Choose Nottingham lace for your wedding garter and incorporate the rich tradition and history of British lacemaking into your wedding…
With so much cheap modern lace flooding the market, I thought I’d highlight the history behind our Nottingham lace manufacturers…
Originally lace making was a cottage industry; all lace was made by hand, with bobbins.
At the start of the industrial revolution in the 1760’s lace fabric started to be produced on the most amazing machines. Using the same principal of twisting threads to make a net, lace could be produced on a vast scale…
Installing new machines took drastic measures!
The process of Lacemaking…
A design is sketched out…
Which is the converted onto graph paper…
That in turn is converted into a punch card, which is fed into a Jaquard machine.
The punchcard is duplicated into a solid form which move huge steel rods connected to the leavers machine, telling the machine which threads need to be twisted at the appropriate time to create the design…
Hundreds of lace designs are archived, unique to the Nottingham lace producers…
These huge machines produce vast lengths of lace cloth, look closely and you can see the same design repeated hundreds of times down the length of the machine…
The lovely design above, is a cotton lace we’re currently using to edge the limited edition silk dupion wedding garters
The lace is checked for flaws and repairs are made, so perfect you wouldn’t know!
The huge lengths of lace are washed, stretched back into shape and then dried…
If the lace is to be used as an edging, as it would be for your wedding garters, then the connecting yellow threads are removed, leaving perfect lengths of beautiful cotton lace edgings…
This traditional lace shouts quality and is extremely desirable, not just for it’s soft cotton properties, that make it so perfect to wear next to your skin, but the unique designs are highly sought after by famous couture design houses like Alexander McQueen and Oscar De La Renta.
Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, used this Nottingham lace in the dresses for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding…
Queen Victoria started the tradition of using British made products for her own wedding, to promote ‘The Best of British’ around the world.
”The underskirt was made of silk tulle, trimmed with daisies made from Cluny lace, originally used on bedlinen in the 16th century” Liz Jones, on Kate’s dress, national press.
Here are a few more of the wedding garter designs we’ve made with this beautiful cotton lace…
Custom colours…This soft cotton lace is available in white, ivory, cream and black. The silk fabric is available in a fair range of colours too, then for the embroidered text, you can choose any colour you wish
Note: Staying with just two colours, or toning shades will produce a more elegant design…
This delicate little wedding garter is cotton lace over satin, sprinkled with crystals and pearls…
This wedding garter set is pure silk satin edged with cotton lace and embellished with handmade flowers… it looks beautiful in all ivory too!
Beautiful bridal garters, unique designs to choose from or work with me to create something extra special…Elegant cotton Nottingham lace wedding garters, lovingly stitched and beautifully packaged. The perfect keepsake for a magical day!
A huge thank you to Cluny Lace for the use of their gorgeous photographs
This is a fabulous message that I received from a groom
”I bought a silk garter for my wife (to be) for our wedding, as it covered something new and something blue.
”my wife was absolutely thrilled with it and it looked great and well made.”
I was also aware that it was a tradition, I think her mother also gave her hers (so I guess something borrowed and something old) but she wore the one I bought her in the end and my great grandmothers engagement ring was the old thing. Now I think of it I’m not sure what the borrowed thing was!
Anyway it strikes me that you business is quite odd in that you are selling things for women but men are buying them (I am guessing). Also they are not going to buy more than one (you would hope!). I wonder whether the trend in vintage fashion (I see lots of new vintage clothing shops in my area – Wiltshire/Somerset) will do your business some good. Maybe people will buy two garters – one for each leg for everyday use like they used to – maybe they already do – who knows?
If it is of any help to you – I remember receiving the garter quickly which I was happy about in the run up to a wedding and whilst it’s not the sort of thing I had ever really thought about before, my wife was absolutely thrilled with it and it looked great and well made. The box was also nice and she keeps it in it now safe like a piece of jewellery.
”The box was also nice and she keeps it in it now safe like a piece of jewellery.”
