Archives for posts with tag: diy bride

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It’s the kind of gown that comes alive in the wearing. Over four yards of tissue-thin silk taffeta tucked and pleated up into the 27-inch waistband. I loved twirling in it, and one of my favorite moments was when a few of my favorite five-year-olds began chasing me around the field. The way that fabric flowed was like the gleeful whispers of the first autumn wind in the trees. Choosing plain cotton muslin as the lining kept me cool and comfortable so I was free to enjoy the day. My only regret is not being able to wear it longer!

Photography by the incomparable Teale Gunter of Teale Photography.

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We’ve reached the home stretch! Decorations are made, favors packaged, thank-you notes written (to date), and vendors confirmed. My two last sewing projects are complete and awaiting their purpose in the next few days!

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I used a comb my mother passed to me years ago – not particularly sentimental but sweetly vintage and perfect for this purpose. Initially I edged the tulle in a shimmery bead trim, but the effect was off-putting. Scrounging for what I had on hand, I found a spool of thin, baby blue satin ribbon, and thankfully I had enough for the entire veil! After machine stitching the ribbon and trimming the excess seam allowance, I loosely gathered the tulle and hand-sewed it to the comb. In person, the color is subtle, but it’s the ideal “something blue” I was lacking anyway!

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Speaking of color, I had a last-minute inspiration to make a flock of bright birdies! I started with the Spool Bird pattern as inspiration and freehanded a miniature version. These will be part of gift bags my mother and I are assembling for wedding guests staying at the lodge. The remainder will find homes among table decor and fabric flowers and eventually back to me (yay!) – they turned out so sweet that I just want to keep them!

Four more days til I change my last name! So excited – can hardly wait!

I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! Maybe one more teeny bit of sewing remains for the wedding – and I’m right on schedule, only 14 days to go!

I was not expecting it would be so hard to find suspenders for the ring “bear”! Of course, the only option was to make them. Thankfully, I found a tutorial that was quite helpful! Then came time to decide the color. Little Man wanted blue, and his mama wanted red. So I made a pair of each, sourcing fabric from the Stitcher’s Garden, the legendary hoard of hundreds of bolts tucked into a strip mall in Franklin.

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If you look close you’ll notice those aren’t proper sliders. I remembered bow tie sliders being hard to source, so it ought to have been no surprise that their suspenders-sized cousins were equally elusive. However, I think they’ll do just fine!

As all our groomsmen are in suspenders, I thought to put a clip back on their boutonnieres.

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The other corsages and boutonnieres have pin backs. I had so much fun sorting them out! Two weeks to go and they will be pinned on our honored family and friends!

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I just love how they all came together! Bright and sweet and cheerful! And Momma, if you’re reading this, you can guess which might be yours!

Can’t wait to celebrate with everyone soon!

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My favorite soon-to-be six-year-old with legs for days will walk the aisle in white eyelet and muslin. When I measured her, I showed her a basic pattern and asked what details she wanted. This is what we came up with (pockets not pictured). The skirt ought to just skim the floor, and I love that sweet border!

This is officially the last bit of “big sewing” for the wedding. I’m relieved and excited to focus on all the little frippery bits! And after that, like the carrot dangling just out of reach, is the joy that I’ll be able to return to my first love – quilting! – soon! T-minus 36 days and counting!

I’m woefully behind on my wedding sewing reports.

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For example, bow ties for the men and ring bearer were completed months ago.

I am giving myself grace to let things slide, though. Things more important than blogging have taken precedence. Case-in-point: the gown.

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No, I’m not going to reveal it until the wedding, but it’s finally complete! And let me tell you, it was worth every hour. I have only a few more handwork details to finish. Thankfully, I have plenty of time for that! (Forty days, to be precise!)

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Having completed my gown, I’m free to move onto much more forgiving projects – like my bridesmaid bouquets! I also have the silk and muslin scraps from my gown to put into my flowers. I am gleeful about these colors!

Still to do: flower girl’s dress and crown (measured her yesterday); bouquets; hanging “vines”; table decor. The list goes on. But I’m so excited as each piece is completed and the reality sinks in – y’all, I’m really getting married!

I am so glad to have this puppy done!

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I examined every line of stitching as I went – absolutely no puckering allowed on this heirloom piece! And you know I prayed over it. (That’s not uncommon with my sweet vintage Kenmore, much as I love her!)

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As my fiancé chose the majority of the prints in the top, I made an executive decision to have a more feminine back. Love these vintage poppy sheets picked up at a thrift store!

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Before the wedding, I will wash and starch it so folks can easily sign the white squares!

Having it finished is making things so real! In two months and a few days, my life will change forever – and I can’t wait!

From here until September the majority of my sewing is for the wedding. This month my goal was to turn 24 prints and solids into 48 9.5-inch blocks for our guestbook quilt:

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Fiancé chose the majority of the prints, but adding in some favorites of my own gives it balance and life, I think! It’s our first major creative collaboration, and I’m pleased with it! I’m excited to finish the top and have it quilted for the wedding. I plan on having this quilt finished and starched stiff, laid out on a table beside programs with Micron pens for guests to write on it. Then throughout our marriage, as we cuddle on the couch, we will be wrapped in the love we experience as we begin life together. I’m feeling warm and fuzzy just dreaming about it!

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes!

Sweet fiancé has been out of town these past two weeks and will not return until Friday. I’ve done as much wedding planning as I can without him, and for me that means sewing!

First I got to work on blocks for our guest book quilt.

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I need more white for the rest of the blocks, but thankfully there’s room in the budget for it!

Next I started stitching flowers. I used this tutorial for “dahlias” after tracking down a Pinterest image from (happy surprise!) a fellow Tennessean Rebecca Sower.

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I really love how these are coming together! They are bright and cheery and jubilant, and they will pop against the wedding whites and greys. I’m happy that they will last, too, without losing their color or shape the way fresh flowers do. And since I’m using scrap fabric, there’s little impact on the environment and virtually no waste! I have a plan for leaves, too, so that’s next up on my list!

I’m so thankful for the opportunity and ability to pour my creative heart into our wedding in “sew” many ways! As much as I dislike fiancé traveling without me, I’ve enjoyed getting a jump start on these things that make my heart sing!