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A Green Beginning: Wedding Shrug

27 May

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

Last year one of my good friends got married, and she asked me to make a shrug for her to wear with her wedding dress.

I said of course!

I drafted the pattern, and made the shrug out of a beautiful vivid green silk dupioni from Fabric Indulgence and Art Supply.

Before I could sew the fabric, I outlined each piece with Fray Check, to prevent the edges from unraveling–I learned that this was necessary the hard way, when Shrug 1 came apart on me :P On the inside the shell and the lining both have French seams, as well.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

The tricky part was that Sophia lives in Atlanta, and I live in Texas, so drafting the pattern was a biiiiit difficult. I managed to make my dress form Doris match Sophia’s measurements, but Doris doesn’t have arms, and my first attempt at sleeve drafting was less than stellar–the first version of the shrug had elbow length sleeves, but they prevented Sophia from moving her arms! So I cut them off into cap sleeves and hemmed them hastily by hand the night before the wedding.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

The trim was also pleated and sewn on by hand. Box pleats, because I love them.

In the end I think the shrug was about 70% handsewn, most of it taking place during my trip for the wedding. Because that’s kind of how I roll.

Sophia’s lovely jewelry was all made by our friend Mara!

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

Best garter ever? Yes.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

All of the lovely pictures in this post are by Diana C. Kim Photography, used with her gracious permission.

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