It has been so long since I've posted here, that I was afraid if I didn't put something up soon, I'd never post again. This fall and winter have been a little nuts. My brother got married at the beginning of November, and I spent the last two weeks before the wedding finishing up all the junior wedding party clothing, as well as making the cake. I've done tiered cakes before, but this was my first four-tier, and my first wedding cake. This sucker served 150 people.
It was an almond cake with raspberry filling and almond buttercream frosting, covered in fondant. The ribbon was satin to match the bridesmaids' dresses, and the pearls (more than 300!) were hand rolled by me. This was such a huge job, but I was so proud of the finished product, and more importantly, the bride and groom really loved the cake.
But that's not why you're here ... so on with the sewing. Today I'm going to post the boys' outfits, and hopefully I'll get the details up about the girls' later this week.
I sewed three pairs of pinstriped gray brushed twill Oliver+S Art Museum trousers, three satin bow ties and three pairs of black suspenders. I can nearly sew these pants in my sleep now, I've made so many of them. I bought the fabric from Cali Fabrics - it's a lovely sturdy fabric with a soft brushed texture; really perfect for little boys' winter pants. I WAY overbought, and have enough left to make myself a skirt and then some. The bow tie tutorial, which I've used before, came from Make It Love It, and I used this suspender tutorial. Though for the money I spent on the necessary hardware, I could have purchased ready-made suspenders from Amazon and saved myself a couple of hours. For black suspenders, it was not worth the effort.
For the trouser welt pockets, I used the method from the Alina & Co. Chi Town Chino Expansion Pack, which fully encloses the pockets. Alina's method uses French seams, but I decided mid-way through making these, that a serged seam would work just fine. I also put little surprises in the pockets for the boys:
I was so busy during the wedding that I was not able to take any photos, and there weren't any good ones of just the three boys. G was the only one of the boys who made it to the reception, and he was a dancing fool.
He even kicked off his shoes midway through the evening.
Though by the end he was just plastered onto me and refused to let me out of arms' reach.
See you back here soon with photos and details of the girls' dresses!