Thursday, July 21, 2011

Very Sashing Details

Sashing? Dashing? Close enough, right?

This is so strange, but it's true. For some reason, when I made the easy decision of picking out my dress, I decided I had to have a sash. In fact, I got my heart all set on it. I'm not 100% sure why I had to have one, but I think the artist in me was drawn to the pop of color, and the opportunity to use it to coordinate our wedding colors and make them even more cohesive (... because I was a crazy bride like that).

If you look back at the image of my dress that David's Bridal provides, you'll see something around the waist.

Just so you guys know, the sash in that photo doesn't come with the dress (included is a length of 2" white ribbon, there's even two teeny loops to hold the ribbon onto the dress), but they suggest it with the dress, as well as a thicker, fancier sash, like the purple one in the photo below.

I know, it's a lovely sash. It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but there's all kinds of pretty embroidery at the bottom.

Naturally, I had to have it.. . .But then after I tried it on in the store, in the color Pool (as seen below), I found out that it wasn't offered in baby blue (or the DB color "capri").

Long story short, I was crushed.

What's a girl to do? Well, I maybe have been a little mopey after mucho Googling couldn't find me a sash I wanted, but then I got my act together. At this time, etsy's alchemy was still around, so I started the hunt for some one who could make a sash for me, in the color I wanted, all for the price of $50.

I discovered seller BusyBeeHolidays (was the 'Bee' in her name a sign?), who hadn't made a sash before, but definitely seemed up for the challenge.

She started by sending me fabric colors and embroidery options to choose from. I ended up choosing one that I loved (yay!), and then I gave her another $5 because I chose an option too big for her embroidery hoop, so she'd have to get a new one. Not a bad deal, I'd say.

Then BusyBee began sending me photos of my sash as she made it, step by step. Watching the whole process come together was so exciting (and such a relief, actually, after I was super worried that I wouldn't get the sash I dreamed of). The more photos I saw, the more excited I got to see the real thing in person.

And, because a photo's worth 100 words, here's the story in photos.
Photo of me with the sash that I posted on Alchemy for reference.
The option I chose for embroidery.
A sample of the embroidery for me to approve.
Ah! Coming together - embroidery on my sash.
Then some pearls for good measure. Now all it needed was a hem. . .

I'm not going to lie, this was one wedding project that was pretty easy because I just had to sit back while someone else did all the work :-D.

Dying to see the real sash in action? Me too! I can't wait to share the pro pics with you all in the future.

Did you having something custom made for your wedding? Scale of 1-10, how awesome was it?