Tuesday 3 September 2013

From A - Making Special

While on the road, the Mr. and I celebrated our cotton (second) anniversary.


Since you only get one cotton anniversary in a marriage, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make him something special. After mulling it over for a couple of months, I had settled on an embroidery project. I bought the necessary supplies and proceeded to ignore the coming event.

Liberty Tie

For once my tendency to ignore deadlines paid off because this post from the Colette Patterns blog popped up on my feed reader and promptly kicked my sweet little embroidery project's metaphorical butt right out of the picture.

Liberty Tie

Within about 30 minutes of reading the post, I had the whole thing planned out in my mind. I would hunt down some Caesar tana lawn from Liberty of London for the exterior, line it with scraps from my Liberty Wiksten tank, and add a little "handmade" sewing label I picked up when we were in London together shortly after getting married.

Perfect Point

And the result: the kind of perfect imperfection that defines our marriage.

Tie Lining 

There were some challenges getting everything to line up well enough to make a tie point that would be acceptable for public wear. Fortunately, it was nothing that a bit of strong arming and a bunch of steam couldn't fix.

Label and Keep Detail

The hand sewn finishing touches on this one are really what made it special: slip stitching the center back seam, attaching the label and tie keep. The perfect way to inject it with a little bit of l-o-v-e.


  1. Great job, Amanda! And hope you had a happy anniversary! I am confused by the last two pictures. The tie looks short??? Love that fabric choice. Quite stunning!

  2. I can't believe I missed our cotton anniversary without using it as an excuse to buy fabric!

    Actually, I didn't have a sewing machine or know how to use one at the time... so I probably would have used it as an excuse to go shopping at Nordstrom's Rack. ;)

    Happy anniversary!

  3. How fun Amanda! It looks fantastic, and totally suitable for wearing in public. :)

  4. That's just awesome! Love the pop of pink on the inside!

  5. Oh my gosh I love love this. I've had my eye on that Liberty print forever--a tie is such a special use for that textile! What an amazing gift.

  6. Congrats on the anniversary. When I celebrated my 2nd (18 years ago!!) I had only been quilting for a year. I was thrilled to find out the 2nd was cotton - I stocked up fabrics big time and still have some of them :-)

  7. Congrats your your second anniversary. The tie is such a wonderful idea and it turned out beautifully! Great job.

  8. Really beautiful and such an appropriate gift! Congratulations it'll be silver before you know it!


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