Post # 1
This isn’t your typical dress post. There’s only one photo, it’s scanned in and it’s over 50 years old!
I’ve mentioned before that I’m wearing my grandma’s dress. I finally got a chance to scan a picture of their wedding day so I can show you the dress in question! This is a picture of my Grandma and Papa on their wedding back in 1961! This was just after they had been named Husband and wife, so it’s not an awesome photo, but I love it anyways.
So about the dress. It’s silk with an organza over lay layer. It has a beaded center part where the overlay comes together at the waist (which you can’t see because of her bouquet), and a beaded lace collar edgin with the beading coming up from the center and getting heavier at the top. It’s also got a full beaded back, and the train goes about two feet, fully beaded and lacey.
While I love the dress as it is, I am making some small changes to it. I’m going to be changing the waist part (mostly because there is no way my waist is fitting into that dress without a corset!), and I’m removing the sleeves. The plan right now is to make it into straps, following the lace and beading up on the shoulders, making it slightly cap sleeve, slightly off the shoulder. That may change once I take it to my seamstress, and we figure out exactly how to save the most amount of the original beading and stuff. But I hope to keep the integrity of the dress, and I really hope that I look as amazing in it as she did!
Post # 3
Oh I love this! I think it will look great with the changes you’ve talked about.
Post # 4
That’s so exciting! Please keep us updated on the progress!
Post # 5
@cirk: oh wow. i’m kind of jealous! my grandma’s dress is pretty awesome and simple (and i do love simple gowns), but it’s tea length and i really have my heart set on a long gown with a train. my grandparents got married in 1949. *sigh* maybe i can wear it for the rehearsal dinner or something.
that is one beautiful gown. you’ll have to keep us posted on the alterations! best of luck. 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
That dress is so gorgeous. It’ll look so modern and nice (while being your something old) after all the alterations… I wish I could wear my grandmother’s dress!
Post # 7
What a beautiful story. I adore the picture of your grandma and have to say she is a gorgeous lady. Keep us updated on the progress. It’s a gorgeous dress and how WOW is your grandma’s hair!! Very ahead of her time in some ways. Love things like this.
Post # 8
Gorgeous dress and how special!! Seriously, there are so few dresses that are timeless, but that one has really held up. I can’t wait to see your photos.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! Yes, my Grandma was/is a styling lady lol. I adore her. I find it funny that with two red heads, I’m the only red head out of two kids and five grand children! I think I’m her favourite because of it haha.
I’m really excited to wear her dress. I fell in love with it when I was about 16, and always planned on wearing it if I ever got married. And now that it’s here, I’m so excited to do so. I start my alterations when I go home in December, and hope to get some good photos of the dress on me, better photos of it on my grandma, and an idea of what the final product will look like! I don’t want to ruin it in anyway, I want to keep the dress as close to the orignal as possible. I’m hoping the sleeves can be saved so I can make it into a bolero or something. We’re having a vintage feel to our wedding, and it all starts with this dress!
Post # 10
That dress is amazing!! I love your ideas for how to alter it, too. Hopefully the seamstress can make it happen. I love that you’re wearing her dress, and it will just make the whole day so much more special and rooted. Love it!!