BertasBoutique

Custom Christening gowns from wedding dresses

Hurt, Virginia 299 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars (85)

BertasBoutique

Custom Christening gowns from wedding dresses

Hurt, Virginia | 299 Sales

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Bobbi Leiphart

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Bobbi Leiphart

Announcement    Welcome to my shop...I design and create custom Christening and Baptism gowns, bonnets, booties and headbands from Wedding dresses. In addition, I design cross stitch patterns, and from time to time you will find other handcrafted items listed for sale. Most of my dresses are shown as samples of my work and were made for other customers from their wedding gowns. Christening dresses marked ready to ship are for sale and in stock. To have a custom dress made from your wedding gown please contact me before you purchase with the date you need your dress and any questions to be sure I can meet the date you need it.

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Last updated on Jul 25, 2018

Welcome to my shop...I design and create custom Christening and Baptism gowns, bonnets, booties and headbands from Wedding dresses. In addition, I design cross stitch patterns, and from time to time you will find other handcrafted items listed for sale. Most of my dresses are shown as samples of my work and were made for other customers from their wedding gowns. Christening dresses marked ready to ship are for sale and in stock. To have a custom dress made from your wedding gown please contact me before you purchase with the date you need your dress and any questions to be sure I can meet the date you need it.

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About

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!

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  • Roberta Leiphart

    Owner

    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!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 5, 2017
CUSTOM ORDERS:
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.

Custom Orders:
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.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I want all my customers to be happy. If you have questions please ask before you order. I usually do not accept returns. If there is a problem please let me know as soon as you receive it and I will do my best to make it right. If I make an exception the item must be postmarked for return within 2 days of your receiving it in the original condition and packaging. If it is my error I will pay return shipping, otherwise shipping will be the buyer's responsibility.
Payment
etsy payments and paypal
Shipping
Made to order items are shipped upon completion based on agreed date item is needed. Other items will be shipped within 3 business days of receiving cleared payment from paypal. I almost exclusively use the United States Postal Service priority mail which guarantees delivery in 2-3 business days. If you need something by a certain date or in a hurry or prefer another method I can work with you. No matter how I ship I will make sure it is tracked and send an email confirmation with the tracking number once it is on the way. I will insure your item for the cost of the listing, but I am not responsible for any loss or damage during shipping. Any item made of fabric will be wrapped in plastic. Buyers are responsible for all shipping charges unless otherwise noted. Always use care when you are opening the package if you use a knife. The last thing you want to do is cut into your new dress.
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Additional policies and FAQs
At this time I am only accepting custom orders from within the United States. So much communication is necessary for a custom order it would be difficult with time involved and shipping to ensure that your order would be delivered to you on time unless I do this.