fashion, craft, vintage, design

dress ups with Estella

Estella Havisham isn’t the only one  to wear old wedding dresses…dressing up in them is fun even if you are wearing inappropriate footwear. That is the toe of a converse peeping out from under the hem. It is possible to get the feeling for the time this was worn. This dress is  made by hand.Did the bride make it herself?  There is no label, but the authors handiwork is all over it….a lining attached by hand and a beautifully prick stitched zipper in the back.The Cleopatra type beaded decoration is very clever, a

gold braid neck detail

demure late 60’s wedding dress

two piece jacquard weave satin wedding ensemble
going to the chapel

conversely attired
Lena wears Estella collection white crepe wedding dress

gold braid that has been beaded and laid in concentric circles.Very effective.The dress is made from a heavy crepe and hangs well. I think it is probably late 60’s early 70’s? It is very demure compared to the trend of wedding dresses today. Maybe it was daring in its own way with the arms uncovered? The second dress is a two piece satin with a jacquard weave check. I think it is the 70’s doing the thirties. Again a lovely choice for a wedding. The beauty of the wearer shines through without the clutter that so many brides prefer today.