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A Wedding Dress Legacy

A Wedding Dress Legacy

Stacey Paradise sent us her wedding dress and this note:

“This is my wedding dress from 2003. I’d like an ornate gown, romper, unisex bonnet and bib for my future grand babies. I have 3 daughters but I also have stage 4 breast cancer I would like to discuss wedding items for my 3 with you with what I have leftover.”

We made the christening items along with some memory flowers for her daughters to use some day in their wedding bouquets.

  

Wedding Dress Converted to Blanket, Bears and Flowers

Judith Mosier sent her wedding dress to have us make several items including a patchwork blanket, a couple of bears, tooth fairy pillows, a couple of cabbage patch doll dresses and roses.

Her wedding dress had limited amounts of lace that we placed on different squares.  We also created patterns with ribbon and different strips of the different materials to  create variety.

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Wedding Dress Converted to Heirloom Gifts

Susan Patricia decided to take full advantage of the materials from her dress when she sent it to us.  She wanted a variety of items made for her children, grandchildren and future grandchildren.  We made a couple of wedding garters, some embroidered kerchiefs and a ring pillow.  We pulled the satin binding from three baby blankets and replaced it with the satin from the wedding dress.  We also made a couple of sashes for future wedding bouquets, a Christmas ornament and a couple of zippered storage pouches.

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We took the outside edges of some of the lace and created a satin ribbon to make the garters[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]

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The kerchiefs for her daughters have lace trim.  All three kerchiefs were embroidered with the recipient’s initial and “Love Mom” on them.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]

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The ring pillow used some of the lace and bead work.[/ezcol_1third_end]

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We pulled the original binding off these blankets and put new binding made from the WD satin.  We also added and embroidered heart label[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]

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The ornament was made from a mix the veil tulle and some of the bits of lace and beadwork from the WD.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]

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The two zippered pouches were made from a patchwork of WD materials.[/ezcol_1third_end]

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These sashes are for wrapping a future bridal bouquet[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]

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We made two stemmed roses for inserting into future bridal bouquets.[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]

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We also used the materials from the veil and added lace from the WD to make a new veil.[/ezcol_1third_end]

 

Wedding Dress Memory Flowers Worn By Family

Engle WD01These memory flowers were created from a wedding dress. Margot Engle and her sister brought their mother’s wedding dress to my studio looking to have floral Corsages and Boutonniere’s made from it.

Their mother had just been moved to a convalescent home. In cleaning out her home, they came across the wedding dress and, thinking they had some time, decided to have it made into floral pieces that the family could wear at their mother’s funeral when the time finally came.

Unfortunately, Margot’s mother took a turn for the worse about a week or so after they had left the dress with me. Olga and I put it into over-drive to get the flowers done sooner. Working day and night, we were able to move our scheduled finish time up considerably. About a half hour after I had finished the last boutonniere, Margot called to tell me that her mother had passed. The family had a lovely memento of a much loved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

My deepest sympathy goes out to Margot and her family.

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Corsage group for the women of the first generation.

Corsage group for the women of the first generation.

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Group of Boutonnieres for the men of the first generation

Group of Boutonnieres for the men of the first generation

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Group of corsages for the women in the second generation

Group of corsages for the women in the second generation

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Group of boutonnieres for the second generation men

Group of boutonnieres for the second generation men

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Group of corsages for the third generation women/girls

Group of corsages for the third generation women/girls

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Group of boutonnieres for the third generation of males

Group of boutonnieres for the third generation of males

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