My daughter's wedding dress was a classic: lace with short capped sleeves. Since she was getting married in October, she wanted the dress to look more like fall. So, we paid to have the dress altered and had the cap sleeves removed from the dress and replaced them with lace, elbow-length sleeves (as seen in the below photo). I asked that the original sleeves be saved and given to us, just in case I might ever need to use them. Those original cap sleeves were my inspiration for this baby blessing/christening dress.
To make this blessing dress, I took those original lace sleeves and cut them down to make the sleeves for this baby blessing/christening dress. In an ideal world, I would have had more of the lace to use, but I can't say I didn't try. I even went to the dress shop where I purchased the wedding dress to see if I could purchase some. Sadly, the store informed me that it could take up to three months to get orders from this company and suggested that I cut into the train of my daughter's wedding dress, which I did not dare do. So instead, I cut the leftover lace into pieces as shown below and then pinned those pieces onto the bodice in a random pattern. I tried an organized pattern but it looked awful! Then, I sewed all those little pieces in place - a very time consuming labor or love.
The pattern I used was the same one I used to make my daughter's blessing dress over 30 years ago (photos of that original dress can be seen here).
I altered Vogue pattern #2878 slightly by adding pleats to the skirt instead of ruffles and shortened the dress by about 18 inches. My daughter felt the original dress was ridiculously long.
After finishing this dress, it needed a slip to add some volume to the skirt. But I wasn't in the mood to make the slip that came with the pattern because it was almost like making another dress. Instead, I made a skirt and then sewed it to the bodice of the dress. Of course I didn't think of this step until the dress was completely finished, so I ended up hand sewing it into place.
So grateful that my husband and I had a lot of SkyMiles so we could be there when our newest granddaugter was blessed by her dad at church - it was such a special day! xoxo Grandma
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