Let us turn your wedding dress into a First Communion outfit for your young one to wear. We now offer girl’s gowns, dresses and veils and boy’s vests and ties. As we have the opportunity, we will add more items in this line so, as always, feel free to ask about something if you don’t see it here.
Here are the First Communion Products We Currently Offer
Girl’s First Communion Gowns and Dresses
We can create a longer, formal gown or a shorter dress. It depends on how much fabric your wedding dress has to offer and what you are wanting to have made. Since fit and style are far more customized for a child of this age, we aren’t currently offering specific styles. We will design the dress/gown based on the materials from your dress and what you tell us you want. We can augment your fabrics if needed.
A gown or dress will run between $300-$650 depending on the length, design and materials involved. Mostly what drives the price up is when we need to add extra lace, fabrics or bead work. Or when hand bead work is required to get the look you are after. If no extra materials are required and we can use whatever ornamental elements without having to re-work them (particularly bead work), then the price stays at the base price.
- Knee length starts at $300,
- Mid length at $350 and
- Long starts at $400.
We will create an overall design approach and give you an accurate estimate before the work gets under way.
She might like something sleeveless for the communion after party, but need something to cover her shoulders or arms in church. A lovely bolero jacket gives her the best option.
Boy’s Communion Vest with Tuxedo Collar and Tie Combo $150
Save a little bit and get our popular boy’s communion vest with tuxedo collar and tie combination. We can use some of the ornamental elements from your wedding dress, or we can keep things clean and plain. Either way, your son will have an heirloom communion vest and tie for his special day.
Boy’s Communion Vest $85-$110
We offer a boy’s standard communion vest or a vest with tuxedo style lapel. A vest can be used with any suit or even over a dress shirt. We can use some of the more decorative elements of your wedding dress on the front or on the lapel, or we can keep it plain.
- Boy’s Standard Vest $85
- Boy’s Vest w/Tuxedo Collar $110
Boy’s Communion Ties
Girl’s Communion Veil $85-$110
We can reduce your original veil or create a new one from the materials of your wedding dress and veil or even create one from our own materials to match the gown we make from your wedding dress.
Child’s Purse $55
This cute purse is based on one of our favorite patterns. It has a snap front closure and you can adjust the strap tie.
Matching Doll Communion Dress $65
This option was requested recently and we thought it was a fun option. We will make a miniature version of the communion gown for your daughter’s favorite doll. We currently have patterns to fit the American Girl or Cabbage Patch Dolls. What a lovely heirloom to have.
Jewelry Pouch $40
A great keepsake for a young girl, a godmother or a future bride. We make a simple, draw-string pouch that can hold make-up or jewelry on a special occasion (weddings, communions, christenings) and can be used to store special items afterward.
Each pouch is custom made from the materials you send us. We can add our own embellishment if you want though. The final pouch stands about 6″-7″ making it a nice little holder for jewelry or make-up for that special occasion. It has a snap closure with a pull ribbon that acts as a wrist strap. Click Here to find it on one of our order forms
Kerchiefs/Pocket Squares $28
Kerchiefs made from mom’s wedding dress make a lovely keepsake for First Communion. They are also a way to give your son/grandson something from your dress for his future wedding day. We’ve even made kerchiefs that were put into shadow boxes as a decorative gift that could be taken out and used by a future generation.
We have the ability to add simple embroidery ( mostly initials, names, dates) to the Kerchief or Pocket Square. We can also create a satin label with the child’s name and communion date and attach it to the inside lining of the vest or skirt of the gown. Our embroidery hoop has a 4″ maximum space this limits us not only in number of characters in a line, but also limits us to three lines and our fonts are limited. We charge $18 per line 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).
If you don’t see an accessory you want listed here, please just ask about it.
How To Order
Access the PDF order from by clicking on the image or link. Send your wedding dress, along with the order form and a $100 deposit. Include any information that you may have been thinking in terms of style and what it is you want. Once I receive the dress, I will contact you to discuss your options. Then I will create a design sketch based on what we’ve discussed and email the sketch to you. Once we’ve established the design (and estimated costs) the cutting and sewing will begin. Feel free to email me in advance to discuss what it is you are wanting. I don’t like to try and design an outfit without the wedding dress materials in hand because I don’t know how the original dress was made or how easy/difficult the materials will be to use until I see them. However, I understand how hard it is to send your wedding dress off to a stranger without knowing something about what it is I’ll be doing with it so I am happy to discuss it over the phone and through email in advance.
