Appalling weather did not deter my visitor from Eastbourne.
– progress of a Pat woolly creation;
– 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.
The royal purple dress (on the right) was shortened and the straps were adjusted to address an ‘underarm’ gape.
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!
Lavender-blue, floral print linen – a vintage Vogue design.
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!