Wedding of DD#1

If you are wondering why I’ve dropped off the face of the earth for the last few months, this is what it looks like when you and your family become the wedding coordinator, caterer, chief designer, craftsmen, and all around slave labor. This was 7 AM on Friday morning when we arrived at the church to set up for our daughter’s wedding. I was very thankful that we had my … Continue reading

Yes, yes we did…

…because we didn’t already have enough to do…we glued dictionary pages to the bride’s shoes. “Lovably insane.” I think those are the exact words my future son-in-law used when he saw what we were doing. Well, my excuse is: what are we supposed to do when all the shoes in the store right now are black or brown? Actually, it is all Pinterest’s fault. That’s where the idea came from. … Continue reading

Wedding photos

Do you have wedding photos? The very first wedding I ever attended was my own, and I was 19. I didn’t know people paid huge sums of money to get lots of fancy pictures done by someone who actually knew what they were doing. We had a friend of a friend take snapshots and we just paid for a few rolls of film and processing. My new husband and I … Continue reading

Yikes! What am I going to wear?

Time for a report from wedding central. Bride: bridal gown is ready to go, but DD#1 has requested a few more minor modifications, if time allows Bridesmaids: two of the three bridesmaids dresses are complete and the last one just needs a zipper Groom: vest just needs buttons and buttonholes Groomsmen: three burgundy bow ties complete Father of the bride: clothes ready to go Mother of the bride: Oh, dear! … Continue reading

And the groom will wear…

So, if the bride is wearing a patchwork of hand-me-downs that are 30 and 40 years old, and the bridesmaids are wearing curtains and tablecloths, what should the groom wear? A bridesmaid skirt, of course! Several months back I snagged a size 16 Tall, David’s Bridal, burgundy bridesmaid skirt at our favorite thrift store. I didn’t know what we would use it for, but it was just the right color. … Continue reading

Bridesmaid dress #2

Bridesmaid dress #2 is on its way! One more to go. I will be adding straps to them, and I still need to run to the store to get zippers, but it feels good to have this much done in such a short time. (I guess it helps that I didn’t give them a choice — that way I could pick a really easy pattern!) I like that each dress … Continue reading

Bridesmaids dresses: Plan D

Bridesmaids dresses. Does anyone like those things? They even made a movie about how awful they can be. We’ve been trying to find something somewhat flattering and still avoid paying $100 to $200 per dress for something most people wear once. Impossible! Plan A. Over the past six months, we’ve hunted all the usual and unheard-of places, both online and traditional brick and mortar stores, trying to find a usable … Continue reading

Back to a little sewing

It was nice to get back to a little sewing today, even if it was wedding related and not quilting. I’ve been working on DD#1’s wedding dress off and on over the past couple months. She wanted to wear my wedding dress from 1981. She has a much smaller waist than I did thirty-one years ago, so I detached the skirt from the bodice and took it in a couple … Continue reading