Family ties from christenings to weddings

As a tall high school student, Joanne Cotter said it was hard to find clothes — especially pants — that fit properly. So, she started sewing her own.

“I kept plugging away and learning techniques,” said Cotter, of Reading. “Each thing I made got better and more refined.”

She attended the School of Fashion Design in Boston, and then worked for a company making custom bridal gowns.

Cotter also made her own wedding dress, as well as her mother’s and sister’s outfits for her big day.

She became a physical therapist 26 years ago and continued sewing “as a sideline.” Recently, she launched Custom Christening Creations.

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Q. Getting started?

A. My first client had the wedding dress of her aunt, who died young, which her uncle gave her to use as she wished. She wanted a christening dress for her daughter.

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