line.

Kimberly wanted a tie-on headband so we used the wedding dress satin to make a floral element that hides the tie ribbons.

Christening Gown Features Embroidery from Mom's Wedding Gown

Elicia Dahroug sent her wedding gown to have a christening gown made for her daughter. There really wasn't much doubt about how we were going to use the center panels from the original wedding dress skirt on this. However, with Elicia's approval, we went a bit longer on this one than usual in order to really capture the embroidery.

 

Jessie Duckro brought her wedding dress in to have a communion vest and tie made for her son. I've been hesitant to start offering communion outfits because the sizing is more difficult. However, the requests for communion outfits have been growing so we are adding a communion vest and tie combo to our service offerings starting in May. This particular vest style has the "tuxedo" collar.

 

Second Christening Gown From Mom's Wedding Dress

Casey Eckstine sent the remnants of her mother's wedding dress to have a second gown made for her youngest daughter. We had the privilege of making the first gown as well. This cut-out embroidered satin is a pleasure to work with.

Second Christening Gown From Mom's Wedding Dress

Wedding Gown's Chiffon Strips Enhance Unisex Christening Gown

Samantha Seibert sent her wedding dress to have a christening outfit made for her first child She wanted a unisex gown but was open to us being a little creative. Her wedding dress was covered in thin strips of chiffon at angles. We decided to take a couple of them and add them to the bottom of the christening gown. We also used some of the lovely bead work on the collar.

Wedding Gown's Chiffon Strips Enhance Unisex Christening Gown

Embroidery from Mom's Wedding Dress Featured on Christening GownEmbroidery from Mom's Wedding Dress Featured on Christening Gown

Lauren Von Euw sent her wedding dress to have a christening gown made. Her wedding dress had some lovely cut-out embroidery so we decided to capture that detail in the skirt of the christening gown. We kept the opaque part long enough to get to baby's toes and then left the cut-out embroidery open.

 

Crystal Beads and Chiffon From Mom's Wedding Gown add to Beauty of this Christening Gown

Megan Wells sent her wedding dress to have a unisex baptism gown made. Her wedding dress had folded chiffon panels overlaying all the way down the dress. We decided to incorporate a couple of those panels. She also had a crystal beaded belt. We used the beads to hand sew a line of beads down each side of the collar and we used htem to create a cross on the gown front. There are also some beads tucked into the chiffon flowers on the ring pillows and corsage pin.

Crystal Beads and Chiffon From Mom's Wedding Gown add to Beauty of this Christening Gown

Wedding Dress and Communion Dress Combined to Create Christening Ensemble

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.

Pam Reiher wanted her step children to have something from their late mother as they are now starting their own families.

Baptism Outfit From Train of Mom's Wedding Dress

Kristen Marshal asked us to make a baptism outfit for her daughter from the train of her wedding dress and leave as much of the dress as possible for a future Communion gown.

Happily there was plenty of fabric in the train to make baptism gown with. We did swipe a string of bead work from the bodice to put at the gown's waist, but sent the rest of the gown back with the finished baptism outfit.

Baptism Outfit From Train of Mom's Wedding Dress

Mom Turns Wedding Gown Into Complete Christening Ensemble for Future Children

Patricia Sterrazza sent her wedding dress to be made into christening outfits for her soon-coming first child and any future children. We ended up with a very complete ensemble for both a boy and a girl.

Mom Turns Wedding Gown Into Complete Christening Ensemble for Future Children

Silver Embroidery on Wedding Dress Enhances This Christening Gown Conversion

Maria Mesaros sent her wedding dress to have baptism outfits made for her children. Her gown had some lovely silver embroidery on it that we tried to capture on both the gown and the romper.

Silver Embroidery on Wedding Dress Enhances This Christening Gown Conversion

Mom and Grandma Have Both of Their Wedding Dresses Converted Into Beautiful Heirloom Christening Gown

Amanda Hofer sent both her own wedding dress and her mom's wedding dress to have us combine them into a gown and romper set. Olga and I were kind of nervous about how well the different fabrics from the two dresses would work but we were able to use them in a way that really gave a lovely elegance to the outfits and made them look like a set.

Mom and Grandma Have Both of Their Wedding Dresses Converted Into Beautiful Heirloom Christening Gown

Grandma's Wedding Dress Converted Into Lovely, Lacey Baptism GownGrandma's Wedding Dress Converted Into Lovely, Lacey Baptism Gown

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.

 

Lace Highlights Christening Gown Made From Wedding Gown

Katie Knautz sent her mother's wedding dress to have a Christening Gown, Romper and Bonnet combo made for her children. Olga and I tried to highlight the lace elements on the gown and used some of the buttons on the romper. We also added a little lace bit to the three kerchiefs that Katie wanted as well.

Lace Highlights Christening Gown Made From Wedding Gown

Lace Adds a Rich Quality to this Custom Heirloom Christening GownLace Adds a Rich Quality to this Custom Heirloom Christening Gown

Renee Russell sent her wedding dress to have this baptism outfit made for her granddaughter. The older lace has a very rich quality to it that made for a very elegant christening gown. We also made matching bonnet, booties, panties and a headband.

 

Christening Ensemble for GrandchildrenChristening Ensemble for Grandchildren

Laura Freeman sent her wedding dress to have an ensemble made for her grandchildren. She had some unique applique and silky net pattern on her wedding dress sleeves that we used on the collar of the unisex gown. We used some of the floral applique on the little bolero jacket to make the outfit more feminine for a girl. Laura also asked for a couple of jewelry pouches and we got a bit creative with them.

 

Mom’s Wedding Gown and Christening Gown Converted to Daughter’s Baptism Dress

Ashley Marciano sent her wedding gown and her own christening gown to have a baptism dress made for her daughter. We wanted to keep the embroidery and bead work from the bodice and the hem of her WD. However, when we actually put the pieces together, we ended up with a seam at almost the halfway point. We decided to use that to make an ornate, larger hem and add a draping element.

Mom’s Wedding Gown and Christening Gown Converted to Daughter’s Baptism Dress

Wedding Dress Converted to Dramatic Unisex Christening Gown

Molly Anderson sent her wedding dress to have a unisex outfit made for her son and future children. We ended up making it dramatically long. We also made a bonnet, boy's cap, unisex booties and a couple of kerchiefs with the fabrics from her dress.

Wedding Dress Converted to Dramatic Unisex Christening Gown

Lace On Wedding Gown Featured in Christening Gown

Jolene Sodano sent part of her wedding dress to have a christening gown made for one of her daughters. She loved the lace of her dress and wanted the emphasis to be put on to that. We ended up using a softer satin and taking the lace off the original dress and applying it to the softer satin.

Lace On Wedding Gown Featured in Christening Gown

Christening Gown Features a Lovely Belt

Margaret Dickens gave us a really interesting challenge. She had the robe to a family heirloom christening outfit but could not find the original gown. She sent her mother's wedding dress and asked us to create a gown to go with the existing robe. She also had the original bonnet. We took the fabric from the original bonnet and used it to create a "belt" piece to the christening gown. We also used white embroidery and white lace to help the outfit tie together.

Complete Christening Ensemble for a GodsonComplete Christening Ensemble for a Godson

Julia Frei wanted a complete ensemble for her godson from her wedding dress. We used every bit of fabric we could to get a bishop style gown with a ceremonial robe, a bit, booties, bonnet and bow tie pin. We put pleats down the front of the gown and used the blue satin piping from her veil as accent on each side. We also used the piping as accent on most of the accessories.

 

First Communion Dress and Wedding Dress Become Baptism Outfit

Sue Szymanski sent her wedding dress and her daughter's first communion dress to have a baptism outfit made for her first grandchild. Although we used elements from both dresses, most of the outfit came from the wedding dress. We made a little bolero jacket and a bonnet as well.

First Communion Dress and Wedding Dress Become Baptism Outfit

Ruffled Wedding Gown Makes for Fun, Beautiful Christening Ensemble

Janet Riddick sent her wedding dress to have outfits made for grandchildren. Her dress had lots and lots of ruffles. We incorporated a layer of ruffles on the christening gown. We also used some of the lovely embroidery work on both the gown and romper. A bib, booties and a cap completed the ensemble. However, we couldn't resist using some of those ruffles for a fun, decorative pillow.

Ruffled Wedding Gown Makes for Fun, Beautiful Christening Ensemble

Wedding Dress Converted Into Christening Ensemble

Tina Bast sent her wedding dress to have a christening outfit made for her first grandson and any future grandchildren. We made our "Bishop" style gown. That allowed us to inset just a bit of the lace from the original WD. We also made matching booties, a girl's bonnet and boy's cap as well as a few kerchiefs.

