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, see below Amanda wearing the veil. 
                     The three photos below were taken by Grisel Leyva from X&V Photography in Santa Ana, California.

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  1. Oh that dress (and the little First Holy Communicant, may God bless her) is utterly adorable!

  2. Thank you ladies, for your kind comments.
    God Bless,

  3. Hello from America,

    Truly beautiful dress. I am so sorry I could not get the black skirts from you. God had other plans for me.

    God bless your wonderful work.