Not too long before the wedding, maybe one month or so, I had not yet figured out what I was going to do for corsages or boutonnieres. There were so many ideas, but all the research and trying out I had done had not led me to anything workable. And I was starting to freak out about it.
As I spent hours upon hours of making flowers for the wedding,
I suddenly realized that was the answer. Make flowers. I was using organza, or dressing lining in most cases, to make those flowers. But I also had some thin crepe in off-white. So I set to cutting circles. And when it melted, it didn't crinkle so much as slightly bend. Which mean the flower I was making a feeling of more classy, less crafty. Perfect!
Once I put all the flowers together, I needed a center. For the women, that was easy. I had learned of the joy of shopping in the jewelry-making aisles of craft stores. I was able to pick up jewelry pieces that I knew either fit the personality or the clothing choice of the woman it was for.
But for the men? Jewelry? Not so much.
As Tina and I were at JoAnn's, waiting at the cutting counter, there were sale-priced buttons on the counter. And they had anchors on them! Perfect, I said! Dad had been in the Navy! So I was off to the button aisle to find something for the other two boutonnieres I was making. Finally! The centers for the bouts were bought!
So, here's how they were assembled:
(all by hand, no machine sewing b/c I don't own a machine. yeah, you can tell that these are not done by a master craftsman.)
I hand-sewed the flower layers together, not including the top, as well as the leaf. Then, I cut a hole in the center for the button post to go through. If I'd been brave, I would have cut the button hole of Jeff's suit open and added a button to the back of this. But, I just couldn't do it. I just couldn't take that pair of scissors to his lapel.
The button needed to be held on though, so I pushed the stem of the feather through, added the floral tape, and hand-stitched it on.
The leaves were green dress lining. I cut them into leaf shape, used a good ol' candle to melt the edges, and then melted a little of the inside like the stem on real leaves.
I was so happy with the results.
|I added a picture of Jeff's Dad to his boutonniere, so he was there with him on that day.|
|Kiaj pinned it onto Jeff's lapel.|
|so nice, if I do say so myself.|