It’s happening all over the world, but one NZ woman is bringing Angel Gowns to NZ! Its a service that is bittersweet – a beautiful recycling with stunning fabrics… for a very sad cause.

Angel babies have sadly lost their life, and though nothing can make up for the tragedy nor ease the pain for the family, angel gowns can make a tiny difference at a very hard time. Angel Gowns are tiny little baby outfits made/upcycled from wedding dresses.

Michelle in Seattle started Angel Gowns after working in a neonatal care unit and supporting many angel baby families. She wanted to do something meaningful with her gown, and remaking it into gowns for angel babies was her way to help.

There are other angel gown organisations around the world, quietly reworking beautiful lace, satin, silk and tulle into tiny little dresses.

Hamilton Midwife Kirstin Rouse set up the New Zealand version with a Facebook Page. She has used the umbrella of Angel Gowns after making contact with other internationsl branches and they have supported her in the start-up in NZ and provided the patterns needed.

In just over a week, Kirstin has had amazing support. “I have offers of monetary donations, which I have declined, I would prefer if people had lace, cottons, ribbons, things about the house that thy think would make a gown pretty, as well as gowns. In the next few weeks I will be asking for offers of sewers, lots of people have offered already, but as this only started this week we aren’t quite up to the sewing stage. I will then need people all over the country to be distributors. I have had people offer to knit little hats and blankets, and a woman offering to cross stitch little pictures to go with the gowns. The response had been incredible!!”

One of the women who has donated her dress, Pauline Hickman, said on the Facebook page yesterday, “Absolutely beautiful (:-))gives me warm fuzzies knowing that such beautiful gowns can be made using my dress, thank you to the very talented ladies making these fantastic gowns for the precious angels”

In return, a mother who was gifted a gown wrote on the page, “Today at 6pm I said goodbye to my angel 10 yrs ago. 10 1/2 hrs after his birth. He is a twin. His brother is celebrating his 10th birthday today. (And has had an awesome day). However as a mum the day will always be bitter sweet. The gift u give to parents going through such difficult times is special and needed. The nurses and support we had was amazing then. Thank you. I will b sending you my wedding dress once out of storage as sadly there will be more parents that will become part of a club we all wish we never were. A parent knowing the heartache of loss too soon. Be at peace Will.” – from Lisa Litton – very special thoughts to Lisa and her family xxx

If you have a gown that you would consider donating, or you have sewing skills, or any other support to offer, contact Kirstin through her Facebook page – or below:

Hi Everyone
Thank you so much!
Our address is angel gowns nz, 15 Galloway street, Hamilton east, 3216. Gowns can either be dropped in or posted. Please make sure to add your name to the parcel, and if you would like us to share a wedding photo please send one through. Thank you!!
We couldn’t do this without people like you!


  1. Hello Kirstin
    I would like to bring with me my wedding dress up to you when I come to Hamilton. I am awaiting news for further medical treatments at Waikato. next month will have angiogram then up to Waikato for possible stent or by pass surgery. I would love to meet with you if possible. Congratulations for your lovely idea may god Bless you so richly and all the good work you do.
    hayden Jones gave me your persoanl details but I fortgot where I put them in my computer can you send me yourphone number for me to contact when I arrive please mine is 06 757 9218 new plymouth


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