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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir: http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy. I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Sewing Creation - My Bridal Gown with Damsel Sleeves

Just like to show you my sewing creation, my own Bridal Gown with Damsel Sleeves...
No don't worry; it was a long one but I had to climb up here for the photo!
Wearing silver Gabor shoes with my gown.
Found this in the German Burda magazine in a size 34 (4).
Wenn Sie besonders zierlich sind und ein wenig Ausgefallenes lieben, raten wir Ihnen zu diesem traumhaft schönen Kleid aus Qiana-Shantung. Die Extra-Schleppe (mit Druckknöpfen befestigt und leicht abnehmbar), die Saumrüsche und die hübschen Ärmel sind mit zarter Valenciennespitze eingefaßt. Stoffverbrauch für Größe 34 auf der Beilage.

Translated from German into English:
If you are particularly dainty and love a little unusual, we recommend you to this gorgeous dress from Qiana-Shantung. The extra drag (fastened with snaps and easily removed), the hem ruffle and the pretty sleeves are framed with delicate Valenciennes lace. Fabric usage for size 34 (4) you find in the description.

I had put the name of my late 1st husband on the Burda magazine's page... as soon as I selected this!

When I was only 15, as a girls group from the MBL - Meisjes Beweging Limburg - Girls Movement from Limburg, my Province in The Netherlands, we got dropped off from the back of a truck with flash lights and a list of things to ask, gather and accomplish.
That was FUN! Together with my best friend Ellie, we of course met some interesting boys from a town, only some 20 km (13 miles) away.
One of them was Jan Van Maris...
Sadly however, he got run over by a postal truck and killed a year later.
Frans Van Maris was his one year younger brother, whom I married.
This photo shows best the added Train with the lace all around.
As well as a clear view of those Damsel Sleeves.
The Bridal Bouquet was done by Frans' colleague Had Philipsen from Helden, The Netherlands.
Still got a photo from Stan Philipsen, his baby-boy but we lost touch.
Me, seated on the Ford Capri of my best friend Ellie's Dad who did drive us to Church.
Had Philipsen did artfully work in those pink Orchids!
My youngest 1st cousin on the Van den Munckhof side was my flower girl and I did make her dress as well. 
Had Philipsen created for her also a matching bouquet.
Entering the Church...
My 1st cousin turning around to see if I follow...
In-between I did manage to visit my Maternal Grandmother who also was my Godmother in the nursing home.
She was not up to being present all day...
During reception time.
My Paternal Grandmother to my left and me with my very long hair and fresh flowers being worked into it.
Yes, that is Pieter, my present husband - congratulating all of us.
From this photo already 3 are residing in heaven; my late husband Frans, my Mom to his right and my Paternal Grandmother...

Photos are fond memories and keep such special moments alive forever.
By the way, this dress still fits perfectly...

Thanks for visiting!

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{Mom was only 50 days short of her 7th Dialysis Anniversary} | Here I had shown you some photos of Mom and me on my wedding day...


  1. Hello Mariette, As a guy, I don't often get the chance to say "I was completely charmed," but this is the case here. What a beautiful wedding day, and what a coincidence that Pieter was there to be a part of it. It is just like you to include your grandmother in your happiness. Between your creative skills and the fact that you can still wear your wedding dress, we must suspect that some sort of magic is involved.

    1. Dear Jim,
      Thank you for your kind words and yes, i would certainly go the extra mile for seeing my dear Grandmother on my wedding day! She enjoyed my visit and for getting to see me.
      Pieter was my boss at that time, so not much of a coincidence...
      Guess I inherited some good genes for staying the same since age 15.

  2. Liebe Mariette,

    vielen Dank für deinen beeindruckenden Post.

    Sonnnige Sonntagsgrüße

  3. Wow, you're so talented Mariette to be able to sew your wedding gown and the flower girl's dress.
    I can't believe you are still the same size and still able to wear your dress. Great memories.
    I have done a bit of sewing and actually made 3 bridesmaids dresses for my daughter and my two nieces when my younger sister got married, following a pattern of course, but I don't think I would ever attempt a wedding dress.

