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Ashley on Dec 8, 20225 out of 5 stars
Once again a beautiful baptism outfit was made but this time for my son. The pieces came from scraps of my wedding dress. Bobbi gave me a few options then beautifully turned them into a vest and bowtie. I can't say enough about how wonderful she is!
Kim on Sep 27, 20225 out of 5 stars
This gown. This GOWN!! It’s perfect!! Bobbi took all my favorite parts from my 30 yr old gown and made the most beautiful christening gown that I could imagine. I love how she gave me options and listened to my wants and concerns. She was absolutely wonderful to work with and created a true heirloom for our family!!
Karalie on Jul 11, 20225 out of 5 stars
The whole experience was easy & stress-free. I sent Bobbi 2 gowns to incorporate into one gown and she did a stellar job of ensuring that our vision was created & it turned out absolutely gorgeous. Bobbi made the Baptism gown for our son's baby girl (our 1st grandchild) and I asked Bobbi to try to save half of the fabric/lace from my 30-y/o wedding gown for my daughter's baby (one day). She took the utmost care to ensure that she did just that & returned all of the unused portions back, packaged and labeled neatly! The Baptism gown turned out exactly as we envisioned it and my daughter-in-law's 96-year-old great grandma said to her, "The Queen could not have dressed her granddaughter in a more beautiful gown!" WHAT A COMPLEMENT! Thank you SO much Bobbi! We are all SO glad I found you!
Jessica on Feb 28, 20225 out of 5 stars
Bobbi has excellent vision. She was able to bring an idea into reality. Our daughter’s baptismal gown was perfect.
Tamara on Feb 7, 20225 out of 5 stars
Bobbi was a true delight to work with creating a custom christening gown for my daughter. The process was so easy and she sent plenty of sketches to make sure we had a shared vision of the final product. The dress is totally adorable, just as promised and Bobbi turned it around so quickly! We were thrilled with the final product and my daughter looked so cute - it fit perfectly ! I would 100% work with her again , refer her to friends and highly recommend! 1000 stars for Bobbi!
Laura on Jul 18, 20215 out of 5 stars
This gown turned out to be everything I could hope for and more! Bobbi was so easy to work with and accommodating. I heard of the idea to make my wedding dress into a baptism dress about five weeks before my daughters baptism and Bobbi was able to make it in plenty of time. The dress was absolutely perfect and will be a family heirloom for years to come! Everyone who saw the dress thought it was the most beautiful baptism dress they had ever seen!
kgoncalves17 on Apr 5, 20215 out of 5 stars
Bobbi is amazing!!! I was referred to her after searching for a while for someone experienced in making baptismal gowns out of wedding dresses, and Bobbi did not disappoint! From start to finish, she is fantastic and easy to work with! It is obvious she is skilled in her area, and confident in her designs. She works quickly and is prompt on getting items delivered back to the buyer. I was extremely impressed with Bobbi! I would 100% recommend her to friends and family, and generally anyone looking for this service! If you’re reading this review and trying to make a decision on the perfect person to convert your wedding dress, look no further! Talk to Bobbi and see what she can do for you! Bobbi - thanks for a wonderful experience! It was so awesome to get my daughter’s dress in the mail, and I enjoyed working with you!
markcathereams on Feb 14, 20215 out of 5 stars
I could not be more thrilled with the work that Bobbi did. What I love most about the gown is that she took the very best of my wedding dress and incorporated it into the gown. She communicated with me every step of the way and she even coached me on how to size the gown to work best across my blended family. I will treasure this forever!!
Creating an heirloom Christening gown from your Wedding dress
I have always loved to sew. I first used a needle at the age of six. I got in Mom's sewing while she was in the hospital having my baby brother (Dad was watching us). I made my new little brother a bib embroidered with my six year old version of a dog. At eight I began using the sewing machine and made my first dress for myself in 4-H.
For years I worked as a graphic artist and dreamed of being able to do what I love, which was to SEW! I worked part time at bridal shops doing alterations gaining all the experience I could and in 2001, I left my graphic arts job and started sewing out of my home full time doing alterations and custom sewing. Then came Etsy and everything changed! Etsy has made it possible for my customers to find me. So here I am doing what I love...designing and creating Christening gowns from wedding dresses. I have found my creative outlet and I am able to do what I love every day!
