• Images
  • Text
  • Find a Couple + Registry
GO
Chit Chat

semi-XP: seamstress in NYC vs getting crafty myself

Hey guys, 

Hope everyone is doing well - I've been on the DL in the past few weeks, busy with pre-wedding celebrations fabulously thrown by my FILs (mostly for extended family who can't go to our wedding in Europe in a few weeks) - also my mom was visiting, etc etc... 

For the Chuppah - I am basically trying to replicate what this cool lady has done and described in the following blogpost https://sites.google.com/site/2dbride/ceremony/chuppah

However, I am sadly uncrafty and not sure how to proceed - I guess I was certain it would be an easy job for a seamstress/ tailor but none of the ones in my neighborhood are willing to try (everyone says 'no, too complicated'). I posted on the NYC local board, but in case I don't hear back, is there any way I could try doing this myself without a sewing machine (i.e. just cut four triangles and attach them to each other with floral tape or velcro or whatever?) or is that hopeless. Sorry if this is a ridiculous question. 

The gazebo I got is white - so worst case scenario we could just keep it as is - its an unattractive umbrella-y material but who cares? especially once it will be decorated with flowers...but since I already have the nice satin fabric I would like to try. 

Thanks in advance!
- The stars, like dust, encircle me in living mists of light. And all of space I seem to see in one vast burst of sight. 

Re: semi-XP: seamstress in NYC vs getting crafty myself

  • Without a sewing machine....hmmmm. 
    You could, but get rid of that tape idea immediately. 
    There are good quality fabric adhesives, for a large area I'd go with an adhesive fabric spray, or double sided fusible iron on fabrics that would hold it securely.
     Take your time cutting the triangles, pin each section securely so there's no weird sliding around, because satin is slippery as hell, and hot glue the top for extra stability, and along the seams where the triangles meet. Leave about 3/8 inch overlap. I'd cover the line where the seams meet with a heavier ribbon, like a pretty matching upholstery trim. A gimp trim, like this:

    image
    Use the trim to hide the seams. It's heavy enough that hot glue won't show bumps or lumps under it. If you shop and use coupons (Joanns) you should be able to get it for about  a dollar a yard. Don't buy it at Hobby Lobby, because they are evil. 
    Use the same color as your fabric. A contrasting color will call attention to any crooked bits. 


  • mj8215mj8215 member
    100 Comments 100 Love Its First Anniversary Name Dropper
    Thanks so much @ohannabelle! will try the gimp trim
    - The stars, like dust, encircle me in living mists of light. And all of space I seem to see in one vast burst of sight. 
This discussion has been closed.
Choose Another Board
Search Boards