I think I paid thirty something pounds for the garter which seemed a lot to me at the time (I’m an archaeologist) but was well worth it.
Silvery frost and sparkle for Lyndsey and Ben’s, winter wonderland wedding…
An ivory rose arch mirrored the vaulted ceiling of Peckforton Castle’s Great Hall, the aisle, alternate wintery, bare branched trees and standard ivory rose bushes, twinkling candles lighting the path…
The gorgeous Peckforton Castle has been the location for films and TV, providing a medieval backdrop to Sherlock Holmes, Dr Who and Robin hood…It became the perfect location for Lindsay and Ben’s sumptuous winter wedding.
I just love this photo! So much happiness
But lets start at the begining…
Gorgeous lace Pronovias dress, sheer lace shoulders, moulding a fitted lace bodice, the tiny waist emphasised with a crystal applique… The skirt femininely skiming the hips then dramatically opening into a lavish fishtail skirt, with deep scallops of lace on a sheer base and stunning statement appliques.
Lindsay first contacted me in April, having seen a wedding garter we had custom made for Josie’s daughter…
This was made with two layers of cotton Nottingham lace, Lindsay was looking for something a little narrower, with more shimmer, to go with her sparkle wedding theme…
Again Lindsay chose Nottingham lace, but this was from a company who also made lace for Princess Diana’s wedding!
This fine ivory tulle is embroidered with shimmering rayon thread in flowers and loops, every scallop was set with a tiny clear crystal.
The two layers were brought together with a blue band, with scrolling embroidered leaves. At it’s centre a longtail bow and ‘snowflake’ style crystal, droping beneath was a silver sixpence, held in place by tiny sead beads.
Descreetly hidden inside, embroidered with a matching blue thread, was lindsay’s new married name…
I was amazed at how well the pattern in the layers of lace on the bridal garter, reflected the design of the lace in Lindsay’s wedding dress!
The wedding garter covered these ‘must haves’ from the traditional rhyme…
- Something Old: The vintage 1967 silver, Elizabeth II sixpence, with it’s unique floral, design for the countries of the British Isles.
- Something New: The wedding garter itself…
- Something Blue: The highlights of blue ribbons, bows and embroidery… All secretly hidden beneath your dress.
Sparkling pave wedding sandals, ‘I Do’ hidden in the instep…
All ready now, and so lovely…
A veil of tulle, appliqued with lace flowers, over a fishtail lace dress, the skirt a double layer matching the bridal garter.
Tiny shrugs to keep out the chill, silvery lace and delicate crystals.
Just so sweet!
Uncle Ben, here comes your bride…The aisle is strewn with a path of ivory rose petals, at the entrance a petal heart and their initials L B.
Soon to be Mrs…
Their walk, an amazing floral frame of roses, silvery ferns and babys breath, created by Ian Lloyd Events.
Such love, shining through
And a heart shaped bouquet, a cluster of ivory roses edged ‘babies breath’ Gypsophelia…
Then on to the reception…
Full of crystal and light…
Sparklers to send the happy couple on their way…
- Lesley Merideth Photography
- Peckforton Castle : Location
- Ian Lloyd Events Ltd : flowers
- Pronovias : Wedding dress
- Silk Garters : Custom made wedding garter
Lindsay, thank you for choosing me to make your wedding garter, with so much choice available, it’s lovely to be singled out…You were a pleasure to work with, your inspiration and kindness shining through… Thank you too for your generosity in sharing your perfect winter wonderland wedding on my blog. A wonderful day full of beautiful memories, to start your new life together…
Thank you to Lesley Merideth photography, for these amazing photos, your insight into capturing a perfect moment and professionalism in creating a story of images, to be proudly displayed in a wedding album, but equally fit for a glossy magazine!
Thank you for spending the time to read my blog…Please take a peek at the unique selection of wedding garters and horseshoes on my ‘Silk Garters’ website…If you would like a custom made wedding garter, please contact me, I’d love to work with you, in creating your perfect wedding garter!
