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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A wedding dress skips a generation

I spent some time on a personal project that holds great meaning for me.
My beautiful niece Angela is marrying soon, and she will be wearing her grandmother's- my mother's- wedding dress for the ceremony.
It is impossible to overstate how much it means to Angela's mom- my sister Betsi- and me and her other aunts, that Angela made the  choice to wear the dress of the grandmother she never knew, but who would have loved her beyond description.
My own grandmother made this dress for her daughter's wedding, 66 years ago.  The dress was originally white; though professional cleaning helped brighten it, it is now ivory, and some darker discoloration was impossible to remove.  It fit nearly perfectly and needed only minor alterations.
I didn't have the expertise to make the alterations myself, but I sourced lace-covered buttons to replace the badly discolored originals, and laid my hands to this dress which was made by my grandmother's hands for my mother, and will be worn by my beloved niece.
No spoilers, so no photos of the dress or my mom's wedding pictures, until after Angela's wedding day.  But here's a peek at the button replacements.

8 comments:

  1. What an honor and what a gift you are giving to your niece. I have also altered a precious multi generational wedding gown which was sometimes challenging to see my stitches through the tears...blessings for a long and happy marriage to your niece and her soon to be husband.

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    1. Thank you! Isn't it wonderful to work on heirloom textiles? Especially when it's your own family :)

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  2. Wow! I can feel the warmth in your writing! I am also beyond excited reading this...what a wonderful gift your niece is giving everyone!! I cannot wait to see the photos!!!

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    1. Thank you Darlene! I hope you saw the wedding pics from the post on 7/13. I appreciate your comment and I'm sorry it got lost and I just got it!

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  3. What a beautiful story Deb, I can't wait to see the photo's to follow from the wedding.

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    1. Hi Sarah- I'm sorry, this is another comment that I never received! Did you see the photos? I did a post on 7/13 with pics. I've seen you since you left this comment- you must think I'm weird for not responding! Deb

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  4. How wonderful! I am anxious to see pictures. I wanted to wear the wedding dress that my mom and aunt wore, but it was damaged in a flood. It seems rare that wedding dresses are still passed down, so it’s heartwarming to read your story!

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  5. Su-Z, I hope you did see the wedding pictures, in the blog post from July 13 I think! The wedding was wonderful and my niece looked fabulous in her grandmother's dress.

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