Anagrassia Flower Girl Dress for Fall Great Britain Wedding

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I love my customers from Great Britain!  Not only do they value the quality of my handmade products, they are great to work with and take amazing photos on their wedding day.

Here is one very cute flower girl in an Anagrassia flower girl dress at a very stylish British wedding.

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The flower girl is wearing:

#5810 Ivory Lace Leotard/Bodysuit with #5 Cream Lining

Champagne Toned Tulle Skirt with Ivory Sash

ORDER DRESS HERE

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Photos taken by Tori Deslauriers Photography
http://www.torideslauriers.com
Flower Girl Dress by Anagrassia
www.anagrassia.com

(MORE CUSTOMER PHOTOS COMING TO THE BLOG!!!)

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I LOVE this photo!

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Congrats Cat & Darren!!!

Thanks for the photos Tori Deslauriers Photography!

Alencon Lace Crop Top & Pleated Skirt for Malanka 2016

Here are some photos of my Malanka (Ukrainian New Years) 2016 dress.

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This dress was very comfortable to wear and fun to dance in!

The skirt was made from material I bought from Haberman Fabrics (in Royal Oak Michigan) when I bought my sister’s wedding dress fabric.

I think the material is a rayon or rayon & cotton blend. It was an “end of the bolt” clearance fabric without a descriptive tag.

I love my natural fabrics, but I also like rayons (to be more specific…lyocell/tencel rayons). The lyocell fabrics move like silk, but they don’t wrinkle like silk! They also are less expensive and stronger than silk! 

Contact me if you would like to purchase this outfit!

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Back Invisible Zipper and Waistband

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Stephanie & Roman’s Ukrainian Wedding

All of the photos taken on the wedding day by Karla Korn Photography.

www.karlakorn.com

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Stephanie showed up with her wedding dress still in pieces and none of her embroidery finished – or even started. Needless to say we were both more than just a little bit stressed with her wedding day just two weeks away. We had spent over twelve months planning her dress. We had gone over everything: the design, fit, fabric, embroidery, color, and coordinating accessories. What happened? Why wasn’t it done? The answer is simple. She is Ukrainian.

I have learned over the years from watching my mom, aunts, and other Ukrainian women that Ukrainian women ALWAYS put everyone else first. (I’m not tooting my own horn here. I am only half Ukrainian, and can only hope to be as selfless as these women some day.) Therefore I wasn’t surprised to learn that Stephanie had spent the last 6 months growing and canning vegetables as wedding favors, settling into a new house, shopping overseas for Ukrainian blouses for her wedding party, and even helping another friend prepare for her wedding. Therefore it seemed only natural she would have embroidered her fiancé’s shirt before even beginning to sew her own pieces!

So after about a year of planning, we had less than 24 hours to: (1) finalize a new wedding dress design & sew it, (2) finish embroidering and sewing the groom’s shirt, and (3) finish the accessories including the groom’s Ukrainian. But we worked through the night and luckily finished the dress and shirt before Stephanie left town.

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All the patterns that were made during the process

Then about a week before her wedding, I corrected and finished the rest of her accessory pieces before express shipping it all out to her. (And thanks to my mom she also had a Ukrainian embroidered garter. Thanks mom!)

The wedding dress design changed a lot through the planning & designing process. I think we originally tried to do something that wasn’t quite possible or even as flattering as one would like, and as a result we went through many mock-ups and designs.

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One thing we knew for certain, Stephanie’s dress would be knee-length and full. She is a Ukrainian dancer and wanted a dress so she could spin in! (Unfortunately I was unable to see her wedding dance, but it looked amazing and FUN in the photos!) The fullness and pattern of the skirt changed throughout the process. We tried a few different cuts: circle, gathered square cut, and semi circular/full skirt cut. After deciding upon a silk and wool fabric, we made a black silk and wool sample skirt. However the full “circle” design seemed too much like a “poodle” skirt, so we chose to go with a skirt design that was not as quite as full as “circle” skirt.

I think the finish product was perfect! It took a lot of effort, but in the meantime I made a life long friend!! (And her efforts were well worth it! Her canned goods were delicious!!!)

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Groom’s shirt linen was from Ukraine

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Stephanie did all the Ukrainian Embroidery & Merezka

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Anagrassia Atelier

Blood. Sweat. Tears. New Commercial Space!

A glimpse of the new Anagrassia Atelier!
Thank you to all those who believed in me and encouraged me along the way! I look forward to growing Anagrassia and creating/starting a non-profit mentoring & training program for teens & preteens in 2016/2017!

