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    Quilt from a wedding dress....ideas?

    I have been carrying around my wedding dress for almost 35 years now. My daughter couldn't fit into it..well, she did just I was smaller in the back than she was but everywhere else it fit...okay, I admit it was cause she didn't like it! It is a southern belle style with long sleeves and a hoop skirt. I thought it was perfect...I didn't want a long train but wanted a afull skirt.

    Okay, anyway.. its been in my closet in a plastic zipper bag and just has been carted around all athese years and 29 moves. So...any ideas on what to do with it? I was thinking when I bought it, that I could cut the skirt off and make it into a nice formal-wear skirt without the hoops, but that never happened!

    I am HUGE on memories and keepsakes... what can I do with the dress in the quilting department? I don't know the name of the fabric style other than chiffon skirt and a sheer something fabric over that with the ruffle of the same. THe top is all lace..sheer in the arms but with lining in the bodice. Long sleeves, regular neckline.

    I was thinking of just cutting it into maybe 6" squares and making charms out of it but that seems like alot of work for not much viewing pleasure since it is all white and no pattern to the fabric...other than the lace...and there is only the bodice of that so there isn't much of it to alternate lace square with solid square.

    I have 4 grand daughters....I always thought I'd cut it up and make them pillows ...Pillows from Nanny (they call me Nanny!) But that hasn't happened. If I wait a few more years (well, hopefully a LOT more years) the 12 year old might beinterested in wearing it for her wedding, but I thihnk I'd better just find something to do with it now!

    I also notice in the thrift stores they often have wedding dresses and other formals...if anyone has an idea they'd like to do with wedding dress style fabric...check your thrift store. I am going to do that next time I have the thought to make pretty pillows!

    But...what about the dress? Any thoughts, Ideas or solutions?
    Cheri

    www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

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    We had a similar thread just a few days ago and some of the suggestions included making: Keepsake quilt; christening gown; pillows; ringbearer pillow for grandchildren's weddings. I love the christening gown idea! Surely you will get a lot of creative ideas here.
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    Scottie Mom Barb

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      #3
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      My mother in law made a very small copy of my weddingdress, she made a christening gown out of it, very beautiful!
      But that is not much help.....your granddaughters are way past christining age.....
      The thread Buddy talks about had some very nice pictures in it, but I can't remember witch thread it was.
      I hope the lady that posted those will read this and post them again....

      I wish you luck, and don't forget to post pictures when you start working on it!!!!!!!
      It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive!


      www.memoryquiltsbyklasien.nl

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        Baby things are done with. I have all the grand babies I will have. I can maybe make something for themfor their wedding days..ring pillow or something ilke that, but I'd rather make them (or me!) something to use now...that's why I was thinking quillt. Pillows for using won't be good as the lace/sheer fabric wouldn't be good for head comfort! I embelish something with it would work but not it alone. Plus.. I don't think any of the kids would want any one thing "made from Nannys wedding dress" so that is why I was thinking a little piece of it for each of them....
        Cheri

        www.fabricandmemories.blogspot.com

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          #5
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          Hi! What about using pieces of,your dress in a crazy quilt which I only learned about from several wonderful ladies on this,forum... If the fabric is plain, it could be embellished with fancy trims, buttons, charms, etc... If u chck back under the " quilting questions" forum, you should find the thread I started and the great suggestions offered. Let us know what u decide to do...

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            #6
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            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfifw...ure=plpp_video

            check out the GORGEOUS quilts at the end of this video. Would be a perfect way to use a wedding dress.
            Cathryn

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              #7
              Re: Quilt from a wedding dress....ideas?

              I've seen people use the materials that would be used in a wedding dress to make the cover for a wedding album in a crazy quilt pattern. You could not only make one for your own wedding pictures, but any children getting married. Then it could be a keepsake for all of them.

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                #8
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                Fantastic way to make a double wedding ring and that is surely on my bucket list. I see a new book/template in my near future.
                Those quilts made for her daughters were gorgeous, too.

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                  A friend of mine had this fantastic wedding dress. Sadly, her marriage didn't last. She didn't want to just pitch the dress, but had no real reason to keep it. She finally got creative and turned it into a tree skirt. I have a wedding dress that is never going to be used again (no daughters to pass it along to). It was hand-made by my mom and is just gorgeous, but I've lately been thinking of considering dismantling it and using the fabric in a quilting project. We'll see.
                  If you can't see it from 50 yards away on a galloping horse, it doesn't matter.

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                    #10
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                    I think it would be incredibly elegant to make a quilt from the fabric of dress but use lots of different blocks, a block of the month style pattern, and then use the quilting to emphasis the pattern of the blocks while retaining the simplicity of a single colour.

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                      #11
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                      Maybe making a quilt using the dress fabric for applique? Something symbolic of your whole family? Shaping squares of the dress fabric in to butterflies like is suggested for old hankies? Putting photos on the quilt? Good luck with it. Whatever you try, the sentimentality effect will come across and whoever is its recipient, they will love it!
                      Cynthia

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                        #12
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                        So many good suggestions. I would say making something that will not have to be washed a lot. The fabric in some wedding dresses is such that it will not hold up to many washings.

                        Good luck and be sure to let us know what you decide to make and give us pictures.
                        Donna
                        MSQC: Where Strangers become Friends and Friends become Family!

                        "The soul would have no rainbows, if the eyes had no tears."native American wisdom

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                          #13
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                          Christening gown!!! When my daughter got married, she chose her own gown, not mine. I had a seamstress take my wedding dress apart (Victorian style dress) and make 2 Christening gowns with bonnets and 2 Ringbearer pillows. I had one Christening gown very frilly with the beading and then added pink ribbon. The other Christening gown was more subdued with 2 vertical rows of lace down the front and alittle beading and finally added the blue ribbon. My daughter has used both Christening gowns, and now has an heirloom to pass down. The ring bearer pillows remain in my cedar trunk, waiting patiently for the next wedding. I still have 3 shoe boxes on the top shelf of my closet, they have scraps of lace, satin and crenoline along with some of the beads, waiting for the day I tackle a crazy quilt.
                          If your dreams don't scare you...then they are not BIG enough. DARE TO DREAM!
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                            Oh, I want to tackle a "crazy quilt" but I need to start collecting the laces, silks, velvets, beads, rick rack, etc. for it. I want to do each block as I go along as I think it would be easier for me. I have been reading about it and I am taking a class on Craftsy about it. Good luck to you. Piece and blessings, Vicki

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                              #15
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                              I would make a quilt from it and do something memorable on each block- like red roses for the first time he brought you roses, kids names for the children you have together, etc. Something different on each block that represents a special memory of your marriage.
                              "You've never really learned to live until you've done something for someone for which they can never repay you." ~Ralph Hall

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