Restyling the First Communion Dress : Tina Scarlatella

Greetings!

I have a DIY project I want to share because it was originally inspired by one of my tutorials, the Lace Trim Veil.  Tina Scarlatella is a returning guest and had initially made her older daughter’s First Communion Veil & Dress back in 2016.  You can visit the original blog post by visiting : Gabby’s First Communion Veil & Dress.  She had restyled Gabby’s dress to pass it on to Isabella.

Below is the beautiful Scarlatella family & Isabella is wearing the new & restyled dress.  Isabella’s First Communion was held at Saint Faustina Catholic Church on May 19, 2019.  Congratulations to Izzy and all the children who received their First Communion!

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Scarlatella Family-Isabella’s First Communion

Here is my video tutorial for the First Communion Veil

Of course I had to ask Tina some questions in hopes to inspire you to create as well;)

1.What inspired you to reuse Gabby’s dress?  I thought it would be special to have the girls share the same dress

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Isabella – Gabby

2. How did you modify it? I took the skirt part from Gabby’s dress and made Isabella’s dress.  I added a new beaded sash.  I used Gabby’s sash and turn them into shoulder straps for Isabella.  I added some embellishments onto the top of Isabella dress.

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3.  How long did it take you to create the new dress? The new dress took me 3 days from start to finish

4. Pros and cons.  Pros: re-use fabric; special
Cons: I wanted to make an ao dai but since I re-used Gabby’s dress, the materials didn’t allow for an ao day design.  (*Ao dai is a traditional Vietnamese Dress)

5. What was your favorite part of the project? Seeing Isabella twirl in her dress. She loved the designed of it.

6. Anything else you would like to share?  I enjoyed pushing myself to create something one-of-a-kind for my girls. It wasn’t perfect but it was perfect for her and her special day.

Thank you Tina for taking the time to answer the questions.  Well, I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary!  Here is a playlist of more First Communion ides to help spark your imagination.

Read how Tina created Gabby’s First Communion Dress by visiting: Gabby’s First Communion Veil & Dress.

Thank you for visiting!

Ann

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Upcycle a Wedding Gown into a Baptismal Dress : Eva M.

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Greetings!
What did you do with your wedding gown after your big day?  Eva M. repurposed her delicate lace wedding gown into an heirloom Baptismal dress for her daughter Millie.  How EXTRA special is that?! It was a creative way to preserve the dress and pass it down in her family for generations to come.
Well, I hope you all had a wonderful start to your summer.  I have been wanting to share this story for awhile now so this was the perfect way to start my summer blogging.  I had asked Eva some questions about her wedding day, the process of creating Millie’s Baptismal dress, wedding/marriage tips, and her blessed journey having Millie.  Find out more by reading below….
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Eva married Carlo M. on November 3, 2012 at Briscoe Manor in Houston, Texas.
1. What was the most memorable moment from your wedding?
EVA: My husband surprised me and our guests with fireworks.
2. Do you have any wedding planning tips?
Eva: use a spreadsheet and stay in budget!  Remember, its a memorable day…but still one day out of a lifetime, don’t blow your budget.
3. Do you have any tips on marriage for young couples?
-Continue to date each other after the marriage.
-always end phone conversations with “I love you” and kiss each other before saying saying “good night”
-hold hands and hug often; the power of touch is speaks volumes.
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4. What inspired you to reuse your wedding gown and create a Baptismal dress?
I spent so much money on finding the perfect dress.  I wanted to make it something that could be passed down.  I know wedding dresses tend to become dated to rewear so I turned it into a baptismal dress that could be worn by my daughter and her daughter.  It would be something special that my daughter can wear it in the same church I wore it years ago.  Hopefully becoming a family tradition and heirloom.
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5.  What was the process you used to create the baptismal dress?
I researched on Pinterest other examples of wedding dresses being repurposed into christening dresses and looked for shops on Etsy.  I found one in another state that had great reviews.  I was a little nervous mailing my dress to a stranger and emotional knowing it would be cut apart, but I said my goodbyes and shipped it off.
6. I know briefly of your daughter’s miracle story and if you’re comfortable sharing any of it, that would be a wonderful testimony.
We spent years trying to get pregnant with no success.  We decided to meet with a fertility specialist in hopes they could help us.  I was devastated to learn that I could never conceive naturally and that I would always need IVF to carry a child.
Halfway through, I was told I had very low chances of pregnancy with my own eggs.  Donor eggs were suggested.  I struggled with the idea of it but I knew it didn’t matter…my child will always be mine; despite not sharing the same DNA.
My first round of IVF with donor eggs was successful.  I became pregnant and we were very excited.  Around 20 weeks, I began swelling and had migraines all the time.  I was diagnosed with superimposed Pre-eclampsia.  Medications to help my blood pressure to  stay normal did not help, and I delivered at 26 weeks.  Sadly, because of her prematurity, we lost our daughter, Elle, due to complications while she was in NICU.
I went through a long dark period but with the help of my husband, we found the strength to try again.  We got pregnant again.  However, it was not without complication; I developed Pre-eclampsia again as well as Vasa Previa.  Both me and my baby were in danger again; but with close observation from a wonderful high risk OB/gyn, at 34 weeks, I safely delivered our rainbow baby girl.  She is now almost two years old and the light of life.
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Eva, I did not realize the struggle & heartbreak you had to go through.  Thank you so much for being vulnerable and sharing your story with us – you are truly strong & courageous!
Her husband Carlo is a childhood friend of my brother Philip and I have been honored to have crossed paths with Eva through the years.  I also got to meet precious Millie at my very first Wedding Show.  Thank you Eva for bringing her by my booth.  She is absolutely beautiful!
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I hope Eva gave you some inspiration on what to do with your wedding dress and I know she is an inspiration in many other ways.  I am a big believer on repurposing quality & sentimental items and this is a great way to preserve something special.  Well, I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day.
Hugs!
Ann
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To see other items you can create with your wedding gown, feel free to visit my Pinterest board at:
https://www.pinterest.com/youtique/post-wedding-uses-for-wedding-dresses/

