Traditional Long-Sleeved First Holy Communion Dresses

Here are some examples of First Holy Communion dresses and veils that I have been asked to make.

They are made to measure, so you would need to be able to send me some exact measurements of your child; and I charge between £110 and £185 (about $150 - $250 US) for making up, depending on fabric choice, and style. The cost of the dress will be extra if pure silks or lace are required.

I am quite happy to ship overseas, (as long as the buyer pays the postage!) 

If you wish to order a dress, please contact me via my email (my address is under the "contact me" heading at top right) and I will send a sizing chart to fill in, and will also be happy to discuss any particular style or fabric that you may want. I work with most fabrics, the only style I will not do is a sleeveless or "strappy" dress! 

Once I have received the measurements, it usually takes me, at the most (depending on whether I have other commitments) a week to make up the dress - I can make one in a couple of days if it is urgent! (as long as I have the fabric in stock.) The postage to the USA has taken between 5 days and 14 days, so that needs to be factored in. Thus, if a dress was required for the beginning of May for overseas, I would need to have the measurements by, at the latest, the first week in April. I do from time to time, have some ready made dresses, which cost slightly less than the made to measure ones - please don't hesitate to enquire.

Angelina's Dress in pure cotton Broderie Anglaise, with matching trim on the veil.

Angelina's Dress

Zelie's dress is similar to Angelina's with a slightly different fabric and trim,
of pure cotton Broderie Anglaise.

 I worked with Amanda's mother to create this lovely dress, veil, rosary purse and book bag, in the style that she wanted, so that it could be an heirloom for Amanda. She wanted me to personalise it too, so it has labels with Amanda's name inside.

The 3 photos above were taken by a local photographer,
Grisel Leyva from X&V Photography in Santa Ana, California.

The veil is made in the style of the 1920's or 30's, and does look beautiful on her.

Detail of Eucharistic Lace motif on veil.

Book bag made to a specific size in matching fabric.

Another  pure cotton Broderie Anglaise dress in a slightly different style.

Peter Pan Collar and Cuffed Sleeves.

Rachel's Dress in embroidered polyester voile,
with pure cotton lining,
the petticoat,sleeves and waistband
having cotton Broderie Anglaise trim.
I am afraid there is no more of this exact same fabric left. The same style dress can be made with a cotton voile overlay, (more like those of the second Angelina & Stella Maris below)
Detail of trim.

Rachel's Mantilla style veil.

For Sisters about to make their First Holy Communion together,
similar style to Rachel's Dress.

Satin Ribbon Ties.

Enjoying a Blessed Day!

This dress, made for another Angelina,
 is in a similar style again to Rachel's with 3/4 length sleeves,
but is made from
pure cotton broderie anglaise fabric, with a very lightweight
cotton lawn lining.

Back view with satin ribbon bow ties.
Detail of embroidered cotton trim on waist and sleeves.

Detail of gorgeous and appropriate cross and roses
broderie anglaise trim.

Here is Angelina looking radiant in her dress.

Ines' Cotton Broderie Anglaise Dress
with Peter Pan Collar and Round yoke.

Ines' Cotton Broderie Anglaise Back view.

Detail of Bow Ties.

Ines' Veil with satin ties, and Cross Motif

Detail of Cross Motif.

And here is Ines on her First Holy Communion Day

Catherine's dress is made of a pure cotton lawn
 with added Broderie Anglaise trim, and pin tucks.
It is a very light weight fabric, and has been made without a lining to the skirt
 since that made it less costly to send overseas,
so the owner is providing her own petticoat (which is needed!)

Here is Catherine modelling it.

Stella Maris is wearing a dress
of embroidered cotton voile with
broderie anglaise trim.
She has a choice of mantilla style veil,
 or, as can be seen below, a veil from
the same cotton voile as the dress.

This is it before being sent off.

Close up of embroidered voile fabric, broderie anglaise trim
 and matching veil with embroidered cross detail.

And if you look carefully, you can see that Angelina's dress (shown above near the top) has been carefully stored and was re-used by her younger sisters several years later,
First Amelie,

And this year, (2015) it was the youngest girl, Treasure Rose's turn to wear the family heirloom!  So I am glad to be able to say that my creations do stand the test of time!

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