Mother of the Bride

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Rachel2.jpgMy beautiful daughter got married last June!  It was an exciting, stressful, busy time before, during and after.  I was so thankful for wedding planning guides.  They either didn’t exist when I got married, or I was just completely uninformed.  Probably the latter.  Neither my baby nor I would have survived without a step by step plan to go by.  There were just so many details!

The dresses were the biggest hurdle.  Most dress shops required a one year notice, and we were six months away from the big day.  We did find dresses that could be purchased and shipped within that time frame, but they came with no alterations.  The wedding dress itself was purchased while my daughter lived in another state, so when she came home for the wedding, I received the honor of becoming her tailor.  Originally we had decided that I would make her dress as I had made mine 20+ years ago.  But she fell in love with one that she saw in a shop and promptly purchased it.

The bride’s maid dresses had to be altered when they arrived, so we took them to a nearby seamstress and had them fitted.  All seemed to be going well until we picked them up and did a second fitting.  While they had indeed been altered, they still didn’t fit.  There was no time to return to the seamstress, so I broke out my trusty Viking, and we we_DSC0255.jpgnt to work.

In addition to these alterations, my daughter’s dress had to be hemmed about 6″.  She’s a shorty.  Since she purchased the dress on sale and in a different state, I had the pleasure of this task also.  Without a second thought, the Bernina was in action.  It has a rolled hem foot on it that worked beautifully.  Removing the lace and beads fell to my daughter, then we hemmed, and finally she put the trim back on.  I’m not sure she enjoyed this as much as I did.  She was a bit impatient.  The veil, flowers, corsages and boutonnieres were all made at home as well as the decorations at both the church and reception.  Her colors were teal and copper with peacock feathers.  I both loved and hated Pinterest during this time.  There were many wonderful ideas.  Too many.  And my daughter couldn’t make up her mind.  If she had had her way, there would have been more colors and themes than we could have accommodated.

Her cakes were also homemade. We had many recommendations for bakers, but we both decided that since I didn’t make the dress, I would make the cakes (and all the rest of the food).  I really wanted to do something special for her, and she kindly agreed.  So again, back to Pinterest.  I already had the perfect wedding cake recipe that I had used once before, so we used it and added a pineapple filling between the layers.  For the groom’s cake, we found a chocolate wedding cake with coffee in it.  To this we added raspberry filling.  I’ll admit they weren’t quite professional quality in looks, but they certainly tasted good!

_DSC0463.jpgAll in all, it was an event to remember.  From the first day to the last, the most important part was the memories that I got to make with my one and only favorite daughter.  I will treasure these times together, and I look forward to not only the marriage of my sons, but grandchildren and great grandchildren.  I don’t believe that there is anything more precious or valuable on this earth than family.  I am truly blessed.

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It’s PJ Time!

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Daniel and I went shopping yesterday and purchased our much anticipated patterns.  Then we spent way too much time trying to find the fabrics that we both loved.  He kept wavering between the ball themes and batman.  Finally, after three trips back and forth across the store, we settled on cars and camo.  When the lady cut the yardage for us, Daniel cringed and said, “She cut the cars!”  At least there were plenty left undamaged.

Overall we ended up with a PJ pattern and three shirt patterns for me plus some wonderful chinese patterned black silk for a jacket (however my daughter saw it and I may lose it 🙂 ! ) Last night I washed my fabric and Daniel kept asking where his PJ’s were.  I tried to explain that I still had to make them.  Then I cut the pattern apart and he wanted to get dressed for bed in his new PJ’s.  Again I told him that I needed to cut out the pieces and sew them together.  I think my head will roll if I don’t get those crazy PJ’s put together by tonight!

Of Dreams and Dresses!

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My husband thinks it’s strange when I go to a fabric store and purchase material that inevitably sits in a drawer for a few years.  I find it very hard to explain the draw that certain colors and textures have on me.  Some I see as future projects; some are just dreams.  And sometimes those dreams become reality in ways that I never anticipated.  Take for instance the following 2 prom dresses for my daughter.

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When my daughter’s junior year rolled to an end, we found ourselves in need of a prom dress.  I wanted to make it for her, and she happily agreed.  We shopped for patterns and fabric, and then I remembered the lovely green that was in my dream drawer!  I pulled it out and asked her what she thought.  Bingo!  This was the fabric.  And so began the creation of prom dress #1.

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I know that I am biased, but I thought she was the prettiest girl at the prom with the prettiest dress.  The next year, senior year, we found ourselves in the same dilemma.  Once again, I went to the dream drawer and pulled out the red below.  This I had intended for myself at some point, but I thought it would look better on her as a dress.

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I loved all the details on this pattern and the rolled zipper.  It was tricky at first, as I had never sewn one in, but after the second attempt, I was quite pleased with the result. (Simplicity 2253)

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Future plans include a wedding dress, but until then, there may be a few more banquets.  I look forward to these events because it provides a special connection with my daughter that I treasure more than anything.

Where is the Bride?

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I have the honor of making a wedding dress for a friend this month.  The challenge?  There really isn’t a pattern to make the exact dress that she wants, and she wants it in CAMOFLAUGE!  I guess that’s a new trend, but it is definitely one that escaped MY notice.  So here I go to make a camo wedding dress out of mossy oak, poly/spandex mix.  Interesting.  I found some hunter safety orange crepe to dress it up a bit and am hoping the bride goes for it.  I haven’t shown it to her yet 🙂

Well, there’s the pattern we settled on.  It will look like the strapless black dress, but without the tie in the front.  It may have the twist band seen in view “F” if I can convince the bride that a little color will make it really pop!
And here’s the fabric.  I hope it isn’t an outdoor wedding, because we may not be able to find the bride if it is!