Once upon a time………..in John Lewis?

Once upon a time far, far away, (well about 12 miles actually) in the fair city of Aberdeen, I had a part-time job as the Rowan Design Consultant in John Lewis. Many customers came and went and many of them were really lovely. Two of these customers became my friends and have remained so. The first is Aurelie, of whom you all know so well! The second is Sue.

Sue was a great customer, who regularly knitted from the latest Rowan magazine. A beautiful knitter who always had something new on her pins. Sue knitted for herself, her girls, hubby, friends, friends children and children’s friends! I can also recall a few exquisite Christmas pudding hats! (Sue is pretty talented with her own creations too!) It was during this time that Sue taught her daughter Kelly to knit.

One day Sue came to John Lewis to let me know she was leaving Aberdeen as her hubby had been posted elsewhere. We have kept in touch via occasional emails ever since. In early 2014 I received news that both Sue’s daughters were to be married in 2015, just weeks apart. Happy celebrations were in preparation.

A telephone conversation followed during which……a slightly nervous Sue told me that Kelly wanted a small and friendly wedding with a handmade dress that she hoped to knit with the expert help of her mum. And so it all began…….we chatted about yarns, tension  and how to adapt Kelly’s chosen design, #21 Lace Dress by Shirley Paden.

Over the following months many people were involved, Isabelle Randall made the underskirt (By altering a silk nightie!) and Sue’s friend Catherine crocheted the delicate edgings that  finished off the dress. And we all met up on occasion for fitting etc. However, The majority of the work was done by Kelly and Sue.… What a team!

With Kelly and her new hubby Alasdair’s permission I would like to share with you a very special day in which I feel honoured to have played, a (very small) part. x

Lace skirt by Kelly, delicate crochet edgings by Catherine.

Lace skirt by Kelly.  Delicate crochet edgings by Catherine.


The finished wedding dress complete with silk underskirt, lace cap sleeves and lace hem by Isabelle Randall

The bride and groom at Strathpeffer Village Pavillion

The bride and groom at Strathpeffer Village Pavillion

Origami bouquet by Kelly

Amazing origami bouquet handmade by Kelly

Woodland near the village of Strathpeffer

Kelly models in woodland near the village of Strathpeffer

The back opening

The back opening

I love those shoes!

I love those shoes!

Silk Bow by Isabelle Randall

Silk Bow by Isabelle Randall

The evening reception.

Dancing at the evening reception.

Congratulations Kelly and Alastair! I hope you have many happy years together. Your memories of the day will last a lifetime x

P.S. You can read more about the making of Kelly’s dress here.

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11 Responses to Once upon a time………..in John Lewis?

  1. Lindsay says:

    What a really lovely post- on so many levels! The dress is stunning, the shoes are wonderful and the village hall looks the perfect backdrop.

  2. spinnygonzalez says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Amazing dress, fantastic bouquet, and the photos are lovely. Wonderful memories indeed. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations to Kelly and Alastair.

  3. Tina Hopley says:

    Once again what a lovely story and beautiful dress

  4. Susan Botterill says:

    Janice, This post was such a lovely surprise to read. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments, you have given me confidence to try so many knitted projects over the years and you are always so generous with your help and advice, it certainly was a lucky day for me when I shopped at John Lewis all those years ago and met you. from Sue.

    • whippety says:

      Thank you for asking me to help Sue. It was lovely to be involved in such an important day and I am honoured that you felt my advice was of value. Hopefully we will remain in touch for many years to come x

  5. Susan says:

    That was such a fun happy beautiful post!!! Am still sitting here smiling and I don’t know a single person involved ! 🙂

  6. Margaret says:

    That is such a beautiful dress and the couple look wonderful together! Lovely day and lovely photos!

  7. Gillian says:

    What a beautiful dress and lovely wedding photos!
    There seems to be a trend at the moment for knitting/crocheting wedding dresses. How amazing it must be to wear a dress so wonderful and unique made with so much thought, love, care and talent!

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