Post # 1
So my grandma passed away over a year ago (on the day I found my dress, actually), but we have her dress. It was too small for any of us, and yellowed due to her smoking in the house. Rather than pitch it, my mom tried to oxyclean it to whiten it up. It didn’t really work, but I’ll be giving it my own try this weekend as well.
Aaaanyway, I’m wondering how I can incorporate pieces of it into my wedding. My bouquet is already done, but I’m thinking of using some of the lace to cover a satin pillow and using that as our ring bearer’s pillow. I was also thinking about dying the jacket blue or purple if I can’t whiten it up, but that depends on if it will cover down to the opening of the back of my dress. It’s really itchy/scratchy lace, but it would make for some great photos. Even if it doesn’t cover the back, I can take front photos with it on and just not wear it in the ceremony.
Any advice for other ways to incorporate pieces of her gown into our big day? Mr.ND loved my grandma just as much, so ways to incorporate it for a guy are much appreciated as well.
Pillow ideas (like the bow on the all lace, and the look of the covered satin, but it’d be fully covered).
Jacket- fits but it’s too yellowed, and sorta itchy/scratchy
Filler slip, very cute lace, but definitely won’t work under any of my dresses. Up for cutting it apart.
The lace overlay from her skirt.
Post # 3
I like the pillow idea and the dyed jacket idea if it fits. I’ll be cutting a piece of my mom’s wedding dress and sewing it into the inside of mine, but no one will see it. Are you wearing anything in your hair, like a hair flower or fascinator that you could add some of the lace to?
Post # 4
maybe have piece of the fabric inside his pocket of the jacket. dont know what the technical term is.
Post # 5
@asianyoushi: a pocket square is a great idea
Have you thought about having a hankerchief made out of it for yourself? They could use some of the lace on around the edges.
Post # 6
Please don’t cut up the crinoline, it is so beautiful and I have never seen one like it. If I saw that online, I would snap that up in a cold minute. I could really see you using part of the skirt, the last pic, as part of the pillow or pocket square. You are so lucky to have the options, what beautiful peices. If you want to try to soften the fabric, try soaking them in fabric softener water and just rinsing them.
Post # 7
Do you have your Rehearsal Dinner dress yet? You could get a retro dress in her honor and wear the crinoline under it.
Use the overlay to make a wrap for yourself.
You could use a small pice of the lace to make yourself a hairpiece flower.
Use all the lace to make flowers and make a bouquet of fabric flowers.
Use the lace to make a parasol or bag for the flower girl if you are having one.
Post # 8
Such great ideas, ladies!
@Juliepants: & @julies1949: A little hair piece is a great idea I hadn’t considered!
@asianyoushi: &@mwitter80: Pocket square for Mr.ND would be perfect! I’ll need to google-educate myself on how to make one, but it’s so in the plans. I may see about making a hankerchief with some of the lace as edging, but it’s all rather stiff/scratchy.
@tksjewelry: You might have convinced me not to kill the crinoline 🙂 It ALL needs softening, that’s for sure, so I may do an oxy wash, rinse it all thoroughly, and then do a softener round and rinse. Looks like I’ll be busy this weekend.
I do already have a rehearsal dress (Mr.ND bought it and I love it), but I love all things retro…maybe I’ll go shopping 🙂
Any tips on how to dye the jacket??
Post # 10
@Jacqui90: Thanks! It’s nice because it’ll be something my siblings and our future kiddos can use as well, if they wish. Guess that means I better do a good job on it! The pressure! Haha.
Post # 11
can you incorporate any of it into a flower girl outfit?
Post # 12
@indibee: it definitely could become a family heirloom haha
Post # 13
I had a vision last night of you with the crinoline spread out in a circle on the cake table. It was surrounding the most beautiful vintage style wedding cake elevated on a large tree slab. What do you think? Too much?
Ot you could use the lace overlay to make a runner or overlay for the sweetheart or head table.
Post # 14
@kerensa: No flowergirl in our party, unfortunately. But that would be a sweet idea.
@julies1949: That is super cute! We are only having one small round cake for Mr.ND and I to cut, the rest is sheet cakes, so I may check this idea out. It seems to shed a little netting, though, due to it’s age, so I’ll have to shake it out and see how fragile it is…no one wants 50 year old dress in their cake. LOL. I like the overlay idea as a table decoration. The skirt sort of looks like bunting already 🙂
My mom says she has no problem with what I cut up, dye, leave alone, whatever. So wooohoo weekend projects!
Post # 15
How about using the lace to wrap the stems of your bouquet?
Post # 16
@Shlieka: I had planned on doing that, but my ma didn’t get the dress to me in time before I finished my brooch bouquet. :-/ Now I’m searching out other ways to incorporate it.
I’m thinking I’ll make a pocket square for Mr.ND, pin a little piece under my dress crini, include a little piece on my sister/MOH’s bouquet wrap, dye the jacket a blue or purple color (I really don’t think it will get back to white after so long being yellowed) to at least wear for some photos, and *maybe* try to make a piece for my hair.
And, I’ll leave the crini alone, or dye it at the most, TKS 😉 Hehe. You saved it!