The other day. someone reminded me about a wedding dress I was given a few years ago. The owner was going to dump it, as she know longer felt particularly sentimental about her wedding (another story, I suppose.) A mutual friend asked if she could rescue it and give it to me to use in my crafts. It was guipuire lace, with pearls sewn on. Over the years, I have actually used quite a bit of the lace section.
It got me thinking about my own wedding dress.
Bernie and I have been married for nearly 42 years.
My dress consisted of a satin sleeveless dress in a sort of Princess line, and over it a long sleeve coat with a short train in a lovely ribbon lace.
For years after our marriage, the dress was in a box in a high cupboard in the office at Fletcher Christian. I never got it down to look at it. I remember someone telling me they thought the rats had been in the cupboard, and I was too scared to look.
Then about 15 years ago I brought it over here to "Devon". I had a quick look inside the pillowcase in which I kept it, and ascertained it was not in too bad a state - just a couple of stains, but I did not open it right out. Perhaps I felt it would be kind of strange seeing a garment that was 3 or 4 sizes smaller than I wear now!!
Anyway, back to this week. Thinking about that wedding dress, I decided I would cut it up. The ribbon lace would be lovely to use in collages and some of the little things I make. I knew it would take a little bit of courage to make the first cut, but I did not think it was such a special or unique garment that it was worth preserving for posterity. By the way, that is no reflection on our marriage - my husband is definitely a 'keeper!' And I did feel very special in the dress on the day!
Anyway, only this morning Kim asked me about it. She said there was a Fundraiser coming up where old wedding dresses would be paraded and displayed. And she asked if I could show her mine.
So out it came. I was pleasantly surprised. There were still a couple of fairly inconspicuous stains, and a yellowing in some parts - but not too bad. And I still had the veil and headdress too.
Kim tried it on. It was an absolutely perfect fit on her!
My kitchen is not a very glamorous or romantic background, is it?
Sorry - but looking at these pictures, the outfit reminds me a bit of a nightie and dressing gown! Perhaps the bouquet and hairstyle gave it a different look! Or have I been looking at too many strapless and off the shoulder wedding gowns that show far more flesh than mine did??
Kim was appalled when I said she was lucky I had not taken the scissors to it only yesterday!!!
So perhaps it is going to have one more special outing!
Will I cut it up after that?
The jury is still out on that one.