I love the film ‘Pretty Woman’, I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it, but it just has that ‘feel good’ factor!
Anyway, it was the day of Storm Doris; my son had an appointment in London… Getting there was an adventure, a fallen tree blocked our line, and the station lay on taxis to take us to the next line along. It all went well and we thought we’d spend the rest of the day shopping
I think I’ve passed on my love of clothes and design to my children, and C. especially will happily spend hours in Selfridges looking at beautiful details on clothes and how they’ve been made…Now we’re just ordinary people who love clothes and because of running my own business, I’m also constantly drawing their attention to customer service, good and bad and discussing businesses.
I’d read about the Ralph Lauren flagship store opening in New Bond Street and C. had an eye on one of their tracksuits, so we thought we’d take a look…
It’s a grand double fronted store and the doorman let us in…Once in the hallway, I must admit, we stopped in confusion, had we made a mistake? There were no clothes in sight. To our left appeared a sitting room, in front a huge wooden staircase and to the left a library. A young woman appeared, cheerfully asking what we’d like to see, I replied ‘men’s tracksuits’ and she ushered us into the ‘library’ and said she’d find someone. A moment later a smiling young man was there to help us…
When we explained what we were looking for, he walked to the bookcase and moved along the hanging ladder, C. and I looked at each other, wondering what on earth he was doing, when he opened a ‘secret door’ and there were shelves full of stock. It felt like Harry Potter!
He asked us if we’d like a drink, we declined, then he took us through to a room at the back, this did have clothes it was buzzing with people selecting their choices, each with an attentive assistant. He greeted a couple of customers like old friends and C. was taken to the fitting room to try on.
Now I’m a mum and look for ‘growing room’ in an investment purchase. We were discussing the size and I said to the assistant about the sleeve length and that C. was still hoping to grow…Only when the words were out of my mouth, did I realise the gent looking after us was smaller than me…He was wonderful, he laughed out loud and said he’d been hoping to grow too, but it didn’t happen
While C. was making his purchase, the assistant handed him his business card and told C. that next time, if he emails his requirements in advance, it will all be waiting for him when he arrives…What amazing service! We thanked them for their help and went to leave…
Now we reached the hallway, to our left the door and the street, to our right the grand staircase and C. buoyed up by his purchase, said I should look at ladieswear. Although everyone had been lovely, I’m a shy person and this was all really outside my comfort zone, part of me wanted to exit asap, but the desire to see more won!
A small A4 frame beside the lift, showed menswear on the next floor and ladieswear above, so we went up the staircase…On the landing a collection of model cars were on display for purchase and several rooms lead off, each with clothes of a different sub brand. In each room we were offered assistance, if we needed it
Up another level was ladieswear, we were greeted by another assistant, Rena, and I went forward into the first room…Now my mind monkeys were setting in and I told C. I felt like another pretty woman moment, when Julia Roberts was told she was in the wrong store! But I needn’t have worried, I was looking at a tiered chiffon dress under a leather jacket, intrigued by the way the chiffon had been made to look like feathers, when Rena stepped forward and said, ‘You should go for this style’ pointing to an alternative ‘This one (the chiffon) wouldn’t suit you’. She was right, I’m a pear shape and would have looked terrible in it and I loved her honesty.
We went through to the next room and as we passed her I smiled and C. thanked her, she sparkled…C. has that affect on people and she asked if we’d like a juice, some water or champagne. I knew I wouldn’t be buying this time and we declined…
More gorgeous clothes in gold’s, ivory’s and sands and in the centre a huge screen showing them in a fashion show. ‘Now this would suit you’ she said, taking a gorgeous ivory jacquard jumpsuit and pulling in its waist, lifting it to blouse over to give more idea of what it would be like on the body and she was right, it would!
