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2.20.2010

The Baptism Dress

I'm not sure that I have mentioned it before, but I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In our religion, children are baptized at the age of eight. A close friend of mine has her oldest daughter getting baptized in a couple of weeks and wanted a special dress for her daughter's big day. So, naturally I begged for her to let me make it. Lucky for me, she relented. And this time I didn't even 'copycat'- just had a little inspiration. I even made my own pattern-- wow! Big accomplishment.
I must have had heavenly help with this one, because it came out better than I could ever have hoped. Sending measurements long distance and having it fit her perfectly the first time, finding the right fabric, putting together a design that came together without a pattern- all of it! In addition to the dress turning out so well, her daughter happens to be gorgeous and to top that off, my friend is an AMAZING photographer- so you are all in for a real treat! Enjoy the show!













PS If you live in the Las Vegas area and need a photographer-- let me know! I would be happy to get you in touch with her!

77 comments:

sb said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I've got 7 years to go before we'll need one, but I don't think that's enough time for me to hone my skills enough to make something half as beautiful.

kpmattingly said...

So pretty! (The dress and the girl!) Great job.

Lisa said...

Just breathless!!

Stephanie said...

Wow. That dress is stunning! I love the touch of pink.

Bridget said...

Beautiful- the dress and the girl! I love the sash and the tulle, not your typical all white baptism dress but I like it better that way.

Lexie said...

OK sign me up! When I have an 8 year old daughter, you can make me one (and if I don't have a girl I'll make Jax wear it!!!)

Kathy said...

its lovely! and so is the little girl....

Jessica said...

I love this dress. Great job. Do you share your patterns or sell them. My daughter is getting baptized this year and that would fit her personality like a glove.

Brooke said...

You are amazing. Every time I look at this dress I cry. I could not have asked for a more perfectly suited dress for my little diva! I love every detail about this dress... from the beautifuly perfect buttons, to the tiny cap sleeves, to the amazing tulle slip! I love this dress, I love her in it, and I LOVE YOU!!! I will be forever greatful for the time you took to create this for me. XOXOXOXOXO

Holly said...

I love the photo of her on the steps. You made a beautiful dress and you're a wonderful friend for doing so.

Elizabeth said...

That is gorgeous! So cute and pretty with just the right amount of sass. Our family isn't LDS so we don't have any baptisms coming up, but if you ever wanted to make a dress for my little girl, you certainly wouldn't have to ask twice!

michal said...

Wow, gorgeous dress! I wish it had a pattern, I would so buy it!
Love it!
yes, and the photographs are just amazing!

Corey~living and loving said...

AMAZING! the sweetest dress ever. WOW! stunning.....can't stop looking at it.

Lacey said...

Holy crap, that's awesome!!!
Go you!!
I'm very impressed!!!
I absolutely love the 2nd and 3rd picture!
Seriously, amazing!

julia said...

thats so beautigul my girls would love to wear that to church great job

Stephanie said...

LOVE IT!!! Great job!

dana said...

beautiful!
would have LOVED that dress when I was 8 too (or now :) )

ange_moore said...

Amazing dress, beautiful girl and wonderful photos! Congrats to all involved (and I hope the baptism was fabulous too!).

Melissa Stramel said...

I just love it. And she is so very pretty. Wow!

littlecumulus said...

It is absolutely amazing! Way to pump out the pattern!

Marfa said...

Congratulations on this lovely dress. It is quite an accomplishment doing everything from scratch AND long distance. Good for you for jumping in with both feet.

Kristin said...

Love it! I love that you made your own pattern...very project runway ;-)

Jandi said...

WOW! Beautiful! My daughter just told me tonight that she expects a special dress for her Baptism. (in March) hahahahaha I am thinking we are buying something.

Brianne said...

You're amazing Leis!!! I love it! If I ever have a girl I'm coming to you....

Kaysi said...

Beautiful, both the dress and girl! Wow, she seriously looks like a model!

Xina said...

Beautiful! Love it when people ADD color to baptism and wedding dresses. I love it when they have two dresses...one for the actual ceremony and one for show. You done good! Now I'll have to wait for granddaughters to make dresses for! *smile8

The Scow's said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHH! I need this dress like a fish needs water!!!! Well, I should say my little lady (turning 8 in April, getting baptised in May) NEEDS this dress. PLEASE email me and let me know if you're selling them. THANKS! Laura
laurascow@hotmail.com

keri said...

