Thursday, July 23, 2009

since we speak wedding at my house...

...when Kelly said that she'd be doing wedding dresses on "show us where you live Fridays", I thought I'd see how my dress has held up over the years. Twenty two years to be exact.




My mom made my wedding dress. I remember going to the fabric store downtown because the regular fabric stores didn't have fancy lace and fabric. (and I still remember how much the lace cost and how shocked my mom was at how expensive it was.)





I saw the dress in a bridal magazine while I was doing mission work in California and we found a pattern that was fairly close, with princess poofy sleeves and lots of buttons. Lots and lots of buttons.










There are thirty three buttons down the back and fourteen buttons down the sleeves. Teeny tiny buttons. Fortunately, I have small hands. Unfortunately, I couldn't button the back of my dress up myself.










Mom also fixed the veil as well. Some sort of crown thing that was popular during the eighties. I think it was meant to sit on the head and not mush down enormous hair.







I'm not sure if you can tell it here, but I was thin when I was young(er.) um...maybe thin isn't the word. I was skinny. I measured the waist tonight and it measures 24 inches. I'm happy to report that I measured one of my thighs and it's not as big now as my waist was then. Almost but not quite. Don't as me why I torture myself with things like that. In my head, I think that I should still be that thin. However, 22 years of birthin' babies followed by lots of pie and cheese fries have not been kind to my waist. (They have, however, been more beneficial to other parts of my figure...if you get my drift.)

Anyhow, the dress is all tucked away again. Maybe someday I'll drag it out and show it to my grandbabies. Far far down the road.

9 comments:

Owlhaven said...

How fun!!! I wore my mom's dress for my (also 80's) wedding.

Mary, mom to many

Abba's Girl said...

I would like to fit in my wedding dress next summer for my 25th anniv...

Love, Annette H

annie's eyes said...

I bet it's especially sentimental with Jessi's upcoming wedding. All the memories flood me right now. Loved seeing the pictures of your dress. Your mom was a great seamstress. Do you sew? Love, A

Karen said...

I sewed once for a home ec project with disastrous results. However, there are times when I wouldn't mind taking it up again. I think I would like to quilt someday. In my spare time. as soon as I find some spare time.

Aggie said...

Just visitng from Kellys Korner.

I love that your mom made your dress that is so sweet.

pumpkinpatches said...

wow, thank you so much for sharing! I love the fact that your mom made your dress!! Thank you for sharing.

Traci said...

I was the same way...in my 20's I was super skinny, now I bet my thighs have it on the waist I had. I'm not going to measure though. Some things are best not known. And other things--like where the pie and chips are right now--are taking up more of my time.

mom said...

Karen, you brought back memories of my mom and I going into a fabric store for the same purpose. Only God had another idea. Hanging by the silky wedding fabrics was a very simple dress. I told her it was exactly what I wanted and the clerk overheard us and said it was for sale. I tried it on and it fit perfectly! I think it was less than $100 and had one of those hood veils with a long train. I doubt if any of my girls would wear it as it is so plain, but I wouldn't choose differently 29 years later!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

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