I carried on looking at the rails and Rena said the jumpsuit was on the screen, I missed it, but she said it would be around again, we chatted while we waited, Rena is Italian but loves the English countryside, walking with her husband and dogs
In each room Rena showed me clothes she knew would suit my body shape and colouring. I loved the Navy style jacket with the frogging at the cuffs, another military style jacket also looked really smart, every room housed a different collection…
At the end we thanked Rena again and she twinkled as she told us she was Rena and would love to see us when we were back again…
The whole experience was wonderful, amazingly friendly and I would totally recommend Rena as an awesome personal shopper, with her ability to put you at ease, her eye for the perfect clothes to suit your colouring and body shape and her honesty, in guiding you away from an unfortunate purchase!
I looked online to see if I could write a review, but could only find the website and had been told they are run as separate businesses, hence the blog post!
I’d love to hear about your ‘Pretty Woman’ moment
“That is my wedding garter brand!”
My sister is an artist specialising in glass and was exhibiting with the local ‘Artist Network’ group, I’d gone along and was amazed by the diversity of the work on display (but that’s for another blog post
I turned a corner and in front of me was a photograph of a swan, from www.winterrosephotography.com… The sky a watercolour blend of gorgeous soft nude pinks…
An elegant swan on the still waters, it’s reflection a delicate pool of lavender ink and Lidlington lake a soft blend of sheer silver and mirrored blush…
And the now I just have to make the magic happen!
Silk Garters Evolving…
Silk Garters in 2006
I didn’t even remember this! ‘Silk Garters’ went live in 2006, previously the wedding garters had all all been sold through the ‘Sweet Nothings’ website… The internet wasn’t sophisticated in 2006 and very few businesses actually had websites then…
2007 This was a cheeky little drawing I’d done, inspired by an image I’d found online …Looking at it now it’s a mixture of a victorian hat and Art Deco text. I think it was actually drawn on to a white background and the lighting turned the photo pink.
This cherry blossom was from ‘Templates by Lynne’ in 2008…
Cherry blossom has traditionally been a flower for weddings, coming in spring and symbolising new beginnings.
The magnolia colour background made my images (with white) look too busy I soon moved onto blue butterflies by ‘Terry Jungle Monkey’.
The butterflies were dainty and delicate and went with the ‘something blue’ bridal garters on the website.
I had a matching flamboyant text made, this lettering looks quite fierce now and it didn’t stay for long!
The butterflies were replaced by this scrolls tile…
If you can imagine these scrolls tiled, all around the perimeter of the webpage, with lots of white space and fine blue lines, it was quite pretty…
Then the amazing Justin of ‘House of Creation’ designed my legs logo It’s an unusual 50’s style font and he’s made the ‘S’ look like her torso and shapely bottom, showing her wedding garter on elegant legs…A very creative artist!
I’ve only realised now that the black text I’d chosen underneath is too harsh
But for a long time, (two years) I’ve been without the focus of a proper brand palette… I’d removed the ‘fuss’ from the website, but that left me with no direction, although it was clean and simple, the blue was formal and too masculine and I’ve been toying with different colours and stationary.
Collecting huge amounts of images on pinterest and purchasing endless clip art and papers on etsy, trying to find the elusive ‘thing’ that for me summed up Silk Garters…
Then I found it when I wasn’t looking isn’t that always the way!
So now I have this mood board…
I can’t wait to see my stationary 😉
A Gift for Your Bride
When I had a lingerie boutique, at Christmas time it would be packed with gents patiently waiting to be helped to find the perfect gift. Their choices would be beautifully gift wrapped and they would leave in happy anticipation of their partners pleasure on Christmas morning.
It was testament to the fabulous staff, who understood what they were selling, that the New Year only brought a handful of exchanges.
I would like you to have that same reaction from your purchase today…So anything you’re unsure about, just contact me on 077 8080 1102 (text or call)
Choosing a Garter
Choosing a garter is also much easier than choosing lingerie, you don’t have the minefield of bra sizes to contend with!
Just think about the clothes she wears and what your bride is like as a person…
Elegant and simple garters
Does your bride like elegant and simple styles, that are not too showy?
