Over the summer I was working on all kinds of projects related to my daughter's wedding and carefully photographing each step so I could share these ideas with you. While event planning isn't really my thing, creativity is and I came up with lots of projects to work on that kept me occupied while the chaos swirled around me.
"It's probably dry rotted anyway."
I dug it out of an upstairs closet, washed it and hung it out in the sun to dry.
Looking at it, I had an idea. A couple in fact. I wouldn't be throwing it away, but I did cut it up. I photographed it first, for posterity's sake.
I wonder why there aren't any kids named Posterity...
Next I cut it into different sections and thought how they might best be used.
I decided it would be nice to make my daughter's garter from this vintage silk taffeta, and gifts for my mother, sister, and niece as well.
Project 1 is very simple: The Garter
This dress however had a bow with 2 long tails ready made for this. I love it when I can save a step.
Once you have your tube of fabric you take a piece of elastic shorter than your tube and begin working it through. Tweezers and patience are useful for this task. It is also helpful to pin a safety pin to the end going through so you can determine the end of the elastic. Pinning the other end to the opening will keep you from pulling it through accidentally. The tube/elastic ratio is going to depend on how gathered you want the garter to be. I wanted something that would mimic the bride's dress, so I needed just a soft gather. My elastic was about 2/3 of the tube length.
Sew both ends of elastic together when you are finished. Then fold over the fabric and neatly stitch the two tube ends together.
I also saved some lace from the dress to give to my sister, niece, and mother in glass pendants. They were perfect gifts to commemorate the event.