Sunday, June 27, 2010

It is Done!

The wedding gown is finished and it fits perfectly! Now, let's bring on the wedding.

I did have a mini-meltdown a day or so ago when I was doing some adjusting and wondering if I could really pull this off. I even called a professional seamstress, who specialized in wedding gowns, to inquire about her saving the dress. She was not too interested but did offer to take a look if I could not make it work. However, I decided to keep at it myself and my efforts paid off.

How exciting for my daughter to wear a wedding gown that was totally redesigned - and includes my wedding dress and her grandmother's wedding gown. Oh, if only my mother could be here to see it. She would be so proud of her granddaughter's imagination and creativity since she came up with the idea. She would also be very proud that I was able to pull it off.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wedding Dress Update

I have made some progress with the wedding dress, but with the big day just a month away I need to step it up and finish it. I also need to make the groom a vest and the bride requested a wrap for when the night air gets chilly . . . so sewing will be my main focus for the next few days. As promised, I have included a few photos that show just how much fabric was in my mother's gown. And another full length photo of my white eyelet dress that I made (with matching hat!!)

My white eyelet handmade wedding dress, 1979.

My mother in her gorgeous ivory satin wedding gown in 1939

The pic before I added a ruffle all around, front and back

The back of the new dress is my mom's original button and loop section from her dress . . . but cut a lot lower. I hand sewed each button back on. There were lots of them and they were coming loose.

My daughter is not sure about the ruffle in the bodice, above, but I like it (it came from the two little shoulder "pads" from my mom's dress - they were not what we know today as shoulder pads (padded!), but it was just enough fabric to give the dress a bit of height in her sleeve. I guess I will loose it, since the bride doesn't like it.