    1. Dearest Sami,
      Well, I had not much choice as there were no size 34 wedding gowns on the market. So this was a great find in the Burda magazine. Like you, Iv'e done some long bridesmaids gowns too but only one wedding dress!
      Sending you hugs,

  4. Oh, how beautiful a bride and suit! Autumn greetings ;-)

  5. Looking at you now I am in no way surprised that you fit into the gown still. You still have that beautiful face as well. Your talent sewing is still such a fun thing for me to see when you have featured some of your work on your blog. I adore your skilled design and professional looking result very much.

    Sending YOU hugs!

  6. Oh Mariette,
    It's very beautiful ! You are a perfect woman :))

  7. Je was ,bent en blijft een practige en charmanten vrouw
    De jurk staat je nog mooi ...heel veel liefs

  8. What a treat to see your wedding pictures, and you are a talented seamstress for sure. I can't get over the sadness of your late husband losing his brother and then seems he did not have a long life either.

  9. I so enjoyed seeing your wedding photos. Beautiful gown you made. Your late husband reminds me a little of Bobby Darin in his picture. A handsome man your husband and his brother. I paused reading to think how it all must have felt at that time. Visiting your Grandmother on your wedding day and having a captured memory is just so wonderful. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing your special day and the photo of you in your dress today. How lovely you look.
    Hugs to you,

  10. You looked and look so beautiful!Your first husband was such a handsome man..how tragic re his brother's passing..it is so interesting that your present husband was there also..Life has a way with us doesn't it?Would this be in the 70's.How talented Mariette!

  11. Ma Chère Mariette,

    Oh what a beautiful bride you were and still are!! I confess to feeling very nostalgic looking at these pictures (we are close in age -- about 1 year apart, I think) and the hairdos on the young men brought a smile of fond remembrance.

    You are so gifted w/a needle and thread and in many other ways as well. As you well know, Mme Mère made my wedding gown, cap and veil. She, too, was a gifted seamstress.

    Like you, I had very long hair, even longer (just below my waist), but it was pulled up under my cap.

    I am so touched that you shared these beautiful and sad memories with all of us.

    Merci beaucoup ma chère amie,

    Grosses bises,

  12. you are looking so gorgeous in your wedding gown..

  13. I love seeing these lovely photos. What an attractive couple! You, my dear, are a talented dressmaker. Your dress is as stylish today as it was on the day of your wedding! I hope you have occasions to wear it sometimes, as you still look great in it.

    Your blog reminds me that life is bittersweet: sad, wonderful and joyful at different moments.

  14. Wat een mooie trouwjurk..en heel knap om die op zo'n jonge leeftijd te maken... En nu ik gelezen heb waarom je hem gemaakt hebt, ergens in de reacties, is het toch ook niet altijd handig sla je een kleine maat hebt :) Maar nu op oudere leeftijd is het weer wel handig, want in de outlet stores zijn de kleine maten er altijd nog... En wat een leuke foto' van de overleden jongeman, zo'n mooi rock en roll kapsel heeft hij. Maar ik wist ook niet dat je al eens eerder getrouwd was, en dat die overleden is ( begrijp ik tenminste ergens uit de tekst) dit is dus wel een speciale post geweest voor je... Het is natuurlijk al lang geleden, maar het zal je altijd bijblijven...ook heel speciaal dat je de jurk nog hebt, (ik heb de mijne ook nog) dus die heb je altijd mee de wereld over genomen...misschien als tastbare herinnering aan je 1e man? vDe auto is ook geweldig, die hebben wij ook nog eentje gereden in onze 'jonge jaren' ..Wel leuk, deze mooie oude trouwfoto's, ik zou de onze misschien ook eens in moeten scannen...

  15. Thank you:) You are sweet too add the links:)

  16. eri una sposa bellissima e lo sei ancora oggi con il tuo splendido vestito! Congratulazioni, ti abbraccio lory

  17. What a beautiful wedding gown. And you were such a beautiful bride! It’s wonderful you managed to visit your grandmother in the nursing home. I know that really made her happy! Your sawing skill is amazing, Mariette. The dress is very elegant and stays stylish over years. Also the lady in the dress stays so beautiful!

