Olivia’s 1780s First Communion Dress

By Jennie Chancey

My daughter Olivia wanted to look like a princess, and I wanted to find something classic-looking for her First Communion. The portrait dress looked like a perfect fit. Not being a particularly advanced seamstress, I was a bit scared to do it in solid white, but am pleased with how it turned out and so was Olivia, who says she felt like a queen.

Katharine M.

This is truly beautiful, Katharine! I especially love seeing beginners come away with such stunning success!

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8 Comments on Olivia’s 1780s First Communion Dress

  1. Shelli
    July 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Very pretty! I love the lacy sleeves.

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  2. Adriana
    July 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the lace on the sleeves, too. You did a beautiful job.

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  3. Erin
    July 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm (3 years ago)

    The dress is very beautiful. :)

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  4. Jilly
    August 25, 2011 at 11:01 am (3 years ago)

    So beautiful!! Well done; I can see why Olivia love it she looks so gorgeous in it!! Olivia is such a pretty little girl!!!
    oxo

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  5. Bluebird
    August 28, 2011 at 2:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Sooo Beautiful! :)
    The sleeves are a lovely touch!

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  6. Lisa G.
    September 27, 2011 at 9:17 am (3 years ago)

    Wow – what a beautiful, beautiful dress!

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  7. Janelle S
    February 28, 2014 at 1:03 am (8 months ago)

    Any hints on what you did for the sleeves or general hints? I am starting this for my daughter’s first communion! :)

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    • Jennie Chancey
      February 28, 2014 at 10:43 am (8 months ago)

      Hi, Janelle! She used the elbow-length sleeve pattern as-is and added a wide embroidered lace flounce. Google or check eBay for “embroidered tulle lace” or “scalloped Chantilly lace” to find something similar to what you see at this link. Happy sewing!

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