My shop is my sewing room in my home and consists of me, usually in my slippers with a four legged friend nearby. Sometimes my hubby goes to the post office or to run an errand for me. It's just me at the computer or the drawing table or the sewing machine, taking pictures or packing up your dress.
My custom Etsy work has taken over so much of my time I have had to give up my alterations.....thanks Etsy!
I live with my husband and my two crazy dogs and one ornery cat that somehow adopted us. I am an animal lover to a fault. and being creative is my pastime. I like to paint and draw, but I love to sew!
DELIVERY AND LEAD TIME:
When I schedule my calendar I do so by the date the dress is needed. Each dress is custom made to fit your baby. Since you have a growing baby, in order to ensure a proper fit I do not start on your dress until it is close to your Christening date leaving my self enough time to complete the dress and at the same time ensuring a proper fit. You may also order by small, medium or large if you wish and receive your dress earlier.
For a custom Christening gown from a wedding dress it generally takes me 1 week sewing time (more if there is a lot of hand work involved). I allow an additional week for shipment to you. Most dresses are started a minimum of 3-4 weeks before the date they are needed.
STEP #1: CONTACT ME
To order a custom made Christening gown to be made from your own wedding dress you must contact me before you purchase. Send me pictures of your wedding gown and some idea of what you want and any special requests so I can give you an accurate price. Include the date you need it by, so I can check my calendar, and let me know if you want a bonnet, headband or booties.
STEP #2: PURCHASE A CUSTOM ORDER
I will set up a custom order listing for you to purchase
My schedule changes from day to day. I can't promise something for you until I receive payment. Once you purchase you will be in my schedule.
STEP #3: SHIP YOUR DRESS TO ME
Once I receive your order you will have to ship your wedding gown to me.
I will give you a date when I need to have your dress in order to complete your new dress on time. It should be clean. If you don't want the expense of cleaning it just remember I will have to work around dirty or damaged areas which could limit what can be done. It needs to be wrapped in plastic to protect it from any water staining in transit and you should have it tracked and you may want to insure it. You will have to pay to ship your dress to me. I will not be responsible for any loss or damages during any shipping.
STEP #4: ROUGH SKETCHES
Once I receive your dress I will see what design elements from your dress might look best where and draw up some rough sketches for you. You need to let me know of any special requests you want to incorporate into the design.
STEP #5: CHOOSE YOUR DESIGN
STEP #6: MEASUREMENTS
I will contact you the week before I make your dress for measurements. I will need them by the Sunday before I make your dress in order to have your dress to you on time. You will want to do measurements close to this date. Do not add extra to the measurements. I will add for ease of movement and possible growth. I don't want both of us to do that. Your baby may grow by Christening time. I can make the dress with a little extra room for her to grow, but what I don't want to do is make a dress that is to small.
Let me know if you have a certain length in mind. I will try to be close to the length you want, but sometimes the length is determined by the size and placement of the design on the original dress. It will also help to have a number where you can be reached in case I can't get in touch through email and I need a quick answer.
STEP #7: MAKING THE DRESS
I will be in touch with you throughout the whole process with any questions I may have and send you pictures along the way. I will pin options in place and take pictures for you before I sew. Keep in mind how fast the process goes may depend a lot on your response time to any questions. I allow a week for each order so also please be considerate that lack of response may delay the process and run your dress over into the next customers' week.
STEP#8: YOUR DRESS IS SHIPPED TO YOU
I will send whatever is left of you dress back to you with your completed Christening gown.
Please keep in mind Custom Christening gowns are made from used dresses. There may be slight imperfections. I try to make every effort to use the best parts of a dress and use or place any imperfections where they are not easily noticed. I do my best to check for loose beading and do not like to use buttons unless you insist. Before you purchase please be aware that if your dress has beading or buttons they may be a possible choking hazard to a baby and I will not be held responsible. This dress is meant to be a special occasion dress not a dress you leave your baby in for extended periods of time.
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