January 18, 2010

Brides and Babies...

In the spring of 2008, my eldest niece and goddaughter, Jennifer asked me to make her wedding gown. Twenty seven years prior, I made her christening gown, and that spring, so many years later, I was honored that she asked me to create her wedding gown.
Those of you who know me well, know the health crisis that temporarily interrupted the creation of that wedding gown, but after a three-week-long delay, and over three hundred fifty hours of joyful work, the gown was complete. I also made the attendants' dresses and a few other accessories which, when finished, were driven by Handsome and me to my niece in Minnesota. She wore the gown in October, 2008.
She was a beautiful bride and the wedding was beautiful, too.
My niece and her husband are now expecting their first child together this spring. I planned ahead, purchasing extra fabric when I made her wedding gown, so I have enough of the same fabric to make the christening gown for their child. Duppioni silk, beaded duppioni and an Oscar de la Renta brocade fabric that still makes my eyes water.
This is one of my favorite styles - with a beautiful coat. I'm going to use this as the basis for the christening gown set I'll be creating next. I'm envisioning ribbonwork, beadwork and elegant. I think it will be perfect for their little prince. Don't you?
Baby's due March 15th. Guess I'll be cutting fabric soon!
(I can't wait to tell you about my newest adventure as a Wedding Planner.
I'm saving that for another day!)

15 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Donna, your talent is just amazing! The wedding and attendant dresses are gorgeous. And how wonderful that you thought ahead for the christening gown! What a blessing you are to all your family!

DeeDee said...

Donna your talents amaze me....no lie...i want you to be my teacher...this is lovely and the thought ahead is so wonderful...what a gift...

te_roti said...

Looking forward to the next installment.......


Suzann said...

I never had a wedding dress, but to have one made my someone with love just for me - I couldn't even imagine how wonderful that would be.
You are blessed with talent.

The Rustic Victorian said...

What a sweet post, and how nice to be able to make all the garments. It is a special gift and memory for them. Wedding planner! An adventure for sure.

Carol at Serendipity said...

Your work is just exquisite. I don't know how you do so much!

Hope you are feeling much better.

Christine Edwards said...

That gown is absolutely stunning! She looks so gorgeous. I'm impressed you thought ahead to get extra fabric for a christening gown for their child. I can barely plan beyond breakfast. But that's part of what makes you so special and thoughtful!

DeeDee said...

Donna please stop by my place in the morning..I will have a special giftie for you

The French Bear said...

It is all so beautiful Donna!! I love the christening gown! It makes me think of the hours my Mom put into smocking them and not one of us six girls can smock like her. I have her pleater, I wish I knew how to do it, maybe this year!!! I feel so inspired when I see your creations!!!
Margaret B

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Wow! You are such a talented seamstress! That wedding dresses are amazing! You are a rock star in my mind! Twyla

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Oh, the wedding gown...so romantic! It is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing these beautiful works with us. ; )

Shirley said...

Your sewing is absolutely beautiful. The wedding gown was absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to see the little ones christening gown. I know it is going to be beautiful.

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Stunning girlfriend, just stunning. Your multi talents truly amaze me.

Anne~Fiona and Twig said...

Holy cow, you MADE a wedding dress????

I bow down before you! You are remarkable, just boundless, endless talents!


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my goodness........you sure know how to use a needle! FAB.U.LOUS!

Warm blessings,


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