Wedding dresses are something that a woman painstakingly chooses, trying on as many as possible until they find just the right one. Sometimes they may cost a lot, sometimes a little, but they always have a special place in the heart of the bride. But after the wedding dresses often sit in garment bags in closets, or get cleaned and boxed with the hopes that one day a daughter may want to wear it. However, styles change so much over the years the chances of the dress ever being worn again, at least by a child, is slim.
One woman named Robyn wanted to do something very special with her wedding dress, so she asked her mother, Brenda Wetmore Giffen, for help. Robyn asked Brenda if she thought it was possible to take her wedding dress and use it to create a play tent for her young daughter. She also wondered if her mother could make a garter out of the fabric for her daughters on their future wedding day, so they would have something from their mom's dress to wear. She asked if she could also make a memory pillow, or memory necklace, and maybe a tutu for her daughter. Brenda was a little overwhelmed at first, but quickly got to planning. She posted her creations on Facebook and people cannot get over how beautiful and clever everything is, not to mention special.
"My daughter asked me if I could make her wedding dress into a "play tent" for her daughter. I said "maybe?!!"," she wrote. "I was honored and surprised that she trusted me enough to do this. She didn't want to just store it for a few decades to probably never be worn again...I let it just hang there for a few days before I got the courage to take apart the dress she loved so much," she wrote. She wrote that she wanted to create the items her daughter requested, but she had a few of her own as she began to take the dress apart.
"Of course, I added the pink micro-fur. I discovered that making a "play tent" from a wedding dress is the type of challenge that's reserved for children and grandchildren! The fabric for the necklace was the first cut and came from the spot above Robyn's heart the day she got married.
I made two garters so that each granddaughter will have her own. It's not very likely that I'll be there for their weddings, but I hope they will give Grammy Giffen a thought on that day.
I still have enough fabric and tulle to make a tutu for Elena's baby sister who is due in August.
Jim helped with the engineering. We designed and he built stabilizers for the top and bottom of the tent, so it doesn't collapse on the girls while they are playing. It's been challenging, a little scary, lots of fun, and probably the major creative project of my lifetime!"
Giffen shared a photo of her daughter Robyn in her dress on her wedding day, and people cannot get over how much she was able to create with it.
Brenda shared the pictures on Facebook where her post has gone viral. In addition to the stunning play tent she created for her granddaughters and the items requested by her daughter, she made a few other sweet things like a unicorn and teddy bears for her granddaughters.
Giffen has her own website where she specializes in handmade memory and keepsake items if you're looking to have your own special item created for a loved one. So many people have their wedding dresses simply sitting in a closet until they yellow and fade, or sit in a box, never to be worn again. This idea is really brilliant and lets the dress still play an important role in the family.