Wedding Dress Converted Into Christening Ensemble

Two Christening Outfits from Mom's Wedding DressTwo Christening Outfits from Mom's Wedding Dress

Linda Lotton wanted two complete christening outfits made from her wedding dress. Her dress was not very large so we augmented her fabrics just a little in order to get the two full outfits. Each set consisted of a christening gown, boy's romper, boy's cap and a headband. Olga and I were pleased with the results--and so was Linda.

 

Wedding Dress Re-Styled Into Christening Ensemble

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.

Wedding Dress Re-Styled Into Christening Ensemble

Grandmother's Creates Beautiful Christening Gown for GranddaughterGrandmother's Creates Beautiful Christening Gown for Granddaughter

Joyce Harder sent us her daughter's wedding dress to have this gown and bonnet made for her granddaughter. Joyce knew what she wanted us to do with the materials. When someone has something specific in mind, we do all that we can to meet their expectations.

Hi, Liane!

The christening gown arrived, and it is MORE beautiful than the picture!  I cannot tell you how thrilled I am!  Your work is simply exquisite.

When the time comes, I’ll send pictures of both our granddaughter in the gown as well as a picture of Cameron in her wedding gown, along with a ringing endorsement of your work.  Once we make the presentation of the gown, I’ll put it on Facebook and I’m sure my daughter will, too.

Again, MANY thanks! Joyce Harder

Unisex Christening Gown with Soft Lacy Overlay

Christine Senner is excited about her new granddaughter and wanted a complete ensemble made from her wedding dress. In addition to a blanket, she had a unisex gown with a soft, lacy overlay made and several accessories.

Unisex Christening Gown with Soft Lacy Overlay

Wife's Wedding Gown and Husband's Wedding Tie Combine to Create Christening Outfit

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.

Wife's Wedding Gown and Husband's Wedding Tie Combine to Create Christening Outfit

Princess-style Christening Gown for Her Little PrincessPrincess-style Christening Gown for Her Little Princess

Erin Brasse brought her wedding dress by to have this princess-style gown made for her little princess.

 

Wedding Dress Redesigned as Christening Outfits for Grandchildren

Peggy Nolan sent us her wedding dress to have christening outfits made for grandchildren. She wanted the gown to be as long as we could get it. The original WD was made of a soft polyester that has quite a bit of stretch to it so it gave us a bit of a challenge. We ended up adding just a touch of satin as well to create some contrast.

Wedding Dress Redesigned as Christening Outfits for Grandchildren

100% Silk Wedding Dress Makes a Beautiful Christening Gown

Leslie Diorio sent part of her wedding dress to have a unisex gown and bonnet made. Her 100% silk dress had a long string of buttons that we incorporated into the christening gown.

100% Silk Wedding Dress Makes a Beautiful Christening Gown

Three Christening Outfits from One Wedding Dress

Karyn True brought us her wedding dress to have outfits made for her granddaughter and future grandchildren. She wanted a total of three outfits from her gown. We had to cut very carefully to get all three outfits. There was literally just enough lace to be able to put it on each of the pieces. We also ended up making some pillows with the scraps.

Kristine's 40-Year Old Weddinig Dress is Transformed into a Beautiful Christening Gown for Her Granddaughter

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.

Kristine's 40-Year Old Weddinig Dress is Transformed into a Beautiful Christening Gown for Her Granddaughter
Kristine's 40-Year Old Weddinig Dress is Transformed into a Beautiful Christening Gown for Her Granddaughter

Beadwork Adorns a Beautiful Christening Gown Conversion

Kristen Leto sent her wedding dress to have this gown made for her daughter. We tried to capture as much of the beadwork as we felt we safely could.

Beadwork Adorns a Beautiful Christening Gown Conversion

Mom's Wedding Gown Becomes Christening Outfit for Her Daughter

Amy Taylor sent her wedding dress to have converted to this outfit for her daughter. We tried to capture the lace while keeping the overall look youthful. The little bolero jacket allowed us to really emphasize the pretty lace. Amy had also sent a couple of flowers from her hair piece that we incorporated into the head band and on to the jewelry pouch.

Mom's Wedding Gown Becomes Christening Outfit for Her Daughter

A Beautiful Gift for Her Grandchildren

Mary Deming sent her wedding dress to have an outfit made for her grandson and future granddaughters. We tried to capture the beautiful cut-out embroidery on both the boy's and the girl's piece.

A Beautiful Gift for Her Grandchildren

Lovely Emboidery and Beadwork on Wedding Gown Become Part of Baptism Gown

Jen Burkart sent her wedding dress to have us make a baptism gown for her daughter. Her wedding dress had some lovely embroidery and beadwork elements that we were able to work in. The flowing chiffon allowed us to use some fullness in the skirt.

Lovely Emboidery and Beadwork on Wedding Gown Become Part of Baptism Gown

Christening Outfits - Including a Boy's Tuxedo Jacket

Tina Lividini sent her wedding dress from 35 years ago to have outfits made for her coming grandchild and any future grandchildren. Tina wanted an actual, full, formal infant boy's outfit including a tuxedo jacket with tails. We also were able to get a long gown from the fabrics, but we used nearly all the useable materials her original dress had.

Christening Outfits - Including a Boy's Tuxedo Jacket

Sarah's Wedding Gown Becomes a Lovely Christening Gown for Her DaughterSarah's Wedding Gown Becomes a Lovely Christening Gown for Her Daughter

Sarah Ackerman sent her gown to have a christening outfit made for her daughter. Her gown did not have a lot of detail, but we were able to easily use what was there. As per Sarah's request, we made the gown as long as we could get from the materials available.

 

A Family Heirloom Becomes a Grandchild's Christening Outfit

Verlyn Wiederholt sent a lovely wedding dress from her husband's family to have this outfit made for their grandchild.

"I Absolutely Love It"

Kristen Abbate sent just her wedding dress train to have this gown made for her daughter. She plans to use the actual Wedding dress to have a communion dress made in the future.

" I absolutely love it! Thank you so much! It is so much prettier in person and I didn't think that was possible." We are so glad you enjoy it, Kristen!

 

Val Creates an Heirloom Christening Gown and Bonnet from Her Wedding Dress

Val Shalbrack sent her wedding dress to have this heirloom gown and bonnet set made for her family.

Val Creates an Heirloom Christening Gown and Bonnet from Her Wedding Dress

Aunt's Wedding Dress Becomes a Baptism Gown for a Dear Daughter and Neice

Julia Dennis sent her late aunt's wedding dress to have a christening dress made for her daughter. Her daughter was going to be 17 months old at the time of the baptism so we made the dress short enough to be able to walk in.

Julia wrote us saying: "Just wanted to let you know I received the dress in the mail today! It is absolutely gorgeous, you did an awesome job! Can't wait to see her in it! We all really appreciate it!  Thanks again!" -Julia Dennis

After the christening, Julia sent us some wonderful photos. Here's a montage of those photos along with some photos of the gown and accessories. Just look at that smile!

Aunt's Wedding Dress Becomes a Baptism Gown for a Dear Daughter and Neice

After the christening, Julia also sent us this note:

Liane,

"Thank you so much for making Jayden's christening gown on such short notice! I am beyond satisfied with the results!

"Jayden looked absolutely beautiful in her dress and barrette. Everyone loved it! She enjoyed being the center of attention and showing her dress to everyone and saying "pretty!"

"Her original baptism date had to be canceled because our Princess came down with the flu :( Luckily we were able to reschedule for the next week and everything went great!

"I have attached a few pictures, feel free to do whatever you would like with them.

"You are very talented and I will make sure to recommend your business to family and friends!

"Thanks again!
"

And thank you, Julia, for sharing this wonderful event with us! Best wishes to you, Jayden and your entire family.

A Small Heirloom Christening Outfit Becomes two Framed Kerchiefs

Karen Redman sent a little heirloom christening outfit and asked us to repair the little dress and use some of the accessories to create two kerchiefs for her sons. Her plan was to frame the kerchiefs as a special gift that can be displayed.

Karen wrote, "Hope you had a great holiday.  I just wanted to let you know my Daughter and Son-in-law really liked the kerchiefs. Have a happy new year." - Karen Redman

A Small Heirloom Christening Outfit Becomes two Framed Kerchiefs

A Gown for Her Daughter's Baptism

Amber Davis sent her wedding dress to have this outfit made for her daughter's baptism. Her gown has some lovely embroidered chiffon. It took finding the right sections, but we were able to keep some of the original hem work as well. We also made a couple of kerchiefs.

A Gown for Her Daughter's Baptism

Angel Style Christening Gown with Lace and Bead Work

Julie Piazza's wedding dress had some lovely lace and bead work on the bodice. We wanted to use the same elements for the bodice of her daughter's christening gown but the beads all came off when we went to use it. Olga hand beaded them back on to complete this angel-style gown.

