It’s just not normal for a woman to cut up her own wedding dress. Traditionally, the dress is passed down from mother to daughter and some brides, pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for their dress. Why would they want to shred it to pieces?
When grandmother Sandi Fasano from Evergreen, Colorado cut into her first wedding dress, she had no idea what she started.
“The first time I cut into a wedding dress, it was a little difficult. It was somebody’s beautiful wedding dress that they brought me, and I was gonna cut it to pieces.”
She was filling a need that no one ever talks about.
Most parents want to be able to attend their child’s wedding someday.
Not every parent has that luxury. Tragically, there are kids who don’t even make it out of the hospital, and are taken straight up to Heaven.
Women who are cutting up their wedding dresses are actually doing it for a heartwarming cause. The silky material is used to create infant burial gowns to honor the precious lives that were lost.
Sandi Fasano, who runs Front Range Angel Gowns in Colorado, said:
“The last thing a family needs to do is go to a toy store and find doll clothes.”
When options weren’t available to grieving parents, she decided to take charge and provide angel gowns free to area local hospitals.
When others learned what she was doing, dress after dress came pouring in. Some of the dresses came from women who had lost infants, while others were lovingly donated out of the kindness of their heart.
After her wedding, Justi had her dress ripped apart into 17 pieces. She then posted the photos on Facebook, and had this to say:
“Today I received my wedding gown back. I sent it off earlier this year to be made into angel gowns for babies that don’t make it home from the hospital and I’ll be donating them to the NICU at Vanderbilt. 17 little gowns were made from my dress and as beautiful as they are I pray they are never needed.”
Volunteers work tirelessly to craft these angel gowns.
Dressing a baby for burial may be the first and last chance that a parent gets to be with their child. Tthe seamstresses who create these works of art, make sure that every stitch is straight, and it looks absolutely perfect. After all, it’s going to drape the most beautifully innocent souls that ever existed. The angel outfit below was made from a vintage wedding gown that was 49 years old. It’s stunning to see all the detail that volunteers put into creating these fabulous pieces.
Wedding dresses are also transformed into adorable caps to tenderly cradle a baby’s tiny head.
There are amazing volunteers from Australia to Singapore that are creating infant burial items.
If you don’t have a dress, but you know how to sew, here is a fantastic way to volunteer some of your free time. Don’t you agree?
Watch this video to find out why Sandi Fasano decided to create angel gowns.
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