Making a Wedding Dress Keepsake Bear - Part One
Wedding dress keepsake bears are a lovely way to use your wedding dress and have something to remind you of your special day. I really love making them as they are always very different, according to the dress I am using.
Some are very plain so you need to use the best bits of the dress.
Some are heavily beaded, which means the bear can take twice as long to make due to the beading having to be un picked and hand sewn back on.
Some dresses are very lacy, which means they gave to be backed and lined so it reinforces the fabric.
I am working on a wedding bear at the moment which is made from satin and a heavier satin underskirt with lovely pleats and beading throughout the dress.
In order to start making this bear, I have to un pick all of the beaded sections, luckily they are easy to unpick.
I also need to cut the wedding dress so I have it in usable sections.
Here is the first stage, the fabric in sections and the beaded detail unpicked.
I normally use the best bits of the dress to make the body sections, which I will do next. This dress has a lovely pleated bodice, so I will use that for the bear's body.
As the dress is lined in this section I don't need to sew in an extra lining to the bear's body, just cut very carefully round the bit I want to use.
The body is the pinned in place as the pleats can come apart at this stage. The beaded sections that were unpicked are also pinned in their new positions, ready to be sewn in place. Before sewing the bear body together I will sew around the edge of the body sections to keep the pleats in place.
The next stage of making a wedding dress bear is the head.
With this particular bear, the head needed to be lined with the heavier satin underneath the lighter satin. I cut out the head section and then place it on top of the shiny satin, and sewed the two sections together. The same is then done for the rest of the bear.
Once the head is lined, I place the beaded sections on the the side head pieces. I don't usually place then on the top head panel, purely because I think they look better without any detail, but again it does depend on the Wedding dress.
These beaded sections are now sewn back on to the bear before it is sewn together. This whole process can take a few hours.
In my next blog post, I will go though sewing together of the wedding dress bear and building it.
Until next time