Embroidery From Mom's Gown Enhances Christening Gown and Romper

Lisa Manzo sent us a gown with lots of fabric so we were able to get two complete outfits from it. The lovely embroidery work from the original dress made a lovely accent on both the christening gown and the romper. With the gown, we added a little cape and we added a jacket for the romper. The outfits are finished with a bonnet, a boy's cap and unisex booties.

You can see a slideshow of Lisa's outfits here on our FaceBook page.

Embroidery From Mom's Gown Enhances Christening Gown and Romper

Grandma's Wedding Dress Becomes a Christening Gown for a New Generation

Jody Letourneau sent her late mother's wedding dress to have a unisex gown made for her son and three ring pillows. The wedding dress had some lovely lace work running in strips down the gown. We incorporated those into the front of the gown. To keep the gown from becoming too feminine, we also incorporated the buttons from the back of the wedding dress down the front of the gown.

Grandma's Wedding Dress Becomes a Christening Gown for a New Generation

A Unisex Christening Gown for Her Son

Aubrey Ruiz included a note with her order that said "This is my wedding dress, which I LOVE and am scared to have cut up. The gown is for my son." You can see her beautiful gown at the right in the photo below. We made a unisex gown with a unisex bonnet.

After Aubrey received her order, she wrote back saying:

"Amazing craftsmanship! It's a scary thing to send your wedding dress off to be cut into pieces, but when I received the infant gown and robe, I couldn't have been happier." - Aubrey Ruiz

A Unisex Christening Gown for Her Son

A Striking Royal Blue and White Christening Gown and Romper

Sheila Thomason sent her wedding dress to have our gown, romper combo package made. Sheila's dress had a strong panel of royal blue going down the back with lovely white and silver embroidery. We chose to capture some of that color.

A Striking Royal Blue and White Christening Gown and Romper

Welcoming a Coming Grandson With a Christening Outfit

Jolene Madden sent her gown to have outfits made for her soon-coming first grandson and any future grandchildren.

Welcoming a Coming Grandson With a Christening Outfit

Grandma's Gift to her Beloved Granddaughter

Jodi Beck sent her wedding dress to have this sweet gown made for her granddaughter.

Grandma's Gift to her Beloved Granddaughter

Mom and Daughter Turn Their Wedding Gowns into Christening Outfit

Lisa Adams asked us to combine her wedding dress and her daughter's wedding dress for an outfit for her first granddaughter. We love combining multiple generations into one outfit. Sometimes it is a challenge to figure out how to get the different fabrics to work together, but the end result always seems to be an heirloom to treasure.

Mom and Daughter Turn Their Wedding Gowns into Christening Outfit

Joyce Converts Her Wedding Gown into a Christening Gown and Romper

Joyce Hansen wanted her gown used to create both a gown and a romper for her daughter. Our gown, romper, bonnet combo can be used to get both a gown and an after-party romper.

Joyce Converts Her Wedding Gown into a Christening Gown and Romper

Outfits for Her Coming Firstborn Child

Allison Kirschke sent her wedding dress to have outfits made for her coming first born and any future children. We used the lovely WD overlay fabric in both the gown and the romper.

Allison Kirschke sent her wedding dress to have outfits made for her coming first born and any future children. We used the lovely WD overlay fabric in both the gown and the romper

Elegant Threadwork Highlights These Outfits

Katharine Koenig sent her wedding dress to have outfits made. Her dress had some elegant thread work that we tried to use in the waist of the gown and on the faux vest of the romper.

Elegant Threadwork Highlights These Outfits

Twins Receive Christening Gown Made from Grandmother's Wedding Dress

Mandy MacNaughton used her mother's wedding dress to have baptism gowns made for her twin daughters. Getting two outfits from one dress can be a challenge, but we were pleased with the outcome.

Twins Receive Christening Gown Made from Grandmother's Wedding Dress

Lovely Detail from Wedding Dress Captured in Christening Gown for Daugher

Gianna Cody's wedding dress made a darling gown for her daughter. The original wedding dress had some lovely detail that we tried to capture and a really pretty beaded waist band that we turned into a faux belt.

Lovely Detail from Wedding Dress Captured in Christening Gown for Daugher

Embroidery and Beadwork Enhance This Christening Gown Conversion

This little Gown and Romper ensemble was put together from Jonelle O'Shea's wedding dress. We tried to capture the pretty silver embroidery and some of the bead work from the wedding dress.

Embroidery and Beadwork Enhance This Christening Gown Conversion

A Wedding Dress Becomes a "Princess" Style Christening Gown and Lined Jacket

Sally Bellotto sent her wedding dress from 1970 to have a christening gown with jacket made for her granddaughter. We went with our "Princess" style on the gown. The jacket is lined and the full ensemble included a bonnet, the slip and a bib.

A Wedding Dress Becomes a Princess Style Christening Gown and Lined Jacket

Baptism Gown and Booties for Her Daughter

Katrina sent her wedding dress to have this baptism gown made for her daughter--complete with booties. Getting a small gown like this to gather right presents an interesting challenge. We originally wanted to make two layers of gathers, but that made the gown way too bulky.

A Unique Christening Gown That Converts for Use With Either a Girl or a Boy

Kasey sent her wedding dress to have a unisex gown and overlay made for her daughter's upcoming baptism. We tried something new by making two different snap-on faux belts. This allowed us to use a strip of bead work from the waist of her wedding dress for a more feminine look while making a more masculine one for any future sons or grandsons she might have.

Unisex Christening Gown and Robe for Son and Future Children

Felicia Lopez sent her wedding dress to have an outfit made for her son and future children. She chose our unisex gown and robe combination. There was just enough beadwork from the straps of her wedding dress to line the front of the robe with. I think this outfit came out very elligant.

Unisex Christening Gown and Robe for Son and Future Children

A Christening Gown for Her Daughter

Heather had us use her wedding dress to make a christening outfit for her daughter.

A Christening Gown for Her Daughter

A Princess Christening Gown for Her Little Princess

Melissa sent her wedding dress to have a princess gown made for her little princess. We also made a bonnet and panties.

A Princess Christening Gown for Her Little Princess

Christening Gown, Romper and Accessories from Mom's Wedding Dress

Michaela had us make both a gown and a romper from her wedding dress. The romper will be worn by her son and the gown will be put away for future daughters and grandddaughters.

Christening Gown, Romper and Accessories from Mom's Wedding Dress

Liane, Thank you so much! The outfits look amazing! ….

I can't tell you how happy I am that I was able to find you. As I have told you before, making a christening outfit out of my gown was something that I had wanted for as long as I can remember. I brought my gown to a local seamstress that does this service, and she told me that it could not be done because of the details on my gown. I was so sad and disappointed. After a few hours of tears, my mother went on line to see if she could find someone else who may be able to make it happen. Through what had to be God's hand and a chance of luck, my mother stumbled upon your site and we found your samples that were made from my gown! I am so happy that she found this and can't wait for my beautiful son to wear the romper on his big day. If there is anything I can do - write a review somewhere or anything - to help bring in more business for you, please let me know.

Thank you again for making my dream a reality!
Sincerely, Michaela Libby

Accessories to Enhance an Existing Christening Gown

Robin sent a piece of her wedding dress to have us make some accessories for the christening outfit she already had for her daughter. Some people already have a special christening gown or romper but we can always add some special accessories to make it a multi-generational heirloom.

Robin Rostron sent a piece of her wedding dress to have us make some accessories for the christening outfit she already had for her daughter. Some people already have a special christening gown or romper but we can always add some special accessories to make it a multi-generational heirloom.

Hi Liane, Wow! Everything arrived today and it is absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you so much! Best, Robin Rostron

 

A Special Gift from an Aunt to her Niece

Paula Conway had us make this christening gown as a gift for her niece. The wedding dress did not have much embellishment so we added a little of our own lace.

A Special Gift from an Aunt to her Niece

Mother, Daughter Combine Wedding Dresses to Make Unique Christening Gown and Robe

Elizabeth O'Connor sent us her wedding dress and her late mother's wedding dress and asked us to combine the materials from both gowns into an heirloom unisex gown and robe combination. The color differences between the two gowns were pretty big so we chose to embrace them.

A "Bishop" Style Baptism Gown In Classic Cotton

This "bishop" style gown was made from the cotton lace wedding dress that Sue Harkness sent us. There is something very classic about cotton.

A "Bishop" Style Baptism Gown In Classic Cotton

Beaded Wedding Dress Transformed Into Heirloom for Next Generation

Jeanne Kernan sent her wedding dress to have three baptism gowns made for grandchildren and nieces and nephews. The wedding dress was made of a lovely satin and covered with seed pearl beads. We tried to use the beads in a way that made each gown unique.