Dainty narrow garters
Would she like a garter that was dainty, delicate and discreet?
Or would she choose a confident statement piece?
A bride chose this for herself in black and gold to match her wedding theme…When she ordered, she told me her Husband-to-Be was a lorry driver, and after their wedding, he was going to hang it from the rear view mirror of his truck!
Fancy and feminine garters
Classic and lovely garters
A lucky sixpence bag can be added to any of the wedding garters, containing a genuine vintage sixpence. Traditionally given to the bride for prosperity, one of these Queen Elizabeth II or King George VI sixpences will also cover the ‘Something Old’
Above: Sixpence bags can be ordered on the added extras page
If you’re giving your bride your surname, why not have it embroidered on the garter? Seeing ‘Mrs. Your Surname’ embroidered on her garter is quite often the first time she sees it in text Alternatively, you can have both your names and you can add the date too…You’ll always remember your wedding anniversary!
We had some lovely feedback from Lisa, her husband had chosen the personalised roses lace garter, with a sixpence bag and a garter to toss…
Would you like to add a garter to toss?
In the USA a bride will wear her main garter, plus a narrower simpler version, that she removes (Or sometimes the make a game of the groom removing her garter with his teeth…You must have seen the youtube videos!)
For her groom to toss to the unmarried gents, much the same as the bride tosses her bouquet to the unmarried ladies.
Wedding garter and lucky horshoe sets
You’ll find a selection of our most popular sets here, but you can also have a set specially made to your design.
Above: Delicate butterfly wedding garter and horseshoe set, the little butterflies body is stitched with crystals and pearls, you choose the colours…
You can even do what this groom did and choose one garter for the wedding day and another for after the wedding
Above: Custom colours wedding garters, you choose your own colours, in pure silk and softest cotton, Nottingham lace, embroidered with your text…
Just contact me if you would like any help
SO ARMED WITH THIS FABULOUS NEW POWER YOU HAVE… #buybritishchristmas
This is a strange post for me to write, but I’ve recently joined ‘The Buy British Community’ on Facebook, sharing my wedding garters with hundreds of other small British businesses on there
You will be amazed at the amount of manufacturing, still happening around the British isles. Ralph Lauren was in trouble during the British Olympics, because although he designed the USA’s kit, it was actually made in China, instead of sourcing from American farmers, mills and manufacturers, it all went abroad, yet still displayed the US flag.
It’s been shown that money spent with a small business can circulate through the local community up to twenty times. As soon as it’s spent with a big business, with shareholders, the spare is creamed off the top and removed from that community.
When shareholders are involved, companies are torn between two serving two bosses, the customer and the shareholder and it’s the supplier and the businesses own workforce that can suffer. I know someone who was an electrical contractor to a large multinational supermarket, the lighting in the warehouse, was dimmed to save money, it was unpleasant and dangerous, (would you work on electrics in the half dark?) so he moved on, but the company probably still have the ‘save every penny they can’ whatever the cost policy.
When I was at college one of our trips was to Kayser in Bedford, their main contract was nightwear for Marks and Spencer. When M & S sent their manufacturing abroad, there was no buffer, no small orders to keep the manufacturers going and Kayser along with hundreds of other small businesses folded.
But you shopping on the internet has put a new spin on things. Small manufacturers and designer / makers like myself, with my wedding garters :-), can sell direct to the customer. We no longer have to rely on a retailer stocking our product, we can work with you directly, with all the benefits that brings to both of us. You having something unique, custom made, me not having to go through a retailer…
So armed with this fabulous new power you have, take a look at Facebook and pop the hashtag #buybritishchristmas in the search bar and see what gems you come up with!