And a special shout-out to my little apprentice Gigi! Thanks Gigi! 

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WARNING TO CONSUMERS

 

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WARNING TO CONSUMERS

AND THOSE INTERESTED IN ANAGRASSIA PRODUCTS

 

All of the product images on my website (www.anagrassia.com), blog (www.MarusyaMarusya.com), Etsy Shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Anagrassia), and

and social media accounts (www.facebook.com/anagrassia & www.instagram.com/marusyagrace)

are my images (unless credited to another photographer/person)!

If you see my (Anagrassia) images anywhere else on the web, they were stolen!

The people, businesses, and blogs who have stolen the images are frauds!

 

Some of the sites which I have seen my photos being used to sell cheap imitations are: DHGATE, ALIEXPRESS, ALIBABA, and EBAY.

I sell most of my products directly to the customer through Paypal invoicing.

Email me at marygrace@anagrassia.com for inquiries and orders.

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New Winter 2015 Anagrassia Flower Girl Dress Styles

A N A G R A S S I A    F L O W E R    G I R L S

Photos taken by Photography by Anastassia

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If you are interested in purchasing a custom made (& handmade) bridal or First Holy Communion dress,

please contact Mary Grace via email or contact form for the current catalog and order form.

Mary Grace is currently only accepting orders via Paypal invoicing.

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R E A D   F A Q’s  &   M O R E   I N F O –> www.anagrassia.com

See more flower girl dresses here

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Above Left Flower Girl: #5810 Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard with Ivory Lining. Ivory Skirt with Black Sash.

Above Right Flower Girl: #7337 Blush Alencon Lace Leotard with #4 Nude Lining. Champagne Tone Skirt with Light Ivory Sash.

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Above Flower Girl: #7337 Blush Alencon Lace Leotard with #4 Nude Lining. Champagne Tone Skirt with Light Ivory Sash.

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Above : #7337 Blush Alencon Lace Leotard with #4 Nude Lining.

This leotard is really pretty and perfect for blush, dusty rose, and pink wedding color palettes.

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Above Flower Girl: #5810 Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard with Ivory Lining. Champagne Tone Skirt with Light Ivory Sash.

Tiny Prints - Thanksgiving Sale

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Above Flower Girl: #3953 Black & Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard with Ivory Lining. Ivory Skirt with Black Sash.

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Above Flower Girl: #5810 Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard with Ivory Lining. Champagne Tone Skirt with Light Ivory Sash.

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Adult Lace Bridal Lace Leotards & Bodysuits

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*~The lace leotards are custom made and will fit the customer better than the sample leotards pictured on models seen in most blog photos~*

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If you are interested in purchasing a custom made (& handmade) adult bridal leotard/bodysuit,

please contact me (Mary Grace0 via email or contact form for the current catalog and order form.

I’m currently only accepting orders via Paypal invoicing.

(Etsy shop is temporarily closed until December.)

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R E A D     F A Q’s     &     M O R E    I N F O –> www.anagrassia.com

See more posts here: bolero, ivory adult tulle pencil skirt, champagne adult tulle pencil skirt

I allow for more designs and customizations for the adult designs. Here are just a few adult leotards I’ve recently made:

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Above: Ivory #0908 Lace Leotard with #4 Dark Nude Lining

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Photo taken by Miriah Milan www.mariahmilan.com

Above & Below: Ivory Silk Jersey Mini Dress with Ivory Chantilly Lace From France

(More photos of this wedding coming soon)

Tiny Prints - Thanksgiving Sale

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Customers in Anagrassia Bridal Dresses

These are customer photos. (I added watermarks to the photos.)

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Above: Blush #7337 Lace Leotard with #4 Dark Nude Lining & Champagne Toned Skirt and Ivory Sash

 

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Above: #3030 Stretch Ivory Lace Leotard (Unlined Long Sleeves) with Ivory Lining. Ivory Skirt and Ivory Sash.

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Photography by Silvia Tangen
www.silviatangenfoto.com 

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Kelsey’s Champagne Nude Silk Wool and Ivory Lace Wedding Rehearsal Dress

Wedding rehearsal champagne silk wool jersey ivory alencon lace dress

As I watched Kelsey making sure every guest at her wedding was having a good time, well fed, and comfortable, I couldn’t help but smile and reminisce. Some things never change.

After my first year of college at a small private university in my hometown, I transferred to the University of Michigan. I was very nervous that I wouldn’t be able to find my place at such a large and competitive university. Yet, in my very first class at Michigan (which was a small seminar that I had no business being in…must have been fate), I met Kelsey and Michigan felt less intimidating.

