Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Grandma's wedding dress

50 years and two days ago my grandparents got married. The marriage didn't last very long, my grandpa left my nana and my dad when my dad was a toddler.
My grandmother, a very beautiful and strong woman, made her own satin gown. From this pattern:
 She hand-covered each button and made the veil as well. This week we pulled the dress out of its box in the back of my grandmother's closet and I tried it on.
Here's me with my grandmother, Carol Hadford.
I wish I'd known about this when I got married. I loved my dress, but this one has some wonderful history and it'd be great to see it redeemed.

Here's what my dress looked like:
It was $99 and I felt pretty. If I had it to do over I'd choose something with less train. The bustle broke during the reception and dancing was near impossible. I love the classic silhouette of my Nana's dress and it is easier to dance in.

2 comments:

Brigette Black said...

I love this for reasons you could probably predict-- I've loved going through my nana's things this past week and seeing her amazing talent and style. However, my mom and nana are/were both SUPER tiny (100 pounds, 4'10") so it'd be hilarious if I tried to fit into their dresses!
Great post! I love family threads.

Forevermelody said...

I thought about you a lot this week. We need to hang out again soon.

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