Trust the Fairy Godmother to convert your wedding dress
into an heirloom quality christening or baptismal gown.
Our 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
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.
standard rompers can include a faux vest or a
pleated front bodice with snap crotch. To learn
more, click on the picture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
an elegant fully-lined jacket to complete the look.
Click on the photo for more information.
an ornate vest to complete the look. Click on
the photo for more information.
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
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
Simple panties made from the wedding dress
fabrics complete the outfit.
Girl Booties $35
Add a pair of custom girl booties to complete
Our basic bib is roomy to protect baby's clothing.
Add embroidered name or initials for $15 more.
Boy Booties $35
Add a pair of custom boy booties to complete
Bow Pin $12
A simple bow tie pin is a great finish to
your little one's outfit
Kerchief or Pocket Square $25
A traditional item for Mom or Godmother,
we offer a 10"x10" kerchief using
elements from your WD.
Pin Corsage $20
We hand-make flowers to create a pin that
can be worn as a corsage keepsake.
It can also be attached to the unisex
bonnet to make it dressier for a girl.
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 chid'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
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 (3943 Old Troy Pike,
Dayton, OH 45404).
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.
don't see an accessory you want listed here, please
just ask about it.
If you don't have any questions, you can simply:
Fill out the form and send it, along with your
dress and payment to:
3943 Old Troy PIke
Dayton, Ohio 45404
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.
Because christenings are usually on a specific
time frame, I will need to know the date you
would need the finished gown by.
For some reason, AOL doesn't
always allow my emails through. If you have
emailed me and don't receive a response within
24 hours, it means I either didn't get your
email, or my response did not make it to you.
You can also call me at 937-231-5025
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
Intended for 0-3 mos.
weight 8-12 lbs, height 18-24"
for 3-6 mos.
weight 13-15 lbs, height 25-27"
Intended for 6-12 mos.
weight 16-18 lbs, height 27-29"
for 12-18 months.
weight 19-21 lbs, height
If you need a larger size, we can do that,
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.
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.
and with a Hat
sent her wedding dress to have a christening dress
made for her granddaughter. Since her granddaughter
is almost a year old, she didn't want a long gown.
We ended up adding just a bit of satin as an accent
to the WD fabric and used some of the floral applique
from her dress along the waist. The hat used a
bit of satin and a larger floral piece.
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.
A Robe and Jewelry
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.
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.
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
Lace and a Cross
sent me her mother's dress to have a unisex gown
was a pretty off-white with a hint of peach and
had a lace bolero. We used the lace for the collar
and added an embroidered cross
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.
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.
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.
We both absolutely love the dress, bonnet and headband! Everything came out beautiful!
Thank you so much!
Working with Remnants
Chelsey sent the remnants of her wedding dress. She
had already had a blessing gown made for her daughter
and needed an outfit for her son. The remnants
were pretty plain with the exception of a very
small piece that had some beading on it. We suggested
the addition of a contrast fabric and used the
beads on the faux vest.
Two Outfits for
Deana wanted two christening gown outfits from
her wedding dress for her daughters' families.
We had to make the gowns
just toe length, but they came out very pretty
with all of the lace we had to work with.
Elegant Lace and
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.
These are Beautiful!!! Oh
my goodness - can't wait to show the photo to
my Mom & my
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
sent her wedding dress to have a unisex outfit
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.
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
Amy sent the remnants of her wedding
(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!
From the Train
Lauren sent just the train to her wedding dress
to have a christening gown made for her daughter. The
fabric was very heavy so we stayed with an A-line
skirt and took advantage of the lovely embroidery.
Thanks Liane!!! It looks
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!
And I will be reaching out (or my mother in law Judy
Roller) for personal teddy bears in the near future!
Will be in touch if we have a boy next :)
thank you so much!
Lace and Overlay
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.
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
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
I can't thank you enough! The dress is breath
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.
A Dress to Dance
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
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.
Made to Order
Marsha wanted a quality heirloom christening
outfit for her grandson. She did not send a wedding
dress, instead we made this romper, hat and booties
outfit using some of our own quality materials.
