It all started when my best friend moved away. I house-sat for her mother a few weeks later, and in a tearful bout of nostalgia I snatched everything out of the fabric closet (that held so many memories of our childhood growing up and learning to sew) and re-organized the whole thing.
It took about three hours, and by the end I had a pile of old crocheted lace and linen table cloths that had doubtless been contributed by my friend's deceased godmother, a woman with a powerful penchant for old textiles. Her spirit lingers around the house, and before I knew what was happening, the pile of old white lacy things was all over my dress form.
And this dress was what emerged. It i constructed from an ivory jersey bodice with a pointy crocheted lace collar encircling a boat neckline. The delicate linen table cloth is draped around the bodice. It has a scalloped eyelet hem that is collected at the back. Either side of the dress has a channel sewn between the tablecloth overskirt and its lining with two ribbons so that the sides of the dress can be gathered up with a bow or left long. The dress invisible zippers up the back.
This is an absolutely one-of-a-kind garment. It is dripping with character, from the upside-down cameo at the front to the subtle stains of Thanksgiving dinners past. The linen is delicate but has been reinforced and aggressively starched for added sturdiness.
I have a fantasy of making such a dress out of a bride-to-be's actual family heirlooms and assorted antique linens. Are you looking for a wedding dress drenched in your family history but tailored to your own taste and figure? Let's get started.
Made in Brattleboro, VT
All of our products are handmade
by expert makers.
No reviews yet
Each week, expert artisans from across the country become makers on CustomMade.
Every maker has a story. Be a part of Ranunculus Atelier's story by placing an order, leaving a review, and seeing your review appear here.