Mr Dreamy & I will be celebrating our 7th anniversary in just a few days. I can’t believe it’s been that long!
We got married in Hawaii, just down the road from my parent’s farm. I was a very practical bride: we didn’t want our wedding to be a fantasy or a fairytale, we wanted it to be the best reflection of what we could really be as people.
As a practical bride, I did all sorts of things on the day. I got up early and made my own bouquet, and the bridesmaid’s bouquets. With a lot of help from aunts and anyone with strong arms I made chocolate mousse for 80 people without any egg beaters (the fully equipped kitchen of the venue, wasn’t). I set tables and arranged flowers, and, to the horror of the aunts, I got down on my knees and scrubbed the dancefloor.
Now, any practical bride who is going to scrub floors on her wedding day needs a good apron, and I had a stunner: an embroidered early 30s number that covered me from knee to neck, and wrapped all the way around to my back. It was given to me by an aunt on the condition that I would actually use it, not just store it as a vintage textile.
I’m pretty sure wearing it to scrub floors on your wedding day is the best possible use you could put it to!
Unfortunately there are no photos of me scrubbing the floor (to my everlasting regret), but there are a beautiful series of me in the apron, making my bouquet:
I’ve always wanted to make a replica of the apron, because I do feel a bit bad using it, and it has a rip under one arm (it was there when I received it). So when the Sew Weekly Apron challenge came up, I decided it was time – and a perfect time too, with our anniversary so close.
I didn’t have time for the embroidery that was on the original apron, so I repurposed a stained vintage doily that I’ve been holding on to for just this type of project.
The rest of the apron’s decoration scheme was decided by the doily. I trimmed the pockets in blue ric-rak and rosy pink binding, and used the pink binding to bind all the apron edges. I added more blue-ric-rac around the apron neck, and sewed together a few lengths of checked bias-tape (the same stuff I used on Aline’s bonnet) for a sash.
Then I sucked it up, and posed in the kitchen, trimming the stems of my peonies (my springtime indulgence, and yes I actually cut them) and in the bathroom, pretending to dust while Felicity was mesmerized by the blinking camera timer. I hate both rooms – they are dark and pokey and impossible to keep clean. I can’t wait until we buy a house and I can have proper versions of them!
At least my apron is cute though! In a very 1930s way – charmingly shapeless and frumpy. 😉
Pssst…since I mentioned it, want to see some wedding pictures? There are a few here.