I loved my wedding dress! Loved it! The poofy sleeves, the shiny satin, the sweetheart neckline, and all the pearly lace details. But that was 18 years ago. I knew that it would not be a dress I could hand down to my daughter as it was SO dated (and by dated, I mean you could take one look at it and peg that it was made in mid-1992!) So what to do with it? Leave it stored in my attic for 50 years?
I must have read this somewhere as it would not have been something I would have thought of on my own, but when my daughter was born I used the fabric from the train portion of my dress to make her Christening gown. One of the promises I had made on my wedding day was to raise my children in the faith. What better way so emphasize this than to use that same dress on Elizabeth’s baptism day?
I don’t remember which pattern I used, but it was a simple one (with slightly poofy sleeves!) I trimmed the dress in lace from my own and it was just precious!
The following year my oldest son had his First Communion and I went back to my dress to make him a vest and tie. Three years later my middle boy walked down the aisle for his First Communion sporting another tie made of silky-1992-satin.
This year our baby Elizabeth was scheduled to receive her’s and there just wasn’t enough of my dress left to make her a gown. But I did want to do something with my dress, something she could tressure and pass down. So I made a little purse that she could carry that day. I used a simple pattern which I found online. My wonderful Pfaff sewing machine has all these cool stitches that I used finish it off.
Inside the purse I placed a very special gift. For my First Communion my aunt Missy made the lace for my veil. I saved it thinking I could use it for my daughter’s veil, but after 32 years the lace had aged to an off-white. So I edged a 6 inch square of off-white fabric with the lace, making her a little hankie for her purse. She loved it — kept pretending to need to sneeze so she could pull it out!