To discuss your project or to make a reservation:
Fairy Godmother Creations
1001 E Second St #3140
Dayton OH 45402
Reservations are recommended, we work on each project in the order they come in unless different arrangements have been made.
Jolene Sodano wanted to have her daughter’s First Communion dress designed using the remnants of her wedding dress. We had already created a christening gown for her youngest daughter from the dress.
Although there was quite a bit of material to use, we did have to augment it to get the overall look we were after. Jolene gave us a year to create this outfit. I was able to use that time to find just the right trims, laces and matching satins to get the gown that her daughter dreamed of being able to wear.
To be honest, I felt like I was shipping off a personal masterpiece.
The long gown had spaghetti straps that were covered in beads with a beaded belt. We added a bolero jacket to conform with the Church’s requirement that shoulders be covered A simple veil with matching lace and a comb with some of the same beading as the belt. An outfit for her doll as well as a corsage for Mom to wear.
It IS a Masterpiece! You are absolutely amazing and I cannot thank you enough for the beautiful dresses you created for our daughters! I am in awe of this dress! It’s even more gorgeous in person! Thank you so much!!! Jolene
Jessie Duckro brought the remnants from her wedding dress to have a vest and tie made for her second son. We had made a First Communion vest and tie for older son a year ago so it was a privilege to make a second one.
Priscilla Peek sent the shawl from her wedding dress to have this vest and tie combo made for her son’s First Communion. We incorporated some of the beads from the shawl into both the vest and the tie. In this case, we had to augment the translucent organza from the shawl with some satin of our own.
Lauren Bricker sent her wedding dress to have converted for her daughter’s First Communion gown. Lauren’s dress was very ornate and rather heavy so I adapted a design that allowed us to really use the ornamental elements while making the gown lighter and younger. I was worried about the fitting on this because Lauren’s daughter was thin and tall. However, on the first fitting it fit perfectly so this project went very smoothly.
Heather Rand sent her wedding dress to have a First Communion gown made for her daughter. She wanted us to maximize the embroidered mesh from the skirt. The original WD had a strapless bodice. We couldn’t go strapless because the shoulders need to be covered so we use the mesh for covering. I was worried about the fitting because the measurements seemed a little unusual and, as it turns out, at the fitting stage, the dress turned out to be too large. Happily, there is a fitting stage worked in so Heather was able to communicate to me where things needed to be changed and I was able to make those adjustments. We also made a veil and a gown for her daughter’s doll.
Josh, got married and his fiancé Karissa asked if I would make the flower girls’ dresses. She presented me with some turquoise lining fabric to use. The fabric was challenging to get to look right with the pattern she wanted and I ended up adding some silver fabric. However, I think the dresses came out cute. Now, getting these two little girls to stand still together in order to get a picture turned out to be impossible.
Do I Need to Get the Wedding Dress Cleaned Before Sending?
If your wedding dress has a lot of dirt and staining–especially along the hem. Then I recommend getting it cleaned before sending it. I do not offer full cleaning services and simply don’t have the facilities to clean a whole dress. If you send the dress without cleaning, I try to work around any stains or heavy dirt but it limits what I can use of the dress materials. If there is a section of a dress that has some staining/discoloration and we want to use that section, I will cut the section I want to use and try hand washing it. Most of the time, I can get age stains, some wine and loose dirt out this way. However, deep stains–like mud/dirt on the hem and train need professional treatment. If my staff and I have to wash sections of a dress, there will be a cleaning fee of $40-$60 depending on how much washing is needed. At the design stage, I’ll let you know if washing is going to be needed to get you what you want.
How do I ensure the dress will fit properly?
The easiest way is to make sure you get accurate measurements for us to work with. There is space on the order form for specific measurements. We will be using those measurements to set up our dress forms. As long as we have accurate measurements to begin with, we should be pretty close. There is a fitting stage worked into our process as well. Once the basic construction of the gown is done, I will send the gown along with instructions and some tools for letting me know where there may need to be adjustments.
How much is shipping going to cost from beginning to end?
You can expect the following possible shipping costs:
- Shipping the initial wedding dress & order = $15-$30 depending on currier service
- Shipping of dress to you for fitting = about $15 (included in the initial price)
- Shipping the dress back to FGC after fitting = about $15
- Shipping the final dress to you = about $15 (plus anything for any additional items ordered)