We have a lovely selection of fabrics and laces
to make quality heirloom christening outfits from.
Tracy sent her wedding dress to have a gown made
for her daughter's christening and a romper for
future son (s). Her dress was covered in crystals
and embroidery. The heavier satin worked best in
an a-line skirt.
This was a situation in which there was a fit
issue. We try to get the fit right based on the
information we receive, but once in a great whle
adjustments are needed. Tracy loved the outfit
but the gown was too big so she sent it back and
we were able to make adjustments to the fit well
in time for the big event.
Heres our beautiful baby Ella in
the beautiful Baptism dress you made her from
my wedding gown. Thank you so much for providing
this service. It made the day even more special
for us and we got so many comments of how beautiful
the dress is and how people thought this was
such a great idea and special thing to
Cotton Lace and
Wendy sent her gown to have a custom christening
gown and bonnet made from it. Her gown was made
of cotton with pretty lace and pin pleats. We tried
to keep as much of the original skirt lace as possible.
OMG! It is absolutely gorgeus!!!!!!! It
is more beautiful than I imagined. Thank
you so much.
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
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
Thanks again, Sabrina
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.
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.
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.
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 ).
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.
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
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
Two from Two
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
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
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.
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 ,
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
in Satin and Lace
Carrie's sent her wedding dress
to have gowns made for her twin daughters. Her
wedding dress was an elegant gown made of heavy
satin with beautiful rouching. There
wasn't much ornamentation to it so we suggested
adding a little satin and some delicate lace trim.
The outfits were finished off with a headband.
Thank you very much for making my daughters baptismal
gowns! They are perfect!! I can't wait for them
to be worn on that very special day in our family.
Perhaps one of the reasons these gowns mean so
much to me is this...
I always knew this is what I wanted to do with
my wedding dress. When I found out I was pregnant
with twins I thought my dream was not going to
be able to come true. But I kept hoping and praying
that it would. One Sunday after church, while having
family brunch, I told my parents what I hoped to
do for my daughters. My tougher than nails dad
began to cry (prior to that afternoon, I had only
ever seen my dad cry about a handful of times)
He thought that was just the coolest thing ever!!!
He then shared with me, a dream he had about the
twins wearing red shoes and chasing him all over
=) made my heart melt! I could already picture
it in my head, how special their day would be.
It was week 25 of the pregnancy,
and on April 10, my dad passed away. He was a
cardiac, diabetic, kidney dialysis patient, and
only 60 years old. That night, all I kept thinking
about was my girls, my dad, and their special
Fast forward to now, and I can honestly say...
You have exceeded my expectations, and made one
of my most special dreams come true! For that,
from the bottom of my heart... THANK YOU!!!
PS, the girls will be wearing red converse sneakers
under their beautiful gowns =)
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).
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
Emily sent her
wedding dress to have a gown made for her daughter
and a romper made for future sons and grandsons. Her
WD had lovely embroidery in the front and down
the back and the train. We used that to form a
cascade on the front of the gown skirt. To help
keep things tidy, we added a waist tie that makes
a big soft bow in the back. For the romper, we
went with a faux vest so taht we could use some
of the emboidery work. The outfits were completed
with a girl's headband and a boy's cap.
Pleats and Belt
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 ...
So thankful I found your site on the computer.
Fairy Princess and
Megan's gown did not contain a lot of ornamentation. It
was made of lovely satin and had some bands of
beeds along the bodice and straps. It also had
a long line of buttons down the back. We used the
bead pieces at the waist and collar of the gown
and on the faux vest of the romper. We added the
tulle from her veil to the gown to give it a youthful,
You were on my to do list. Things are crazy but
I wanted to say thank you! We love both outfits
and can't wait for her big day. They are gorgeous
and I can't wait for new memories to made in
the dress. Thank you!!!
Keeping the Style
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.
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
sent her wedding dress to have outfits made for
grandchildren. The dress had lace in cascading
rows down the front. We preserved that part of
the dress and put some of the lace applique from
the bodice on to the sleeves and waist of the christening
gown and on the faux vest of the romper.
