Lace Wedding Garter For Jeff’s Sister

by ilene on July 17, 2012 · 1 comment

in sewing, wedding

Hi!! Sorry I haven’t been writing a lot lately! The summer traveling has begun! We just got back yesterday from a fun weekend trip to Lake Tahoe with my siblings and their SOs. A wonderful, relaxing time was had by all – especially by my sister’s dog who soaked up all the adoration from his aunts and uncles and got lots of attention floating down the river on a raft.  One of the best perks about living in California is that we get both the ocean and the mountains within a few hours drive!   A few weeks ago, we flew out to the east coast for Jeff’s sister’s wedding which was held out on a beautiful farm in Portland, Maine.  She asked me to make her a lace garter to wear for her special day that would match her gorgeous vintage wedding dress.   She had the cute idea of adding a dinosaur button to it, too!

I sewed my own garter for my wedding (full tutorial here) so I did something similar except with lace instead of silk ribbon. All I had to do was sew a casing around a 30″ long piece of lace and thread some elastic thread through it.  I went to Britex Fabrics in San Francisco’s Union Square to look at their huge assortment of lace options and sent pictures to Jeff’s sister for her to choose her favorite. She ended up liking this pretty ivory scalloped lace:

For the casing, I pinned a 1/2″ wide piece of satin along the inside top border of the lace and sewed along both edges of the ribbon:

I asked Jeff’s sister to measure the circumference of her thigh and then cut a 1/4″ wide piece of elastic to that length.  One of my least favorite things to do is threading elastic through casing so I have this pretty cool metal tool that I got from Joann’s Fabric that helps makes this process much easier than sticking a safety pin on the end and slowly snaking it through the casing:

All I had to do is thread the tool and pull it through the casing. Took less than a minute to do:

I sewed the beginning and end of the elastic to the casing so that the elastic didn’t slip all the way through:

Then sewed the 2 ends of the lace together to form a circle:

The final step was adding a small button dinosaur to it. The newlyweds have nicknames for each other that have dinosaurs in them so it was a cute little personalized touch:

I ended up making two garters for her, one for her to wear and one for her to throw:

Congrats to the newlyweds!!  YAY!

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