Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wedding: The Dress

I received my great grandmother's wedding dress from my cousin over the weekend! This turn-of-the century dress is linen lace said to be handmade by nuns outside of Paris. It's one complete piece of lace with a soft empire waist and a small train in back. My great grandmother was known for her exquisite taste and this dress doesn't disappoint.

The dress also happens to fit me perfectly. Those skinny Bemis/Stockton/Williams genes are pretty dedicated through the generations. Now I just need to book a good seamstress to have a new satin lining made and to do something with the neckline (currently wide strap v-neck that isn't particularly flattering with my toothpick arms). How exciting!

21 comments:

Chelsea said...

Oh my goodness! You are so lucky to have this and also to have the figure that will fit into it. It looks gorgeous.

Jessica said...

It looks absolutely beautiful!

evolvingtastes said...

Gorgeous! Exciting indeed.

Elizabeth said...

you are SO lucky - can't wait to see a picture of the whole thing! How many brides in your family have worn it?

Leslie said...

wow. that's incredibly pretty. i can't wait to see the pics of your big day!

jordan said...

Oh my gosh that is so pretty I want to die.

MissEm said...

I'll show it to you next time you come over to the apartment!

Miche said...

You are so lucky that it is not only intact, but that it also fits you so perfectly!!!! Amazing!

Anonymous said...

Are you looking for a recommendation? I got married a few months ago and wore a lace dress from the 1920's. Leila at Persepolis Designs in the Marina did an amazing job adding a new slip and taking in the top.

MissEm said...

Thanks for the recommendation. If you wouldn't mind sharing; about how much did that cost you?

ashlynn said...

Amazing!

love.boxes said...

How wonderful. Something old and lovely for your something old. I think it must be the best luck to be married in a grandmother's dress.

marian said...

Dress is amazing. I almost used my great grandmother's dress, but in the end I was so petrified about making adjustments to it (I didn't want to "ruin" it for future generations) that I chickened out. I wish I hadn't, but hopefully my sister will be braver than I was. :-)

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Sara said...

yay!!! that is so wonderful

tiffany said...

What a treasure! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

e said...

the lace is gorgeous. i wish nuns today still made such lovely things.
can't wait to see the final results!

Anne said...

gorgeous!
i think getting the dress is one of the best parts of planning! :)

Mrs. Bryant said...

Fabulous!

Anonymous said...

To have a new slip added and the top taken in at Persepolis was not cheap. It was about $800. She had to take the entire top apart and put it back together to get the lace to "match" up. But the final price was exactly the same as what she quoted me, and she was a doll to work with, and she was really careful to preserve as much of the lace as possible, so I think it was worth it all in all.

Jessica said...

That is awesome that you can be married in a dress that is so sentimental!

Andie said...

I was married in my grandmother's dress as well. What a special thing to do. Can't wait to see it.