Post # 1
I’m thinking about wearing one of my grandmother’s dresses for our 2010 wedding. My mom’s mom is 50’s modern, A-line with a sweetheart neckline, and mostly tulle. Its from 1953. My dad’s mom’s dress is from 1954, and is a tea length, lace, A-line with a sweetheart neckline. Apparently the Catholic church thought it was immodest to show your shoulders in church, so both of dresses have (practically see through) jackets of either tulle or lace! Hilarious since the jackets don’t actually cover anything…
If I do wear one of them, it’ll take some serious tailoring. My grandma’s were tiny when they got married. Mom’s mom’s dress is a size 12… and I know that sizes have changed, but the 1953 size 12 is seriously like a size 00 now. I couldn’t get it more than 3 inches above my kneecaps!!!! I’m normally a street size 10 (who could stand to loose a few pounds).
What do you think? Anyone going 1950’s vintage within their family?
Post # 3
Oh I WISH I could. My grandmother no longer has her dress. Hers was a gorgeous tea-length gown and I can’t find anything close to it, now! I’ve even thought about having it replicated from pictures.
I think if you can get them tailored, go for it!
Post # 4
I’m wearing my maternal grandmother’s 1950 wedding dress to our rehearsal dinner. It’s tea length, pinky-peach lace and really adorable. I have vivid memories of trying it on when I was in fifth grade, and of it fitting perfectly. If I had realized how bad my memory was, I might have thought about wearing it for my wedding dress, but I never dreamed it would fit now.
Talk to a seamstress about whether either of your grandma’s dresses can be tailored enough to fit you. And post pictures!
Post # 5
I’m with Erin – talk to a seamstress. Would you want to change it? or just wear it as is? I think its awesome btw.
Post # 6
I’d need to majorly alter either of them. They’re both a 1950’s size 10 or 12, but let me tell you, I’m a "street" size 12, and one of them wouldn’t even fit over my thighs!
One is lace, tea length, and with lace sleeves that I doubt my linebacker arms would even fit in! I’d remove the sleeves and go with the sweetheart neckline of it.
The other is a silk strapless, with tulle netting over it that makes it look kind of like the photo attached.
I’m not sure if I could alter them to have a corset back? It might wreck the vibe of the dress. I’m kicking myself for not photoing them when I was home last week. [attachment=262313,30210]
Post # 7
My grandmother’s dress was purchased in the 1940’s, and my mom was her only daughter (out of six) to ask if she could wear it. It’s hanging in my closet now, but I’m not going to be wearing it. I seriously considered it for awhile, but it was never well-preserved. Oh – and that whole size thing was a bit of an issue, too. I’m trying to think of something else I can do with it – my mom said she’d be fine with me cutting it up to turn it in to something else, since she’d rather it did that than just hang in a closet, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to do it. Hmmm.
If my grandmother’s dress looked the way that your grandmothers’ sound, I would want to wear them too! I’m sure that a good seamstress would be able to at least tell you what your options are. Good luck!
Post # 8
Wow, I think it would be totally awesome to wear a vintage dress from your family. Aren’t those jackets great? My grandma is wearing this fabulous lace jacket in her wedding photos–I wish she still had it, I totally would have rocked it.
I’d try to take some photos or even take the dresses themselves to a seamstress and see what she says about making the alterations.
Post # 9
I actually just called my grandma yesterday to see if she still had her wedding dress. I already bought mine, but I thought that it would be neat to use some of the lace for my veil. She got rid of it a couple years ago though I think that it is a really neat idea and would love to see pics of 2010 brides in vintage gowns!