When it comes to weddings inspiration is everywhere…and I certainly don’t need to add more. But after the wedding post, I thought it could be useful if I shared my pattern and supplies details…we are all sewing addicts, aren’t we? And you never know when they may come in handy for a party, a date or….
By the way…that’s a quick shot of my dad and I before entering the town hall! Though you can’t see it he is the reason why I have green eyes. It was sweet of him he escorted me in like in a church wedding.
The bodice was drafted while I took my sewing class two years ago. I did the drawing but my instructor told me how to. My drafting skills don’t go that far. The dress was one of the options I considered for a friend’s wedding back in 2011
After an initial muslin, it was clear I needed to make a rounded back adjustment and fix the gaping. I used Lynda Maynard’s technique for the first and…after painfully failing twice on the gaping…I went the long road of Charles Kleibacker’s technique to avoid stretching the bias-cut bodice. And amazingly it worked!
Sewing the bodice together was a real engineering challenge…I didn’t have any instructions to follow and the whole thing is fully lined while the front part overlaps. Deciding the sewing order was not an easy feast especially if you want to understitch the whole thing…but eventually I managed.
The trick is the following: you need to sew the lining to the bodice first and leave the side seams open. You also need to leave a gap at the shoulder to allow for turning. Only after do you attach it to midriff exterior (If you are interested I can explain the sequence in another post….I don’t want to bore you!)
For the skirt, I drafted a half-circle skirt using By Hand’s London tutorial. Initially I wanted to make a two-pleats skirt but the result was horrendous on me…I even have an half-finished dress on standby.
Ah, the rosettes were made following this tutorial from Trey and Lucy. I just adjusted the measurements to make tiny versions.
The pattern is the Satin Stole from Weekend designer I have had it in my to-do one day list since 2008…By the way, if you have never read Don’s blog and are interested in patternmaking I would highly recommend it. Though he doesn’t update it anymore, it’s a great resource. Nowadays, he is also a Craftsy instructor teaching Making Leather Bags (I considered taking the class just to virtually meet him).
It was my first bound buttonhole ever. Though I made one for practice purposes I think I still need to improve!
I used the Pleated Clutch Pattern by Constructivism another pattern on my never ending to-do list. Thanks to the very through instructions the bag turned out very well despite my lack of experience in bag making. You can really tell the designer is a professional. The project was fairly time-consuming as you need to be very meticulous and mark everything. Since the wedding I made another one for my mom who liked mine very much.
I bought the boxes, mini pegs and jute twine on Etsy from La Pomme et La Pipe
The ribbon is from East of India Grey Hearts Ribbon. I originally bought it in London from but few days before the wedding I started wrapping favors and realized I didn’t have enough to make 50. After panicking I went online and searched for a store that would sell them and ship them over. I found from Ribbon & Wrap and they were cheaper even…
The funny thing is that I have loads left…the first reel must have been cut already so it was shorter than the others (I still paid full price, mind you)
I reproduced a similar design as our invitations for the names
We got them from Zazzle. Note that if you are ever purchasing from Europe, you should use one of their European sites to avoid customs delays (the European branch process them for you)
Menu and Seating chart
I reproduced the invitations design as we were too late to order them online. I bought the grey paper in a local store and printed them at home. The menus were half of an A4 sheet (similar letter size). And for the tables I simply printed the names on two sheets and attached those on white cardboard.
All in all, I had loads of fun putting it all together. I would have loved to make more decorations because I love doing those crafty bits…but I didn’t want to go crazy with that.
Do you normally organize parties for yourself or your family? Are you into decorations and all those theme parties? If you are interested in the topic, read this informative post What I Learned After Hosting Nine Kid-Birthday Parties