Kelsey, being her kind and friendly self, came right up to me and our friendship began. We had so much in common. We were both athletes, Midwest girls, and driven. Kelsey’s friends, teammates and family quickly became my friends (and even roommates) at Michigan!

So when Kelsey asked me to make her wedding rehearsal dress, I was more than happy and thrilled to oblige! It was perfect to do this for her because she was one of my very first supporters and wristlet owners!

Wedding rehearsal champagne silk wool jersey ivory alencon lace dress

After looking over designs and fabrics, Kelsey and I came up with this dress design.

The dress is based off of Burdastyle’s Designer Patter 1/2014 #124. I made some adjustments to the bodice and fit of the dress.

I used ivory alencon floral lace and nude 100% silk jersey for the bodice and champagne silk/wool and silk charmeuse for the skirt.

Wedding rehearsal champagne silk wool jersey ivory alencon lace dress

Wedding rehearsal champagne silk wool jersey ivory alencon lace dress

I absolutely LOVED the bodice and upper skirt!!

Originally, all the skirt panels were silk/wool.

But unfortunately, the silk/wool panels flared out and (according to my sisters) the skirt looked very space age with the silk wool bottom half.

So ultimately, I switched out the silk/wool with a champagne silk charmeuse I found in my fabric stash. If I had more time, I would have found a different material for the lower half of the skirt! (I would’ve found a stiffer material that didn’t wrinkle easily.)

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Tiny Prints Review & Sale

I highly recommend Tiny Prints (Shutterfly)! I was very impressed with the quality, price, and turn around time of their products.

If you need new business cards, invitations, prints, and holiday cards, head over to their website for their September sales!!!

Use promo code SEPTSW25 for 25% off no minimum with promo code
Free Shipping on orders $49 and more with promo code FREESHIP49 click here
Save an additional 10% off premium card orders using the code PREMIUM at checkout

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Here are photos of my new (Tiny Prints) photo business cards, made with standard #110 signature matte.

I also love the photo cards I purchased!! They came out even better than the business cards!

 I won’t be sharing photos of the other products …they are a surprise for my customers!

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25% off holiday greeting and invitation orders using the code FIRSTLOOK25, 8/12-8/18
Wedding Paper Divas Free Samples Coupon

Thanks for reading!

Anagrassia Bridal Blog Posts Coming Soon…

Wedding ivory silk bridal lace dress flower girl wool

It’s been a busy year for me! I’m finally taking a much needed break.

Here are some of the projects I will be posting on the blog when I return July 30!

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Flower Girl Dresses: #5810 Ivory Alencon Lace Leotards and Tulle Skirts for Fall or Winter Weddings

Alencon ivory white lace leotard bridal wedding flower girl dress

~Of all the laces I have in stock, this #5810 IVORY alencon lace is favorite!

~ANAGRASSIA PRICES INCREASE FALL 2015

~ Please read WINTER 2015 FLOWER GIRL & 2015 Spring Flower Girl Dresses posts to learn more about the dresses.

~ This blog post showcases the Ivory #5810 lace leotard.

If you want the current lace & dress options, please email me at marygrace@anagrassia.com. I will send you a Paypal invoice when you’re ready to order!

~ Please read FAQ’s on the new Anagrassia website homepage

~My flower girl dresses are leotards + very poofy tulle skirts. (They are basically mini ball gown dresses.) The skirts have 13-15 layers of tulle and take a large amount of time and materials to make. (They are not the skirts that have tulle tied around an elastic waistband.) Skirt prices vary depending on the length of the skirt.

~ #581o WHITE alencon lace now in stock

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Gigi (Above) is wearing:

~IVORY #5810 alencon Lace leotard with #5 CREAM lining

~CHAMPAGNE TONED skirt with CHAMPAGNE satin sash

Please note she wears her skirt frequently and it has seen better days :)

Also, her skirt has 3-4 less layers than the skirts I normally make and sell.

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Alencon ivory white lace leotard bridal wedding flower girl dress

#5810 IVORY Alencon Lace with CREAM Lining

Unlined Long Sleeves

LIGHT CHAMPAGNE TONED skirt and LIGHT IVORY SASH

Alencon ivory white lace leotard bridal wedding flower girl dress

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Hand Embroidered Blue and Purple Ukrainian Linen Blouse

 

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My Ukrainian heritage is visible in many of my projects, but this is the first time I’ve attempted a more authentic piece.

This linen peasant blouse is reminiscent of a blouse my babcha embroidered before she immigrated to the United States.

