Saturday, January 24, 2009

Third generation dress.


This is Emily. This is Emily's dress. It is, miraculously, a fusion of her mother's and grandmother's wedding gowns. Grandma's gown supplied a very sweet satin panel for the bodice (see those little satin "petals" in the center?) and some fine 1940s lace. Mom's high necked, long sleeved dress became the template for a sweetheart bodice gown with cap sleeve style lace straps. I added yards and yards of tulle underneath the skirt to give it some pouf, and the gathered lace straps are made from the salvaged sleeves.
For a bit of polish, I added covered buttons down the back, made from the slipper satin of Grandma's dress. That lace waistband was, on mom's dress, a ruffle that wrapped around the shoulders, prairie-style. Much nicer this way, don't you think?