January 2009

Month: January 2009

Shamrock christening dress

Your Baptism Gowns: Baby Milley Rose

Oh, this is such a lovely, peaceful portrait! Sweet Milley’s mother, Amanda, writes:

“I am so glad that I found your website! We looked everywhere for the perfect gown and were running out of places and ideas. That is when I found your site. We ordered the gown during the New Year holiday and the delivery was still fast and free. I called and placed the order over the phone and the lady I spoke with was very nice and helpful. We ordered the Kathleen Shamrock Gown. (Absolutely Beautiful)

I have told all my friends about your web site and would recommend it to anyone. When the gown arrived we were very impressed and it looked even more beautiful in person. Thank you for making Milley’s Baptism extra special.

Pictured in her Kathleen Baptism Gown, Milley Rose, 4 1/2 weeks old. Baptized January 11th 2009.”

(note: this gown is no longer available, but is similar to our popular Erin shamrock embroidered christening gown.)

Camisole Bodysuit

Christening Undercover

Have you given any thought to what goes under a christening gown or outfit? So much depends on what you’re working with and looking for. Is the fabric of your gown a light-weight sheer cotton or a heavy satin?  Is your gown short or long? Do you like a little extra pouf under a dress? Or do you just want good coverage beneath?

For your convenience, many of our christening gowns are included with an appropriate length slip made of pure combed cotton. If you choose a style that does not include a slip, or if you’re looking for just the right thing to wear beneath a family heirloom or a masterpiece you’ve crafted on your own, we offer a nice selection of christening slips a-la-carte in different styles and lengths:

Our basic cotton slip comes in two lengths and is perfect under any dress that needs a good lining, especially under sheer or hand-crocheted gowns. It is constructed with a cross-back, button free closure for ease of dressing baby.  This slip is available in two lengths to accomodate day-length (22-24″) as well as longer heirloom-length (32-34″) christening gowns. We can also make it in custom lengths for you–just let us know what you need, and we’ll be happy to whip one up for you (additional charges may apply for longer length). We offer a nice selection of embroidery options on this slip as well: you can have baby’s name and christening or birth date, a monogram, a cross, shamrock or meaningful phrase added to the hem, which adds a thoughtful, personal touch to a truly special outfit (you can see our current embroidery options on order pages).

Our exclusive bouffant slip adds a nice fulness to any gown, and can be worn beneath our basic cotton slip, or alone under the christening gown, depending on your preference. It is available in three lengths: dress-length, day-length, and heirloom-length. It’s perfect under gowns of all styles, whether simple or frilly.

We haven’t forgotten the boys–we offer a nice selection of long-sleeved, short-sleeved, and sleeveless bodysuits to provide coverage and a little additional warmth beneath any christening suit (bonus: personalization is also available on these items), so no matter how you look at it, when it comes to christening undergarments, we’ve got you covered. {wink}

Communion dress

Your Communion Dresses: Alicia

Steven sent this gorgeous photo of his daughter in her first communion dress last year, he comments:

“I just wanted to send a picture of our daughter in her Miss Destiny dress and veil. One Small Child was truly spectacular in providing a beautiful quality design. Your company was amazing in getting the dress and halo to us in a short period of time. Our daughter felt wonderfully special during the event and at her communion dinner.

I would highly recommend your products to anyone.”


CPSIA, One Small Child, and You

Have you have heard of the CPSIA legislation passed in August of 2008? We’ve been watching things develop for a couple months now, and frankly, it has taken a massive amount of time and brain power to educate ourselves on this issue and come up with a plan of action.

As this ultra-complex and vaguely written law currently applies to our company, in mid-February, we are required to provide proof of reasonable testing for lead levels in all products. In mid-August, allowable lead levels drop and mandatory third-party lab testing is required, the astronomical costs of which mean that for all intents and purposes, we are out of business, as is any company or individual not mass-producing products. Failure to comply is a felony, with possible six-digit fines.

My intention with this post is to let you know three things:

1-We do have a plan. We will be able to issue XRF certification on our products (by request) after the February deadline. After August, well, we just don’t know for sure. So much depends on what happens in the next few weeks and months.

2-The CPSIA will most definitely affect everyone in our country. Do you like to shop? This law will drastically affect the pricing and selection of your shopping in every retail venue carrying children’s products–that is, every retail venue that is still open for business. (Anyone notice the toy aisle at Walmart is looking nice and spacious, and there are a lot of toys on sale? That’s how it looks at my local store…it’s not an accident.) Do you or does the company you work for receive income from individuals? Thousands of work-at-home moms and unemployed retail, office, design, fulfillment, and production people will no longer have incomes to spend with you. It all trickles down.

3-You can do something about this. Call, snail-mail and e-mail your Congressmen and Senators’ D.C. offices to let them know: implementation of the CPSIA must be put on hold until the legislation can be amended or completely re-worked. That’s a tall order when most Congress members believe they’ve scored big points for keeping kids safe with the original law, but the real point is this: our industries can change and improve product safety standards without destroying an already faltering economy with this oppressive law, it’s been done before–think flammability standards and the CPSC recall system. (BTW, the CPSC’s hands are tied on this one…they must interpret and enforce the law as written, flaws and all, to the highest standard possible, or they’re held legally accountable.)

Feel free to leave a comment for me if you have any questions, I’ll answer as best I can, or point you to someone who can better elaborate. Please know that your child’s safety is a priority to us. And for the record, we’d like to be able to continue to make it that way.

First Communion Dresses for Girls | One Small Child

Good Things are Coming

Our new styles for First Communion 2009 are coming…and we have more stock in our popular Miss Tiffany Communion Dress on the way as well. We hope to have them available for you to order within the next two weeks. Once they arrive, they’ll be in-stock and ready for immediate shipment.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our discounted selection of First Communion Accessories…when they’re gone, they’re gone!

baptism Gown

Your Christening Gowns: Baby Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn looks so adorable in her gown! Her mother Katrina, writes:

“I loved working with you all on getting this gorgeous dress for our daughter Kaitlyn. Your website and customer service were great. You have so many great dress styles it was so hard to decide. We ultimately chose the Angela gown. We got so many great compliments on the dress and she was the star of the crowd.

We had her baptized on Sunday, January 11th 2009.

Thank you all for creating such outstanding gowns! You all did a great job and I will be recommending you to all.”

Clarice Baptism Dress

Your Baptism Gowns: Baby Elizabeth Claire

Darling little Elizabeth Claire is pictured here in our Clarice christening gown, surrounded by loved ones during her baptism ceremony this past August. Her mother, Julie, writes:

“I just stumbled upon some pictures of our daughter Elizabeth Claire during her baptism and wanted to write you and tell you: Thank you so much for the beautiful gown, our precious Claire looked so beautiful in her gown and she received so many compliments on it, you truly had the most wonderful customer service and the fastest turn around.  I have already recommended your company to several friends. You have a terrific company.”

Baby Boy Baptism Outfit

Your Christening Outfits: Baby Thom

Look at this handsome little guy! His mother, Kerry, writes,

“I just wanted to send a photo of my son, Thom, in your Mason Christening outfit (no longer available).  He was Christened on January 4, 2009 in Northern Ireland, and we received so many compliments!

We are returning customers as we had purchased your Brady outfit for our nephew in Philadelphia.

Thank you for such excellent service!”