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Date: 5/1/13 0:58 AM

I am helping a friend make her daughter's communion dress and THIS is the sort of dress she wants.
She really wants the tulip sleeves, square neckline and the pick-ups on the skirt, she also likes the pleated bodice but I am not sure how well they will translate to a smaller dress.

what we are definitely NOT using the lace up back- no point giving the priest a heart attack.

Will this style work in a child size? any suggested patterns to use as a starting point.

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Date: 5/1/13 2:41 AM

No, it won't work in a child's size. Kids' body proportions are different from adults, so translating a women's dress into a child's proportions often winds up looking...odd. For instance, to me, this looks wrong:


And to further prove it, I think they have this kid standing on a cinder block to lengthen her legs because where are her feet?

On the other hand, maybe I have no taste, and this really IS a nice dress, I dunno.

I'd tell your friend to start looking on Communion Dress or Flower Girl websites (but NOT the one that's selling the above dress...). Any websites that feature formal children's dresses.

Or better yet: it will make things much easier for you and her if you can steer her to PATTERN sites with children's dressier dresses like THESE PHOTOS.

I like this pattern from Alicyn, View A:


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Date: 5/1/13 8:07 AM

It looks OK, but the proportions would have to be adapted a bit for a childs dress. How long do you want the skirt to be? I can't imagine a lace up back ever really suiting a childs dress. How old is the child? (children here are usually 8 or 9)

Looking at the dress, if you do the pleating on the bodice, and then let the full skirt fall with the pick ups at the lower end of the skirt, I think it would look OK?
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Date: 5/1/13 1:28 PM

Quote: Elona
Is this a First Communion (ages 7-10, a pre-quel to the Real Thing) or the youmg adult's acceptance of the Church, which generally occurs around age 14?



I ask because the purpose of the young adult ceremony is to demonstrate the maturity of the child and her pleasure in accepting the values and obligations of her church and her community. Even though a frilly dress in luxurious fabrics is often involved (a measure of status), the occasion is not Fairy Tale Princess or still less Kardashian for a Day.



If the girl in question is a child who has not hit puberty yet, her dress can be rather fanciful, but the Young Hooker/Bridezilla look would be inappropriate. For that matter, the same is true if the girl is physically mature.
-- Edited on 5/1/13 12:43 PM --

Perhaps we could stick to a sewing discussion here rather than make inaccurate pronouncements about sacraments???

I think something similar to the wedding gown could be produced as a suitable First Communion dress. FWIW, I don't think that purple monstrosity would look good on an adult or a child. The 'pickups' in the white gown are tasteful. I'd pin some randomly in place until you like the effect, then sew them. You should be able to find a girl's dress with a tulip sleeve that you could add to a dress pattern with a line similar to the example you provided. And altering the neck to a square shape is easy as pie.

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Date: 5/1/13 4:35 PM

She said it's First Communion (child), not Confirmation (teen).

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Date: 5/1/13 4:37 PM

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...that purple monstrosity ...

Oh, thank God I'm not nuts.



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Date: 5/1/13 9:35 PM

Thank you for all the replies, very helpful.

to answer a few questions: the girl in question is 9 and will be making her first Holy Communion. So far she likes dresses with tulip sleeves, a floor length skirt with pick-ups.

the reason we are making the dress as opposed to buying RTW is because my friend wants something different to the generic communion dresses available in the stores here. I am concerned that if we shrink down the design in question it will look a lot like that scary purple dress- way too busy for a child although I am not sure that dress would suit anyone! I think I will try and talk her out of either the pleats or the pick-ups.

any suggestions for a pattern that would be suitable as a starting point for this dress?

Thanks again for all the replies :)

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Date: 5/2/13 2:40 AM

These photos are the result of a google image search for "sewing patterns first communion dress". Clicking on them will often give you information about the pattern's brand and number.

As one can see, almost all are age-appropriate. Of course, a young girl looks forward to being a beautiful woman--and wearing one of those grownup gowns--but I hope the child and her mother could be eased into considering a dress that would be suitable for a 9 year old.

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Date: 5/2/13 2:59 AM

Yeah, ya gotta try to steer her away from looking on bridal sites.

Because that dress, is never going to make that kid, look like that bride.









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Date: 5/2/13 9:11 AM

Quote: jadamo00
Yeah, ya gotta try to steer her away from looking on bridal sites.



Because that dress, is never going to make that kid, look like that bride.


















-- Edited on 5/2/13 8:04 AM --

I think that there must be some sort of misunderstanding here, there is no way she is thinking that the dress will make her daughter look like that model, not in a million years, ever! I am also concerned that some how people have assumed that we are going for trashy mini-bridezilla look; please believe me we are definitely NOT going for that look at all.

The look we are going for is modest (as in a dress with sleeves not spaghetti straps) but with a quirky, fun twist. That picture is the result of searching for a combination of design details (tulip sleeves and pick-ups) so no one was "looking on bridal sites" Perhaps I didn't explain my question very well, all I wanted to know was if the pleats and the pick-ups would be too much for a child size dress.

Keep in mind that whatever we do it will be very watered down (less pick-ups/ no pleats). so far I am looking at THIS as a starting place.
-- Edited on 5/2/13 9:12 AM --

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