Hi all! Tomorrow (Saturday) is a very big day--our younger daughter is getting married! In celebration of this great event for our family, I thought I would show you one of the things that I made for the wedding. I made a few things from her grandmother's wedding dress, and this little purse is one of them:
Just big enough to hold a lipstick and a couple tissues! Believe it or not, this is made from the sleeve cuffs of the dress.
They were beautifully done with a hand-stitched self facing, so the two sleeve ends together made a lovely little self-lined purse in very little time. On the one end of the purse, I kept the buttons that closed up the sleeves. There were more than 50 of these buttons on the dress, including all the way down the back. I'm sure they were hand-covered! Imagine all that work! The button loops were also handmade. I also used a section of them to make a bouquet wrap, but didn't get a picture of that.
I added a zipper that matched the satin very well to the top of the piece, then folded the cuff points over and secured them each with a button. The buttons are new but they look like they were made for this purse. The hardest part of the whole thing was convincing myself to cut into my mother-in-law's 68 year old dress. Here is the happy couple on their wedding day in 1948:
I just love this picture. They are both gone now, and we miss them so much. Her dress was handmade from a very nice heavy satin which has held up very well but is now more ivory than white. The seams were all hand-finished, with just some beautiful construction. It's also about a modern size 0, because my mother-in-law was very tiny, only about 4'10" at her tallest. (She has heels in this picture!) I think the waist in it was 26 inches. Not made for a 26-inch waist, actually 26 inches.
We are all so happy about the wedding, and so happy that some part of her grandmother's dress will be a part of it. Here's hoping it brings them as much happiness as it did her grandparents.
Everyone have a wonderful weekend, and I promise more quilty stuff next week!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Finish it up Friday.