Bridesmaid invitations

When we got engaged in April 2015, I knew fairly quickly who I wanted to be my bridesmaids and my maid of honour. The opportunity didn’t easily present itself to ask them, and I wanted to ask them all at once, as most of them knew each other. Also, one was busy organising her own wedding, so I didn’t want to add to the stress!
I decided to make their Christmas presents their invitations to be part of the wedding party. As I had so long, I thought I would make them something to wear at the wedding.
I thought I’d make tiny balls of wool with knitting needles – to symbolise the knitting together of marriage – and make them into pendants.

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I got some 10mm polystyrene balls, and some pendant connectors. I pushed the connector into the ball, then took it out again.

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Next, I cut a cocktail stick in half and pushed the two halves through the ball, so they looked like needles through a ball of wool.

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I used thread in a colour that matched our wedding colourscheme, and gorilla glue gel to stick the thread to the balls. I experimented with several glues until I found one that didn’t melt polystyrene!

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Once I has secured the pendant connector in place with glue, and sealed the edges of the needles, I thinly coated the ball in glue using a cocktail stick, and started carefully wrapping the ball in thread.

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I placed the thread carefully, so there wouldn’t be any white showing.

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Once I was happy with the coverage, I could break off the thread.

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I threaded a needle with the end of the thread and sewed it through the centre of the ball to secure it.

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I stuck the drying ones into another ball, that was stuck onto a plaster in its cover (it didn’t need to be that, but I didn’t have a scrap of paper to hand!)

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Once they were dry, I mixed some blue and yellow Sugru until it was the emerald green we are using for our colourscheme.

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I used it to put little ends on the knitting needles.

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I needlefelted a cushion into some boxes I found on ebay, and placed the pendants in there, with a note to the potential bridesmaids…

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…and the potential maid of honour!

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They all got packaged up and tied with string, with name tags. Here are three of the six!

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They all said yes! Here are two of my five bridesmaids, and my maid of honour!

Sparkly, furry scarf

A good friend and colleague of mine was invited to the wedding of another good friend and colleague.
He wanted to do something extra special, so we chatted about glittery fabrics. He managed to talk me down from a fully sequinned outfit, to a lavish sequinned scarf, with a fur trim (because winter weddings require fur trim)!

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I found this wonderful rainbow sequin fabric (one sided) on ebay, and bought three metres. My brief was Doctor Who meets Priscilla Queen of the Desert meets Rocky Horror.
I found some cream faux fur attached to a ribbon, and decided to double the fabric over lengthways so the scarf was reversable, and a little narrower. I used just over two metres of the fabric (the remaining bit has been earmarked for a skirt or something)!

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I was really pleased with how this came out. My poor hand turned machine did struggle a bit with two layers of sequins plus bulky fur, but valiantly battled on.

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Here are some pictures of it at the wedding – it had loads of compliments, and was quite a talking point! What do you think?

Many thanks to @j0nnymac and @MrJezzalinko for being such willing models.

Alice in Wonderland dress

I decided to try and design my own dress, to wear to a couple of weddings we were going to in the summer. I knew I wanted a square neckline, no sleeves, knee length and a full skirt.

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I found a lovely strong blue cotton twill at Fabric Land, and started experimenting with darts, necklines and armholes…

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It was a bit fiddly to get right, but once the bodice was pretty much there, the skirt was a bit easier. I seems I was a bit lax in taking photos of the process!

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Here it is at the first wedding – I dressed it up with a sequinned jacket and a little handmade brooch (and a top hat and moustache…it was the dress code!)
I had a few meters of very old broderie anglaise to trim it with.
It was at this first wedding that I realised it was an Alice in Wonderland dress!

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Here is a picture of it at the next wedding a week later (different group of friends, so I could get away with it!)
I found a 1960’s petticoat on ebay that makes it stand out nicely.

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There’s a little peek of the petticoat! I had to do an emergency take – in of the skirt before the first wedding, as it was much bigger than the petticoat!

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Oh and here is the fascinator that I whipped up to match the dress!
Overall, I was quite pleased with my first attempt at designing a dress and sewing without a pattern!

Matching bag

I had some scraps of silk left over from the dress and skirt, and some lining left over from the skirt, so I decided to make a handbag to match, for when I wore the dress to to my Dad’s wedding.

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I just kind of made it up as I went along, making sure there was room for the essentials! I bought a clasp from C & Fabrics and cut the fabric to size.

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I sewed a half pouch in both fabrics, and rolled the seams in, then stitched them up.

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Next,  I handstiched the clasp onto the pouch, and made a strap out of more silk scraps.

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I was careful to make sure the fabric stopped the clasp opening too far, so as to not lose items in the bag when I opened it!

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There is the finished product! I am rather happy with that – and it worked really well at my Dad’s wedding!

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