Wedding Gown Repurposed into a Beautiful Baptism Dress

A lot of girls dream about the day they get to wear their dream wedding dress on their big day. I did and enjoyed every minute of it to the infinite max. Admittedly, I was a bit sad when my wedding day was over because that meant I wouldn’t have another reason to ever wear my wedding dress again. Over the years I would try it on on our anniversary to do a twirl or two around the living room, but other than that it sits in a bag in the closet. Whomp whomp! Can we take a minute to admire it in all of its glory? (If you want to see more pictures of our wedding day and our DIY wedding decor, check it out here!)

When we had baby Willow and thought about getting her baptized, I had an idea that may just be my favorite re-purposed project yet. I decided I would use the back train of my gown to have her baptism dress made. It would be such a special way to reuse a gown that means so much to me.

There were only two problems with my plan. 1- The mere thought of cutting my dress up myself made me cringe. 2- My dress was really dirty from all the dancing and merriment on our wedding day. Luckily I solved both of those obstacles by finding a local seamstress who was willing to tackle the job, and a little oxiclean helped to make it sparkle again.

After a few weeks I got the call from the seamstress that the was done! It turned out absolutely incredible. I honestly couldn’t have asked for more. Here’s a look at both dresses.

My wedding gown

Willow’s Baptism dress

Isn’t it too cute? The seamstress added the lineage to the inside so if more children are baptized in the gown, we can add to the list and everyone can know where the dress came from! I also made her a DIY headband out of the extra lace from the wedding gown. She looked so adorable on her big day!

We had a really special day celebrating her. A beautiful ceremony took place with our immediate families at our church. Little miss Willow fell asleep during the service and she was such a gem when she woke up for her baptism!

Then we had a nice party at our house after the church service. It was the perfect day!

Questions or comments? I would love to hear from you!

As always, remember to reclaim reuse and upcycle!

-Jackie

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