Gifts That Tie Generations Together

Dayton Business Enters Chase $100,000 Grant Contest

FGC contest photoPress Release 05/30/15

Dayton is full of unique, small businesses and Fairy Godmother Creations (FGC) is one of them. FGC is a custom heirloom sewing business in Dayton Ohio that specializes in re-tasking people’s heirloom garments. Their primary services include turning wedding dresses into christening outfits and first communion outfits, turning old fur coats and clothing into memory teddy bears.  Owner Liane Wagner has entered FGC in the Mission Main Street Grants contest and is looking for help getting the 250 votes needed to push her business into the next phase.

When asked why FGC should be supported, she replied “That kind of investment could really help push FGC to the next step in our growth.  We’ve been growing organically since day one.  FGC has always been self-funded, but that makes growth slow.  Even so, our business is growing.  We are located in the city and we’ve brought a couple more jobs into the city.  The jobs we bring can’t be outsourced and our customer base is from all over the US and Canada so we bring new money into the area.”

When asked exactly what she would do with the grant money if she wins, she had a specific wish list in mind:

“Well, an influx of $100,000 would allow us to add real, commercial grade sewing machines.  We currently use small machines that wear out quickly but I’ve not had the capital to invest in solid, commercial grade machines.  It would also help us add some new people to our staff because we could afford the sewing stations needed to support new staff.  In addition, I really want to be able to increase my studio space and add a show room so that we can take better advantage of the local and regional market and add a small retail component.  We currently have people driving in from Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Kentucky so I know people are willing to come a distance to drop off their wedding dress or fur coat”

“As local, small businesses grow, so does the overall economy of Dayton so I’m hoping the community will help push me to the next phase of the contest”

For those willing to vote for FGC, here is the contest page address:  https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/46645  where you can cast your vote.  For more information about FGC, go to their web site at www.fairygodmothercreations.com.

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Fairy Godmother Creations added 3 new photos.

Janice sent most of her mother's wedding dress to have us make special Christmas ornaments from it for friends and family. The dress was made from a lovely older satin but the satin was too heavy to wrap over a foam ball like our normal ornaments so we had to come up with a different option. I chose this star option because it allowed us to hi-light the satin. We did add some lace for contrast and our own sparkle buttons at the center. The final ornaments were very elegant.
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Janice sent most of her mothers wedding dress to have us make special Christmas ornaments from it for friends and family.  The dress was made from a lovely older satin but the satin was too heavy to wrap over a foam ball like our normal ornaments so we had to come up with a different option.  I chose this star option because it allowed us to hi-light the satin.  We did add some lace for contrast and our own sparkle buttons at the center.  The final ornaments were very elegant.

Fairy Godmother Creations shared a Mike Elsass.

This Sunday you can wander through Mike's Studio and galleries at Front Street. Just one of the unique experiences to be had on Third Sunday at Front Street. You can find him at 1001 E. 2nd Street. Go through the B-C door to the third floor--while on your way, stop in at some of the other unique studios open and see the great array of talent that Dayton has to offer. THIS Sunday from 11a-4p.
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Fairy Godmother Creations added 4 new photos.

Ok, I shared my first draft dragon so it seems only fitting to share the version done for the customer. The garment was her husband's jacket. I had two fabrics to work with from the original jacket a dark blue denim and a looser wove cotton plaid.

Neither of these fabrics were ideal for this kind of detail work, but I decided the plaid would make a more interesting fabric for the main body of the dragon and the dark blue would be good accent. I made some adjustments to the original pattern to accommodate the fabrics and I'm really pleased with how this guy turned out. I had my assistant Meagan helping me on the production.
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Ok, I shared my first draft dragon so it seems only fitting to share the version done for the customer.  The garment was her husbands jacket. I had two fabrics to work with from the original jacket a dark blue denim and a looser wove cotton plaid.

Neither of these fabrics were ideal for this kind of detail work, but I decided the plaid would make a more interesting fabric for the main body of the dragon and the dark blue would be good accent.  I made some adjustments to the original pattern to accommodate the fabrics and Im really pleased with how this guy turned out.  I had my assistant Meagan helping me on the production.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 3 new photos.

Roberta sent her wedding dress to have several gift pillows made for loved ones. Her dress had quite a bit of tulle and we tried to incorporate just a touch in the pillows by using it over the satin in a couple of places. Each pillow has just a touch of each of the primary materials from the dress.
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Roberta sent her wedding dress to have several gift pillows made for loved ones.  Her dress had quite a bit of tulle and we tried to incorporate just a touch in the pillows by using it over the satin in a couple of places.  Each pillow has just a touch of each of the primary materials from the dress.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 3 new photos.

Jama Badinghaus brought her wedding dress to us to have a christening outfit made for her daughter. Jama's dress was made for her by someone close to her and she wanted to continue the tradition of something custom made with the materials.

We chose to use the lovely satin for the bodice and put emphasis on the lace for the sleeves and skirt. These truly were lovely fabrics to work with. In the end, I decided a sash with just a dash of added sparkle would finish it off nicely. We also made a matching headband using the organza from the original bodice.
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Jama Badinghaus brought her wedding dress to us to have a christening outfit made for her daughter.  Jamas dress was made for her by someone close to her and she wanted to continue the tradition of something custom made with the materials.  

We chose to use the lovely satin for the bodice and put emphasis on the lace for the sleeves and skirt.  These truly were lovely fabrics to work with.  In the end, I decided a sash with just a dash of added sparkle would finish it off nicely.  We also made a matching headband using the organza from the original bodice.