Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bridal Garter from Heirloom Fabrics

My first nephew to get married is tying the knot next weekend in Milwaukee. I promised to make his bride a garter to wear, using some bits of crocheted lace and tatting my sister had collected from one (or more) of our grandmothers' sewing bags.

Now my style is usually "shabby chic", asymetrical, rough-edged and intentionally non-traditional. This bride is both dainty and traditional and I have no idea if she will like what I came up with.
It's not as collage-like as I would normally do, but it is also not as dainty as many bridal garters!
Fabrics used were:
  • cream bridal satin from Grandma Ruth Baumgarten's wedding dress (scraps remain from when it was deconstructed to make Laura Fisk Roose's wedding dress in, I don't ever throw fabric away, especially if it has history!)
  • Purple and black silk brocade with Chinese medallion pattern (purchased in Hawaii, 1976) in honor of Angela's time spent in China.
  • Plum polyester (from my stash - who knows what I bought it for? - hope it matches)
  • vintage handmade heirloom laces (see below)
  • 3 satin-covered buttons from Grandma Ruth's wedding dress 
Tatted lace - possibly made by Laura Baumgarten, sister in law of Great Grandma Minnie Baumgarten. This may have been found in her sewing box. We do know Grandma didn't do tatting but she may have been given pieces by one of her relatives.

 Crocheted lace - possibly made by Great Grandma Minnie Baumgarten.
Crocheted lace (pillowcase edging) - probably made by Great Grandma Laura Krumm.
 Tatted lace medallions - possibly made by Laura Baumgarten, sister in law of Great Grandma Minnie Baumgarten.

So, we'll see if it matches - she does have another one already, that she can use to toss!

I'd wear it for a photo, but don't think it would help you. You'll have to imagine it on a young leg until after the wedding.

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