Shirley married on her birthday in May, 1958. The wedding was semi-formal as is reflected by this dress. It is tea-length satin and was stored for years in a black trash bag in the attic. My father in law was going to throw it away after his wife died, but I told him I'd like to save it. It is as yellowed as it looks in the first picture.
Here's a close up of the lace on the bodice. I'm sure it's a synthetic. The top border is very pretty and there are sequins stitched on, too.
I took the gown thinking that I might be able to re-make it into something else to be passed down in the family.
I'd like to hear your ideas. I've had 2 of my own. I could make a christening gown from it. I have 5 children and my husband's brother has 3, so I'm not sure who would want the christening gown, but I could save it for whoever was interested. My other thought is to make 3 small purses or bags for the 3 granddaughters (my 2 girls and BIL's 1). I'm not sure what I could do in that direction, but I like the idea of making 3 of something for the 3 girls. I'd love to hear what you think and any ideas you have. Also, does anyone know the proper way to clean this? I love Biz, but I'm not sure what it would do to an old synthetic. Thanks for reading my blog!
|The back bodice and zipper.|