Vintage silk roses for a wedding bouquet

The main reason for our recent trip to the States was to celebrate my Aunt’s wedding, and since I still had some scraps of my grandmother’s (her mother’s) gown leftover from when I refashioned it into my wedding gown back in 2010, earlier this year I offered to make her something from the silk so that her mother could be a part of the day, too.

I thought perhaps she’d want a clutch bag, or cropped jacket or something, but she requested fabric roses instead. And a lot of them!

I made my own “pattern” so all of the roses would be the same size, but the pattern was really just two different sizes of pointed ovals. To make each rose, I just folded the oval in half lengthwise and gathered together the cut edge by hand with some running stitches. I rolled up the larger one, tacked it together at the base, then wrapped the smaller around the outside of it, and tacked that together by hand, too.

It took a few minutes to make each rose, so I made myself a little kit and tried to do one or two each lunchtime at the office (after I’d finished any messy eating!!).

And before too long, I had a whole herd of roses to post off to DC!

Then her florist used floral tape and wire to create “stems” on each and worked them into the bridal bouquet, the flower girls’ crowns, and the buttonholes for all of the men on our side of the family, including my granddad. Apparently as my Aunt pinned his buttonhole onto his label, she told him that the roses were made from Granny’s gown, and he was so touched he started crying!

It was really wonderful to have a bit of my grandmother there with all of us on her daughter’s wedding day, and I’m so pleased that I was in a position not only to make this contribution, but also to celebrate with Sharon and Betsy on their very long awaited wedding day.

As some of you may have seen on social media, I also sewed a lace dress to wear to the wedding (breaking my Instagram record for most likes!!), which I’ll be sharing details of soon!

Further reading

Not related to the wedding in the slightest, but if you’d like to learn more about what it’s like to live and sew while living on a boat, there’s a an interview with me on the Paprika Patterns site about living on a barge!

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