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

Last winter I made a shorter (and velvet) version of this dress, (see dress here). Unfortunately, the velvet material of the first dress made it difficult to see all the details and pleats of the dress. I swore then that I would make this dress design again (before it goes out of style). I was so busy this spring that I never got around to it. But once I was asked to be Gigi’s godmother, I knew I had to do it.

little black velvet shift burdastyle 130 dress marusya

I changed the original pattern in a few places. First, I made the skirt of the dress fuller than the original dress pattern. (The original pattern had the hem taper in.) I spent lots of money on this beautiful floral fabric and I wanted to use as much of the floral pattern as I could. Second, I made the straps slightly thinner than the original pattern. And lastly, I made the bottom bodice layer a stretch cream knit fabric. (This made the dress more comfortable and easy to wear!)

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

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

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

Gigi Baptism Red and Black Floral dress pleated and long crop top
BFFs: Gigi and Cha Cha Mimi

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

 

Red rose and black floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014
Silk Cotton Pockets

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

Red 12 rose floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014

Red 11 rose floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014

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

I made a white silk slip to wear under this dress! I will write something about it in a later post.

Red 13 rose floral print colorful fabric crop top dress and pleated skirt Marusya baptism August 2014
Before the hook and eye was sewn in

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

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

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

 

THANKS FOR READING 🙂

PART 2 WILL BE POSTED TOMORROW!

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  1. Reply

    You look stunning in this gorgeous dress. What detail and elegance.
    Beautiful work. Impressive.
    Shine ON
    J

    1. Reply

      Thanks Jillian! Have a great show Saturday! Please go out after the performance, so I can catch you and buy you a birthday cocktail at the bar!!!!! 🙂 Tell Jacque I want to see her too!

  2. Reply

    I adore this .. i’ve looked at this a few times over the year. You look so beautiful 🙂
    I was looking at making a dress to attend a wedding. Do you have the link to the pattern? I can’t find one similar anywhere!

    1. Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Catherine! Unfortunately, I don’t think Burdastyle sells this pattern online. You’ll have to get your hands on the (I think) 12/2013 Burdastyle catalog. Good luck!

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