Friday, April 29, 2011

New needles every 30 minutes

Designing and crafting Kate Middleton's magnificent dress was a tour de force by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, and by British needleworkers. I love how the lace just covers the top of the wrists. Here are details from the BBC as to how the dress was made (new needles every 30 minutes!):

"The lace on the bride's dress details a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock, and was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.

The bridal train measures 2m 70cm, and along with the lace, all other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies.

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Kate Middleton is the perfect Grace Kelly princess bride”

The lace motifs were pinned, "framed up" and applied with stab stitching every 2mm to 3mm around each lace motif.

Workers washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean."

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