Post # 1
So I have wedding dresses from both my grandmothers and my mother. They are all beatiful. My paternal grandmother’s dress has a fitted bodice, ball gown full skirt with a huge train, lace overlay and buttons all the way up the back:
My maternal grandmother’s dress has a kneelength strapless under dress and a full sleeved lace overlay:
My mom’s dress is a pretty simple satin dress but has some nice detail around the bottom and the super cool detachable train.
I love the idea of combining them in some way and spoke to a seamstress friend of the family about it. She said that I would have to start with 1 dress as a base and maybe add elements (like lace) from the other dresses. The problem is that I just tried the dresses on and none of them fit well! I’m 5’10, which is quite a bit taller than mom and paternal grandmother and my maternal grandmother must have been a freakin stick, because the bodice is tiny! Do you guys think it’s possible to use the dresses in some way or should I just scrap the whole idea and get an all new dress? By The Way – I’m having a backyard cermony, so the dress is not going to be very fancy or formal and NO train.
Post # 4
Ask and ye shall recieve – I added some pictures!
Post # 5
I argee, we need to see you in the dresses.
Post # 6
Those are beautiful! I am wearing my mothers dress, and had it altered to fit me as well as changed to be more my style. It can be done! And it looks like you have some gorgeous options to choose from.
Post # 7
I absolutely love your maternal grandmother’s dress!
If you like it maybe you can use your mom’s dress to make a base for a dress (like the strapless knee-length dress under your grandmother’s)… and then lace from the other dresses to make the overlay?
Post # 8
@nutMeg13: Thanks! They are beautiful dresses, but I don’t think alterations would be possible, at least not enough for them to fit well. Very, very cool that you’re getting to wear your mom’s gown. You get some history and more money to spend on other parts of the wedding!
@Jenlon: That may be an option, if I take the sleeves off mom’s dress it might fit in the bodice, and if it was going to be knee length it wouldn’t matter that it’s too long. Hmmmmmmm.
Post # 9
What about having a seamstress make a new dress that is an homage to the elements you like best about the dresses? (My favorite dress is your maternal grandmother’s!)
Post # 10
I like your paternal grandmother’s dress, but would be reluctant to cut it up as it is so pretty! Maybe use your Mum’s dress as that fits you best, and go from there?
Post # 11
Could you wear your maternal grandmother’s dress as a rehersal dinner or reception dress, and then take pieces from the other dresses and add them to your veil or bouquet?
Post # 12
@zagora: That’s a really good idea, because I really like the shape of my maternal grandmother’s dress and it would be nice for a backyard wedding. But then I need to find cute flats…
@Rachel631: Yeah, it would be a shame to cut up any of the dresses, but I can’t image what else would happen to them (other than continue to sit in my trunk). My paternal grandmother’s dress is so old the netting tore as I was trying it on.
@hopefloats: I would totally love to wear my maternal grandmother’s dress to the rehearsal but it’s way too small. I’m a size 8 and it fits in the waist, but the ribs are a good 2-3 inches too small. I don’t know how she could breathe in that thing. But I really like the idea of using pieces in the veil/bouquet, especially since i’m doing a non-flower bouquet!
Thanks for all your advice, bees!