My mother started the embroidery this spring and I finished sewing it just in time to enter it into a contest!

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The blouse is 100% thick ivory linen. (I love this linen! It’s the same linen I used for my Easter 2015 maxi skirt.)

My mom used Charles Craft Waste Canvas for the embroidery. She used 1o count for the cuffs and 14 count for the rest of the shirt’s embroidery.

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Anagrassia Closed July 15-30

Anagrassia is closing shop July 15-30.
Please send your inquiries and/or place your orders before July 15th.

Mary Grace will continue to work on orders during this time, but she will not be accepting new orders or responding to ‘new’ customers/emails/inquiries.

THANK YOU!

Anagrassia will return in August with new fabrics, prices, and designs!

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Spring 2015 Flower Girl Dresses & Customer Photos

Champagne ivory tulle skirt leotard chantilly lace flower girl

Below I list some recent bridal dress designs & customer submitted photos.

Champagne ivory tulle leotard chantilly lace bridal dress

Ivory Stretch Lace and Nude Lining Leotard with Adult Champagne Tulle & Satin Skirt

Notes about Anagrassia Bridal Dresses:

~ Please read WINTER 2015 FLOWER GIRL post to learn more about the dresses.

~ Some of the more expensive lace leotards are not listed on Etsy. (They will be listed on the Anagrassia website later this summer.)

If you want the current lace & dress options, please email me at marygrace@anagrassia.com. I will send you a Paypal invoice when you’re ready to order!

~ Please read FAQ’s on the new Anagrassia website homepage

~ See other flower girl dress posts here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, and Post 5

~My flower girl dresses are leotards + very poofy tulle skirts. (They are basically mini ball gown dresses.) The skirts have 13-15 layers of tulle and take a large amount of time and materials to make. (They are not the skirts that have tulle tied around an elastic waistband.) Skirt prices vary depending on the length of the skirt.

~ New white options coming VERY soon!

~Contact me for custom bridal work.

White spandex lining ivory skirt leotard alencon lace

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Wedding Season in the Anagrassia Studio

It’s busy wedding season in the studio!

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Here are some Anagrassia updates:

~ Please order by mid June if you need dresses for an August wedding.

 I’m taking about 3 weeks off from tulle skirts and leotards in July. I’ll be working on my fall designs and tailoring projects.

~If you’re interested in ordering an Anagrassia dress from me, please look at the FAQ’s on the new Anagrassia website.

~Remember to contact me by email (marygrace@anagrassia.com). I don’t communicate through telephone.

~Sorry! I will not be taking on anymore local alteration work.

~ The first dress of the new Malen’Ka Collection is up for sale on the website. Read more here.

~ I’m also working on more Ukrainian embroidered garments. Here is a piece my mom is embroidering (and I’m constructing/sewing).

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Here’s a WIP photo of the linen long sleeved Ukrainian embroidered dress I’m working on…

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~ I’m very excited about the new design linen & lace crop top mother daughter dresses I’m releasing in a 2-3 weeks! (I still need to make adjustments to the pattern and make more sample dresses.) This dress will not be a Malen’Ka Collection peice. You will need to pre-order the dress and it will be a 6-8 week turn around time like my other bridal pieces.

Here’s a sneak peek photo!

My amazing sister took the photo! See more of her work here

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~ I’m way behind on my blog! I will be posting a new “Customer Photos” blog post next week! I also have some long overdue wedding dress blog posts to write!

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Work in Progress Photo of one of the wedding dresses

Back to work for me…

Have a wonderful weekend!

~Mary Grace

 

Catherine’s Special White & Ivory Silk Baptismal Gown

This is a review blog post written by Mary Grace’s sister :) 

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

Photo by Paul Haring

The list of the most important events of my life has been re-written. Before I might have mentioned certain accomplishments or moments of recognition for something I alone had achieved. Now, I would say that marriage has changed all of this. If I had to write that list today it would read: “Marrying Colin, bringing a child into the world, and having that child, Catherine, baptized.” My sister, Mary Grace, designed and made the dress I wore on my wedding day. She made the coat I wore in the hospital while in labor with Catherine. So, yes, I wanted her to make the child’s baptismal gown as well.

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

Baptismal gown made of white silk chiffon, ivory raw silk, and white Chantilly lace

Originally, I had thought that it would be remarkable to use the same lace and silk that was used in my wedding skirt. It would be our new family heirloom textile. The marriage that stands at the very beginning of our family history would be represented in every major event to follow and connect all of us in our different stages of life. I love that my wedding dress was made for me with such precision and devotion, and I love knowing that my little girl is being treated in the same way on her special day.

