There has been very little sewing happening at Threading My Way during the last six months. Time has been limited, and what spare time I have has generally been spent out in my garden - my happy place.
Just recently we celebrated the marriage of one of our family members - a very special occasion!
It's not often you'll see a photo of Mr TMW and myself dressed to the nines. I think we scrub up OK. A little hand sewing to add a press stud, ensured the cross over top on my dress stayed put. Five minutes work max.
Mr TMW and I headed to The Star in Sydney on Friday and crashed there Saturday night after a wonderful wedding and reception nearby. Life has been pretty hectic for us of late, so it was REALLY good to have a couple of nights away.
Needle and thread came out for two more dresses worn at the wedding.
Spaghetti straps on my daughter's beautiful blue dress needed shortening - a simple job of hand sewing in place. I didn't even bother to cut the excess off - just tucked it inside, and no one was any the wiser. I suppose I could have unpicked it, cut off the extra and machine stitched, but honestly, a quick fix by hand was just as good. No one other than my daughter will ever see the inside.
Little Miss was Junior Bridesmaid. From the very beginning, the bow on her dress didn't sit flat. Despite the bride to be's concern, I unpicked the stitching and took the bow right off the sash. I hand stitched the sash to the dress from side seam to side seam around the front, to ensure it stayed in place. Extra press studs were added to pull it in slightly, leaving the original in place so it can be worn as she grows. The last step was reattaching the bow - it stayed in place all night.
The wedding ceremony took place in Giba Park, overlooking Sydney Harbour and the Bridge. A couple of years ago we watched the New Years Eve fireworks from this location, and we once climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
There was something about the light on our first evening - it was magical. This was the view from our accomodation.
And one last photo to show you that I now own a dress. Long time readers of Threading My Way know that I live in jeans. There are a couple of neglected skirts in my wardrobe, but it has been many, many years since I have owned, let along worn, a dress. Together with other family members, we danced the night away in these outfits. It was a lot of fun, and a night to remember on so many levels.