I’m getting ready for my biggest refashion yet!


Christin's Dress Collage

DancingPatternThis beautiful bride, Christin, now has an amazing 8-year-old daughter, Allyson, and I’ll be transforming Christin’s wedding gown into Allyson’s First Communion dress!

Allyson chose Butterick 3350 with sleeves, scalloped neckline, and straight hem.

I’ll admit I’m a tiny bit nervous about working with and on two such important dresses, but I’m excited about it, too!

And I have a cheerleader! My dear friend Faye transformed her daughter-in-law’s wedding dress into the stunning First Communion dress below for her adorable granddaughter, and she’s only a phone call away if I need advice and encouragement.

Watch for the big reveal in April . . . and wish me luck! β™₯

Briana's Dress Collage

118 responses »

  1. can’t wait to see the transformation! you’re definitely the woman for the job! here’s to ya and take lots of progress pictures! πŸ™‚

  2. I provided a first communion dress sewing package for a school auction one year. It was one of the most rewarding projects I ever worked on. I was just thinking about it yesterday and it was years ago now. I know you’ll have fun and it will be turn out perfectly. What a wonderful gift to give for this very special occasion.

  3. You? Nervous? Nah!

    It’ll be sh-a-m-a-z-i-n-g once your creativity starts flowing! Not sure that we can all wait until April to see it though – perhaps just a little ‘peek’ between now and the big reveal? πŸ™‚ x

  4. I’m really looking forward to this!
    I have been wanting to have my wedding dress turned into something else…or many something else’s but just don’t know what I want.

  5. Ooooo, I wish I was closer!! I would love to be in on this ‘re-do’ but I am sure Faye will do a great job with any help you might need. Knowing your creativity, and sewing ability, I think you will do just fine. Just be FEARLESS!!!!! Hugs, Doreen

  6. Congratulations little miss Allyson! You will rock it Katherine, I have no doubt. I wish that Butterick Pattern came in big girl sizes….it’s just to adorable. Can’t wait to see it all come together.

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  8. WOW! What a wonderful way to carry on a family spirit! My wedding dress is still stuffed away in a box at the back of my closet. My children have never seen it, and they are well past first communion days. It doesn’t look like my daughter will marry any time soon, and the fashion is so old–not a “real” wedding dress at all, but something in a muslin fabric, that I’m afraid it was a bit of a waste. Even our wedding photographer was so drunk that we have no pictures of me in the dress! You’re amazing, and I’ll look forward to seeing your progress and results.

  9. Have you seen Something Borrowed, Something New on TLC? A bride brings in a family dress (usually mom or grandma’s) and a designer transforms it into something more modern. The bride then has to choose between that dress or a brand-new dress. I’m so hooked. My daughter asked me last night if I could do that with my dress for her, which absolutely terrifies me! I’ll be watching and rooting for you!

  10. What a great way to use a wedding dress. Refashioning at it’s finest! I have to admit, I’d be a little nervous, too, but you’ll work wonders and I can’t wait to see the final dress!
    Happy Saturday!

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