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Wedding Dress Quilts

Updated: 4 days ago

So, an interesting thing happened to me this morning. As I was frantically looking for my vehicle registration form in the loft (attic) - no, clambering over the ridiculous amount of junk up there is not that interesting - I found my wedding dress and my sister's bridesmaid dress. The photos actually look quite good considering what I've learnt about my skin tone since then. How I could have forced her into that orange contraption I do not know. I know - off the subject completely.


However, it set me thinking. I got married in 1982 - when? How long ago? Seriously it was the beginning of the decade that taste forgot. My wedding dress has been in that loft for the last 33 years - that's when I moved into this house. The problem is that there's sentimental attachment issues. Not a massive amount of them; I've been single for 18 years after all. But I don't want to just throw it out. Nobody would wear it now so selling is out of the question, not to mention it was made by my (ex)mother-in-law and it didn't cost a great deal. That's not to say she was cheap - I paid, but I was only 19 and didn't have a penny to my name what with the cost of buying my first home.


Anyway (getting back to the subject) I was thinking about what to do with all that satin fabric. Now that I quilt, why not make a quilt with it? There's plenty of it - yards of shiny cream and orange (peach if you're feeling generous) satin. I think the biggest challenge will be in designing a pattern - for both the patchwork and the quilting. Do I want patchwork? Orange and cream are really not my colours so I doubt I'd want it on the bed. I suppose I could make a wall-hanging? A cushion? A baby quilt? (Hmm, maybe a little late in the day for that.)


Maybe what's needed is a hint of what I am working with.



Ivory wedding dress with lace detail in a v on the front and a high neckline and peach bridesmaid dress in the same style.
My 1982 ivory wedding dress and my sister's peach bridesmaid's dress

So if you've done something with your wedding dress or you have ideas (nice ones only please) about what I could do with mine then get in touch. There's a 'Get in touch' button or you could leave a comment. I'd love to hear other people's views so please let me know.


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