Post # 1
I decided to wear my Mom’s wedding dress long ago, it fits perfectly, just had to have it shortened a bit. We discovered a few small holes, or where the fabric is very thin in the under layer of the dress (see-through chiffon overlay mostly covers them up) I got a call from the lady who did the alterations and she has described the fabric as “Rotten”. She said it’s up to me if it is wearable or not. She was able to patch the holes but you can see there has been work done when you look closely.
I don’t know if I should wear it or not! I want to be comfortable and not have to worry about it falling apart while dancing, or hugging people, or tromping around taking pictures before the ceremony.
Wedding is in just over 2 months! What would you do???
Post # 3
Would it be possible to just wear it for the actual ceremony and then change into a second dress for the reception?
Post # 4
I am sorry about your mom’s dress 🙁
I would go and try on the dress and examine the spots that she is talking about, then I would decide whether to wear it or not.
Post # 5
I second MaggieMae – Your right you don’t want to worry about it and that way you’d still be able to wear it and have pictures in it but then you’d be able to enjoy yourself at the reception.
Post # 6
I agree with Maggie Mae and June. Great idea.
Post # 7
You said the sheer overlay hides some of the holes underneath? Is it possible to replace the underlying fabric and still keep the overlay?
Post # 8
I agree that this is a good situation to be a two-dress bride. You can be in mom’s dress for the ceremony and photos, and then switch to something that can withstand dancing for the reception. See what you can buy off the rack – if you’re an “average size” bride there should be plenty to choose from. You could “dress down” a bit too, and go for a bridesmaid dress or formal-prom style dress. Good luck!!
Post # 9
You could consider having the dress remade, use the parts of it that are still in good condition and add in fabric to replace what is damaged like futuremominlaw said.
Post # 10
It probably has dry rot. Does the fabric feel stiff or delicate? My rehearsal dinner dress was from the 40’s and had dry rot, and I wore it anyway, and it ripped to shreds by the end of the night. I could hear it rip every time it moved! Unfortunately, there really isn’t a way to salvage the dress. I would probably just have it as a keepsake and wear something else.