Beaded Wedding Dress Transformed Into Heirloom for Next Generation

Liane,

The gowns arrived today and are they beautiful. Our families will enjoy them hopefully for many generations. Again, Thank you and Olga for all your hard work. They are just beautiful. I hope to be able to send you a picture of our family on our grandson's baptism day.
Have a wonderful day:) Jeanne Kernan

Just wanted to let you no how happy we were with your finished product it was gorgeous!  Thank You, Leslee Norris

Mom Converts Her Communion Dress Into Unisex Christening Gown

Jourdan Diamantis sent us her communion dress to have it turned into a unisex gown for son and future children.

Mom Converts Her Wedding Gown Into Unisex Christening Gown

Wedding Dress Converted to Priness Style Christening Gown

Tanya Gresham sent her wedding dress so we could create this princess style gown with matching booties and headband for her daughter.

Wedding Gown Converted to Priness Style Christening Gown

Mom and Both Grandma's Convert Three Wedding Dresses into One Very Special Christening Gown

Kristin Myers sent her wedding dress, her mother's wedding dress and her mother-in-law's wedding dress to have us combine all three into one gown for her daughter.

Mom and Both Grandma's Convert Three Wedding Gowns into One Very Special Christening Gown

Wedding Dresses from Mom and Grandma Become Christening Gown

Meagan Milmoe had us convert her mother's wedding dress as well as some lace from her mother-in-law's wedding dress to make an adorable gown for her daughter.

Hi Liane, My mother, sister-in-law and I were finally all together and we were able to open the Christening gown all together. It is absolutely beautiful! We will be sure to send you a picture from the day of the Christening.

Thank you, Meaghan Milmoe

Sisters Have Mom's Wedding Dress Converted into Set of Christening Outfits

Ashley Myers and her sister wanted a set of christening outfits for family children to wear. We made a gown and a romper from their mother's wedding dress. The gown also has a pretty little over jacket.

Christening gown from wedding dress Custom Christening gown Baptism Gown

We thank you again for your beautiful work !! Gretta's baptism gown was absolutely stunning. Liane your work 
is amazing and I will refer Fairy Godmother to everyone I know !! So beautiful !!!

Ashley Myers

Converting a Wedding Dress into a Romper for a Christening

Betty Zita sent her wedding dress to have a romper made. We also added a jacket as a way to use some of the lovely beadwork from her wedding dress. A bow tie pin was the final touch to this ensemble.

Converting a Wedding Dress into a Romper for a Christening

I love it!!!  He will look so beautiful in this outfit.  It surpasses my wishes.  Thank you again and again. Betty Zita

Beadwork From Wedding Dress Enhances Christening Gown

Tifanie Vander Weide sent her wedding dress to have a ceremonial robe made for her children. The photo really doesn't do this robe justice. We incorporated the bead work and overlay from her dress into the robe itself. We also added a headband, booties, a bow tie pin and a kerchief.

Beadwork From Wedding Gown Enhances Christening Gown

Wedding Dress Becomes Bishop Style Christening Gown

Stacy Elliott sent her wedding dress to have a unisex gown made for her children. Her gown was relatively simple so we kept to a simple bishop style and added some of the bling to the hem.

Modular Christening Gown That Works for a Boy or a Girl

Marilee Scheid, her sister and mother wanted a modular outfit that would work for both a boy and girl. We created a bodice with snaps that allow for a detachable skirt and romper pants.

Modular Christening Gown That Works for a Boy or a Girl

Using the Whole Dress

JoAnn Gustafson wanted as many items from her wedding dress as we could get for her grandaughter's baptism. We used every bit of useable material to get her the ensemble.

Heirloom Christening Outfit

Planning for the Future

Donna Johnson sent her wedding dress in to have christening outfits made forher granchild and future grandchildren. She also asked us to make a ring pillow for her daughter's future wedding. The gown was from the 1970s and had some lovely floral applique. The applique had colored over time and there wasn't anything we could do about the color, so we incorporated it and the whole ensemble had a lovely heirloom quality to it.

Baptism outfit from wedding dress

Christening gown from wedding dressLong and Lovely

Ashley Roseman sent her wedding dress to have a baptism gown made for her daughter. The WD had some lovely embroidery and bead work that we tried to capture in both the skirt and along the neck line of the bodice.

The gown is absolutely beautiful, exactly what I envisioned!! I can't wait to see it in person :) 
I will be sure to send you a picture of my baby in it!  Thank you so much!!  Ashley Roseman

Boy's Christening RomperA Little Man Outfit

Kelly Buckley sent her wedding dress to have a custom romper made for her son's christening. As the mother of sons myself, I know how hard it can be to find custom infant clothing for boys. In this case, we incorporated some fo the lovely embroidery work from Kelly's dress in the faux vest to give her little man a sharp formal outfit.

Hi Liane,

I received the romper earlier this week, and it is so adorable!  Thanks for your great work!  I hope to be ordering a gown in the future!

Kelly Buckley

Fancy but Understated

Deirdre Smith-Ferraro sent her wedding dress to have a christening romper made for her son. Her dress had some lovely bead work and we really wanted to use it so we applied it to the faux vest. We also added just a little bit of satin on the collar, sleeve bindings and leg bindings or a bit of contrast. Deirdre also had us make a ring pillow, kerchief and bib.

Custom christening outfit

It is beautiful!!!!  Brought tears to my eyes when I saw it.  I will be sure to send you a picture of my son in the outfit. Thank you so much.  Deirdre Ferraro

His and Hers for Twins

Jennifer sent her wedding gown to be made into his and her outfits for her twins. We took advantage of as much of the embroidery and bead-work as we could in each outfit.

Twin christening outfits

Hi Liane,
WOW!! They look amazing! I can't wait to see them in person! 
Thank you! -Jennifer Holmes

Custom christening gownDramatic Pleats

Sydney's wedding dress was a two-toned gown with dramatic pleats. Inset in each pleat was lovely embroidery and bead work. The WD was extremely heavy so we could not make a very full christening gown without getting too heavy and bulky for an infant. Instead, we decided to focus on putting one pleat front and center. This is the first gown we've done in the princess style with such heavy fabric but it came out beautifully.

Three from One

Denise brought her wedding dress to me and we sat for quite a while discussing what she wanted and how to get it for her. She wanted three christening gowns for her three daughters. Her oldest daughter had very specific ideas of what she wanted. It took every last bit of fabric from the WD to get these three outfits.

Christening gown made from wedding dress

Floral Roses and a Little Man Outfit

Sara sent her lovely wedding dress to have us make a Christening gown, romper and headband combo. Her WD was covered in lace roses. However, the roses, heavy satin and heavy beadwork meant that we really couldn't go with a dramatic length on the gown because it would have been too heavy for an infant. For her son's baptism, we made a little man romper with pleats on the bodice and used buttons from the WD down the front and on the faux belt.

Wedding dress converted to christening gown and romper

Wedding dress converted to christening gownSimple Elegance

Shelly Rattell sent her wedding dress to have us make a gown for her soon-coming baby girl. Her wedding dress was a simple flowing satin with and ornamental element at the waist. We reduced the element and used it on this high-waist princes style gown. In addition to the gown, Shelly also had us make her family a christmas tree skirt. You can find it on our quilting page if you click here

Cascade of Beads

Amanda Grier sent her wedding dress to us make a gown, romper and bonnet combo. Her WD had lovely embroidery and bead work that we tried to capture in both the gown and the romper.

custom christening outfit

Hi Liane,

I wanted to send you a pic of MJ in his christening outfit. He was so cute and it was so special that he was in my wedding dress, getting baptized in the church we were married in. Thank you so much for your beautiful craftsmanship!!

Baptism gown from wedding dressUnisex Gown with Bling

Linda sent her wedding dress to have a unisex gown made. She wanted to use some of the beadwork from the WD as well and we embroidered a cross in the same silver thread of the embroidered bead work seen on the hem of the gown.

Pretty Angel Gown

Mandi sent her wedding gown to have a christening outfit made for her soon-to-be born daughter. Her gown had some lovely bead work so we incorporated it into an "Angel" style gown. A headband with roses made from the gown chiffon and satin completes the outfit.

custom christening gown

Hi Liane,

I wanted to share the professional pictures that I had taken of Lily in her christening gown. I also bought the rights to these pictures so do not worry if you wanted to use them on your website. She looks amazing and the gown is beautiful. Mandi Macik

One Outfit from Two Gowns

Millie sent both her gown and her grandmother's gown from the 1940s to have a unisex outfit made for her son and future children/grandchildren. The older dress had some beautiful lace that we worked into the robe, the collar of the gown and the bonnet.

Custom baptism outfit

Hi Liane,

I received the gown and it is beautiful!  I can't wait for my son's big day. :)

Thanks, Millie Joiner

Blessings gown from wedding dressCascade of Embroidery

Jennifer sent her wedding dress to have a gown made for her daughter. The original dress had a lovely cascade of embroidery that we worked into the skirt. We sent back the remnants of the WD but hope some day we will be making a romper for the Cline family.