But should she wear the same dress as her mother? Initially I thought this would be wonderful. But unfortunately it was simply impossible to use the silk panels that were used in the skirt. They were too small. Mary Grace understood that there was a way to make a gown that would reflect everything special, though practically speaking would be possible and actually the most beautiful option. This new baby is after all, Mary Grace reminded me, her own little person even though she features in our story as a family!

The gown is made of 100% silk, in its raw form that is no less stunning but has a different feel and seems a bit more durable in its matte-like finish. She used lace at the long hem, and again at the top of the gown across the chest and at the capped sleeves. The soft light had a wondrous effect as it passed through the silk layers. The color and material matched my wedding dress, and although utterly elegant was also characteristic of the simple dress worn in earlier times that showcased various forms of art, especially embroidery, as a sign of its high quality and value instead when access to costly materials and fabrics was not possible.

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

The style of elegance and simplicity also matched the place where the baptism was given. We were at the Venerable English College in Rome, a place of prayer and study for English priests and seminarians for almost 700 years. Many young men who have lived in this college returned home to England to be brutally martyred during the Reformation, including one dear to me, Robert Southwell. The dual nature of the gown Mary Grace made reflected the breathtaking style of the chapel as much as the style of the saints who died in their unornamented coats. My mother hand embroidered a cloth with a Ukrainian motif that connected our histories to hers, and the red and black colors paid homage to the notion that living a spiritual life is a gift, no matter the cost.

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress

Photo by Paul Haring

Looking at the pictures, the dress speaks of how important that day meant to us. She was dressed in a gown made for her, of the finest fabrics and in way that proclaimed her place in our family and in the larger Christian family, and indeed as a new character in the history of the entire world. I only wish I had a new Anagrassia dress of my own to wear that day! But being so close to birth, I felt more comfortable in a flowing, oversized wool Moroccan poncho.

Thanks Mary Grace for treating our special day with all the attention and care it deserved! I am already thinking of designs for Catherine’s first Communion dress!

See the baptismal gown my babcha made in these blog posts:

Gigi Baptism 1, Gigi Baptism 2

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Photo by Paul Haring

White Ivory, Chantilly Lace, Raw & Chiffon Silk, Custom Made & Handmade, Christening Baptismal Gown for a Christian Baby Baptism. Marusya- Ukrainian Seamstress
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Easter 2015 Burdastyle Ukrainian Embroidered Linen Crop Top and Skirt

Krystos Voskres! Happy Easter!

Handmade Ukrainian Burdastyle 02/2015 Floral Embroidered Linen ivory crop top skirt dress for Easter, sewing blog

I knew I wanted to make this Burdastyle outfit as soon as saw it in the monthly Burdastyle magazine! However it wasn’t until 2.5 weeks before Easter, that I received my linen in the mail and began embroidering the crop top/blouse.

Burdastyle 02/2015 127 and 120

My wonderful mother came to my rescue by embroidering the dark red skeleton of the design. This part of the embroidery takes more time and attention because you have to count squares and make sure the pattern is straight of the linen bodice piece.

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Unfortunately, I caught the stomach flu a couple weeks ago. Despite feeling awful, it was a godsend because I was forced to step away from my work and studio and spend 2 days in bed. During this time, I just napped, ate popsicles, and embroidered!

Handmade Ukrainian Burdastyle 02/2015 Floral Embroidered Linen ivory crop top skirt dress for Easter, sewing blog

I finished the blouse embroidery on Good Friday. Then, I spent Friday evening and Saturday pulling out the waste canvas from the embroidery, sewing the linen skirt, sewing the blouse, and (of course) spending time with family.

Details about the crop top blouse:

The blouse is made of thicker unbleached 100% linen. This is the same linen I used for this linen and lace dress. I used Burdastyle’s 02/2015 #127 Top in size 17. I lengthened the front of the top about 1-1 ½ inches. (I wish I had lengthened the front more!)

 Handmade Ukrainian Burdastyle 02/2015 Floral Embroidered Linen ivory crop top skirt dress for Easter, sewing blog

Ukrainian Embroidered Linen dress crop top

Details about the skirt:

The skirt is made of ivory linen. This ivory linen is the same weight as the linen used in the blouse. I used Burdastyle’s 02/2015 #121 B Wrap Skirt in size 36. I played with the pattern a bit because at first, the back of the skirt had WAY too much fabric! The back skirt pattern was a 45” width piece. When this back piece was gathered to a 13” length, the skirt looked awful! So ultimately, I added a seam to the back of the skirt and made the back of the skirt to a rectangle about 20” wide.

