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StacieG2002

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Date: 1/14/12 1:05 PM

Years ago, before I learned how to sew, I enlisted a family friend to take my wedding gown and turn it into a christening dress. The resulting dress was beautiful and perfect.

However, she had a lot of the oringal dress fabric left over, which she gave back to me. It has been sitting on a shelf for 10 years because I could never come up with an idea of what to do with it.

I'm hoping someone here can inspire me with some idea if what to do with this.



I have about 2 yards of the white fabric and about 12 inches of the silver beading, in 2 6 inch pieces.

Thanks for any ideas you can give me!

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Date: 1/14/12 1:17 PM

I'm looking forward to the ideas to that members post here. I was recently asked to make drawer sachets from a wedding dress. I pointed out that we could make hundreds from one dress, and suggested that the bride think through all the options before making a decision. Would love to have some ideas to pass along.....

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StacieG2002

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Date: 1/14/12 1:51 PM

Kathi-

How about a christening gown? That is what I did initially. I love being able to pass it down to my children. Who knows if they would be interested in a 30 year old wedding gown.

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Date: 1/14/12 2:22 PM

With two yards, you could certainly make a pretty little special anniversary 'something' that you husband would enjoy also when you decide on a second honeymoon.

Is it to old fashion of me to think of setting aside the fabric for ring bearer's pillows for each of your children when they marry? Or, if you have a daughter, for use somewhere within her gown? Even if it is a beautiful slip.

And, if you have more than one child, more than one christening gown? My grandfather's gown was supposed to come down on my side of the family with 5 siblings. It didn't. Somehow it migrated to the other side with 7 siblings. With about 24 children (and counting) from the combined 12 siblings, there aren't near enough family heirlooms and keepsakes to go around.

A small table cloth was given to me that my grandmother had embroidered. By the time it made it to me, it had holes in it and paint splatters. I was able to make one treasured garment from it. I carefully saved all the scraps. One of my favorite scrap uses was to make sort of a long tabbed hang tag (like an abbreviated bookmark) for a puffy silver cross. I tucked it into the pocket of a vest that I made for my grandmother. I still have the last little scraps tucked away. You needn't be in a hurry to use your fabric, something will come to mind; or, you may have a granddaughter some day who will treasure it.

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Date: 1/14/12 3:27 PM

Little girls love playing dressup as a bride, or she may be asked to be a flower girl. I like the ideas of pillows, or other small lovely articles. I would try to enjoy it now, rather than risk damage waiting for a special future use.

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Date: 1/14/12 4:15 PM

After the Baptism gown (which is a lovely reuse), what about bridal pillows/ring pillows (for something "old"). Sachets for tucking fragrances in your drawers of sweaters, underwear? Just saw a lovely "scarf" of satin roses on a satin strip that was lovely over a sweater.

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