Liane

I can't believe how quickly you got the gown done. It always amazes me how something that is so difficult for one person can be so easy for another! You are truly talented. The gown looks beautiful!

Jennifer

 

Sparkle and Softness

LuAnn sent her daughter's gown to have a dress made for her granddaughter. It was her gift. The wedding dress had quite a bit of sparkle on the bodice and along the neck and straps but was otherwise a simple chiffon over skirt on a silky under skirt. We used some of the sparkle at the high waist and added just a little lace to create a parted over-skirt.

Custom christening gown

Her Gown and his Tie

Cynthia is the first to send us both her wedding dress and the tie her husband wore on their wedding day. We worked the tie in as accents down the front of the unisexgown along along the collar binding and sleeve bindings. Olga and I thought it was a wonderful way to add a little color in this special heirloom.

Wedding dress and tie in baptism outfit

A huge "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" to Fairy Godmother Creations for Norah's beautiful baptism gown. Your creative use of my dress and my husband's wedding tie made for such a special heirloom. Our baby looked like a little angel and we received tons of compliments. Thank you so much for making our special day even more special. -- Cynthia Hale

Lovely Embroidery

Kelly sent her wedding dress to have a unisex gown made for her youngest son to wear. There was such lovely embroidery and bead work that we simply had to work some of it into the collar and the front bottom of the gown.

Wedding dress christening gown

Liane,
Got the outfit!!  Love it!  Brings back wonderful memories of my wedding day.  Thank you so much for all your hard work!  I will post pictures on your Facebook page after the event on Sunday. Kelly Quaine

An Heirloom Romper

Jessica sent her mother's wedding dress to have a romper made for her son. Her mother's dress had some lovely embroidery work but the thread had rusted with age. we decided to use the embroidery work on the faux vest and it really added an heirloom touch.

Wedding dress conversion

Hi Liane,
The romper looks great! Thank you for all of your hard work. We look forward to our little man wearing it on his special day.
Thanks again,
Jessica McAuley

Maximizing the Materials

Colleen wanted to get as much from her wedding dress as possible. When you only have one, sometimes it makes sense to think about the future. We made her future grandchildren a unisex gown with a ceremonial robe. That allows her family to use the outfit for any child/granchild/great grandchild. In addition, we made a boy's confirmation tie, a bib, three kerchiefs, a pretty headband and a coursage pin that incorporated a bit of each of the major elements of her wedding dress as a keepsake.

Blessings gown

Liane,

I just wanted to follow up on my son's baptism and share my thoughts on your work.

Words cannot describe how thrilled I was to see my son wearing my wedding gown on his christening day!  You and your team did a BEAUTIFUL job maintaining the character of my gown while also creating something that will work for either a boy or a girl.  I am especially grateful for your patience and vision since I really had no idea what I wanted! You have created an heirloom for our family and I can't wait to pass this stunning creation down to my children and grandchildren. I was also really happy with the other items you created, including the handkerchiefs for my sons' future weddings (hopefully!), my son's communion tie, the flower headband and my flower pin. All have special meaning to me and I can't wait to pass them down!

I have already shared your name with so many people.  Best of luck and thank you for creating such a beautiful heirloom!! You are a gem! Thanks for sharing your talents!

Colleen Speer and family

Gown and Bubble Babe

Molly knew exactly what she wanted done with her mother's wedding dress. She wanted both a gown and a bubble romper so that her daughter could have something a bit more casual for the after-party. We were able to take full advantage of the floral elements from the original wedding dress for the bodice of the gown and created a fun little bubble complete with lacy butt.

Christening bubble

A Little Bit of Glamour

Maro sent her wedding dress to have made into a gown for her daughter and romper for future children and grandchildren. Her dress had lovely bead work all over the bodice so we captured a piece of it to put on the high waist line and on the front hem of the skirt. We used some of the embroidery on the faux vest of the romper as well.

Custom christening outfit

Beautiful Lace and Satin

Carla's wedding dress was covered in beautiful lace with beads througout. We chose to use the lace as the overskirt to the christening gown but we ended up using the lining material for the underskirt instead of the heavier satin that the WD used. This gave the gown a nice flow and kept it from getting too heavy for an infant to wear comfortably. The romper is made from the heavier satin with some of the lace on the faux vest.

Wedding dress converted to christening outfit

A Robe and Jewelry Pouch

Lisa's dress had lots of lace and sequins but she wanted a ceremonial robe that could be used for either a boy or a girl. Her gown also had a champaign color sash. We incorporated the sash as an accent to the robe as well as trimming the lovely WD satin with the lace. This took cutting the lace into workable strips. Lisa also wanted a little jewelry pouch so we made a draw-string pouch with a flower created from what was left of the sash material.

custom christening outfit

I received my son's christening gown and jewelry pouch ( both of which were made from my wedding gown), this week and couldn't be any more pleased with how beautiful each turned out! Please don't doubt the idea of having this done. You can definetly trust Fairy Godmother Creations!

A Gown, a Bonnet and a Ring Pillow

Julie sent her wedding dress to have a christening gown ad bonnet made. Her gown had some lovely buttons that we chose to put around the hem line along with a pleated ruffle. She also wanted a ring pillow to put away for the future.

Baptism outfit from wedding dress

Planning for the Future

Amy sent her wedding dress to have an outfit made for future grandchildren. We went with a unisex gown from the basic dress fabric and a sleeveless overlay to encorporate the lovely lace and overlay materials from the original dress. Topped off with a unisex bonnet, a pretty decorative corsage pin and a couple of pocket squares for her son's future wedding.

Wedding dress conversion

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the baptismal gown and all the accessories I received today. Couldn't be more happy with how everything turned out. Your work is FABULOUS!!!

 

Grandma's Dress

Jody sent her wedding dress from 1984 and a first communion dress to have outfits made for her grand children. We were able to get a lovely ensemble with a princess style gown and a romper with faux vest. The outfits were accessorized with bonnet and cap as well as panties, slip and bib.

Christening outfit from wedding dress

The package arrived today!  I am so impressed with all the garments.   My daughter is going to be so delighted when she sees them.   I can't wait to see her expression.   The quality and workmanship is superior.   They are simply gorgeous and beyond my expectations.   The pictures simply don't do them justice.   These will make the christening so very special and mean that much more.    Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication in making these special memories for our family.

Jody Toth

Pretty Flowers and Satin

Susan sent her daughter's wedding dress train to have us make an outfit for her new granddaughter. The train was plenty large enough and had a wonderful overlay of embroidered flowers and leaves. The end result was a truly unique gown.

Custom christening gown

Hi Liane,
You did an amazing job. Will post a picture from her Christening soon. Everyone loved her dress! We got so many compliments from strangers that were at the church as well! Amazing job Fairy Godmother Creations!!

Jannel Oravets

Elegant Lace and Satin

Michelle sent her mother's wedding gown from 1953 to have christening outfits made for her daughter's twins (a boy and a girl). We used the truly lovely lace for the gown skirt and sleves and as an accent on the faux vest of the romper. A bonnet and cap completed the outfits along with a little decorative pin for grandma to wear.

Blessings gown from wedding dress

Liane,

These are Beautiful!!!  Oh my goodness - can't wait to show the photo to my Mom & my daughter. Thank you so so much.  We will be sure to send photos . . . We are so impressed with the beautiful job you did creating these heirloom Christening outfits. Thank you Liane & Olga!! Michelle

These are beautiful!! Michelle is my mom and I am so excited for my boy/ girl twins to be baptized in these Thank you so much! Kristen

Lace and Buttons

Jamie sent her wedding dress to have a unisex outfit made. Her gown was made of a very heavy satin with beautiful lace work all over it. It also had a long string of buttons down the back all the way down the train. We ended up using the lining material for the Bishop style gown but ran a row of buttons down the front and gave it a nice big bib collar so that we could use some of the lace. The robe is lined and has a ribbon front closure.

Christening outfit from wedding dress

Liane, the outfit arrived today - it is truly more beautiful than I even imagined! I actually don't know if I loved it more as a wedding dress or love it more as a baptismal gown and robe! I will absolutely send you a picture of Oliver in it on his big day in a couple of weeks. What an amazing family heirloom this will be. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Jamie

Added Lace and Shiny Buttons

Amy sent the remnants of her wedding dress (mostly the skirt) to have a gown and romper made. The skirt of the WD had beaded buttons all down the front but the rest was plain satin. We suggested the addition of some lace to add contrast and help lighten the outfits. The skirt of the dress has pannels of lace inserted and we kept the row of buttons down the center. The bodice of the gown and the faux vest on the romper are both covered with lace.

My christening outfits arrived today. They are perfect!! Thank you! I will look you guys up on Facebook and write a little something and send a picture of baby in the outfit when he/she arrives! Thank you again!

