Wedding season is in full swing in Malta, and amidst attending a few myself, I also get a fair few wedding gift commissions. This particular order was one of my favourite yet, as included two pieces which go together – first, a pair of embroidered pillowcases, and second, a set of six embroidered linen dinner napkins.
One of the first orders that claimed my attention after the Patches artisan fair was this pair of custom embroidered pillowcases. Commissioned by a friend of the couple as a personalised wedding gift, they feature the couple’s initials surrounded by a floral wreath design inspired by the bridal bouquet.
Freshly back from an invigorating short break in Italy and France (which I’ll post about soon), I’d like to share a trio of items completed before I left, commissioned by one of my repeat customers – the lovely Marilu Vella.
I’m very excited to finally be able to show everyone the end result of a project that took up numerous hours of my time, love and attention this summer. Having hinted at it and posted teaser photos over the course of its coming into being, I can finally reveal the product of a very fruitful and rewarding collaboration with the talented lady behind Babettopolis – a custom-made, hand-embroidered wedding dress!
Having wanted to collaborate with Maria (the talented lady in question) for a while on a project such as this (and having done so very successfully on various smaller projects throughout the course of our friendship – we’ve been friends since the dubious colour coding days of sixth form!), I jumped at the chance when she approached me with the idea.
She informed me that she had been commissioned to make a wedding dress for a customer, and they had decided together to include special hand embroidered details rather than ready-embroidered fabric for a truly unique wedding dress. Maria passed on her design for the dress (which was right up my alley, uncoincidentally) and informed me that the bride-to-be wished a selection of her favourite love quotes (in Latin, Maltese and English) to be included in the embroidery design.
Armed with the designated portions of the dress to be embroidered – that is, the yoke under the bust and all around the skirt edge – I set about coming up with a design including the chosen quotes in an elegant calligraphy font and dressed up with a simple floral design. The design was approved and the fabric bought, following an impressively smooth trip to JB, in which Maria and I customarily agreed on the precise fabrics to go for – great minds!
It was then that the grand plan hit a hurdle from my end. With the deadline for my MA dissertation looming, the workload became more demanding by the day, so as to make even the slightest embroidery break completely impossible. The embroidery hiatus lasted a good month and a half (or was it two? The period is quite a blur), but Maria’s patience with me was unfailing. I repaid her faith (it’s not easy when the wedding date is only getting nearer, and she had a dress to sew!) by leaping upon the embroidery for the dress the moment my dissertation was handed in, and proceeded to speedily, but no less lovingly, finish the embroidered pieces and pass them on to Maria’s waiting hands for sewing.
A number of fittings, adjustments and countless cups of tea later, I was invited to witness the fruit of our combined labour on the bride’s wedding day last Saturday. She looked stunning, and even though I admit there may be the tiniest bit of bias from my end, she seemed as pleased as we were. This was by far the biggest project I’ve ever been a part of embroidery-wise, and remain very grateful to Maria for thinking of me – I hope there will be many more!
Check out Maria’s side of the story on her blog 🙂