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 shortened 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!
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!
Lavender-blue, floral print linen – a vintage Vogue design.
Mothers of the ‘Happy Couple’ in Orange & Blue, Gunthorpe Hall
The first, and probably last, Sew-in-Company dress from scratch! The perfectly beautiful bride looked perfect in the dress despite Sid’s best efforts to sabotage its creation!
The first consultation – setting the challenge!
Work on these outfits for three sisters began at a workshop. Worn at a party in Denmark with an oriental theme – the couple work in China where the beautiful silk was bought.
At the workshop, Cathy was also thrilled to repair her son’s school trousers and the sisters collaborated to make a wedding gift cushion!
Created from scraps left from the wedding outfits made for her extra-special friends!