At Lillian Mae Bridal we often get brides who want to find a way to wear or incorporate their mother's wedding dress on their own special day. Our owner, Leslie, is not only amazing at bridal alterations but is an expert seamstress who can help brides transform their mother's vintage wedding dress into a modern and one-of-kind gown.
Amani was a Lillian Mae bride who wanted to take the dress her mother wore and make it a style all her own. We began with her mother's longsleeve wedding gown that was covered in beautiful corded lace appliques.
Amani on wanting to use her mother's gown:
If a vintage wedding dress was not previously cleaned and preserved in acid free paper, it may have yellowed significantly from the original white or ivory color. The same result will happen if a preservation box was opened years before the use date. Silver beading will tarnish as well. We can often clean vintage lace to get it closer to the original color or replace tarnished or missing beading. We cleaned Amani's mother's dress in house and had a significant improvement in color. We also use a professional preservation company if needed.
Amani wanted to go with a modern 2-piece look, so Leslie helped her design a stylish v-neck, racer back silk dupioni top with appliques from her mothers original dress. The separate skirt was made into a full pleated skirt with a silk dupioni lining added.
Amani on working with Lillian Mae Bridal:
Creating something custom or updating a vintage gown is always a process so be prepared for multiple fittings, anywhere from 4+, to allow your seamstress to perfect the design and fit. The options are endless when it comes to creating something custom to your style so don't be afraid to think out of the box and discuss your ideas with your seamstress!
Congratulations to Amani and husband Josh! Thank you for allowing us to show the transformation of your beautiful vintage wedding gown.