BEAUTIFUL. I would love to buy a pattern if you are selling one. You can email me at ckrjkse@yahoo.com. I have a little girl after 4 boys and she will be eight next year and she would love this. Just darling

Shelley said...

Stunning!

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

Very Pretty. The dress turned out gorgeous. I too am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I just got done making a baby blessing dress for a friend's baby shower this weekend. You should come on over to my blog and check it out. I definitely don't have the photography skills as your friend but I am happy with how it turned out being my first attempt with this type of fabric.
Again your dress was gorgeous! Great Job!

alittlemoore said...

This dress is incredible! I hope you decide to publish the pattern!

make it perfect said...

Wow wow wow!

Leisel - that dress is STUNNING!!!

I think I would like one for ME!

Jana said...

I love this dress. My little girl is getting baptized in oct. and I would love this for her. Do you sell it. Please email me jrasb00@yahoo.com and let me know. thanks!

Terrie said...

This is going to sound like a broken record but I would love to have the pattern for this! It is amazing and my only daughter is getting baptized in July. If it becomes available could you email me terrieneiswender@gmail.com. Thanks...it really is stunning!

Christina said...

I, too, would love to purchase the pattern. My girl will be 8 next summer so I have time to plan and prepare. I showed her the dress and she loves it!! It is truly beautiful (and so is the model:)

Girly Girl Essentials said...

I love it! I'll defintiely putting some color in my girls' baptism dresses. Thanks for the idea!

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter said...

That is the best dress I have ever seen for a baptism and would be all over purchasing that pattern from you. I have been telling everyone about this dress!
-Tiff

Jeanette said...

I want the pattern too!! I am not quite as rushed, I have 1.5 years until my DD will get baptized, but she would LOVE this!! I also like that it looks/seems that you could take off the pink if you wanted it more traditional too (my DH would like that). SOOOOO cute!

jeanette_kirkham at yahoo dot com
jkmade.blogspot.com

Becca said...

Oh my gosh! Can I please have or buy this pattern? I LOVE that dress! So, so cute! I have a year, but I'd love to make this pattern!

Carol from Panama said...

A lovely dress for a beautiful child.

V and Co. said...

oh my wow!
thank you so much for linking up to my post! wow amazing!!! ;)

sue said...

WOW!!! Just beautiful. I actually do live in the Las Vegas area- we just moved and we were talking about getting new family pictues-so if you could email your friends info that you be awesome
sueellenhafen@yahoo.com

p.s. Are planning on selling the pattern?

Miss-tearious said...

Wow, that is seriously so amazing. You did such a great job!!! It is very beautiful.

I can't remember what my baptism dress looked like... But if I had had one like this I would definitely have remembered it.

princess jen said...

I would LOVE a pattern of this dress! My daughter will be 8 next year and this is a gorgeous dress! Please let me know if/when you plan to sell the pattern!
jennifer.lehman.johnson@comcast.net

Angela Hansen said...

I still have over a year before my daughter is 8 but I already feel pressure to find something cute. I think the store bought ones are not very cute. If you are selling the dress or pattern please let me know, it is just gorgeous. I love that you added color, just what I was thinking I wanted to do.
acnhansen@yahoo.com

Audie said...

I. LOVE. THIS. DRESS!!! Seriously, so inspiring!

Melissa said...

Gorgeous dress! Beautiful photos of your daughter as well, such keepsakes.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh! I love this dress! I have been looking for a year for my daughter's perfect baptism dress and we would LOVE to have one like this. Do you take custom orders?? My email is tdl1415@aol.com. LOVE IT!!!

Rachel Marie Gold said...

Do you have a pattern available yet? My cousin's 2-year-old daughter will be baptized soon and I would love to make one for her.

Megan said...

WOW!!! I love this dress! I only wish that my daughter wasn't a self declared tom boy so that I could get her to wear ruffles and pink. I do have 3 more years until she gets baptized, so I'll keep my fingers crossed and this bookmarked!

Thanks for inspiring me!
Megan

Hawley Rogers said...

Please oh please can I get this pattern too! My daughter will be getting baptized in September & we are already looking for that perfect dress. I think we found it! I wish I had your talent & I am so grateful that I came across your blog! Thanks A Million!

