As I sit here writing this post, I am caught up in feelings of reminiscence and nostalgia. You see, this post is both a Mother’s Day and wedding post – a tribute to my mom. As you know, my sister got married last weekend. What you may not have known was that it would have been my mother’s 62nd birthday. My sister wanted her “something old” to be a tribute to our mom. She wanted to create handkerchiefs from my mom’s wedding dress. At first, I was appalled. I did NOT want to cut up her dress. Then my husband said, “Are you upset about cutting the dress or that you didn’t think of it for ours?” Well played, sir. It hurts my heart that I didn’t think of it for my own wedding. As Jennifer’s wedding drew closer, she gave up on the idea because she did not think there would be enough time to create ten of these herself. That’s when my dad and I decided to make these Monogrammed Handkerchiefs for her.
So I took a trip to St. Louis to my dad’s house. We got on Facetime and opened up Mom’s dress box.
Jennifer wanted me to try on the dress. It fit perfectly! Which is kinda cool because it was custom made for my mom.
(Pardon my lack of make-up, it was late evening.)
After inspecting the dress, I had a scathingly brilliant idea. The train was removable. We could create the handkerchiefs from the train and maintain the integrity of the dress!
(Reed photo bomb)
The train was a lace overlay with lace trim. All handstitched. Dad and I had our work cut out for us.
First, we had to remove the lace trim.
Then we had to remove the lace over lay from the other fabric.
Once it was all taken apart, we cut 10 inch x 10 inch squares out of the cream fabric and 10 inch by 10 inch squares from the lace.
Next came the painful experience of trying to configure my embroidery machine. This was the first time I had used it! It took 5 hours and lots of math to get it centered and just how we wanted it.
We embroidered by mom’s monogram followed by the wedding date (which is also her birthday).
I bought the dissolving stabilizer. Once it was dissolved, we let them air dry overnight. The next morning, we ironed them flat and began sewing.
I attached the monogrammed piece of fabric and the lace (right sides together).
Stitch around all edges leaving a 5 inch gap to turn right side out.
Turn right side out. Fold the rough edges in and pin in place. Top stitch around all four edges to give it a completed look.
To finish it, I handstitched some of the lace to the corner.
The packaging is from Le Box Boutique on Etsy! Love that shop and she lives close to me!
My sister created an insert for each package that read as below…
And we handed them out at the rehearsal dinner to all of my mom’s immediate family.
The cool thing is that it is a gift from all FOUR of us which hasn’t happened in over 25 years. Dad and I made these handkerchiefs from Mom’s dress for Jennifer’s wedding. A great tribute to our mom for Mother’s Day and Jennifer’s special day!
Congrats Jennifer and Steve! I know Mom is watching over you!
It was perfect.