Ukrainian Embroidered Linen dress crop top

Overall I was disappointed with this skirt. First, the original skirt pattern had too much gathering which caused a lot of bulging at the waist. Second, it was a bad idea for me to use linen. With the front draped, the skirt looked very frumpy when it wrinkled! (I show the skirt (in this blog post) when it’s steamed and ironed….it did NOT look crisp and clean when my family took photos after Easter mass.)

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All in all, I loved the top. Not so much the skirt (or at least not with the fabric I chose).

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White & Ivory Handmade First Holy Communion Dresses

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The way my mother remembers it, I was not a fan of my First Holy Communion dress. The very simple short sleeve lace dress (my mom picked out for me) did not cut it for me back in second grade. Even though I can agree with my mom now that the dress was perfect for my style & personality, I was not happy with her back then! I disliked the dress because; 1) I didn’t choose it myself and 2) it was so simple compared to the dresses my older sisters and friends wore. Look at the photo and see how simple (not poofy) my dress was compared to the other First Communicants!

 That is why when I was approached to make custom First Communion dresses, I was excited! I could make a little girl’s special day even more memorable with a unique dress, designed especially for her!

These dresses are a sample of my Spring 2015 creations. Some are one piece and others are separates that combine for the final dress, but can be worn again to complete other outfits!

Ivory White First Holy Communion Dress 

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Isabel 1 Communion Dress 2015

Isabel 2 Communion Dress 2015

Ivory White First Holy Communion Dress

Ivory White First Holy Communion Dress

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Isabel’s Floral Coat for Easter and First Communion

 

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I absolutely love how this jacket turned out! I made a similar jacket for myself (see the jacket here) last spring. At first I was worried that the floral print would be too large for a children’s jacket, but I was wrong! I love this floral print even more for a children’s jacket!

Floral Easter Girls Bright Spring Jacket

Details about the jacket:

– Based off of the Burdastyle Long Dress Coat 02/2012 #140 Size 8

-Welt pockets with flap

-Fully lined (Blue and Red Cotton/Poly blend fabric)

-Interfaced floral fabric

-Fabric covered button (hand stitched to the coat)

-Machine buttonholes

Floral Easter Girls Bright Spring Jacket

burdastyle 02/2012 #140 Long Dress Coat for Girls

Burdastyle Girl’s 02/2012 #140 Long Dress Coat

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Floral Easter Girls Bright Spring Jacket

Work in Progress photo

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Winter 2015 Anagrassia Leotard Options For Flower Girl Dresses

Please place your summer bridal orders before June 15.

I’m taking an indefinite break  from bridal orders to rest and plan for the fall season.

Champagne Chantilly lace leotard onesie flower girl dress

My flower girl dresses are leotards + very poofy tulle skirts. (They are basically mini ball gown dresses.) The skirts have 13-15 layers of tulle and take a large amount of time and materials to make. (They are not the skirts that have tulle tied around an elastic waistband.) Skirt prices vary depending on the length of the skirt.

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Below I list some of the lace leotards I have available for sale. I do not sell all the leotard styles via Etsy. The expensive and imported lace leotards are only sold through Paypal invoices.

If you want the current lace & dress options, please email me at marygrace@anagrassia.com

See other flower girl dress posts here

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Below are the #0908 Ivory Alencon Lace Leotards with Unlined Long Sleeves:

Email me if you’re interested in this lace leotard.

(I only sell this leotard through Paypal invoices.)

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Below are the New  #5810 Ivory Alencon Lace Leotards:

Email me if you are interested in this lace leotard.

(I only sell this leotard through Paypal invoices.)

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Ivory Alencon Lace Leotard Tulle flower girl dress white unlined sleeves

Ivory Alencon (#5810) Lace Leotard with Ivory Lining

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Burdastyle Charcoal Wool and Navy Leather Winter Coat

Charcoal Wool and navy leather 1 2011 126 Burdastyle sewing pattern winter coat Last October, I made a navy cashmere and leather coat for one of my dearest friends. I would not call it a success. Since this first coat did not turn out as I had hoped I simply had to design a new version of the winter coat!

The new coat was originally going to be an original and modern twist on a particular vintage style. (I’m being vague in my description because I hope to eventually make this vintage design myself.) But since I didn’t have time to make a mock-up and test the vintage design, I decided to be safe and use Burdastyle 01/2011 #126 Winter Coat Pattern size 38.