Hawley Rogers
ugoth2r@gmail.com
or ugoth2r@me.com

hungryhippie said...

This is absolutley stunning !!! I am amazed at your work, from clothing to quilts....just pure eye candy :o)
natalie

johnsonfamily said...

That is the most gorgeous baptism dress ive ever seen. I would love the pattern to make one for my litte girl and my friends little girl. i would totally buy the pattern from you, Do you have it available for sale? heres my email please let me know

coleandshaunna@yahoo.com

Shaunna

Casey Marie said...

Your work is amazing! Love every thing you've made & posted!!!
~Casey Marie

Gayle said...

I'll chime in with everyone else who has said so; I would like to buy this pattern if you ever decide to sell it. It's a long time before I will need a baptism dress (we just blessed her on Sunday March 6 2011 - I made her a gorgeous dress for that day), but I'd love to make this one for her. Thanks.

Lynn said...

This is just sooo perfect! I found when I was googling whether my daughter would wear her new white dress into the font or wear the jumpsuit. I'm assuming, in this case, your friend's daughter changed to be baptised! I've been a member since I was 8, and for some reason I've never thought about it, until now when my own daughter is almost ready. I couldn't imagine her wearing a beautiful, new, white dress into the font, but I suppose it could be done. Maybe I'll go your route--make a dress that's white for the most part, but add a touch of color so there's no question that she'll be changing. hehe

Jessica Schwendiman said...

Are you selling this dress by chance? I need one for my 7 year old and a matching one for my 7 month old. Love it!! Let me know:
jessicaschwendiman@hotmail.com

Jennilyn said...

I was wondering if I could have the pattern you used? My daughter is getting baptized soon. Thanks jbtolbz@gmail.com

Aislynn said...

Wow!!! I just got on Pinterest to search for baptisms dress. My daughter is getting baptized the first week of November. This dress is absolutely amazing!!! Did you decide to sell the pattern? I would love the get it.
ourfamilytogether@hotmail.com

The Clews Crew said...

Also asking if you're selling the pattern and for how much? I love this dress and it would be perfect for my daughter's baptism. garyzgirl@gmail.com

hillary said...

Did you end up selling the pattern?
If so I might be interested :)
jhdivis at gmail
Thanks!

hillary said...

So sorry I didn't do my homework before I contacted you. I found your pattern. Thanks so much!

cremation in athens ga said...

Awesome pictorial. She is more pretty.

ricosta shoes said...

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Taufkleid said...

This is a great post and she is looking great in white and pink ribbon dress.She is looking like a real supermodel.

Attempting Aloha said...

LOVE this dress! Sadly, I didn't find your wonderful pattern for it until AFTER I had already reinvented the wheel and did my own. lol Murphy's Law, right?

For any others who are desperately trying to find the pattern, here's her link (it's not included anywhere in this post or on your tutorials page).

http://sugarnspicecreations.blogspot.com/2011/10/baptism-dress.html

Thanks so much for the inspiration. The dress is truly gorgeous! And I can't believe you did it without having the little girl there to fit it to! Wicked talent.

Aloha,
Charlie

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Anonymous said...

We baptized our 11 year old daughter last year at easter vigil and her great aunt made her baptism outfit.she made her an adorable.poofy white top of the knees dress with the boufant shoulders and lace around the bottom of the dress.she attached a light pink bow to the back of the dress.she also made her a bonnet to match the dress with the same lace on it as the dress.she wore lace anklets and white mary janes with the dress to match.i got her a new white under shirt and then great aunt made her a white cloth baptismal diaper and then sewed the lace across the back of a pair of white plastic pants for her to wear over the diaper.the daughter looked stunning and very adorable in the white out fit and very dainty as well.when she made her first communion last may,i put the baptismal diaper and the ruffled rubberpants on her agian under her communion dress.

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Ethan Bosworth said...

Macey looks so beutiful in all of these pictures. i wish iwas there to see then live. i know macey from school.<3

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The Happy Hodsons said...

Can I buy this pattern?

The Happy Hodsons said...

Rainadanielle@gmail.com
I would love your pattern for my little girl :) I'll pay anything lol!!! It's absolutely darling!!!

Rachy said...

Can I get a copy of the pattern? How much is it?

Zoey Willam said...

Such a very pretty and special dress! LOVE the lace.

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