These types of projects really melt my heart. Taking an existing item and re-tooling it to benefit the next generation. I've done this with veils, garters and other bridal related items. The gesture is so generous, sentimental and heartwarming; I'm all in....one way or the other, all you need to do is ask!
This particular project was a first for me. Taking Mom's wedding gown and constructing a baptismal gown (from the train) for her six month old daughter. The skirt of Mom's gown was so unique, I knew the minute I saw it, that it was going to make an awesome baptismal gown.
Once I had sewn the "skirt" (that I had created from the train) to the bodice, I chose to strategically place some additional smaller flowers in between the larger flowers, specifically on the front of the gown. I wanted to create a more continuous floral pattern and eliminate some of the spaces between the flowers where there was just ruffling.
The back of the bodice has a keyhole opening in the center back with a single loop and covered button as the closure.
A tiny matching ruffle flower made from some scraps, added the finishing touch for the center front of the bodice.
I absolutely adore how it turned out! I am so honored to have been a part of creating this piece for the Knight family. Who knows, maybe this gown can be passed along to another generation in the future?