Charcoal 20 Wool and navy leather 1 2011 126 Burdastyle sewing pattern coat

Like the earlier coat pattern, this coat pattern was not made/designed to have lining. At first I didn’t think twice and added navy quilted polyester lining to the body of the coat and charcoal wool lining to the lapels and collar.

Oh how wrong I was to do this!

Charcoal 24 Wool and navy leather 1 2011 126 Burdastyle sewing pattern coat

Before connecting the lining layers to the outer layers, I tested the pieces on myself. The quilted/wool lining was much too thick and extremely heavy around the neck (I literally felt like Scrooge with chains around my neck).

As a result, I swapped the quilted polyester and wool lining for a lightweight polyester lining. Because the charcoal wool was already heavy in weight and super stiff, in the end I decided not to line the collar and lapels.

Charcoal 8 Wool and navy leather 1 2011 126 Burdastyle sewing pattern coat

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Ivory Adult Tulle Skirt

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

One of my gorgeous customers in the adult ivory tulle skirt
Photographer: April Tolbert
http://www.apriltolbertphotography.com

Skirt Description:

~ Satin Skirt with 5 layers of tulle

~ Satin waistband

~ Back invisible zipper

~ Back hook and eye enclosure

~ Back vent (satin skirt)

This skirt length can be ordered above the knee or tea length.

Check out the champagne adult tulle skirt here

You can purchase the skirt on etsy here

(During checkout, please send me your waist, hip, and waist to knee measurements

and desired skirt length.)

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

For tea length skirts, the satin skirt hem ends above the knee.

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

Color match the ivory to the bottom left photo in the collage above.

Adult Tulle skirt long ivory

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

Adult Ivory white satin tulle skirt for bridal wedding

Back Vent

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The Cascade Champagne Silk Wool and Silk Charmeuse Dress

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

I really don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to enter BurdaStyle’s pattern challenge and downloaded their cascade dress pattern. Not only did I think I would have time to sew the dress, but I also planned to embroider its top crossover edge!

(Vote for your favorite dress here)

Fortunately, I was able to bypass sleep and finish sewing the dress just before the deadline. However I was unable to finish the embroidery. At this point, I’m not sure if I will add its embroidery.(I think I will save it for a dress I know I’ll wear more often.)

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

This isn’t my favorite dress pattern.There’s too many details going on for my taste and the I don’t like the ruffle on the shoulder. (I had one sister laugh and call the ruffle a croissant, while another sister called it a perogi.) If I wasn’t entering the BurdaStyle.com pattern challenge, I would’ve eliminated the ruffle, (with no hesitation).

Despite the ruffle, I love how beautiful the cascade skirt drapes and moves. I also think the silk wool crossover looks especially slimming!

Silk Wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

My aunt/godmother made me this necklace ;)

I recently received this really special Christmas gift from my aunt. It’s a necklace with a photo of my babcha (grandmother)on one side and photo of my dido (grandfather) on the other side.

Burdastyle 157 05 2011 silk wool 25 champagne 2 long dress crossover

The top bodice is lined with ivory silk charmeuse.

Burdastyle 157 05 2011 silk wool charmeuse champagne long dress crossover cascade gown

Originally the skirt was lined with ivory silk charmeuse, but I ultimately eliminated it.

The two silk layers didn’t drape nicely together and it created more bulk at the hip. (This was a headache considering I had to seam rip everything apart and then hand-stitch the skirt edges again!!)

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More Anagrassia Flower Girl Dresses

I love my customers! Here are some flower girl photos recently sent to me!

Shop on etsy here

If you want more lace & dress options, please email  me at marygrace@anagrassia.com

See other flower girl dress posts here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

 

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

White Ivory Champagne Alencon Chantilly Lace Leotard Tulle Skirt Flower Girl Dress Wedding

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Gigi’s Baptism Part 1: Marusya’s Red and Black Floral Ukrainian Inspired Long Crop Top Dress

Gigi Baptism Red and Black Floral dress pleated and long crop top

St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church is a very special place for my family. A little less than a year ago, my sister and brother-in-law were married there. Then just this past week, my niece, Gigi, was baptized in St. Michael’s. The baptism was very nice and extremely special.

Red 34 rose floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014 copy

Since Baptism is the most important day in one’s life, I though it appropriate that I make dresses (and a onesie) for the ceremony and reception.

Gigi wore the baptismal gown passed down through the family, which was sewn by my babcha. It was a beautiful gown! My babcha did all the (pink) hand stitching on it as well. (Which reminds me….I’m coming out with baptismal gowns! They should be available for sale later this fall.)

