Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Special First Holy Communion Project




I am delighted with how this dress turned out. It was designed to be an "heirloom" piece, and I tried to give it the flavour of the style of the mother's own First Holy Communion dress, which had sadly not lasted the test of time, being a somewhat yellowed man-made fabric. Using a pure cotton embroidered fabric, and trimming the high collar, yoke and hem with some lovely cotton Nottingham lace, (a rare find, I found on a market stall in Nottingham!) as well as a broderie anglaise trim on waist and cuffs, it has a lovely timeless quality to it. There is a matching rosary purse which is detachable, and a little first communion book bag.
May Amanda be richly Blessed on her big day.





Detachable rosary pouch pocket.


For the old-fashioned veil, in the style of the cap veils of the 1920's/30's I used the same trim as on the waistband and sewed on a lace Chi Ro and Holy Communion symbol. I really enjoyed looking at photos of First Holy Communicants from the first part of the 20th Century, to get an idea of how the veils were made.


I love the satin rose details at the sides.



Another happy customer!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring and First Holy Communion Time

Just finished making the first of a batch of First Holy Communion dresses, and as the sun is shining gloriously today, I thought I'd take a few shots amongst the flowers and burgeoning buds.

Beautiful lightweight cotton lawn.

A simpler fabric dressed up with some pretty cotton trim.

Back view.

And here are a couple more, hot off the ironing board!

For Two Sisters about to receive Our Blessed Lord for the first time.

I love the way the breeze catches them! They are so light and airy.

Need to get them off into the post as they are going to the USA.

I have just received these beautiful photos of the latest recipient of a dress and two veils, I hope she has a very blessed Holy Communion Day.





Friday, March 7, 2014

My little model is growing up!



From her first stand on the catwalk -


To a Poised Pose!



Actually, you wouldn't believe how hard it is to get her to stand still  in a position that will show off the dress to full advantage (or maybe you would!)


(This was, "Do a ballet pose"  -  that kept her still for all of a minute!)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter Confirmation Frock and Matching Hat

 Fully lined dress and beret style hat, in a warm wool-type fabric, for a young lady of 12 yrs who was confirmed in December.
Cecilia's Dress and Hat

Out door View!


Close up to show lace detail and Lace Dove on Hat



Friday, January 31, 2014

Latest First Holy Communion Dress.



I have just been asked to make a First Holy Communion dress and veil for a young lady who is about to receive Our Blessed Lord for the first time in February. It is made from a pure cotton broderie anglaise type fabric, but is lined in the bodice and skirt - I think she'll need some thermal underwear too though! It was a bit of a rush to get it in the post, so I didn't have time for many quality photos. Hope I get some sent from the big day!
Front view showing Peter Pan collar anglaise braid waist trim, and ric rac trim in other places


Back view showing tie bow in anglaise braid

Detail of fabrics

Overall view of tie on veil, with same anglaise trim used as the head band.


Close-up of head band
Beautiful delicate lace cross detail in centre back




I always feel it is a real privilege to be able to make beautiful garments for such a special occasion. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Traditional winter bonnets



I managed to capture a model to show off one of the winter bonnets (for more examples, please see the Bonnets For Sale page above.) Little Helena was fairly compliant for a wee while, but as her mamma and I did not dare to tie it on, in case it incurred her wrath, 



We managed to get this charming pose, before...



 the hand goes up and the 'I've had enough of modelling for one day' expression comes on her face!


Thank you Helena, it looks much better on you than off!




Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mrs Piggy's Wardrobe


A new dress and bonnet for a little someone - do they seem a bit small? well, that's because they are for a very little pig!




I have a birthday for a god daughter coming up, and having recently acquired a vintage toy-making book, thought I'd battle the very minimalist instructions, and attempt to make a pig...



Of course, I didn't have an old vest in pink, but managed to find some nice T-shirting fabric which should do the trick.

Here she is in her natural state, coyly showing off her tail :-





With a change of underwear, to match her  reversible frocks and bonnet!







And of course, an outfit wouldn't be complete without a bit of denim, and a headscarf!






Byeee!