Thursday, 30 April 2009

DIY Details: Bunting

A sneak peek of my Elizabeth Anne Designs column this week...

...I did however find time to make a start on the bunting which we are using to decorate our marquee at the reception and thought you might like to see how it is turning out, as it is nowhere near finished. Clearly, we need much more than this!

I began by sending an e-mail to all the female family members and friends I could think of that might have hoarded scraps of fabric over the years and so far have received a bag of donations from my Mum, her sister, my Grandmothers, M’s Mum and other female friends. I also dug out my childhood material box and have utilised some of what I found in there too. The nice thing about this is that most of the fabric is offcuts of clothes or things people have made. In photo 3 you can see the remains of my Mum’s nightie that she wore when pregnant with me, a pink and white spotty dress I wore when I was little and the blue sprigged fabric which comprised my ‘wedding outfit’ as a child [a skirt and waistcoat which could be worn over a white blouse - it lasted for years as it could be let out - much more wear than a dress which I would have quickly outgrown]. The floral fabric under the number 6 is left over from a dress my Mum made for summer events, which she wore to my graduation. So a lot of history which I hope might spark some reminiscing at the wedding...

I will post the 'how-to' tomorrow if anyone is interested.

*With the usual apologies for the poor quality snaps from my BlackBerry. I really must get a better camera when I have some money.
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Marie said...

Wow it looks great! Congrats :)

Kristy said...

Oh, that's wonderful! I love that everyone sent you scraps and old clothes! And it looks awesome. Maybe I can get my mother to agree to this... (though I have a hunch she'll think it looks too "homemade" and not "elegant" enough for a wedding; though in her defense, weddings she's used to (Brasilian) are pretty much always formal occasions and my vision grates against everything she's used to).

Flora said...

How wonderful to have all that fabric with such memories and sentimental attachment.
I love that you and your family will look up and recognize snippets of fabric on your wedding day.

KLS said...

I really like it.
Also the history behind the fabric.
Very special.