While patiently waiting for the the official, pretty photos of my wedding dress, I thought I could write about it’s construction.
When reading about Couture sewing and fine wedding dresses, I was amazed to learn that a lot of the work is done by hand. And if I had to give a percentage of hand sewing for my dress, I would say 90% was done by hand! Which is a lot!
At first I was a bit afraid that it wouldn’t be as strong than machine stitching but after learning about waxed thread from Susan Khalje, I was convinced.
So I learned how to make my own (because obviously it’s such a strange thing to buy, no stores had it…). Continue Reading
I feel very lucky these days!
The wedding has been a success, the dress was just as I dreamed it and we are now on our romantic honeymoon. Aww, good times!
And when I come home I have exciting stuff waiting for me! Because I recently found an old spinning wheel on a flee market! It looks like it’s in perfect working condition (apart from the leather band missing) and it’s so beautiful! I’m in love!
Recently I wrote a post about the Magic ball explaining how you can connect yarns with a Magic knot.
This technique is very fast and discret but sometimes you want to be sure your yarns are well connected and that’s when the Russian join comes in. Also it never hurts to know different methods to do the same thing!
As you might know, I’m currently knitting the last MClub Mystery Knit Along: Magmatic.
It’s a very fun knit perfect for using small bits of yarn left from previous projects. Why? Because we are using a Magic Ball!
This special ball of yarn is made using different small skeins and connecting them as you wind them using a Magic Knot. It’s a great technique for mini skeins, left over yarns and gradient yarns in other words, all the things you certainly have but don’t know what to make with. And because the yarns are all connected beforehand, you don’t have a crazy amount of ends to weave at the end. Win-win!
I’m sure a lot of you would like to try your hand at this fun “magically self-striping yarn”, so I’m going to show you how you can create one of your own! Continue Reading
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