Laura also wanted some kerchiefs made from the
The christening outfits arrived
are stunning. I can't wait to see all of
my adorable future grandchildren in them. The
quality was very good, the seams are all smooth
so as not to scratch delicate skin, I really appreciated
that attention to detail. The fancy girls
gown looks like a little miniature of the oringinal
wedding dress, amazing. I also loved the
little boys romper, so little man and not at all
feminine with the touches of trim from the wedding
gown on the vest. The bib was a great place
to use the cameo of lace embroidery that was on
my original dress. Thanks again it was such
a fun process. I look forward to showing all of
my friends your wonderful work.
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.
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
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.
Polka Dots and
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
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
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!
Carol's dress had some beautiful old lace to work
with and an organza overlay. We decided to use
the "Angel" style for the girl's gown. This give
us the chance to create and over-skirt that highlighted
the lace. We also incorporated some of the lace
from the WD bodice on to the vest of the boy's
Liane, the gown
and romper arrived on 2/29. Guess where I was? My grandson
was born in Cincinnati on 2/29. I was so excited
to open your package when I returned. The romper
and gown are beautiful!! Thank you so much. My
grandson was only 5 lbs. 9 oz. and my only concern
is that the romper will be too large come May. Any
suggestions if he doesn't grow enough by then?
Thanks again, Carol
A note from Liane: Getting
the right size is something I work very hard at.
My size chart is meant for "average" size and growth
rate. With newborns, it is impossible to know how
fast they are going to grow. Children grow at their
own rate. If you have concerns about fit, or are
unsure what size to order, please let me know.
I will do everything I possibly can to get you
the right size outfit for your little one.
Carolee's wedding dress was from 1965. She wanted
a christening gown for her granddaughter made from
it. The WD's primary ornamentation was a cascade
of beautiful antique Belgian lace down the front
of the skirt. We kept that lace and used it in
a similar way on the skirt of the christening gown.
Other than a soft organza tie at the waist that
makes a big soft bow in the back, we kept the ornamentation
simple and elegant.
Just to let you know we received
the gown today and it is lovely. Lisa loves it
which is even more important! I will send you
a picture with the baby in it and will hand out
the brochures, as I am certain there will be
people at church that will want them.
Thanks again for the wonderful job you did and
for this unique service you provide. God Bless.
Jennifer sent me her dress to have
christening gowns made for her twin daughters.
Her girls were born prematurely and so she wanted
my smaller newborn size. In order to get two gowns
from the one dress, I had to cut them a bit shorter
than normal but we were still able to get two long-enough
outfits. The original WD had some lovely bead-work
at the bodice and straps that we used on the princess
waist line and as a little element on the bonnets.
I just wanted to tell you what a beautiful day
we had today - the day of our twin daughters' Baptisms
- thanks in large part to the beautiful dresses
you created for them out of my wedding dress. They
looked absolutely precious in their gowns, and
I can't begin to tell you the number of compliments
we received when everyone saw our girls wearing
them. Thank you, thank you again for the beautiful
heirloom dresses you made for us. I am so glad
I have them to hand down for generations to come.
God bless you,
Basic Girl's Gown
Keeping the Original Hem
Amy's gown had some beautiful floral applique
work that I tried to capture in the christening
gown. The original dress was pretty heavy and had
a scalloped hem. I kept the hem and worked the
applique into a design element that flowed down
the front into a cascade of floral lace.
My greatest thanks for creating such a beautiful
baptismal gown! Lucy looked beautiful in
it! Family and friends (and even
people I did not know) came up to me after the
baptism and commented on how beautiful the dress
was and what a unique and wonderful idea to
create the gown out of my wedding dress. I've
told everyone I know about you and what a wonderful
job you did! Thank you for creating the dress
so quickly... and over your holiday... so
that it would be ready for the baptism! What
an amazing creation to pass on in my family!...
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
Oh my goodness. It made me
cry. You are so unbelievably talented! It looks
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
What is the best way to pack my wedding dress
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
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
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
I would like to get both a girl's outfit and
a boy's outfit, what are my options?
are a couple of possible options:
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
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
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.
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
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
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?
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?
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
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 ?
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 ?
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
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.