In September, we posted about our Moms in the Studio day. Brittany and I invited our moms to the studio to discuss our wedding dresses! Both Brittany and I wanted to wear our moms' wedding dresses, but we both needed to do some major updating before that could happen. As beautiful as the dresses are and were (in 1975 and 1986), we wanted to pull them into 2013! Months of work later, our dresses are done!! Check out the transformation of my dress:
|Left to Right: Marilyn's Wedding Dress, My Mom's Wedding Dress, Brittany's Mom's Wedding Dress|
|Before any work has been done. Look at those sleeves!!|
|For now, the sash is just a strip of fabric and a strip of trim (held by my mom hiding behind the skirt!)|
First: The Sleeves
|Goodbye sleeves! They were stitched on like any sleeve would be so they were very simple and unobtrusive to remove.|
|So happy the sleeves are gone!|
|Playing around with the sleeve length. I knew I wanted a cap sleeve to give a little more coverage for my Catholic wedding, but the shoulders were a little to broad for me for the sleeves to remain the same.|
Next: Tackling the neckline!
|V-Neck? Decision for now: wait until mom comes to town and have her help you decide ;)|
|The back was easy (but time consuming) to de-bead. The front was a different story. Many of the beads had been glued on so I had to take all of the lace off completely. I reused lace from the sleeves to recover the bodice.|
|No neckline, no sleeves, no lace! At this point, the front piece of lace was the only one I had removed from the sleeves so if you look carefully, you can tell that the bodice is mostly bare.|
|What a train!|
|Plain lace on the back|
|After many hours of cutting threads and plucking beads, I had enough plain lace to cover the entire bodice!! To make sure that the lace would lay flat on my body, I put the dress on a dress form to pull and pin the lace into place.|
|All of the lace sewn on except for the overlapping pieces going over the bust! To avoid Madonna cone-boobs, I cut a slit in each lace piece going over the bust. This way, I was able to pull each half flat over the curves.|
|Not all of it came out perfect though... Do you see the oval piece on this side that's a little bubbly? I know it's small and not that noticeable, but the perfectionist in me had to fix it.|
Enter Mom :)
While the boys were out bachelor partying, my mom and I sequestered ourselves to the studio to FINISH THE DRESS! Since all of the lace had been sewn on, all that was left was the giant decision of what to do with the neckline and the sleeves. Many hours, a trip to Hobby Lobby, and a tired Meghan later, the dress was DONE.
|Tired Meghan! But so happy the dress is done and beautiful :)|
Now onto the professional pictures! A huge thank you to my photographer Autumn Harrison!!