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!

8 comments on “Olivia’s 1780s First Communion Dress”

    • 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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