Wedding gown elegance
Make a special heirloom baby gown from your special day.
This was a custom order from a wedding gown. For this dress I used the train of the dress for the design up the front of the dress. The entire dress is made from the fabric from the original wedding gown. The back has a zipper which makes it easier to dress a squirming baby. The sleeves are gathered and bound. I was able to use some of the design on the sleeves as well as the bodice and hat. There are so many options. Sometimes I have to work around damaged areas and where the design pattern works with the grain of the fabric so the dress hangs properly when finished. Some dresses also require taking the dress apart to retrieve lace or bead work. There is always the possibility of using new fabric with some of the design elements of the original dress. Every dress is different and makes an original one of a kind dress for a whole new generation.
When you purchase this listing your are buying a custom made Christening gown and bonnet to be made from your own wedding dress.
This listing is for a fully lined dress with a one layer skirt. You may have overlays on the bodice. You may have the sleeves made of sheer or lace fabric if you prefer. You may choose your sleeve length and finishing for the sleeve edges. The dress can be any length.
Once I receive your order you will have to ship your wedding gown to me:
It should be clean. If you don't want the expense of cleaning it just remember I will have to work around dirty or damaged areas which could limit what can be done. It needs to be wrapped in plastic to protect it from any water staining in transit and you should have it tracked and you may want to insure it. You will have to pay to ship your dress to me. I will not be responsible for any loss or damages during any shipping.
Once I receive your dress:
I will determine what design elements from your dress will look best where and discuss this with you before I proceed. You need to let me know of any special requests you want to incorporate into the design. Any part of your dress that I do not use I will ship back to you with the new Christening dress when it is done.
When you place your order I will need some sizing information.
I will need the chest size directly under the arms, neck, head (if you want a hat), upper arm circumference and length you want the dress. I will try to be close to the length you want, but sometimes the length is determined by the size of the design on the original dress. It will also be helpful to know what size your baby is wearing now, the baby's weight and length and when the Christening is. Keep in mind how much your baby may grow by Christening time. I can make the dress a little extra room for her to grow, but what I don't want to do is make a dress that is to small.
The entire process should take 1-3 weeks from the time I receive your dress until shipping time. I will be in touch with you throughout the whole process with any questions I may have and probably send you some pictures along the way. Keep in mind how fast the process goes may depend a lot on your response time to any questions and how soon I receive your original dress.
Made to order items are non refundable and shipped upon completion. I almost exclusively use the United States Postal Service priority mail which guarantees delivery in 2-3 business days. If you need something by a certain date or in a hurry or prefer another method I can work with you. No matter how I ship I will make sure it is tracked and send an email confirmation with the tracking number once it is on the way. I will insure your finished dress for the cost of this listing, but I am not responsible for any loss or damage during shipping.
Close up of the back train with the embellishments. This gown was spectacular article to work with.