(Closed) Trying on your mom's dress: Tried it on for fun? Or used it as your dress?

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Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

i couldn’t try on my mom’s dress – i have about 50 lbs and 7 inches on her! 

Post # 33
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Honey bee

Me, too PP. I was 4 inches taller and 40 pounds heavy, at the time of my wedding. I’ve never even seen her gown in person. Her wedding was 29 years before mine and the gown is laying in the bottom of her cedar chest. I’m afraid we’d both be dissapointed if we saw the condition it’s in today.

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

this is so special! My mom’s dress was absolutely gorgeous and simple, it was a basic white underdress that my grandma made (and wore at her own wedding) with a lace overdress, a la Kate Middleton. My mom was so elegant and not into the usual “poof” style in the 80s. I would give anything to wear it but there just no way it would ever fit (my mom was barely 100 pounds when we got married) and the lace has yellowed over time.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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ellagrace:  this is a great idea. I was going to wear my mom’s sheath to my rehearsal dinner but it was damaged and had to be thrown out.

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee

I wanted to try my mom’s dress on, which was also my grandma’s, but my grandma threw it away. If it had fit, I would have worn it.

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee

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ellagrace:  I know. I doubt it would have fit even if it hadnt been tossed. I was two dresses sizes bigger than my mom was when she got married. 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

Darnit, I wish I had a picture of my mom’s dress but I don’t. I definitely did try it on though as my Grandma had kept both it and my aunt’s dresses in storage. I had no idea what they’d look like but before I went dress shopping my mom asked if I’d like to see them and possibly use one for my gown.

Unfortunately my mom’s dress is extremely extravagent-a train a mile long, tons of ruffles and lace and poof. It’s gorgeous but just a little too much for my taste and my mom made it clear she didn’t want it altered a ton, just so that it would fit me, so I had to decline. My aunt’s dress on the other hand is MUCH simpler.

I love it! My aunt passed away a few years ago so the dress is pretty much up for anyone who can use it. Since I’m the only one getting married (and probably the only one for awhile) and can fit into it, I’m being allowed to use it as my first look dress. I’ll have the sleeves shortened, the neckline altered and the hem made to a tea length, but overall I’m going to try to keep the essence of the dress intact. It’s so special and I’m excited to wear it!

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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ellagrace:  I just wanted to come back and share a picture of my veil that I had made with parts of my mom’s wedding dress. the tulle part of the veil was actually a removable cathedral length attachment from my mom’s veil with nothing on it. The veil maker cut that to the size I wanted and then added the lace I cut off of my mom’s dress. Here it is…

Post # 43
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

nice that everyone got to try their mothers’ dresses.  Mine had a minidress she made herself, kinda sheer pink floral.  She took it apart though (home ec teacher at the time) and my sister and I used to dress up our Barbies in scraps of the fabric to make gowns.  Loved the fabric back then, definitely not my style now!

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My mom’s dress from 1973 surprisingly fit like a glove (she’s shorter than me, but apparently was wearing major heels on the day), but it was a.) very 70s b.) very yellowed and c.) ripped in critical areas.  So we decided to take some of the lace and make a belt for my dress.  

Post # 45
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am wearing my mothers dress as a reception dress ๐Ÿ™‚ they were married in 1983 so its very lace but quite boho so quite on trend with whats around atm!!

I have attached a pic of my mums dress and what I am hoping to get done! (as a sidenote, she is more than happy for me to alter as much as I want) basically just removing the high neck, taking it in (it is too loose on me) and adding a sash! so excited

 

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