i got an email a couple of days ago from a member of my "very confusing to explain" extended family, shauna, looking for suggestions on how to refashion her vera wang wedding dress. i'll let shauna explain the significance of the gown in her own words:
"I bought my dream Vera Wang dress for my wedding and because it was very expensive, the only way I could justify spending the money was to buy it knowing that I would sell it after my wedding. So after my wedding I sold my dress on eBay to a young woman in Pensylvania. Through the sale process, we became friends. She and her husband to be were getting married in 2001 on the same weekend Simon and I had been married. We emailed back and forth quite a lot, and she was selected to be on a TV show called 'A Wedding Story' which follows real life couples through their marriage preparations and ceremony. The reason she and her fiancee were selected was because the bride (Niki) had Cystic Fibrosis. The programed showed how she and her husband dealt with her disease and also with the knowledge that she would likely not live very long.
After their wedding, Niki's health started to deteriorate. She died less than a year after her own wedding. Before she died she asked her husband to send the dress back to me after she passed. It arrived at my house a week after her death and was a complete surprise. So I now have this dress and it is very special to me.
I had the dress cleaned and I currently have it wrapped in a cotton sheet and stored in a cedar chest. It seems a shame to let it waste away in the basement like that. I don’t have a daughter to wear the dress one day and I could never sell it. I would love to have the dress remade into something but I just don’t know what. I contacted a lady who makes bears out of old fur coats but she was concerned that there wasn’t enough silk and her prototype bear looked ugly (her words – I didn’t ever see the prototype).
It has a sleeveless silk bodice with a bateau neckline and an illusion back. The drop waist poofs out into 13 layers (weird that there are 13 since brides tend to be superstitious) of the nicest tulle ever. There is a crinoline underneath and then a silky skirt (probably polyester) underneath it all and next to the skin. On the back of the dress (from the neck to the hem) is a row of tiny silk covered buttons with small bows on each third button. If you have any ideas as to what I can do with it I would love to hear them."
what do you think, crafty ladies? any ideas? please leave a comment or send me an email and i'll forward all suggestions on to shauna...