Erin had the sentimental idea of wearing her mother’s wedding gown.
The problem was, there were parts of it she wanted to change.
Erin and her mom brought the gown to me and we set to work helping Erin decide which parts of the dress to keep and which to change. We knew right off the bat the sleeves had to go. The covered up chest and collar did not make the cut. As I was sketching the new design, Erin was talking about possibly wanting a different dress for the reception.
That’s when we decided to make the bodice separate with two different skirts.
The long one with the train from her mother’s dress and a short sassy one for the reception.
I used lace that matched her mom’s bodice lace. I used chiffon that was a perfect match to mom’s skirt fabric.
I added several layers of lining to the bodice because in the 90’s they just didn’t make wedding dresses with enough layers for my liking. Back then corset bras and petticoats were a separate purchase, not sewn into the dress.
Not only did we convert mom’s wedding gown into a contemporary version of itself, but also
converted into TWO totally different looks for ceremony and reception.