Amy Bona

Christening RobeFlowing Robe

Sheila sent both her dress and her Mother's dress to have a baptism robe made for her daughter. We tried to keep the flowing feel of the original wedding dress by layering the translucent silk. The collar is trimmed with the lace from her mother's dress.

OH LIANE! ITS PRECIOUS! Thank you soo much!

I love it all! You are so talented!

Will be in touch if we have a boy next :)

And I will be reaching out (or my mother in law Judy Roller) for personal teddy bears in the near future!

thank you so much!
Sheila

 

Preserving the Lace and Overlay

Diane sent her wedding dress to have christening outfits made for future grandchildren. She loved the lace from her dress and the pleated organza so we used as much of it as we could.

Blessings gown from wedding dress

I absolutely loved the outfits when I saw them. The boys outfit was made with not only the underskirt material but painstakingly the organza was used on the outfit as well. The princess style gown is beautiful and the bonnets! I can't say enough about the wonderful, caring, experience that I had with Liane and Fairy Godmother Creations! Diane

Bows and Beads

Kelly sent her wedding dress to have a gown made for her daughter. She had a pretty good idea of what she was looking for so we tried to incorporate as many of her ideas as we could. Her gown had a lot of bead work on the bodice so we incorporated it into the dress in several areas. At her request, we also incorporated a butterfly in honor of her late mother.

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I can't thank you enough! The dress is breath taking!
The care and love that are part of this dress shows and I am so very grateful!! I will recommend you to anyone and everyone I know!! ....
Again, I am beyond thrilled and I will send pics of Reagan when the big day arrives.
Thank you!
Kelly

Christening party dressA Dress to Dance with Daddy

Jessica sent her reception dress to have a party dress made for her daughter's day. Since her daughter is already walking, we made the gown shorter. Jessica mentioned that she was looking forward to watching the father daughter dance. We also ended up adding just a bit of our own fabrics on the bodice and sleeve. Jessica also wanted a headband and a pin.

Big thanks to Fairy Godmother Creations for doing such a great job turning my wedding reception party dress into a baptism dress for Josie!!

It will look even prettier on her than it did on me :)

 

Gowns for Sisters

Meredith sent her wedding dress to have two gowns made. One for her 9-month-old daughter and one for her two-year-old daughter. Meredith's WD had a pretty light champagne color base with white overlay with pretty lace and bead work. There was enough fabric to make two elegant little gowns. The toddler gown was shorter since she was walking.

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Custom Christening gownSimple Elegance

Sabrina sent her wedding gown to have a christening outfit made for her daughter. The gown had some beautiful lace and bead work that we tried to capture in the skirt. We also preserved the tie at the waist.

Hi Liane,

I received Charlotte's christening gown today and I just wanted to let you know that you exceeded my expectations. It is absolutely beautiful. I am beyond thrilled! The bonnet is amazing too.   Thanks again for your beautiful work and I will be in touch.
Thanks again, Sabrina

 

 

 

 



Lacey Length

Lisa sent her dress to make a romper for her son and a gown for any future daughters and grandchildren. Her gown was made of a flowy satin with inset embroidered lace. We used the lace from the train on the front of the christening gown and some of the lace and buttons for the faux vest of the romper.

Christening gown and romper

Hi Liane,
I just wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you for doing such a great job on the christening outfits. They are both beautiful and the dress was incorporated into them perfectly. Noah's baptism is this weekend and I can't wait to show off his romper!
I will send you pictures of him in the outfit and include a written recommendation.
Best wishes,
Lisa

Exquisite Fabric

Theresa sent her wedding dress to have a gown, romper combo made for her soon coming first grandchild and any future grandchildren. Her gown was from 1981 and made of an absolutely beautiful soft and flowing silk. We kept the front of the gown in tact and used it for the Christening gown skirt. We used some of the lace from the bodice on the faux vest of the romper.

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Dear Liane and Olga,

Just wanted you to know that the christening outfits arrives safe and sound ! They are absolutely gorgeous ! You certainly have created new heirlooms! Thanks you so much ! My daughter is due in about 3 more weeks, and we will be sure to send pictures from the Christening ( thinking late April ).
Teresa

Liane - I am so in love with how these came out! Now my moms dress can live on in the next generation. What a way to brighten up these last long couple of weeks of pregnancy! Thank you! J.J. Storer Russo

Gown, Romper and Dress

Jennifer sent her wedding dress to have outfits made for her daughter and future sons. In addition to the christening gown, she wanted a little after-party dress.

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From a Bow

Melanie's wedding gown had a very large bow that acted as part of the train. She sent just that part to have a unisex gown made for her son. She was worried about the sizing because her son was growing fast.

Hi Liane,

I am so sorry I haven't emailed you to say thank you! But with the holidays it totally slipped my mind. THANK YOU sooo much for the christening gown for Ryan. It is PERFECT! I put it on him and its slightly big, but thats ok because I'm sure he will grow into it perfectly for the day of his christening. The length is perfect too!!! I have attached a couple of pictures for you of him in it :) Ill send you more after the actual christening.

Thank you again! I hope you had a good holiday :) Melanie

Two from Two

Darla sent me both her dress from the 1980s and her mother's dress from the 1950s to have two outfits made for her children's families. Both dresses had similarities in style. They had chiffon overlay on a lining fabric. We did a mix-n-match using elements from both dresses. The older dress from the 1950s had some lovely lace that had yellowed with age. The dress from the 1980s had some beadwork on lace. We also included bibs, headbands and decorative pins for the mothers/grandmothers to wear.

Christening gown from wedding dress

Hi Liane,
   
We are extremely happy with the outfits you and your daughter-in-law have created from my and my mother's wedding gowns - they were absolutely gorgeous/everything I had hoped for and so much more.  The creativity of design and bringing it to reality are just phenomenal.  All of my friends were so impressed and our children were very touched with the gifts we have given them to pass on for generations to come.  The way you were able to combine elements from each wedding gown into all pieces that we ordered was just what I had hoped you could do and they all turned out esquisite.  I placed each set into wooden boxes I found at Hobby Lobby that look like antiques, so it looks very heirloom-like already.  I plan to put a card in each set that explains how the sets came to be so that generations from now they will know the origin of the outfits.
 
Again, thank you so much for all that you have done to put these outfits together for us.

Take Care, Darla Klinger

wedding dress to christening gownBeautiful Ensemble

Jayme sent her beautiful wedding dress to have outfits made for her future children and grandchildren. Her dress was made of a soft, flowing satin. The bodice and hem of the skirt were covered in lace and bead work. We tried to take full advantage of the materials the dress had to offer. We made a longer gown with a full skirt and matching bonnet as well as a romper with a lined jacket and hat. The ensemble was topped off with a bib and handkerchief.

Liane,

I received my christening outfits this past week and just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful job you did. It is amazing that I can still see my dress in each of the items. My mom even cried when she saw them!  I will be passing your name to everyone I know!

Thank you again ,
Jayme

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French Wedding dressFrench Gaberdine and Lace

Mary sent her wedding dress from the 1960s to have a christening outfit made for her new granddaughter and any future grandsons. The dress was made of a quality Gaberdine with silk lining and had a relatively straight skirt. To get two outfits from it, we needed to use both the main fabric and the lining fabric. Since there wasn't any embelishments to the original WD, we added some laces to the christening gown. This also helped keep the gown from looking too heavy.

The outfits just arrived in good shape.  The mailman even made us sign for them.

They are gorgeous; she will look like a princess.  We will send you comments and pictures later.  Thank you so much.   Happy new year.   Mary

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Christening romper from wedding dress Boy's christening romper

Formal Little Man

Kristen sent the train from her wedding dress to have a romper made for her son. The train had some beautiful embroidery and bead work on it so we used some of that on the faux vest to make a formal little man suit.

This was a situation where the outfit initially ended up being too big so Kristen sent it back and we were able to bring the size in for a better fit. Although we try hard to get the size as accurate as we can, we always try to make sure that there is enough time to make emergency adjustments (which are done at no additional cost).

Dear Liane,

Thank you so much for the beautiful christening romper you made for my son Gaetano out of my wedding dress train. It was absolutely beautiful and fit him so nicely! He received so many compliments on his outfit on the day of his christening. It will be such a nice heirloom to hand down to him one day. I have attached a picture of him in his outfit that you may use on your website. Thank you again!

Thank you again. Kristen

boy christening outfitPleats and Belt

Adria's wedding dress was short and the only real ornamentation to it was a thin belt at the waist. She wanted a romper for the son she is expecting by the end of the year. It was especially important to her to use her wedding dress for this romper because her husband passed away shortly after they learned she was pregnant.

We decided to do a pleated bodice instead of a faux vest so that we could use the original belt at the waist of the romper.

