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In the dim and distant past, when I was engaged to an ex, I was offered use of his mum's wedding dress, and even tried it on.
She had made it herself in 1960-something and it was quilted.
I got upset because I thought it was hideous and thought it would offend her horribly if I didn't wear it.
She got upset because it showed that she'd been shorter and a lot fatter than I was at the same age, though she cherished memories of being a sylph.
The ex in question got upset because he thought I'd want to wear it, but even he could see it looked ghastly and because I'd upset his mum by being tall and slim.
All round horror - much better avoided.
Personally, my wedding dress has no hope of being resurrected as an evening dress as is utterly the wrong shape, but I do have it in a box in the loft anyway. I have v fond memories of seeing my mum's wedding dress when I was about 5 and in the grip of princess/bride obsession - gave me a whole new take on Mummy knowing that she'd once worn a dress like that.
I also have idle thoughts of reusing some of the acres of satin and organza in the skirt as part of a christening outfit or as a daughter's / DIL's wedding outfit but have yet to do anything about them. Meanwhile, it's packed pretty small (size of a weekend suitcase), so I'm not about to get rid of it just yet...
My Mum was 19 when she got married and probably about a size 8.
I was 34 and 8 weeks pregnant - only sort of fitted into my own wedding dress! Still have it in the wardrobe, still not been drycleaned....