I design and create custom Christening gowns from Wedding dresses full time out of my home in Hurt, Virginia.
I have always loved to sew. I first used a needle at the age of six and started sewing my own clothes when I was eight years old in 4-H.
For years I worked as a graphic artist and dreamed of being able to do what I love, which was to SEW! I worked part time at bridal shops doing alterations gaining all the experience I could. In 2001, I left my graphic arts job and started sewing out of my home in York, PA full time. I specialized in all types of alterations of ladies and children's wear. I opened my shop BertasBoutique on Etsy in 2012. In the spring of 2014, I moved to Hurt, Virginia to be near family and have been converting wedding dresses to Christening and Baptism Gowns full time ever since. So here I am doing what I love...designing and converting wedding dresses into custom Christening and Baptism gowns. I have found my creative outlet and I am able to do what I love every day!
My shop is my sewing room in my home and consists of me, usually in my slippers with a four legged friend nearby. It's just me at the computer or the drawing table or the sewing machine making your Christening gown, taking pictures or packing up your dress.
My custom work has taken over so much of my time I have given up my alterations...Upcycling wedding gowns into Christening and Baptism gowns has become my specialty.