baby’s first year memory bear
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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Karen McGill brought her wedding dress to us to have an outfit made for her grandchild. We made a unisex bishop style gown and then added an overlay/robe. Many of the gowns we receive from the 1970s and 1980s have some beautiful surface materials but use a stiff lining fabric that does not work as well for infant wear. We can use the fabric, but will often suggest switching it out for a softer fabric. With this outfit, we used a bright white to help accentuate the lovely translucent overlay, embroidered lace and bead work.