- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I am getting married next July to the love of my life Ben. I am shopping for a gown to wear through most of the ceremony and reception but would love to change into my late mother’s gown at some point in the evening. I think this will be a lovely way to celebrate her and keep her a part of my wedding even though she passed when I was a child.
The problem is that like me, my mother was a crafter who often started things but did not always finish them. So right now her gown is somewhat deconstructed. In going through her old letters I found out that she cut the gown apart to make a basset for my now 35 year old brother.
Needless to say the bassinet was never made and the dress is in several pieces. The fabric has been sitting in our attic and requires a good cleaning. Right now the sleeves and top are enact and the a bottom half of the gown which attached under the bra line are separate. Its more or less a cross between a sheath and an a line dress with a lace overlay and lace sleeves.
If possible I would love to remake it into a short look kind of like this.
So my question is, does anyone have any good recommendations for a dress maker or bridal alterations person who could reimagine the gown in either Los Angeles or Orange County California?
Also because the fabric has been sitting around for forty years it is a bit smelly and has a small stain. Should I get it cleaned before I try and make the gown to see if it is salvageable? Or should I wait until the gown is made?
I do not want to ruin the fabric but it the smell won’t come out then there is no use in making the dress.
Bee’s any thoughts or suggestions would be truly appreciated.