November 09, 2007

Hallie's heirloom dress




We finally blessed Hallie on Sunday. There were three other sweet little girls blessed on the same day. (Anne Marie's was the cutest, besides Hallie of course). Hallie was by far the biggest. More than one person made the coment to us that Hallie was so much bigger than the other babies. I think all the other babies were 5 or 6 weeks old, and our Hallie was ginormous at 4 months old.

Hallie was very lucky to be blessed in such a special dress. A while back my mom mentioned that maybe she would cut up her wedding dress to make blessing dresses for her grandaughters. I wasn't even pregnant at the time and so honestly didn't think much about it.

Then Hallie was born. I knew she needed a blessing dress, but had not remembered that my mom had mentioned making one. Then I was out one day and saw the most beautiful blessing dress. Well I was in love, and decided that was the dress I wanted for Hallie. (The only problem was, I saw it from the window because the store was closed). I thought I would just go back the next day. Then I remebered that my mom had mentioned making one out of her wedding dress. Well, I wasn't so sure that was what I wanted. I mean, my mom's dress was old and yellowing, and what if it didn't turn out, or I couldn't find a patterned I liked, yadayadayada. So I thought, well, she hasn't brought it up again, so I will just act like I forgot, and buy the one I saw. That night I couldn't stop thinking about my mom offering to make her dress, and I didn't want to hurt her feelings, so I finally decided I would call my mom and see if she still wanted to cut up her dress, and make Hallie's dress. (I was kind of hoping she would change her mind). Luckily, she still wanted to do it, and to make a long story short, kinda, Hallie was blessed in a beautiful dress made out of her grandma's wedding dress, and made by her grandma. Some stitching was even hand sewn by her great grandma.

I think her dress turned out absoluteely beautiful. I am glad that I chose to have her blessed in a dress that has major sentimental value, instead of just buying one off a rack.

Her great grandma(the same one that helped with the dress), also crocheted her a beautiful blanket that was so elegant, and looked perfect with her dress. I love both the dress and the blanket so much.

We are so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. We are so thankful for everyone that came and supported us.

7 comments:

a-anderson said...

What a great mom you have to go to all that work. What a neat thing to do. She looks adorable! I hope you had a great day.

Melissa said...

WOW, Leslie! What an amazing story! The dress will always have special meaning to Hallie and it's so beautiful! A precious and priceless heirloom for sure! I'm so glad you shared.~Melissa

Anne Marie said...

Her dress is so beautiful!!! I'm so impressed that your mom made it, especially out of her own dress! Hallie looked so cute in it, too. That was so fun having our babies blessed on the same day! They are just going to have to be best friends now.

Christensen Family said...

I thought Hallie and her dress were beautiful!! I was so happy to be able to see her blessed. Ryan did such a good job. I thought it was the best....with yours and Anne Marie's babies being blessed on the same day. I'm sure your Mom was so proud....and she did such a great job on that dress. I am so jealous of people who can sew. It's one thing I totally wish I could do. You're lucky....and it's something Hallie will treasure. You're such a great person, Lessley...and I'm glad to have you as a friend. I love the pictures!!

Savage Family said...

That dress was beautiful!!! I bet you just love playing dress up with her everyday!! I would love that! That was such a great story thanks for sharing!!!

Gina Beans said...

Beautiful dress!! I love the dresses with history to them!! They are the ones that last forever!! She is so adorable too!!

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