ArtistMum: The Progress Report!

I had a hard time coming up with a title for this post but then I settled on ‘the progress report’ !
I feel like I’m in school and have to write a dreaded progress report for a child.
Well, the wedding dress and all the wedding paraphernalia that goes along with it is also kinda like a child that I am guiding and helping to grow! I feel that it’s my obligation to give an update as to where I’m at in this endeavor, especially since wedding time is creeping up!
This was a slow week because I was fighting a cold that I finally succumbed to. There are many kids at my school that are sick and since I have been burning the candle at both ends, my body is run down. So the last two days I’ve been staying in bed trying to get some much needed rest 🙂
So here’s the rundown of where I’m at!

Top of wedding dress is being draped (that means a new pattern is in progress)
I so much wish I could post more dress pictures but then there would be no ‘wow’ response from wedding guests (since I think that’s who’s reading this blog). Daughter and I wish to keep it a surprise from her fiancé as well!
I do PROMISE to post a picture of the dress on the wedding day though!

Lace edge has been appliquéd to the skirt. That took a very long time to sew! Something like 2 hours. Whew 🙂 Just need to cut away in back of the lace. That shouldn’t take long.

Next thing I took care of was the garter. Bride-to-be thought that the one I had started was way too wide for her taste so I took off one side of the lace and cut the width narrower. I have still to find a smaller edge to use instead. I also found my wedding garter that I saved with the intent of giving it to my daughter to wear when that special day came. My dear friend, Josie, made it for me so many years ago and I couldn’t part with it so I made a different one for throwing! Silly you might think, but I still have my memory with me since my Josie isn’t alive anymore 😦

And then I thought of this neat and simple one using elastic lace. I went to Joann’s thinking they might have some but believe it or not, no one knew what I was talking about. I did manage to find some at Michael’s in the jewelry section of all places. So I bought it and almost immediately made this cutie. And by the way, remember a few posts back I was dyeing lace? Well, I had to dye this one ’cause it only came in white and I wanted a cream color!

I thought bride-to-be could choose which one she’d keep and which one she’d throw!
I also picked up some very pretty sew-on pearls and some small iridescent bugle beads for hand sewing on the bodice edge. I think it will add a finished touch to her gown. We’ll see!
I’ll most likely use the pearls on the ring bearer pillow as well. Waste not, want not, or something like that!

I also have been embroidering the ring bearer pillow. So far I have the leaves and stems stitched. I used a beautiful silk ribbon that I purchased from Threadart. They are an Internet source with a zillion colors and widths of silk ribbons. They also have special needles and other embroidery supplies.

And so things are falling into place. Slow but steady. And this little bump in the road, my cold, will pass. So I think this ‘progress report’ isn’t so bad. In fact, I think it’s a rather good one 🙂
What do you think?


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3 Responses to ArtistMum: The Progress Report!

  1. Robert Bergman says:

    First and foremost, I am sorry the cold took over. Feel better. You did looked pretty wiped out on Thursday. The pillow is beautiful.
    I love the lace and the pictures of it going on the hem! I will always remember our lovely trip in to see the lace, trim, ribbon shops. Feel Better.

  2. Katie Anne says:

    Can’t wait to see the dress!
    Feel better, Mum 🙂

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