Hi Brides, Hannah here!
Biggest Love to you and your families during lockdown - stay safe.
You might have seen I've just developed some of our bestselling garter designs into DIY kits for you to do at home and I am LOVING your response to them! Each kit has a list of instructions included but I thought I could do a more detailed blog post in case any of you lovely brides get stuck making your garter!
Firstly, due to our supplier availability at the moment we've had to create this garter with a different blue applique from our original Senna. If you'd like the original Senna we still have 3 left in stock - shop here.
Our Senna in particular can be a bit fiddly as we're using 2 appliques to create this - unlike the other garters where we have one long run of lace trim! (I'm working on a better solution to this!) The reason behind the double applique is because I think these garters look so much lovelier with fabric covering as much of the elastic as possible!
Now, because it's made from 2 appliques - I don't have much say in the length of each piece - therefore, depending on your size, there's 2 different ways of constructing this garter. I'll explain this in detail further down the post.
Hopefully you'll have bought our Senna Kit and can follow along with this guide - however if you have fabrics at home that you'd like to use, you can follow the advice in this post with your chosen trim or appliques.
For those without their made to measure Senna Kit - take a tape measure and measure around 6-8" above the knee and we're looking for the total circumference of your thigh. When cutting the length of your fabric, I add on 5cm to allow for seam allowance and a little give in the elastic. For example, my thigh measures 53cm, so I cut 58cm and it fits perfectly!
Your elastic will be cut half of the measurement of your thigh measurement.
For those who have their Senna Kit - this has all be done for you!
So let's get to the good stuff!
Before we get started, set up your Sewing Machine. In your kit you'll have two bobbin reels with blue thread on. Add one bobbin to the bobbin holder and use the other bobbin in the thread holder.
During this blog post I'll refer to the outside of the garter as the Right Side and the inside as the Reverse Side of the Applique.
So, take the reverse side of the applique and line up the elastic with one side. Shiny Side Down & Pin.
Our next step is to pin the elastic into place. The aim here is to stretch the elastic as much as possible and add pins at regular intervals!
Tip: You might be tempted to pin horizontally, in the direction of the elastic, but I find it much more beneficial to pin the elastic with the pin facing vertically (as pictured) - When you start sewing you'll be able to get up close to the pin before taking it out.
There'll be more elastic than the applique so we're just going to pin and sew for the length of the applique.
Using a Zig-Zag stitch (I use width 3.5 & length 3.5) we're going to slowly feed the elastic through the sewing machine. Due to the nature of the applique, make sure you go nice and slowly here so you don't drop any stitches and make sure each end is secured with a Locking Stitch.
The aim here is to pull the elastic tight while you sew. Take each pin out as you reach it.
Next, we need to attach the flat Applique (Applique 1) to the now, elasticated applique (Applique 2). For this we're simply going to overlap Applique 2 on top of Applique 1, sandwiching the elastic inbetween the layers.
The reason we're not adding a seam here it to reduce bulk.
Using that same zig-zag stitch, we're going to connect these two appliques with 2-3cm of stitch. Locking stitch at both ends. To be extra secure you can go over this twice - because of the lace the stitching won't be obvious here!
The next step depends on how much elastic is left over after attaching it to your applique, however we're all going to follow the next step.
Similarly to the previous step we're going to attach Applique 1 to the elastic using 2-3cm of Zig-Zag Stitch. Again, we're going to overlap here instead of adding a seam as this will reduce bulk and create a more secure seam.
If 2-3cm of stitching meets the Applique 2, then sew over the top of that too. If it doesn't, sew directly onto the elastic - there may be some uncovered elastic left over but this will be the back of your garter.chine Sewing Done! Grab your needle and thread it!
The next step is attaching the pearl trim and the pearl flowers.
First, take the pearl trim and on the Right Side (don't worry we'll cover it!) we're going to pin the pearls into place. See picture below for the best place on Applique 1 to position the trim.
We're just going to capture that top pearl in place by using a back stitching over the thread between those top two pearls.
Our back stitch will essentially just be a repetitive hand stitch over the same spot but for a demonstration, here's a YouTube video on how to do it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjHm8CL9WDA)
And our pièce de résistance - our beautiful pearl flowers are going to be pinned and stitch on top of that top pearl to cover the stitching.
We're going to use the same back-stitch technique to lock these flowers into place. With this, be a little bit fiddly to tuck the thread underneath the beading so that it's hidden underneath!
Neaten all of your loose threads and voila, you have your Senna Garter - go and try it on!
Let us know how you get on and we'd love to see your pictures when you're finished.
If you have any problems drop them in the comments below in case someone else is experiencing the same problem!