I have had a lot of people wondering what I was secretly sewing for Amy & Ben's wedding. All can now be show.
I just didn't want added pressure and for people to know how the church was going to look.
So lets see what was taking up my days , when I wasn't caring for Pat or racing around the city with Amy.
I was told 36 sashes needed to be made. Over 2 metres in length each one, made with satin material. So in came the trestle for over a week and the cutting began.
Satin fibers were found everywhere and once each was finished being stitched..... I would run a sticky lint roller over them and then bagged.
As they were cut it was dropped into a laundry basket under the table....to try and keep cats fur off them.
We did a trip to see the church in Tanunda one weeked and we counted 28 pews..... thank you God I said....
As Pa was coming to stay with us for a week before the wedding and is legally blind, the table had to be removed, due to the step next to the trestle. So a mass cutting day happened and all cut sashes were popped into Tupperware dishes to keep the cats off them.... gee the cats sooooooo wanted to help with the wedding preparations.
Then all I had to do was sew them up. Having the sewing cabinet Pa gave me,was such a thrill as I was using it first, to sewing Amy's wedding gear.
The end result. I didn't get a chance to take a photo of them all from the back of the church looking down to the alter. They looked so beautiful and with Amy's big dress...none moved. Yay.
Also I was making Amy her petticoat. She had the heaviest wedding dress in the bridal shop and she wanted the biggest "poof" under it....... I cracked so many jokes on Ben's behalf on what Amy was saying to people.
It was so big, heavy and awkward that Pat came up with this great idea of a swivel from his old fishing box. That way I could move it around as I worked. No way Pat was able to hold it up for those hours it took to make it. Later on Pat added another swivel as the top of the petticoat was too high for me to work on.
Amy bought the hoop already with the fabric on it. I just had to add 8 rounds of tulle to give it that "poof" look to stand up under her dress.
And so I pinned around.....
And sewed and pinned more around and sewed.
The elastic was measured and pinned at a fitting appointment at the bridal shop, we didn't want it being too loose and falling off on the day. Then brought home to be finished off.
Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Iles .
Of all the sewing I did, what brought us 2 girls to tears, was handing over the garters as mine was included in her two.
I never sewed anything in way of a costume when she was a little girl. Amy never did ballet or calisthenics. As the first item of any kind be it clothing or decoration, what an honour it was for me to make part of her wedding attire.
Who would have thought this back in December 2008 when I used a sewing machine for the first time.??
You're only limited by your imagination
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