March 05, 2009
I had an entry here today about crafting wedding stationery, but I have deleted the entire thing as it was pointed out to me guests might see the things, and the surprise on the day be ruined. I will post them again post wedding!
Pretty wedding jewellery
March 04, 2009
Hello again! I was going to write about my dress today, but I forgot to take some photos last night which wouldn't give the whole game away, so today is about the jewellery I made for myself and the bridesmaids instead.
I made the bridesmaids necklaces and matching bracelets a while ago, from kits that I bought at the Spellbound Bead Shop in Lichfield (near where my parents live). This is definitely one of my favourite shops in the world, as not only do they have loads and loads of amazing beads, but also they design and sell kits to make all kinds of things - necklaces, tiaras, everything you can imagine. They come with all the beads/thread/wire etc that you need and really good instructions.
I bought a kit called Neptune for the bridesmaids, in purple.
Here's the bracelet and necklace set (I made 3 in total):
And here's it worn:
It would pretty much fit anyone, as it doesn't have a clasp, just sits around the neck on a very sturdy wire (which was a total bitch to work with incidentally).
Onto my necklace! I didn't have trouble finding a kit design that I liked, but I really had trouble finding a colour combination that would go nicely with my dress. My dress is a weird colour, as it's very pale pink, but more like a vintage, peachy pink than a sugary pink. In the end I phoned up the shop, and they made me up a kit in the exact colours I wanted! They were BRILLIANT! They even offered that I could send a swatch of fabric in and they would match it, but I'd left it too late for that so I let them use their judgement, and what they picked was perfect.
I got the kit Gossamer, and here are some closeups of the necklace - I love the design, it's so lightweight and delicate:
And here's a photo of it on, where you can just see a tiny bit of my dress (so you can see it matches really well):
I am very happy with how all the jewellery making turned out - I felt like I was being a bit of a crazy lady making all that stuff when I didn't really have time, but I'm glad I did.
Bridesmaid's dresses completed!
March 03, 2009
It's been AGES! I have been the busiest I have ever been over the last few months. I had an insane few months at work - always staying away in a crappy hotel and working crazy hours, and desperately trying to do wedding things inbetween.
The wedding is on 14th March - which is now less than 2 weeks away! It's all under control, kind of at least, but we are both doing stuff until bedtime every night to get it all done. I had no idea there would be this much to do! And the venue are being very difficult about everything - suddenly refusing to do things they said they would, but we were too stupid and trusting to get this in writing.
Anyway! Time to show some crafts - starting today with a dresses update. I finished both bridesmaid dresses by mid January, and was really pleased with how they turned out. The pattern (Vogue 7848) is pretty good, although for some reason it is always loose around the bust, and I had to take both dresses in. I read on sewing pattern reviews that everyone had the same trouble but it was still annoying!
Here is me wearing one of the dresses - before it was hemmed. It was about knee length on the bridesmaid when it was finished (she is taller than me):
Here's a photo with flash in case that's easier to see:
Although looking at it, the flash makes the dress look crazily shiny, which it isn't really.
I really love how it came out (although it's probably easier to see the colours in daylight). I will post some professional photos after the event.
I obviously can't show much of my dress! And also thinking about it, it probably deserves its own post. Back with that tomorrow.