Heirloom Sewing

When I was approached by my dear friend and godmother to my middle little, T, to make a First Holy Communion dress for her daughter, B, I was excited and honored. And then, when I realized it would be made from her wedding gown, I was very, very nervous.

B and her family chose the pattern (Vogue 7681), and we made a shopping trip to pick up some basics that I’d need to construct the dress. When I noticed how similar the pattern B chose was to her mother’s wedding gown, a few ideas started percolating.

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Here’s T’s dress. Isn’t she lovely?

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I’m not much of a muslin-maker (for any who don’t know, a muslin is when you make a pattern from inexpensive fabric that has similar weight and stretch to the final fabric that you’ll use). When it comes to cutting apart someone’s irreplaceable wedding gown, I figured I’d better in this case, in order to check fit.

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See, there it is. It fit her just right.

I altered the pattern a little in order to really use the lovely scalloped border on the lace that made up the overlay of T’s bodice.

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The final touch was removing the lace border that went around T’s neckline. Did I mention that T’s grandmother made this wedding gown for her by mashing together several patterns to realize T’s vision?

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The sequins had yellowed a bit with age, but we decided not to remove them since each one was hand sewn on. Not to boast, but this dress has the best invisible zipper I have ever put into a dress (see photo at the top of this post…although you certainly won’t see a zipper!)

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And, finally, the big day came, and here’s B. This little girl is as lovely inside as she is outside, and I am so glad I got to be part of her First Holy Communion.

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Thank you for reading!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Felicia Balezentes | 11th Jul 16

    Genie, this is amazing! And to be asked to make her dress at all is such an honor!

    • MadebyGenie | 14th Jul 16

      Thank you so much! I think turning Mom’s wedding dress into a truly meaningful heirloom is quickly becoming my favorite type of sewing. <3

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