- 8 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
Okay, I just have to brag on my mom, her dressmaking skills are AMAZING! She always sewed clothes for me growing up, which usually matched hers and made me cringe inside (sailboat dress anyone??) My grandmother, my aunt, and her all made their own wedding dresses so they had a hard time swallowing my $3k budget when we went shopping. I found two dresses I really liked but we had a short engagement and getting either of them on time was really questionable.
I loved the pinky color of this one (and it was everyones favorite)
but if I had to choose, the modern touch of this one was more “me”.
After my mom spent enough time telling me “I could make this for cheaper” I finally agreed to let her do it.
She went BANANAS. After realizing what was at stake she spent two or three days asking me if I was SURE that I wanted her to make it (“what if you hate it?!”) I even got the rare call from my father asking if this was a good idea (“You know your mother is freaking out about this. And when she falls to pieces from worrying I have to live with her.”) As if this whole thing was MY idea!!
So I drove three hours to go visit her and made a trip to the sewing store. And back in the store, hidden under some scraps, still in it’s shipping box, was THE fabric. It was EXACTLY the color of the dress I had originally loved, a light shimmery pinky peach in bridal satin, AND it was 40% off. After this sign from the gods, my mom was sold and spent hours pouring over couture dressmaking books and fitting me. I think she re-made the patterns 4 or 5 times. She drove 3 hours to fit me for the dress several times and spent hours cutting all of the lace off her wedding dress to re-bead and sew into mine.
Let me take a moment to comment how I love my mother and I SO dont deserve this. Fiance and I didnt even tell my family until we had been engaged for 3 weeks because I didnt want them to be “overconsulting” on my wedding plans (i know, Im terrible). I can’t believe the kind of time and effort she put into this, especially with me wanting a “bustier” kind of look a la monique lhullier, involving lots of extra seaming and boning (I know, “mom can’t you just make something overly complicated like I want?”)
ANYWAYS, here are the pics! We had to fit the bustier before sewing on all the lace taken from her wedding gown, so you’ll see the pins and how it isnt fully attached yet. but when I tried it on i actually teared up, and I just have to brag on how amazing she is. It’s the perfect blend of my two favorite dresses and sooo gorgeous. She even somehow managed to give me some cleavage from some padded inserts and my B cups.
CAN YOU BELIEVE SHE MADE THIS?!!
Oh, and the ballgown skirt comes off and theres a pencil skirt underneath for the reception.
Sound off, bees! what do you think?