(Closed) Cutting my mom’s dress

posted 8 years ago in Family
Post # 3
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Aw, I can understand why its so hard to do.  Take your time with it.  But remember, your Mother gave you permission and in the end you and she will be so emotional over the transformation.  She’ll feel so honored to be able to see her dress used in the best way possible.  Because there really is no use in keeping a dress in a box for years other than the chance that your daughter may want it one day. 

Post # 4
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i did that too, i used the ribbon for my bouquet. i felt the same way, i hated cutting it. it was a little easier because there was already a chunk taken out because my sil used it in their wedding for a square in their chuppah. i did it with my mom, and she ended up doing the cutting for me.

Post # 5
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Maybe if you take a few more pictures of it you will feel better?  Just remember that she is fine with it and in the end you are taking something mediocre and making it GREAT!

Post # 6
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m dealing with a similar situation…

When my grandma died, she still had her wedding dress in it’s original box under her bed.  She had always made comments about not wanting her dress to be given away – she’d rather see it burned than used for a Halloween costume…

So as the oldest granddaughter, I ended up with it.  Since I really don’t want to store it (forever), I hit upon the idea of creating a clutch out of the fabric (some of which is usable, some is rotted).  My mom was thrilled with the idea.  She even offered to add in pieces from her wedding dress (currently residing in the barn, in it’s original box). (see a pattern here?)  

Now that we’re approaching the DIY time to cut into both dresses, mom is getting cold feet.  Well, alternate cold feet – one day she’s all gung ho, the next day she’s worried about “ruining” the dresses.  I think it may take a glass of wine or two to get the initial cuts made. 

It will be fine – for us and for you.  Better to make new memories with the old dress(es) than let them sit for years and years until they are rotted and unusable in any form.  Mingling the old & new memories is a great way to bring the past forward.

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