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!
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!
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
Even though it hasn’t been a easy project, Myrtle was finally done on time!
And I’m very happy with the way it turned out!
I had to make a few adjustments to the pattern.
I started be doing my very first small bust adjustment as Colette patterns are written for a C cup which I obviously am not! But even with that, it ended up way too big… Continue Reading
I did quite a lot of sewing this year. Particularly hand sewing which I find very relaxing.
But having finish the wedding dress, I was looking for a new project. One that wouldn’t be that long preferably.
Then everything clicked together. Don’t you love when that happens!
Colette patterns released a new pattern, Myrtle. It’s gorgeous, exactly what I was looking for.
If you are a Stitch’N'Smile follower on Instagram, you’ll have noticed that I took a trip last week to Zurich!
And what a trip! Continue Reading
After all the craziness of the wedding, I was glad to be able to relax this week-end. And what better way to do so than by starting a new knitting project!
It’s done! I’m so excited because since Friday August 15th, I’m officially Mrs G.!
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!
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
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.
However, it doesn’t mean I abandoned my initial idea. Continue Reading
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!).
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
If you follow my Instagram, you saw that I blocked Promise me on Monday! Yay!
I’m so in love with it right now. The silk and alpaca lace yarn I’ve used is so soft and warm, it feels like butterfly’s wings are covering my shoulders and keeping me warm. Continue Reading
So we’re a few weeks away from the big day and the dress is still a work in progress. Not a lot of photos were posted as to keep the surprise. However, I can’t resist to let you guys have a peek of the work done so far.