The honeymoon or how to choose knitting projects for the beach!

Recently, I’ve got married to my long time sweetheart in a handmade dress! Everything was perfect and we really had the best day ever. And we are topping it off with the trip of a lifetime!

Ayres Rock Australia

We are living our dream by going on a trip all around Australia and finishing by a week on a island in Fidji. So exciting! :-D
We left last week-end and everything was ready and planned except one thing, what to knit on the beach! ;-)
It needs to be small and light, not too difficult and long enough to last until the end.
So the first thing that comes to mind is a lace shawl. That great because I don’t have enough of them
Well, I delude myself in thinking that I can always gift some of them if I have too much. ;-)

Now here are the three patterns which made it into the top of the list. Continue Reading

The Hidden Secrets of the Dress

It’s done! I’m so excited because since Friday August 15th, I’m officially Mrs G.! :-D
This week-end was beyond perfect and we really enjoyed every minute of it! I couldn’t be happier!

What I’m most proud of is my hand sewn dress! I’m so relieved I finished it in time and that I got to wear it for a full day and felt like a princess in it!

In my dress!

While patiently waiting for more and better photos, I thought I could share with you some finishing details.
If you follow this blog, you already know about the waist stay that kept this strapless dress from falling. But here are few other hidden secrets that made it even more perfect! :-) Continue Reading

Work in progress: the wedding dress

The big day is nearly here! :-)

So naturally, these last days have been kind of crazy with stuff for the wedding.
The dress is still not finished so in between beauty appointment and dessert tasting, I had to find time to make some progress on it. And by popular demand, I also found a little time to blog about it! ;-)

The main thing I did this week is the fastening of the dress. The zipper was definitely tricky, it took a lot of fitting to make it just right. And the dress being very heavy, it was a truly physical exercise to do all these fittings. No going to the gym needed, just put on a wedding dress by your own! ;-)

The zipper was sewn by hand using a prick stitch. At first, I wanted the dress to close with buttons and button loops, such a lovely and romantic closure. But being afraid that it won’t be the safest one, I decided to play it safe and put in a zipper.

Zipper

However, it doesn’t mean I abandoned my initial idea. Continue Reading

Sewing class

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t sewing. I’ve started on the knees of my Grandma and then, learned how to use my very own machine (a white and pink tiny machine only doing straight stitch!).

Sewing machine

At school, we had sewing lessons once a week where we learned the basic stuff. The stuffed seahorse, the beach towel we’ve sewn… For me, everything had to be a combination of turquoise and pink. ;-)

But I never went to a “proper” sewing course. Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned through books and trial. That’s why I’m pretty excited to take my very first “grown-up” sewing class! :-) Continue Reading