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Lace: Homage to a Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011

I’ve just come home from work and am digging through my closet for items in white.  I finally decide on a full white skirt, a white tank top, and a white lace scarf.  I look in the mirror and decide I look incredibly silly.  I add a little makeup and pin back my hair, hoping it’ll help pull the outfit together.

I jump in my car and head over to my friend Sara’s house.  The house is lively and filled with women dressed similarly to me.  I feel a little less silly surrounded by others in their white outfits.  There’s a craft station set up to make your own fascinator or tiara, and I dive in.  Crafts?  Yes, please.  With a fascinator pinned to my head, I embrace the silly.

In the adjoining dining room there’s a full spread of English hors d’oeuvres surrounding a traditional English wedding cake.  Yes, we’re gathering to watch the royal wedding together.

Many have done their best to avoid any news or photos of the wedding up before the party.  Unfortunately, I failed to realize that the royal wedding dress would be all over the sewing blogs that day.  So, I’ve not only seen the dress, but I’ve read about the fabric used, the methods of construction, the designer, the importance of the style, the historical implications, and more.  I don’t feel guilty at all. These are the kind of details that I want, and I’m not going to learn them just from watching the wedding.

We laugh and share stories as the evening progresses.  Everyone has their favorite fascinator, favorite outfit, favorite celebrity, favorite moment.  There are also some least favorites in there as well.

We see the kiss on the balcony.  And then the second!  The evening wanes.  We cut our own wedding cake, get in a few more laughs, then say our good byes.

Watching with friends was a fabulous way to mark the historical event.  Another way?  By making my own fabulous something using the same lace that was used in the royal dress. No, I’m not just dreaming.  My favorite fabric store has the royal wedding lace for sale – both the lace used on the top and the lace used on the hem.

Both are expensive at $225 a yard.  But, this dress and these laces are destined to become part of history, and the quality of work that went into them has to be outstanding.  Both laces are available in black, red, or the bridal soie.  I imagine paying homage to the original creation by making a bolero from the soie.  I would wear it over brightly colored strapless dresses at summer weddings.

Are you inspired by these royal laces?  What will you make?

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