Well, well, well. I have done it again. Raided my Mimi’s closet.
So the deets: this beauty is straight from the late 80’s (minus the shoulder pads), last worn to a Tyler, Texas Rose Festival. When I asked my beautiful grandmother (aka Mimi – you can see more of her closet here, here and here) if she had a dress that I could wear to a December wedding, she happily took me upstairs and we raided one of her closets. My eyes were immediately drawn to this piece. The fabric is so luxurious – with the gold and teal print fluctuating with the light – that I just knew it was perfect and so did she.
We took the dress to Mimi’s favorite tailor in Fort Worth, and he did an amazing job.
So what did he do:
- Removed the shoulder pads
- Nipped the waist in.
- Added two darts in the front to enable a fitted bodice.
Mimi was so tickled that I wanted to wear this dress. I think she said, “oh I never thought this dress would get the opportunity to see another party!” Wearing vintage, especially vintage with a personal history, is something that is near and dear to my heart. I love owning heirloom pieces, whether it is jewelry (one day I will have to show you my mom’s beautiful high school graduation ring that she engraved for me to wear as my own), clothing or furniture. I am so hesitant to own things, but things with a story, I can get behind that.