Post # 1
A couple weeks ago we went to my dad’s house to look for some things in his basement. Among the things we found were a huge bag of stuff that had been saved from my Grandma and Pap’s house when we cleaned it out. My Pap died in 2001 and we moved Grandma out and into a nursing home shortly thereafter, and as we cleaned out their house I insisted on keeping a bunch of random things. We bagged it all up in a garbage bag and threw it in my dad’s basement, and just unearthed it again last weekend.
I was shocked that none of it was moldy, water damaged, dusty, filled with bugs, or anything. It was all in perfect condition. We found a bunch of pictures, my Pap’s army medals and hat and his military police armband, and…Grandma and Pap’s cake toppers from their wedding!!
They were married Christmas Day 1941, so these cake toppers are now over 70 years old. They were smushed together in a tiny cardboard box with no lid and no protection, but they are in perfect condition other than the poor bride needing a new dress and veil. The second we pulled them out of the box Fiance and I looked at each other and decided that these would be our cake toppers.
The bride’s little bouquet is my favorite part 🙂
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might fix up the bride’s clothes? The fabric is pretty old and soft (her veil is tulle and dress is muslin) but not really ripped. The edge of the veil could just be trimmed to clean up the ragged edges. But everything is EXTREMELY wrinkled. I have a steamer but I think it would be way too big to help with this. Plus I’d probably burn my hands trying to hold her up into the steam, haha. Her veil and dress are both just tied on with little strings so if all else fails I could remove them and sew up something of my own, but I’d really like to keep the originals if at all possible. If anyone has any ideas I’d love to hear them!
Post # 3
I unfortunately have no good suggestions other than to say these are AWESOME!!!!
Post # 4
That is SO lovely!!! What about using the steam from a cappucino machine? Maybe that paired with some tongs or big tweezers to hold it? Silly putty on a plate to hold it in place?! Or a light spray mist of water and a hair dryer on low heat, low speed? I’m just throwing stuff out there….
Post # 5
@bakerella: OH those are all really good ideas!! We just got rid of our cappuccino machine (of course!) but maybe steam from a tea kettle would work…I could open the mouth of the spout so it doesn’t keep whistling and hold her with tongs into the steam of that. Hmmmmm….
Post # 6
Those are awesome!! What a great find.
My suggestion was put her in the bathroom when you take a hot shower, but I like the kettle idea. I think trying to keep the original dress is a good idea.
Post # 7
@Kant: I kind of like it as it is! They are lovely.
Post # 8
Honestly, I don’t think the wrinkling is even that bad. It looks very vintage and antique. I love this idea; it’s almost making me tear up! Congrats on such an awesome find!
Post # 9
@ladyartichoke: @brideatbeach: It doesn’t look as bad in pictures as it is in real life haha. She has a fairly realistic, um, crotch and bum, and it all shows because her skirt is wrinkled up so far. I don’t want everyone to get flashed/mooned by our cake toppers lol!
Post # 10
I created the outfit that both the groom and bride wore, and it was honestly easy to make. Here is a pic of my my cake topper. The brides outfit was the easies to make. The top was a tube top made out of white felt, the skirt was created as a mini bubble skirt, and the veil was made out of fabric that simulated a veil. Each of these were glued on. By the way I got all materials and fabric at Joann’s
Post # 11
Love your toppers. I was thinking what about removing the fabric bits and putting them between a pillowcase to iron? Alternatively, replace the tulle and use the boquet. My mom restored my grandma’s veil by replacing the tulle and salvaging the floral details on the headband and it still kept its vintage look without the yellowed tulle. you could also get ivory tulle if you think white would look too harsh against the antique bride. Or leave it alone, it’s really charming as is. I guess I really don’t think you could go wrong at all with these.
Post # 12
How precious! We used my great-grandparents’ cake topper from 1935. I would keep it in the bathroom for a couple of good hot showers and see what that does before really blasting it with steam.
Post # 13
How about contacting a doll maker to see if they could remake her dress? They are absolutely awesome!!
Post # 14
A warm rag should work fine, actually. Just don’t use anything that’s abrasively hot. Whatever you do, though, keep the original clothes! It really adds to the piece (which is super adorable, btw). The body & dress are both fairly white & should blend, so I don’t think you have to worry too much about her naughty bits being exposed. Ha ha Especially if you straighten the dress out.
Post # 15
I was gonna saw the steam from a kettle and some tongs! Let us now how it turns out! So cute 🙂