As we’re all adjusting to a new way of life, the ceremonies and celebrations we cherish are undergoing some transitions. While these changes are uncomfortable, they’re also an opportunity for creative solutions. I had a chance to be part of a creative solution for a local family as they planned for an August wedding.
Gatherings in our state are currently limited to 50 people or fewer and masks are highly encouraged. With some guests traveling from out of town, the family wanted to provide masks at the event and saw an opportunity to incorporate “something old” into the mix. They asked me if I could somehow make masks from the grandmother’s wedding gown. At first I declined as it was made from synthetic satin and that is not recommended for use in masks. After some more consideration, we decided to move ahead with a cream cotton mask as a base and appliquéd lace from the wedding dress.
I used American Made brand solid cotton for the masks and carefully cut out lace from the train of the old wedding dress. This mix of utility, nostalgia and romance created a lovely end result.
I wanted the couple to have another keepsake besides the masks, since those carry such mixed emotions. I created two doves from the bridal satin and made their wings from more of the lace. Their tails are made with tulle from the dress, ribbon, and lace scraps I’ve saved for projects like this. They’re stuffed with more fabric scraps – many of them leftover from the masks I made. They’re a satisfying zero-waste project made with a self-drafted pattern.