"1926 Wedding Dressdonated by Kerri Peterson"
|Small though they are, these tears (along with others throughout this area of the bodice) are the result of the dress being stretched too tighlty on a mannequin that is too big for the slender proportions of this ensemble.|
|This part of the silk strap had been caught between the mannequin and its arm. This is the most serious spot of damage on this garment.|
The outfit is comprised of a dress and a short lace over-bodice. The dress is made of ivory silk, with snaps at the left shoulder, down the left side to the waist, and along the center back placket. The waistband is made of vertically gathered ivory silk, and fastens at the back with two hooks. The skirt of the dress is covered in a layer of ivory lace. The sleeves of the dress are also made of the same lace. The ivory lace over-bodice is waist-length, and the bottom edge makes good use of the edge of the lace design. The lace over-bodice snaps closed along the left shoulder and has five snaps down the left side to the waist. The lace over-bodice is edge with ivory silk piping along the neckline and armscythes.
|The lace over-bodice open to release the stress from the heavily endowed mannequin. Also, I think it's been put on inside-out! This side is showing the underside of the decorative piping and all the hand-stitches holding it in place.|
|This is where the left shoulder has snaps to secure the dress. You can see all of the hand stitching along the neckline of the dress, too.|
|The dress, with a bit of a green glare from the lighting.|
|Pleats on the bodice, and the gathered waistband.|
|Slight shattering on the right shoulder.|
|The lace over-bodice. It's a bit dusty, but seems structurally sound!|
|Close-up of the piping. Whoever displayed this actually had it on inside out, with the piping detail facing in! D'oh!|
|How beautiful! Shockingly, this photograph wasn't displayed near the actual dress, which seems silly to me (I'll definitely work it into the display). Also, doesn't she look so very much like Lady Edith Crawley? It must just be her classic beauty.|
The dress forms are made of styrofoam, so after I removed the arms and arm brackets, I rolled up the jersey cover and began carving away at the bust to achieve the proper shape and measurements. After some carving, I smoothed out the bust with a pot-scrubber--the only sandpaper-y thing I could find in the utility room. It actually worked great at smoothing out the jagged cuts, and even helped me achieve some fine detailing!
|Post-pot scrubber treatment (:|
|On the new dress form...I kinda like the dress better without the over-bodice.|
|Now the display looks super clean, polished, and professional, and the gown is allowed to be the focal point!|
|The bride is wearing a pearl necklace in her wedding portrait, so I tried to recreate the look with a necklace that was displayed on a 1906 Wedding Gown. I think it looks much more fitting here!|
|The necklace was broken in the back, so I had to do a bit of pinning to hold it in place...thank goodness for the pinnable dress forms! And look at that GORGEOUS clasp!|