Last month I got married, and of course I felt the need to hand make something for myself. I ended up settling on two things — a lace knit bolero to wear over my wedding dress, and a pair of crocheted bouquets (in lieu of real flowers) for myself and my maid of honor. I was super happy with how they both turned out, and felt that bit of pride showing off my creations as I walked down the aisle.
I made the lace knit bolero out of a 100% bamboo yarn. I had a hard time finding a lace weight yarn out of wool that was white enough not to look odd over my white dress. The bamboo came the closest.
Yarn: South West Trading Company – Xie (100% Bamboo)
Pattern: Matrimonio Bolero
Modifications: Knit sleeves in the round (modified chart to hide the “seam” a bit), added tiny light purple beads. See my Ravelry project for more details.
For the bouquets, I wanted something simple with roses. I found a crochet pattern for a child size rose bouquet, and made some modifications to enlarge it a bit. I found some great colors of yarn in various purples to match the wedding colors. I loved how the roses turned out so much that I ended up making boutonnieres and corsages for others in the wedding party as well!
Yarn: Berroco Vintage
Pattern: bouquet de mariée
Modifications: Larger flowers, longer stem, larger bouquet circumference, larger leaves, added own leaf pattern for boutonnieres and corsages. See my Ravelry project for more details.