I’ve always loved the legacy of heirloom garments. I know that many young ladies don’t want to wear their mother or grandmother’s dress, as the style may no longer be in fashion. The garment is still important though, and I’ve always loved the idea of remaking it into something a little bit different, perhaps for another special occasion.
I was given this extraordinary honor recently, as a friend has always known that her mother wanted her wedding dress turned into baptismal garments for her grandchildren. The grandchildren don’t exist yet, but this will be a great gift for her 50th birthday in April.
The dress is in excellent condition, with a skirt of white taffeta and the bodice covered in sequined lace made of leaves, flowers, and roses. It was cleaned and stored in a large cardboard dress box by the dry cleaner, and aside from being wrinkled, is in gorgeous shape.
There is plenty of fabric in the train and skirt for the 2 ensembles, as one will be a gown for a girl and one will be a romper for a boy. I’ll be using the Butterick pattern 6045, and will also make the bonnet and slippers.
The only material to purchase will be the lining, and I was thrilled to find a row of buttons from the bustle of the skirt that can even be reused! I’m going to play with the leaves of lace to embellish the romper, as the flowers and roses will be easily placed on the bodice and hem of the gown.I’m quite excited to get started and will post my progress soon!