 

How to sew the Bustle, 5 points : Congratulations Jessica & Bao

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Congratulations to the lovely couple Bao & Jessica.  It is an honor to watch them grow up, serve God with all their hearts, fall in love, and now fulfill the sacrament of marriage. Thank you for sharing your big day with us. #itsjessabaotime

Below is the tutorial on how to bustle Jessica’s wedding gown as well as how I created the bustle. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Video Content:
{0:00}Intro
{0:17}How to Bustle
{1:14}Creating the Bustle
{1:17}Center Lace Detail
{1:31}Fabric Layers
{1:44}Find & Pin the Bustle Points
{2:36}Line up the Seams
{2:44}Numbered ribbons
{2:57}Sewing on the ribbons

Thank you for watching!

XOXO,

Ann

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How to Hem the Underlining

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Greetings!

Thank you Machaela for your inquiry on my Channel.  Following up on ‘How to Hem Chiffon : Bridesmaid Dress’, she asked “Do you do the under layer the same way?” This video is an attempt to answer her question. I thought it was a great question and know it will help others so feel free to view:

This is Part 1.  Enjoy!

Thank you for watching and I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day.

XO, Ann

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David+Linda : Happy July 4th!

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Photo by Stephen Chea

Thank you David and all the #servicemen and #servicewomen stationed across the world to allow our way of life to continue. #happy4thofjuly

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Her bra cups were too high and the sheer fabric at the center bodice did not lay properly

Linda is my #hurricaneharveybride. I remember clearly where I was when I received her text. I was in the middle of helping a friend move his parents’ belongings out of their home to the side of the road. They had lost everything during the flood and we were trying to help clean the aftermath. So many people were affected, including the bridal salon Linda purchased her dress from. At this point, she was responsible for her own alterations. Linda resides in Hawaii but had visited Houston to finish some of her wedding responsibilities. Can you imagine the worry when your custom designed gown doesn’t fit the way it was suppose to?

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*I knew this was going to be an all night project since we needed to get this done before her flight back to Hawaii. I recorded the process to help others who might need to make this type of alterations. I used all the lighting I had to work through the night. I felt like I was getting ready for an emergency surgery 😬😅😜.

I also got to create Linda’s custom cathedral length veil for the church ceremony. She wanted something simple, elegant and timeless so I designed the drop veil for her special day. She had always imagined a long veil for her wedding and I wanted to make her dream come true.

To see how to bustle the Veil and Dress, feel free to view it below:

 

I am humbled at the opportunity to serve Linda+David.  Thank you for visiting and Happy 4th of July!

XOXO,

Ann

 

Baptismal or Flower Girl Gown Restyle

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I had the opportunity to restyle a Baptismal gown for a precious baby girl.  The Mother had initially approached me about creating custom Baptismal shoes and then also asked if it was possible to lengthen the gown.  The mother, sweet Lundy, had always wanted a long Baptismal gown for her baby.  So I took it upon myself to see how I can fulfill what she had always wanted and thought these ideas can inspire a Flower girl dress restyle as well.   Feel free to follow me through the process and challenges…

(1) First, I checked the hem width under the dress to see how much can be extended.  I was able to lengthen it by about 3″.

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Now since I was able to lengthen it, I had to add another row of ribbon to scale the dress design.  (2) So, my next challenge was finding the right white ribbon – matching width, shade of white, and sheen (or shininess).  I went to several different shops and found the right width, but the sheen was difficult.  I actually did not find it.  So I thought I would remove all the ribbon and replace it with the one I found.  I had to spot test the fabric first(3).  It was a delicate thin cotton fabric that felt like linen so I had to be extra careful removing the thread.  Due to the fullness of the gown, the ribbon lengths were very long.  Also, the sewing thread width was very small.  This all meant that removing the ribbon would be time intensive and if not extra extra extra careful, it could tear the delicate fabric:)  Due to a short timeline, removing the ribbon and sewing on a new ribbon (and creating the custom shoes) was not an option.  After speaking with Lundy, I learned that she liked lace.  This made the process a little easier but I still faced some challenges — finding the right lace design, the right width, and the exact shade of white.  So off to the shops I went again.

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After visiting several shops, I would find a lace that had the right width but not the right shade of white (7).  Another store would have the right shade but not the right “feel” of the lace design, and the challenge continued….until I found a scalloped trim with the right width AND went well with the scalloped bodice.  Perfect!

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I sewed the bias trim onto the hem, sewed on one new row of satin ribbon, and then sewed on 3 rows of the lace trim to lay over the satin ribbons.  The dress turned out beautiful:)  Here is the before and after:

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Thank you Lundy & Precious Audrey for the opportunity to restyle your gown.  As you can probably tell, I live for sewing design challenges.  I had so much fun and the whole process was rewarding.  Thank you Thank you Thank you:)

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And here are the custom designed Baptismal shoes to go with the gown…

If you look closely, I designed the flowers on the shoes to match the bodice flowers on the gown.

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Hope this inspired you to design, sew, and create.  Thank you for visiting!

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Original Post October 8, 2013