This blog has been a long time coming, I’ve been a little scared tbh and struggled with the blog platform I chose, then I discovered WordPress and decided to try again. I chose the name two years ago when I was in the midst of intense sewing for family weddings and everything was special. My own sewing background was, in what feels like a past life, making bridesmaids dresses and ball gowns for students. Back when I had more courage than skill. I feel like it’s swung the other way now. Making is now for me and mine.
I don’t intend to blog about past makes, just plan to jump in where I am but to get the blog ball rolling I’d like to show you some of my Silk and Tweed makes that still fill me with joy to look at 💕 I’ll start with the silk.
First up is my Mother of the Groom outfit Vogue 8875 I made the dress in a John Kaldor fabric and the jacket in raw silk, underlined with silk organza and lined with deep purple China silk. I remember flashing the lining a lot, it was so beautiful 😍
Also for this wedding I made a silk dress for my DIL Vogue 8789 She wanted a princess dress with an Audrey Hepburn neckline. This was made in silk with a self lined bodice and silk chiffon cummerbund. In hindsight I should have underline the bodice as it has a tendency to droop unless her shoulders were perfectly straight but I opted not to be MIL from hell hissing Stand Straight 😂
I actually first got back into sewing after many years juggling caring for very sick parents and being a mum and working. There was little time left for me so I went a little crazy and made the cutest raw silk hot pink dress for the reception of my eldest sons wedding and pretty much did the same for my youngest sons wedding. I made Vogue 1182 for the evening of that wedding and now OOP Vogue 1108 for my elder sons wedding. I felt so pretty in pink
And finally in this round up my biggest challenge to date, the wonderful McCalls7154
If ever I would have blogged this should have been it. In short what I would say is don’t make it in cheap fabric, it looks cheap, the poly satin toile showed us that, and definitely toile!! I also removed the yoke gathers. I don’t think anyone needs extra fabric there! I used a Matt silk crepe at an amazing price of £15 a mtr from Edinburgh fabrics and it looked amazing on the day, though I cried for all the wrong reasons. I had wondered if we would ever get there! Just before wedding we found an unexplained mark and I panicked trying to get it out and ruined it and had to remake the entire front bodice again. Oh I still get palpitations. And remember that is why I don’t sew for money. 😉
Hope you enjoyed looking at my silkies.