Friday, March 27, 2009

Memory Stitches

So I was able to get some crafting in before the wedding, and thankfully so, because this was very special to me and both my sisters. I found my belated mother's wedding dress in my Dad's basement. It's a beautiful, simple, old 70's style dress, which over time had developed stains and discolouration. I knew that it would never be worn again, besides maybe at a halloween party, so I thought to get creative...

I decided to turn her gown into something special for me and my two sisters. And so came wedding clutches...

One for each of us. I used my Fiona clutch design, adding piping and a flower. Mine's the blue on (for something old and something blue). Each has a coordinating lining with fleece to add softness.

I used the skirt of the dress for the body of the purse, and her train (with coordinating ribbon) for the flower. Each has satin ribbon piping with a string of pearl beads hand stitched in place.

On the interior I added a simple label - "Stitched in Loving Memory of Karen Case". I gave them to my sisters and they just loved it. Hopefully this will be a family heirloom that will be passed on for generations.
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Sara March 28, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

Those clutches are beautiful and I am sure you and your sisters will always treasure them, since they were made from your mom's dress. What a great idea! And Congratulations on your wedding!

Aunt Spicy April 17, 2009 at 12:05 PM  

Oh gosh...I just love this! what a fabulous way to preserve something so meaningful for you and your sisters! Beautiful!

Our One and Only May 5, 2009 at 5:29 PM  

SO PRECIOUS!! kerry you rock! thanks for making these!! it totally touched my heart that you made these for us!

CJ June 1, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

WOW! You were very creative with that dress and now have these lovely heirlooms with lots of meaning.

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