Here are a few I found
GIFTS FOR HIM
- The most beautiful wooden fountain pens! www.whitlockwoodendesigns.com
- Training kilt makers and making kilts in Scotland! www.facebook.com/GNKfamily
- Drinks gifts made by silversmiths in Birmingham… www.thesilverfactory.co.uk
GIFTS FOR HER
- Elegant, classic silk PJ’s. www.naturalbeautysleep.co.uk
- Unique insulated covers for cafetiere coffee pots and cups keeping hot up to 60% longer! www.couva.co.uk/
- Unique printed textile designer, making washbags and makeup bags, plus fabric sold by the meter www.20thcenturycloth.com
GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
- The softest childrens lambswool sweaters ages 7-14. www.bonnieuk.com
- Colour your own beanie, I just loved this idea, go over and design your own! www.k-nit.co.uk/custom
- Hand crafted unique baby clothes, cleverly rolled into a ‘flower bouquet’ perfect for giving www.theflowerstork.com
And some of mine
GIFTS FOR A BRIDE
A decadent blue and golds, ruffle wedding garter, made with layers of lace and ribbon in an extravagant band…a simpler champagne horseshoe to match…
Delicate ivory wedding garter and horseshoe set, in an authentic Nottingham lace, gathered into a delicate ruffle and trimmed with a chiffon and lace flower…
A simple, elegant Nottingham lace wedding garter on a silk band with a single pearl flower diamante…Love this
Go on pop #buybritishchristmas into the search bar, find something special
Is someone you love getting married in 2017?
One item on the bride’s ‘to do’ list will be a wedding garter, it’s tradition! It’s also often chosen as the bride’s ‘Something blue…
You want a gift that the bride will fall in love with the moment she opens the box… You may be the Groom, Mother of the bride, a friend or relation choosing a gift for the bride this Christmas, but you’ll be looking for something that gets a WOW response. A gorgeous silk and lace bridal garter, carefully packaged in sparkling tissue, nestling in a luxury gift box.
This pretty little blue garter is on special offer at the moment! A gorgeous blue embroidered tulle, with a matching blue satin bow and tiny crystal. A lovely gift for a bride
”My wife was absolutely thrilled with it and it looked great and well made. The box was also nice and she keeps it in it now safe like a piece of jewellery.”
Some of our wedding garters have tiny sixpence bags, including a vintage sixpence! Matching toss garters and lucky wedding horseshoes…
This gorgeous set is the Antique French Silk Roses wedding garter set. The lace is just so beautiful…Our supplier also supplied lace for Princess Dianas wedding! The set was custom made including a lucky wedding horseshoe and seperate sixpence bag, we usually stitch the bag to the garter, but they can be made larger like this one and they’re nice tied into the bride’s bouquet or…
‘‘I will give the sixpence bag to my brother-in-law-to-be for good luck. I understand that the sixpence tradition began in the late 17th century as a part of the dowery gift to the groom but is now usually given to the bride for good luck. He’ll hide it in his breast pocket!”
By choosing a wedding garter you’ll be crossing one more item off the wedding ‘to do’ list and give the bride something extra special and personal at the same time!
”My daughter loved her garter so much that she bought another one to toss, as she couldnt face giving away yours.
Everything was wonderful, packaging, quality of garter and service”
The garter can be personalised with the happy couples names and the wedding date or even a little message…
”I received my daughters garter this morning, and I have to say it’s absolutely beautiful.
I asked for particular text in the form of a song title and you kindly telephoned me to
confirm, which takes Customer Service to another level.
My daughter’s wedding takes place in Australia and I can guarantee that Sweetnothings contact
details will be given gladly, so be prepared for an Ozzie invasion !!
Again thank you so much, the bride will have no issues in raising her hemline to show off this “something blue”.
”Thank you for the prompt and professional processing. The garter is lovely. I have a custom of providing a garter for my granddaughters and most of the time it is a wedding shower gift from me as something old, something new, something blue, etc. as I add a small ruffle made from a section of what is left of my over 60 year old wedding veil. I was not able to find what I wanted before I found your web site. Sincerely, Carol”
I have had this silk dress from Monsoon for a while, loved it, but never had the occasion to wear it…I’d even taken it to Singapore and back!
