Two frocks for wedding celebrations were begun at workshops this week. Using the same vintage, very full-skirted pattern, two very different fabrics have been selected.
A collaborative effort for a bride – one is an elegant slub silk (under wraps until the big day).
The other is a colourful ‘tea rose print’ using some recycled fabric donated by Sew-in-Company’s friend in Eastbourne.
Photos of the finished garments to follow!
On a bitterly cold February day, m-o-b began to sew fifty lavender bag favours from some beautiful old French linen.
The wedding took place on a gloriously hot day in July – everything was perfect – every inch of the linen was used to help make the occasion special.
A beautiful bride (the ideal groom), five lovely bridesmaids – a perfect creative opportunity.
One steamy Sunday in June,Sew-in-company helped m-o-b, bride and a bridesmaid assemble the bridesmaids’ gowns – the pattern came from an old Anne Ladbury book (previously seen here) .
Sid performed an inspection and approved!
So did the bride’s team!
Finally, one bridesmaid (wearing Ghost with altered sash to improve fit) and her mother wearing Sew-in-company jumpsuit and bespoke hat (thank you Helen) …
… with m-o-b and everyone’s favourite Granny in her favourite wedding outfit with her grandson in his!
Appalling weather did not deter my visitor from Eastbourne.
The outputs of this very chilly busy day were:
– progress of a Pat woolly creation;
– planning of a recycled tie project;
– a recovered stool;
– and 50 bespoke lavender bag wedding favours.
May and June have been fallow months for creating – too much gallivanting and way too hot in the sewing room!
Despite the heat, the DofE student has made progress with her project, wedding suits have been altered, darts added to a linen dress, curtains made and shortened (my least favourite tasks) and a stunning wedding gown adjusted – providing three different fabrics to create a plaited headband.
The fabric cut from the curtains will be used for a quilt – the hunt is on for complementary scraps!
I am often asked to help adjust ‘off-the-peg’ bridesmaid dresses, not my favourite task (it’s much more satisfying to start from scratch) but I am willing to oblige!
The pale green dress was taken in, an additional lining was inserted, a sash created and the strap adjusted.
Waist Definition Required
Much better fit!
The royal purple dress (on the right) was shortened and the straps were adjusted to address an ‘underarm’ gape.
Right-hand Bridesmaid, Dress Alteration
Photo courtesy of Mister Phill
Great Grandmother Pat is a popular wedding guest and wanted something special made from a remnant of synthetic fabric bought in the 1960s from Gordon Thoday’s – Cambridge’s most popular, much missed fabric emporium. The bluey-green print with ochre overtones was not the easiest colour to match – but the blue silk is complementary.
The outfit has now enjoyed three weddings and is hoping for more!
Yorkshire Wedding, July 2016
Cambridge, July 2013
Two gentleman’s cravats turned into three ties for young ushers!
The ‘best man’ (on the right), procured her outfit from ‘Ghost’, the groom (on the left) made his own from fabric found in his Granny’s ‘glory hole’!
Checking the fit!
Making a start!
A funky toile jacket!
Julia created this bird-print silk dress for her cousin’s wedding – and another in the same style for her friend Tamara!