Here we are almost 11 years after we got married and I fell in love with my wedding dress all over again ... this time for a different reason. My daughter Averi is being baptized next weekend and I needed to buy her a gown for it. After looking at dresses, I decided that I was going to re-purpose my wedding dress into a baptismal gown for Averi. I took my favorite aspect of my dress (the back/train) and made it into a gown for Averi. After several attempts at using a pattern to create her gown (I can't follow a pattern if my life depended on it!) I decided to wing it and create my own design. The anxiety and stress that came from the thought of cutting up my wedding gown almost made me stop. I thought about it and decided that I would never again be wearing my gown, I love it so much and what a better way to incorporate the love between Tommy & I into Averi's special day.... I did it, I took the scissors to my wedding gown.
I couldn't be happier with how Averi's gown turned out!! I'm far from being a professional seamstress (I would actually only consider myself a very novice sewer) but here's the final product.
Next on the agenda was a headband for Averi's big day. I looked online to check out my options and I was going to buy one ... after all, the dress took me quite a while to make so I was going to just buy her headband. I couldn't find what I wanted. I was looking for simple, all white, and pretty. I love the rosettes that I see on headbands but never knew how to make them and all the ones I found were colored. Off to youtube I went to find a tutorial on making roses. It was actually quite easy. These roses are made using the material from my wedding gown as well.
I probably could have paid a seamstress to make my wedding gown into Averi's baptismal gown and had it look better, but I'm quite proud of what I came up with. No amount of money could be paid to a seamstress to put the love that I have put into making Averi's gown & headband. She has been such a blessing to our lives and at times it still surreal to believe that she's actually here. When I found out that she was a girl the first thing I said to Tommy was "I don't know how to be a girl Mom" ..... looks like I've figured it out. Love you bunches and bunches Averi Mae Britton