|embroidered silk with silver thread and silk ribbons|
|1780's ladies garters|
Bascha just turned 18 this month, and so I decided to make these for her birthday :). Happy Birthday Bascha!!!
If you remember the silk trimmings on my Straw Bonnet, I had just enough left over from that project to make up a pair of garters. I don't know how these artifact garters were made. But here is how I made mine. And I tried to make them as similar as I could.
I wasn't sure about exact measurements, but I guessed that the decoration part probably went halfway around the leg...that part being the front. So I held the paper around my leg, a little above my knee. Yup, that worked.
I was also guessing how wide the garter should be. I went with around 1.5". Using these measurements, I drew out a shape like the original pair onto a scrap of fabric. I added seam allowances, and cut out 4 of these (two per garter).
|my paper pattern/guide and the silk|
|I drew over my pencil markings with sharpie so I could literally "trace" the design to my silk. I wanted to be able to see it through the fabric.|
I took the embroidery floss and separated it so I was only using two strands. When I looked at the original embroidery it looked "thin". So that's what I tried to do.
|squeals!! look at all that embroidery! I just love how embroidery looks, but man I hate doing it :P (also, if you are wondering why it's on a plate, I love eating garters of dinner...(I couldn't get the focus/light right))|
For the ties-I did not have silk ribbon. I wanted silk ribbon, but I was scared that if I ordered it it wouldn't come in the same color as my silk. So I...used *whisper* polyester ribbons (which was also a lot easier), that matched. I pinked the edges how they did though, and then sealed it off with clear nail polish.
I sewed them down to the garters, re-enforcing where they attached with lots of back stitches. I did gather them slightly before attaching.
|mama modeling for me :D Bascha's legs aren't available at the moment :P|
|the ribbons are very long right now, I wasn't sure how long to make them|
|I had meant to use navy instead of that vibrant blue for the ribbon embroidery...but it didn't work out. I can't remember why though|
One of them says "UNIS A JAMAIS" which is supposed to mean "United forever" The other one says "JE MEURS OU JE M'ATTACHE" which the site says means "I die where I cling" or "I must love or I die". If I had thought about it, I would have put something lovely and poetic, about love and friendship....but I didn't think about it until it was too late. Sorry Bascha!!!!
Wee! Aren't they so cute? What do you think of these? Do you wear garters? Have you ever made some?