My own gown sits in its breathable garment bag, along with the new one I made for my daughter's 2008 wedding.
Those gowns are given new life when the bride becomes a mother, and chooses to showcase her precious new baby as she's christened, wearing a new gown reincarnated from the old. I wrote about being asked early this year to make one of these in this post, which led another young mother to contact me for her daughter's christening (it does seem to be mothers of little girls who share this vision - the Edwardian image of a boy in a gown appears a bit too passe for today).
My client sent this photo of her gown, asking me to create a simple gown with just a bit of sparkle for her daughter's July baptism. She loved the images I'd shown on my earlier blog post, but was drawn to the unembellished satin underdress more than the beaded lace pinafores.
|What I had to work with - embroidered and beaded satin|
|The rebirth, with a little tucking on the bonnet|
|Although the bridal gown didn't have any buttons at the zipper, three had been added for the bustle. I harvested them for the closure at the back of the baby's dress.|
An heirloom the family can treasure!