Colette’s 1780s First Communion Dress


I have no experience with historical sewing, so I make no claims that the lace or anything else on this dress is period-correct šŸ™‚ When I had trouble finding a modest and elegant pattern for my daughter’s first communion dress, I turned to period patterns and found this lovely website, and I am delighted with the result! This is Colette’s First Holy Communion dress, made with the Girls’ 1780’s Portrait Dress Pattern. This is a size six without alterations, except for rotating the sleeve. The bodice was interlined and there was also a separate lining. I chose inexpensive cottons, Kaufman’s voile and Kona cotton for the lining. Thankfully it all washed and pressed beautifully for her big day! The sash is laundered dupioni silk. Colette and I both thank you for this pattern!


This turned out so beautifully, Emily! Your daughter looks angelic. I love the material you chose — easy to wear but elegant, too. Great work!

3 Comments on Colette’s 1780s First Communion Dress

  1. Adriana
    May 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm (6 years ago)

    What is it about girls in white dresses with blue sashes? Beautiful! Wish I could see what you did with the bodice a little closer.

  2. Shelli
    May 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Very pretty!

  3. kira
    July 11, 2011 at 7:44 pm (6 years ago)

    i wish i had a dress like that


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