Ella's craft blog

Fan kimono dress
The lovely Sam can always be relied upon to brighten up a day so I thought her wedding would be a good excuse to craft something a bit colourful and original.

The gorgeous fabric's from Fabricland again, though it all got snapped up pretty sharpish when they started selling it in the spring.

It's cotton with a lovely fan print and some nice shiny gold accents.

The dress is based on this Burdastyle pattern but I put a bit more shape in the hips, sewed up the sleeves and added the obligatory modesty panel.

It was a doddle and I'd recommend anyone to give it a go.
I think I might put a couple of darts in the back to make it more flattering on the waist at some point though - attack of the hourglass again!

If anyone has any suggestions for making the sleeves more manageable I'm all ears.

Fan kimono dress front
Are the sleeves too much?
I tried to make a necklace to match the outfit but left it a bit last minute and could only get sub-standard supplies.

I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for fan charms and acrylic orange chrysanthemums to complete the look so shout if you see anything.

I also tried dyeing some shoes to match the dress but I thought that whole process deserved a post of its own so you can read about it later.

My final bit of crafting was a bow-shaped clutch bag for the bride made from the same raw silk as the sash on her dress and lined with some lush Michael Miller bicycle print fabric from Frumble.

We were having so much fun on the day I forgot to take a photo but hopefully the bride can snap it at some point.

The Sullivan-Cullen wedding was an absolute hoot with bikes, bunting, homemade jam, a fantastic cake and the most incredible bride and groom outfits. You've got to love a crafty wedding!


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