When Martin and Max decided to tie the knot in October, I thought it would be perfect for an autumn wedding, but what to put with it to keep out the chill?
I trawled around London and MK shops, but apparently my colour was no longer ‘in’… I had to make something!
At Alexandra Palace, Knit and stitch I found M Rosenberg and Son, London. A gorgeous selection of sumptuous faux fur fabrics and one in the perfect colour
I thought I only needed half a meter, but bought the whole meter ‘just in case’… Needless to say, the surplus is now added to my stash!
The wrap is the full width 60″ originally I cut 45cm, but that was much too deep and looked quite ugly, so it ended up half that at 60″ x 22cm (150cm x 22cm).
TIP: Take care cutting the fur fabric, that you don’t cut the ‘hair’, only cut the fabric backing. I cut mine backing side up with tiny scissor cuts (using just the tips of the shears). This ensures your finished garment doesn’t look like it’s had a haircut!
The lining is silk dupion, if I wear two lots of man made fabrics together, my hair stands on end!
The corners of the wrap were curved and the lining cut 1/2″ smaller all around, to make a nice curve on the fold edge and hide the lining.
With right sides together, I pinned both horizontally at 2″ intervals tucking the fur back in as I went. Then I just took a small seam all around still keeping the fur tucked in and leaving a small gap at the base to turn through.
Once turned through, I slip stitched closed.
I stitched on the hook fastening by hand, like sewing feathers, you need to hold the fur firmly away from the needle and thread, or it will get dragged through the hole. Next time, I may try laying some tear away vylene over the face of the fur underneath the hook and see if that helps
In future posts I’ll describe making the amethyst brooch shown on the wrap, you’ll recognise the pearl flower from the Filigree lace wedding garter
Sharing pictures of Martin and Max’s fabulous Woburn wedding and including Max’s garter photo
All sizes are approximate!
Hope you enjoy making your own and post your images
Any questions just ask
Now that we’re not picking up carrier bags every time we shop, I decided to make a little shopping tote; I wanted something that folds up to a small size, to carry around in my handbag.
The first one I made was from plain calico, embroidered with my silk garters logo, strapline and the web address. I have an ‘all singing and dancing’ embroidery machine that I hardly use (I use the simple one for the wedding garters). I had the logo digitized by a seller on Etsy, and it stitched out beautifully!
The second one was for my nephew’s bride, (getting married in a couple of weeks time). I thought she would use it to carry her wedding accessories to and from the fittings…
Anyway, this last one is 3 fat quarters, plus lining fabric, so it is bulkier than the calico, but I felt the fabric wouldn’t be strong enough for bottles of coke and other heavier items!
I don’t know who the manufacturers are…two are tie-dye cottons, a turquoise with hints of purple and a teal green. All the colours were in the beautiful bird print fabric with gold accents:-)
The top panel was embroidered with ‘Bespoke Bridal Garters’, the turquoise side panel with the Silk Garters logo, scattered with hotfix crystals. All the seams were reinforced with ribbon inside. I wanted to soften the joins and digitized some sunburst circles, rotating the colours used by editing the image in photoshop, then transferring to the embroidery software. It’s only the second time I’ve done this, I was quite pleased with the result, although each one took about an hour as there was a lot of unnecessary stitching. When I have more time I’ll work out how to edit the stitches too!
I’m afraid the straps are made with the leftovers from the top panels, they have a bias seam at the top, but the strap is reinforced with a solid cotton lining inside.
The straps are extending 5cm inside the lining. The leftovers from the side panels are used the line the inside top, although the whole bag is lined with another fabric, giving a triple layer to strengthen the handle area.
The bag took 3 fat quarters plus lining
Bag width, 41cm
straps 72cm looped
Strap width 2.5cm
Total height 78cm.
Top panel cut 2, 14cm x 44cm
Bird panel cut 2 35cm x 27cm
Logo panel cut 2 35cm x 18cm
All sizes are approximate!
Hope you enjoy making your own and post your images
Any questions just ask