"Thank you so much for the BEAUTIFUL romper, cap & bib! I absolutely love it! When I first opened the box, I saw the belt immediately & started to cry! My baby will now be able to wear what was a symbol of the love his Daddy & I shared! I can never thank you enough!" Adria

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A Son's Christening Gown

Michele sent her wedding dress to have a unisex gown made for her son to be baptised in--along with any future children or grand children. She decided she wanted an elegant "Bishop" style gown. We added pleats down the front. She also asked for a bib with his name embroidered on it.

Maris has his baptism tomorrow - thought you would appreciate these - thanks for everything - will definitely be in touch soon Michèle

What an incredible job you did - thank you!! Mary B

 

Custom, Custom, Custom

Vicki sent her daughter's wedding dress to have an outfit made for her granddaughter's baptism. The dress was covered in beautiful lace and bead work. Vicki wanted an outfit that could be worn by either a boy or a girl so we suggested a unisex gown with a ceremonial robe. That allowed us to take full advantage of all the lace and bead work. The Unisex gown is our "Bishop" style with an ornate bib collar and pleats running down the front. The robe has longer sleeves and has the lace/bead work running down the front and circling the hem. We also made a unisex bonnet and a bib to go with the outfit. There was just enough scrap fabric left for two 14" pillow shams.

Christening gown from wedding dress

Liane,

The box with the christening gown arrived safely, and I have to admit that I was nervous opening it up.  After all, we had spent a small fortune on our only daughter’s wedding dress and cutting it up was something I did  not want to think about… even though it was my idea.  So, as I slowly unwrapped the beyond-words-beautiful christening gown, coat, bonnet, and bib… I breathed an enormous sigh of relief… and cried.   My daughter, her husband and their children will have an heirloom that will endure way beyond my years.  Your design and craftsmanship is superb, and the whole ensemble will have a place in our family history.  Thank you so very much.

We will send pictures on the Christening Day of our beautiful granddaughter… and your beautiful creation!

Kindest regards, Vicki

A First Grandson's Outfit

Bernadette sent me her wedding gown to have a romper made for her first grandson as well as a kerchief for her daugther's coming wedding. Her gown had some beautiful older lace that had colored with age. We decided to use that on the faux vest of the romper. It made such a beautiful little man's outfit.

Boy's christening romper

Dear Liane,

I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart what you did for me and my family for my new grandsons christening outfit.You went way above what I thought it was going to look like, we were away and I received the box, my husband and I both sat in such a state when we saw what you made from my gown. it is so beautiful and unique I can't tell you how I felt. I sat and cried on how it turned out. you are right it is an heirloom and hopefully many generations will wear this outfit. the cap was also perfect. I love the bonnets but for this outfit that cap is going to look great.

Also thank you for the bib, I cried with that too, it is so perfect.

I will take pictures of my grandson at his christening and will certainly send you some and write a note about what you did for us. your work is superb and I already have been telling people about you and your web site.

Also thank  you so much for the handkerchief you made, I will be giving that to my daughter at her bridal shower at the end of this month and I know for certain she will carry it with her with pride, she always loved my gown and said it was a shame that people don't do anything with their wedding dresses. so when she sees what I did she will be thrilled.

Don't you worry if I have a grand daughter you better be ready with your magic cause I will be calling on you. Thank you again for everything ...

Bernadette

So thankful I found your site on the computer.

Keeping the Style

Stacey wanted her daugther's christening gown to have the same overall style as her wedding dress. The sleeveless champaign WD had a full skirt with gathers that had pearl beads at the gathesr. In order to bring the gown proportionally right for a little one to wear, we (I mean Olga :)) had to re-create the gathers at a smaller size. With a July baptism planned, making the gown sleeveless made sense.

Wedding dress christening gown

Liane,
 
I received my daughter's gown in the email and was amazed!!! It is absolutely gorgeous!  You were able to turn my wedding gown into an exact smaller version for my daughter.  You kept all the details, ornamental elements, and created a gathered skirt.  The bonnet matched perfectly with all the beading and fine details as well.  I couldn't be more happier and will recommend your services to anyone and everyone!! I will send you pictures soon!
 
Stacy Donohue

custom christening romperElegance in Two tones

Lisa's dress was two-toned using white and champagne. She wanted a boy's romper for her son's baptism but also wanted a gown and robe for future children or grandchildren. We tried to capture all of the bead work possible. Using the faux vest allows us to put some of the more ornamental elements from the original dress into the boy's outfit.

We also created a unisex bonnet but added a little pin-backed element that can be attached for a girl.

Hi Liane-

I apologize for taking so long to THANK YOU for the wonderful job that you did turning my wedding dress into three stunning christening outfits.  The girls dress and ceremonial robe turned out absolutely beautiful!!!  And the romper with the faux vest that my son just wore at his baptism was just gorgeous!

As I had mentioned before, the baptismal gown that I had worn over 35 years ago was made from my grandmother’s wedding dress.  I had always thought that it was such a selfless sentiment, and a beautiful way to use a dress that would probably never be worn again.  I am so honored that I could do the same.  I am glad that I now have a one-of-a-kind heirloom to pass down to son (and hopefully future children!).

I’ve attached a couple of pictures from my son’s baptism, as well as a few pictures from my wedding 3 years ago.  It is amazing how I can still see my wedding dress in the new outfits that you’ve created.  You truly did a wonderful job.

Thanks again-

Lisa Kilbane

custom baptism romper

Polka Dots and Lace

Shanyn sent me her late mother's wedding gown to be made into outfits for her future grandchildren. Her mother's gown was covered in a polkadot organza and lace. It made for an adorable girl's gown. Shanyn asked for a shorter gown, which worked well for getting both a gown and a romper from the wedding dress.

Hi Liane,

I got the christening outfits in the mail yesterday. Thank you SO much! They are amazing and something my family will treasure for many years! Thank you!!
Shanyn

Baptismal outfit from wedding dress

wedding dress conversion

We were home for the baptism of our neice,  a few weeks ago, and I thought I would send you pictures of her in the gown you made.  It is beautiful and got so many compliments!  Thank you again so much!

Lacey Princess

Janet's dress was very elegant and covered in lace and beautiful beadwork. She wanted a baptism gown for her daughter that was "girly". I used my princess style. That allowed me to create the basic skirt from the lighter-weight lining fabric from Janet's WD. I put an inset in the skirt front of mesh with beadwork and trimmed it with the lace from Janet's veil. Then, I added an overlay to the skirt from the mesh and beadwork of the original WD that opens in the front, framing the inset to the skirt below. The beadwork presented quite a challenge to my sewing machine (I busted 8 needles on this gown) but the final outcome was worth the work.

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Fancy Girl's Gown

Hi Liane, I just got the dress and it is absolutely beautiful! Definately a work of art! I will definately send you a picture of my baby from her baptism so you can see how it looks on . I will absolutely recommend you to anyone who asks. I'm sure many people from church will ask me where I got it once they see how beautiful she looks!

Thanks again for all your hard work (and I"m sorry about all your broken needles!) . I'll be sending you some pictures in a few weeks. Until then, have a nice holiday season!

Janet

Antique Satin and Lace

Stacey sent me the wedding dress that originally belonged to her mother--and that she had worn for her own wedding as well. She wanted it turned into an outfit for her grandson's upcoming baptism.

The WD was made with beautiful off-white satin and a lacey overlay on the skirt. Stacey decided she wanted a unisex gown with a removable lace overlay.

The satin worked well with the bishop style. I added lace to the collar and sleeve but otherwise left the basic gown relatively plain. The sleeveless overlay fits right over the gown and has a snap closure. I trimmed the lace with some antique trim I had and I created a satin rose to cover the snap. It tucks out between the collar. I also made a satin rose from the dress fabric and put a pin back on it so that it can be put on to the bonnet to make the bonnet more feminine should Stacey have a granddaughter some day.

Custom christening gown

Oh my goodness. It made me cry. You are so unbelievably talented! It looks fabulous .

Oh my goodness, it is so gorgeous. I carried it with me all day and showed everyone and promoted your expertise! Thanks again for doing it so fast. No one can believe it!

(The second outfit) is as amazing as the first! It is truly an heirloom and I am excited to have it in my possession for my future grandchild! Thank you so much for sharing your extraordinary talent! Here are a couple of pics from the baptism.

Stacey

Unisex Gown with Ornate Overlay

Stephanie sent me her wedding dress looking for a Christening Gown for her son's upcoming Christening. She wanted a unisex gown with both a boy and girl bonnet with thoughts toward the future. The dress she sent was a full-length gown with train made of a heavy satin. There was lovely bead work on the front of the dress and the entire dress was covered with an overlay of tulle and bead work.

Although a unisex gown is usually kept rather plain, I decided to use the bead work on the satin from the original dress. I used the more masculine collar, pleating and cuff sleeve. The satin was too heavy to allow for gathers at the waist so I used an A-line skirt. However, the final look was just a bit too heavy for a baby so I added a thin, tulle overlay trimmed in satin just to soften it a little.

