Wedding Dresses

Did you know that white has not always been the color of wedding dresses in the Western culture?

It was not until Queen Victoria was married in a white wedding dress that the popularity for white grew. (She wanted to show off her lace!) Before then, the wedding dress was a symbol of status and wealth, the more elaborate, colorful,  and decorated the dress, the wealthier the family.

Traditionally, the idea of a white wedding dress represented virginity, when in fact, it is the color blue that represents purity. White is a ‘christening’ color and stems from the idea of a young woman taking a religious vow.

Modern traditions are more accepting of including colors into the wedding dress, yet white (and its various hues of eggshell, ivory, and cream) remains the foundational color for wedding dresses.


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Bridal Party

History of the Bridesmaids

As late as the 1900’s, Bridesmaids were a part of a “security detail” of sorts. It was believed that evil spirits would attempt to harm the bride and groom during the wedding, so the bride would surround herself with other women who would wear the same type of dress as the bride in order to confuse the evil spirits. (Same applies to the groom and the ushers.) Since then, the belief in the evil spirits has waned and bride now stands out from the party with a very distinctive dress, but the tradition of matching bridesmaids dresses has continued.

As for the number of bridesmaids, the size of the party stemmed from a couple different ideas. In Roman times, it was required that a wedding had to be verified by 10 witnesses, thus 5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen. In other cultures, the number of attendants was a status symbol, the greater the wedding party, the wealthier the family. Today, the size of the wedding party is determined by several factors including availability of willing participants, standing room space, and cost, just to name a few.

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Accessories include anything from the bride’s veil and garter to the bowties and cumber buns of the groom’s party. With Pam’s custom sewing you can match the fabrics of the bridal party or mix and match to your heart’s content.


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Special Occasions

Special Occasions include:



Quinceanera (Hispanic “Sweet 15”)

Evening wear



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Custom Work

Custom work provides the opportunity to stretch the imagination and create one-of-a-kind outfits and tailor-fit them to the individual. Custom sewing can be utilized for a range of garments, from swimsuits to wedding dresses.

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Some of the costumes created by Pam’s Custom Sewing include a frog costume for a Dachshund, dresses for several actors in live theater, Dutch costumes for Tulip Time (a local festival celebrating the Dutch cultural heritage), and a riding outfit for a horse show.

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About Pam’s

Pam has been sewing in her home for over 40 years. Her dedication to perfection means that your garmet will be of the highest quality construction and design.

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Television Debut

Pam’s Custom Sewing and Alterations was featured in the televison show “My Big Redneck Wedding” on CMT. The bride was a truck driver who wore boots beneath her gown and Pam’s Custom Sewing was there to do the alterations.