The Textiles of Weddings and Babies

My Grandmother’s wedding dress

Made by her mother

A fitted basque with puffed sleeves and overskirt
And a high-waisted underskirt
She looked exquisite.
A hand made dress for some long-ago baby
Carefully pintucked
And with beautiful lace insertion
And the not-so-anonymous baby (Aunt Susan) with Grandmother

7 thoughts on “The Textiles of Weddings and Babies

  1. Those are very beautiful!

    My mother made her own wedding dress, but by 5th grade I couldn't even fit into it. She was tiny! I think she weighed 100 pounds when she got married 🙂 Even my best friend in 5th grade couldn't fit into it, and she was very skinny.

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  2. Just beautiful! I have a few handmade baby things that were made for me, some with the tucks and embroidery, but nothing as delicate and elaborate as this.
    Apparently people ironed baby clothes once upon a time!
    Wouldn't it be nice to see pretty, feminine wedding dresses come back in style and to see the strapless ballgown look go away!

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  3. LV, that's funny about the ironing. Father said, “Want me to iron it?” when I laid it out on the bed. What a dear. I told him it might not survive. I think I'm going to very carefully iron the baby dress and mount and frame it. This is a lovely way to preserve small dresses, bonnets, doilies and bits of lace.

    Jodie Anna, Thank you! Yes, my grandmother was a knock-out. We have a picture of her on the beach, in bathing suit (ca. 1940 something) leaning on a convertable. She looks like a movie star. My sister and I look at that picture and say, “Why couldn't we have gotten some of those genes?”

    And thank you everyone else! Michelle, I could no more fit into that dress than I could fly. And I don't know how young I would have to have been to do it! I am glad that I will be able to pass these down. I have sort of turned into the family textile history archivist.

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