When I was done with the dress and bonnets, there was all this lovely bead work left from the original dress so I decided to use it in a removable overlay in hopes that Stephanie might have a daughter, granddaughter or niece to wear it some day.

Custom baptism gown

Liane,
I can't believe how beautiful this gown is--you have FAR exceeded any expectations I had for using my wedding dress to have a christening gown made for my children. You are so talented, and I can't thank you enough for your time, effort, creativity and eye for detail! And the ornate overlay--it's amazing! I told my husband that we MUST have a daughter to wear this overlay and bonnet because it's too exquisite to pack away for grandchildren.

You have a VERY, VERY satisfied customer in me. For my children and their children who I hope will cherish this heirloom gown and bonnets for generations to come, thank you. Thank you for creating for them something so, so special that's such a part of me.

Stephanie

wedding dress beforeButtons and Satin

Brandie wanted a christening gown for her daughter's upcoming baptism. However, she decided she also wanted something that could be used for a boy in the future. Her dress was an eligant satin gown with very little ornamentation to it. The primary decorative feature was a long row of buttons down the back from neck to the hem of the train.

The satin was very heavy and didn't lend itself well for a gown skirt so I decided to use the lining fabric from the dress for the christening gown skirt and sleeves but use the satin for the bodice. Since there wasn't any lace or trim to work with, Brandie gave me the go ahead to add a little if I saw fit. I wanted to keep to a simple elegance since that is what the original dress had but I also wanted to create something that would fit a little girl. I found some delicate lace that I was able to use with the veil netting to create an over-skirt and I trimmed the bodice and sleeves with satin ribbon.

I used the heavier satin for the robe because the straight lines of the robe could handle the heavier material. The string of buttons from the back of the original dress made a nice accent for the hem of the robe--along with some of the lace I used on the gown.

There were still some buttons left so I used them on the bonnet as a decoration along the brim.

Custom christening gown

custom christening outfitHello Liane!
We had (our daughter's) baptism last month and she looked beautiful in the lovely robe, gown, and bonnet you created for her.  Here are a few photos I thought you might like to have.
Best, Brandie

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When your package arrives, I take a quick look at the dress to make sure there isn't anything that would keep me from getting you what you want. Then, I'll send you a quick email or phone call to let you know the dress made it safely.

Usually, there is a project or two being worked on so it can be a week or two before you hear from me again. When I'm ready to start your project, I'll make an assessment of the materials the wedding dress will yield and will thumbnail sketch an overall approach. Using those thumbnails and/or photos of projects that have similar design elements, I'll contact you with an outline of my plan.

From there, we disassemble the original dress, trying to conserve as much of the materials we plan to use as possible. Disassembly can take numerous hours--especially if we're trying to rescue beaded lace without losing too many beads. If you have asked for the left-over materials, we set aside any parts we don't plan to use. If there are stains we need to avoid, we will also cut around those so that they don't accidentally get included.

Once the available materials are in working condition, we start cutting and sewing until the outfit is done. Sometimes the final outfit does not completely follow the original plan. It is hard to tell how much useable materials there will be until the dress is disassembled. Sometimes seams fall at just the wrong angle or width or lace elements fall in just the wrong place so we have to adjust the width or length of the skirt. If there is less fabric than I had anticipated, we may have to change course. Once in a great while, one of us will cut a piece wrong and there is no undoing a mistake so I simply have to take a new approach. However, the final outcome is always professional.

What Sizes do you offer?

Newborn (weight 8-12 lbs, height 18-24", intended for 0-3 months)
Small (weight 13-15 lbs, height 25-27" intended for 3-6 months)
Medium (weight 16-18 lbs, height 27-29" intended for 6-12 months)
Large (weight 19-21 lbs, height 29-32" intended for 12-18 months)

If you need a larger size, we can do that, just ask about it.

What is the best way to pack my wedding dress for shipping?

Wedding dresses can be expensive to ship if you have your dress in a preservation box. However, the dress will travel well in the mail if you simply roll it up like a sleeping bag and put it in the smallest box it will fit in. Don't worry about crushing it. We know how to get any wrinkles out and it isn't going to be in the box for very long. If you want to save a bit in shipping expense, cut any netting that may have been used on the under-skirt to give the skirt fullness. That netting is too rough to use on a baby outfit so it is often the part that gets sent back if you ask for the remnants to be returned--why pay to have it shipped in the first place?.

You will find UPS or the US Postal Service to have the least expensive shipping options. UPS and USPS each have a regular routine and their drivers know our business and deliver within a specific time frame each day so we know not to run errands at certain times of the day.

If you're shipping using Fedex, please try and send a quick email letting us know. Fedex has only one driver for the entire Dayton area and they don't come at any set time of the day so, if we happen to have stepped out to run errands when they came by, they won't leave the package even though we have a secure place for them to do so. It means we will wait another 24 hours for them to try and deliver again.

I would like to get both a girl's outfit and a boy's outfit, what are my options?

There are a couple of possible options:

  1. We can make a unisex gown with both a boy bonnet and a girl bonnet. This allows us to use the more feminine elements of the original dress in the girl's bonnet.

  2. If there is enough fabric, we can make both a dress and a romper (see the samples above), however, that takes a full dress with train and enough opaque fabric. If there isn't enough fabric for both, we can use some matching fabrics in stock to augment the fabric from the original dress. We try to use the dress fabrics for the primary garments and the secondary fabrics as base slips and accents. This approach may require an additional materials fee.

  3. For dresses that have a lot of lace and ornamentation, we can create a unisex gown with a detacheable overlay or vest (see the examples above). This has become a very popular option for people with ornate dresses.

  4. Another option is to get a custom christening robe made from your wedding dress instead of a gown or jumper. Ceremonial robes are traditionally more ornate so we can use the embelishments from the original dress and yet it can be used for either a girl or a boy. The robe can go over any standard christening gown or jumper--ask about having a standard jumper or gown made to go with the robe.

How do I know what the final outfit will look like?

You don't. You can get an idea of our work from the examples here on this web site. I can assure you that the final outfit will be made with high quality and attention to detail. However, each wedding dress that comes to us is individual. When we sit down to work on your outfit, we will sketch out plans to show you before we actually start cutting anything. We want your input while also taking into context the amount and types of useable materials--along with whether you want a girl's outfit, a boy's outfit or both.

We'Il use the same overall patterns for every project so you can see some similarities. However, we adapt the patterns to use the materials from the original dress. If there is lace and bead-work, we try to use it in a way that makes sense. If the fabric is heavy, we will use an a-line skirt or the Bishop style, if the fabric is soft enough to hang well, we will use a full, gathered skirt unless you request something different. Every finished outfit is unique and made to be a family heirloom.

If you want to see specifically some before and after photos, check out our Transitions Gallery

How much time do you spend on a gown?

An average girl's gown takes about 18-20 hours to make. It isn't just the actual making of the gown, it is also the task of using materials that have already been formed into a dress to begin with. It can take hours to detach lace, beadwork and appliques enough to be able to re-task them. These elements tend to be fragile so we can't just rip them off, we usually have to detach them one sewn thread at a time. In addition, we're not working with flat, straight fabric from the bolt. we're working with fabric that has seams and is usually on angles so it can take hours of pattern manipulation to get large enough areas of fabric without seams or buttons that would show up in the final gown.

What do you do with the leftover materials?

If there are left-over materials from the original dress, we do not normally keep them. Most of the time, any real useable materials are used up and all that is left is netting or tulle and I simply have no use for it. If you want them, there is a place on the order form to let me know and I will ship them back with the final outfit. Otherwise I will toss them because they simply aren't useable for any other projects that I may work on. If you do choose to have the remnants shipped back, there is a good chance the most of what comes back is the under-skirt netting.

My wedding dress is stained, will you clean it?

Unfortunately, we're not able to offer cleaning services. If we receive a dress with stains, we try to work around any stained areas.

How long are the gowns ?

The length varies depending on the amount of useable fabric we can get from the dress. If we're trying to conserve fabric, the length is the primary place we can do so. Unless someone specifies a classic length (which would hang an inch or so longer than the infant's feet) we try to get a longer, modern length (30"-36") if the fabric is available to do so.

Do you make gowns for boys ?

We have a couple of options for boys. Instead of a lacy collar, we can use more of a "tuxedo"look with an over vest or, the "Bishop" style has a more masculine look to it while still allowing us to add some of the original wedding dress embelishments. We can also make a boy's romper instead of a gown.

How long can I expect to wait before my gown arrives?

Most orders take about five to six weeks from the day we receive the materials to the day the finished outfit is shipped out. It really depends on what we have going on. If there is a short deadline and you need it sooner than four weeks, rush services can be available at an additional charge. If you have a specific date you need the garment by, we will not accept the order unless I believe we can get it to you in time.

 

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