 Lace Hand stitched white ivory with pink embroiery baptismal gown

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Gigi Baptism Red and Black Floral dress pleated and long crop top

I absolutely adored the dress I made for myself to wear for Gigi’s baptism.

Red rose and black floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014 Ukrainian Sewing

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Shop Anagrassia Handbags at BRIKA! And Taking Good Product Photos ~Marusya

At the start of summer, I found out I would be a featured artisan on BRIKA! I was so excited, but little did I know how crazy my summer would turn out to be!


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In addition to my sister’s wedding preparation, I’ve been preparing for my Brika launch!

 

 

BRIKA will first feature some of my clutches and a canvas tote bag. The tote bag is made of a colorful kilim style fabric with genuine leather straps. This eastern European/Turkish style is said to be replacing the chevron trend! (So I’ve heard.) But, I didn’t choose the kilim pattern for that reason! Instead, the print looked wordly, modern, and reminded me of Ukrainian artistry!

I think the kilim design will look really nice with fall attire.

I’m interested to see how they sell!

 

Canvas tote bag Brika Genuine Leather Handles Aztec print fabric Kilim

 

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So…what is BRIKA?

BRIKA is a Toronto based ecommerce website started by two women, Kene Parajape and Jen Lee Koss. Their mission is to “build a beautiful life through well-crafted, everyday objects” and create “a unique online shopping destination that offers a curated selection of special pieces that are destined to become heirlooms.” Everything on the website is handmade with a story behind the product and the maker. Below is Brika‘s YouTube Video:

TAKING GOOD PRODUCT PHOTOS

Professional product images (or photos with proper lighting) are extremely important in ecommerce and without them, I’m not sure if anyone can successfully sell their products. Luckily, I have some talented photographers in my family and resources that have allowed me to take professional looking photos! (I’m still learning though!!) My hometown has a family owned camera shop (Gene’s Camera) which recently opened a new studio space that allows photographers to rent. The equipment and space is state of the arc and the owners have been EXTREMELY helpful to me! Also, I’m fortunate to have some lovely sisters who I can persuade to model for me :)  I persuaded my sister Kate to spare some time to model garments, purses, etc. in exchange for all the time I spent sewing and preparing for her wedding!

The pictures turned out better than I imagined and I was extremely pleased! However, early last week I needed to take more LAST MINUTE photos! This time I was in a pinch for models (they were all back at school) and so I had to do the modeling myself. I don’t feel comfortable posting so many pictures of myself, but they say a product sells better on/with a live model. (Plus it saves me money to not hire models!)

If you can’t find a photographer to help you out with product photos, Kollabora just posted a DIY product images video. Click here to check it out!

Gene's Camera Shop My Studio South Bend Indiana

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Please PLEASE please PLEASE go check out Brika and read my story!

It’s a great website and I’m humbled that I get to be a part of it!

Below are some of the photos from our photo shoots! Enjoy!

Brika Genuine Leather Silk Clutch Handbag handmade Marusya

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Ukrainian Hand Embroidered Dress in Honor of My Babcha

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Ukrainian hand embroidered dress in honor of my babcha 

My Babcha was a special woman. Her story is quite remarkable and the lessons she taught me were even more so.  I only hope to be as strong as her and pass on her spirit to others.

Aside from her wisdom, her love of sewing was passed on to me. My babcha was an incredible seamstress! She was self taught and used her skills as a seamstress when she moved to America.

Before my babcha’s passing in March (at the age of 93), I finished my first Ukrainian embroidered dress. My babcha was very sick and it was uncertain whether she would make it to Easter. However, she always wanted to die on Easter and we all believed she would make it to Easter day. (There is a Ukrianian myth that if you die on Easter, you go straight to heaven.) But sadly she didn’t make it or see the Ukrainian embroidered Easter dress. But I’m sure she got a glimpse of it up in heaven!  (And I have no doubt that she is guiding me through my current projects!)

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Dress is hand embroidered (took lots and lots of time to stitch)

Linen

Fully Lined

Invisible Back Zipper

babcha 2 Ukrainian Costume

This is a compressed story of my babcha’s life (Written by my aunt but modified to be in my voice). 

My babcha, Kataryna, was born in 1920 in Western Ukraine.  Her father, prior to World War I, voyaged to America to work in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, while he built a homestead  for his family in western Ukraine. My babcha’s parents settled to rear eight daughters, farming and woodcarving in that quiet, picturesque village in the rolling foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. As a child, my babcha vowed never to leave her home or her family. Little did she know of the adventures that lay ahead!

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