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What have you sewn lately?

dressed2atee | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello all,

Here are pcis of my dgd in her First Holy Communion gown this past Saturday.

I used Butterick 4438 four her gown.  Isn’t she beautiful 🙂  The embroidery at the hemline is Jim Suzio’s from Royal Wedding designs.


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    This is so beautiful. Your darling is an angel in this beautiful dress. You have done an amazing job. Every time I see one of your outfits and get excited, you come along and better it. This one is amazing. That fabric was not easy to sew, I am sure. Wonderful.

    Edited 4/30/2007 8:02 pm ET by solosmocker

    1. dressed2atee | | #2

      Thanks so much for your remarks.  I really enjoyed making this gown.  I used Casa satin and organza over the bodice and skirt.  I combined several embroidery designs for hem line.  I just thought...I didn't take the back view.  The back was plain with an organza belt tied into a bow.


      Thanks again!

  2. MaryinColorado | | #3

    What a little darling!  Your grand daughter is blessed to have such a talented gramma! 

    Did you use washaway stabilizer?  Did you actually hoop the fabric or just the stabilzer?  Not an easy task on that fabric!  It looks great!

    1. dressed2atee | | #5

      thanks so much,  I used Sulky heat away and I didn't stabilize the fabric.  I ran out of heat away on the last few hopings I used a wash away ultra solvy.  I liked the heat away best.  I covered the hopins with muslin when I burned the stabilizer away.  The ultra solvy was hard to wash out.  I had to toss the whole dress in the wash on fine delicate hand wash. 

      Glad you liked the dress!  I'm new to embroidery and just love adding it to garments.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #7

        Thanks for the info.  I have been doing machine embroidery for years but have never used the heat away.  Now I am curiouse!  I have a dresser drawer full of stabilizers but guess there's always room for one more. lol  I am a threadaholic too! 

        1. dressed2atee | | #8

          It was a little scary because you had to almost burn the stuff off.  But it brushed away and left no residue.

          Happy sewing,


          1. MaryinColorado | | #9

            That's good to know, I just was afraid to trust it.  I do have a heat sealing tool that looks like a small iron, will that remove the stabilizer completely?  Mary

          2. dressed2atee | | #10

            probably, you just need a dry iron, that is most important.  When the stabilizer turns brownish you can brush it away.

          3. MaryinColorado | | #11

            It's on my shopping list.  Thanks!   Mary

  3. jatman | | #4

    How completely adorable!  They are so lucky to have someone make such special clothes for them!  Very nice job!  Thank you for sharing the photos!



    1. dressed2atee | | #6

      Thanks for the compliment!

  4. Gloriasews | | #12

    Absolutely gorgeous (both the dress & the granddaughter)!  Did you make the veil, too?  Everything you've shown us is more beautiful than the previous garment - you do a beautiful job! 

    1. dressed2atee | | #13

      Thanks, no I didn't make the veil. I'm working on prom gowns now. I'll post the pics soon.

  5. LSC | | #14

    I loved your grandaughters communion dress. You are very talented.

    I wish I had taken a picture of the outfit I just finished for one of my "adoptive" grandchildren. I have no grandchildren of my own YET since my two are still looking for Mr or Miss Right and are still living at home and going to college. I taught high school for 33 years and have had lots of former student stay in my life and let me be the extra grandma to their children. I've lost count of how many of those "adoptive" grandkids I have in my extended family.

    The outfit I just finished was a navy and white short all. The bottom was solid navy and the shirt portion was tiny navy/white gingham with cotrasting piping around the collar and pockets. Without knowing what my gift was my best friend gave him the cutest navy and white shoes that completed the ensemble. I get such a charge out of creating things and having them received well.

    I will have to figure out how to post pictures
    Another project I finished was a military uniform made for a Berdan sharpshooter reenacting the Civil War. It was fun to have such wonderful fabric to work with. I have come to love working with natural fabrics.

    1. LSC | | #15

      Trying to post pictures of latest 19th century clothing projects.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #16

        Those are neat costumes, very nice fit!  When I was in high school, we all had costumes for the Centennial's in many small towns in Ill.  My whole family dressed the part and my dad even grew a beard, it was so fun!  (My hubby has allways had a beard, but to see my clean shaven dad with one was quite striking!)  Mary

        1. LSC | | #17

          Thanks Mary. The frock coat was a challenge since I didn't have a pattern. I looked at a coat of my son's, used a basic jacket pattern, cut out a muslin first, draped and fitted that and then cut out the wool. Fun thing about the frock coat is it has pockets in the left chest area as well as both sides of the tail in back. A strange place for a pocket I thought.

          1. MaryinColorado | | #18

            Gives a whole new thought to back pockets, hmm.  Maybe they put padding in them for a "sit upon".  ha ha

            Now I am curious and will be asking around to find out what those pockets were for, they didn't waste in those days so there must be a purpose!

  6. fabricholic | | #19

    How precious and what a special day. She looks very happy.


  7. cynthia2 | | #20

    What a beautiful dress -- and a gorgeous granddaughter!  Have you given any thought to how you'll save this heirloom for her when she's an adult?   A friend of mine saved her daughter's first communion dresses and incorporated portions of the lace trim from them into each girl's wedding dress when she was grown.  I thought that was a great idea.  Cynthia

    1. dressed2atee | | #21

      That is was a smart idea.  I have to do some research on preserving garments.  That would be so wonderful to do for her.  As fast as they grow, that day may be here faster than we think!

      Thanks for the tip.

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