I've decided to do a little Friday series about our wedding, leading up to our first anniversary. Last week I shared with you how I organized my ideas. This week is all about what I wore, but really, it is the story of how I wore my Nana's wedding gown. But let's start at the beginning of the adventure, in my ideas binder, I loved this one gown by Priscilla of Boston.
Orange Restoration Labs, I emailed her, then brought her the dress. Hop over to Sally's website and look at the before and afters, she's a miracle worker. Restoring vintage dresses is her passion! I'll wait. She was very optimistic about it. I took it home that night, called my mom and Auntie Betsy and we decided to go for it. The result was nothing short of a miracle and any remaining thoughts of other gowns dissapeared. Sally was also recommended a gown maker near my parents that she trusted to do the necessary alterations on the vintage gown. Michael did a great job with the alterations, making a slip with lace trim that matched the trim on the gown and adding a wrist strap for the train. He removed the sleeves in a way that they could be reattached later if someone else wanted them. He also swapped Nana's veil off of the headband it was on onto a comb so that it could be tucked under the Juliet cap.
|Nana Auntie Betsy|
|One of many fittings|
Michael was able to tell me all about the dress. Made during WWII era, they didn't have actual silk for dresses. They were making parachutes with all the real silk. This dress was made of Skinner satin, it feels like satin but it is actually made from woodchips. The largest manufacturer was in Holyoke, MA; right near UMass Amherst (where we went to college)! Auntie Betsy had material from the train made into panels to expand the waist, by a "little Italian lady in the North End" and wore a big puffy slip. Also, apparently giant shoulder pads were cool in the 50's and the 80's. Michael removed the sleeves and the shoulder pads and tailored the dress, he also added some vintage trim in the bottom front and made a slip with the same trim. I'm not sure if I wore bigger heels or wore the dress longer but it was longer.