  18. Thank you Marriette for visiting my sister's blog. Her name is Lynn and is on the side next to the profile. I see she didn't place her name in the introduction. I must let her know. She just started it and will be posting more later.
    Hugs to you,

  19. Once again, you amaze me with how organized you are with your photos. To be able to share this gorgeous dress and a special time in your life is incredible. The photo with Pieter certainly proves how your life came full circle. Not many people can say they are able to still wear a wedding dress that they actually handmade so long ago. The fact that you and Pieter stay active, especially with all the bike riding you are still able to do, is impressive and keeps you young. All the best, Tammy

  20. Dear Mariette, you look gorgeous wearing your wedding gown so many years later!!!!!
    The most amazing thing is that you were already mastering sewing at the age of 15!!!
    You sure are a very special lady!!!!
    Thank you for sharing your happy and sad memories with us! May you and Pieter be happy together for many many years!!!
    By the way, my daughter got married last Saturday! It was a very happy day for us!!
    Many hugs!!!!

    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      No sorry but I was seven years older than age 15...
      Only mentioned that I've met my late 1st husband at the age of 15.
      Congratulations with your daughter's marriage, no doubt you feel happy and relieved that you managed to pull this off.

  21. Dear Mariette,

    You look beautiful and such a lovely wedding gown and flower girl dress you made.
    The photos must hold special memories for you.
    Lovely how you made the dress, and you still fit it! My sister and I made my wedding dress and the bridesmaids and flower girls.
    Happy Wednesday

  22. Uma bela viagem ao passado e como é bom recordar.
    Um abraço, continuação de boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  23. Oh, dear Mariette, how lovely to see you in your beautiful, hand-made wedding gown, as a sweet young bride and now, still looking so pretty. So many dear memories with loved ones now gone. I did notice your young Pieter in the photo and did a double-take, wondering if it was actually him. How special that he has been in your life all of these years. It was meant to be. Sending hugs xo K

  24. Niedlich, liebe Mariette! Du warst aber auch eine sehr zarte Braut! Und noch so jung. In welchem Alter hast Du denn zum ersten Mal geheiratet?
    Ich hatte gar kein Brautkleid, ich mochte kein weißes Kleid! Sondern ein ganz normales Cocktailkleid, das ich auch später noch auf Events tragen konnte. Ich mochte es nie, für nur einen einzigen Anlass zu kaufen und im Schrank hängen zu haben.
    Sehr traurig, dass Du Deinen Mann so früh verloren hast! Das war bestimmt eine sehr traumatische Erfahrung!

    Mit 15 hatte ich an Jungen überhaupt kein Interesse. ;-) Mir gefielen eher damals die älteren Semester *lach*

    Oh und dann hast Du Pieter schon zu der Zeit gekannt?

    Ist ja toll, dass Dir Dein Brautkleid von damals noch passt!

    Liebe Grüße

  25. Hello Mariette!
    Getting all bleue??!!!!
    WOW, not every woman can get back into her wedding dress!
    Congratulations and what a lovely gown!
    Warm hugs and enjoy your day :)

  26. Liebe Mariette,
    wow - was ein traumhaft schönes Kleid - ich liebe lange Kleider - vor allem mit Schleppe - dieses ist ein besonders schönes - und es steht dir sooo gut - du hast eine tolle Figur -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

  27. Dearest Mariette,
    You had How organized wearing dress you sure are very especial lady. congratulations. The young men brought a smile of found remembrance!

  28. Mooie jurk en staat je altijd goed -toen en nu!

  29. Liebe Mariette,
    Du siehst so traumhaft schön aus in Deinen wunderschönen Kleidern, ja das sind schöne Erinnerungen, aber auch traurige...
    Danke, dass Du uns Deine Erinnerungen mit uns teilst ;-)))
    Wünsche Dir und Pieter alles Liebe

  30. Hello dear Mariette!Wow!You are so talented my friend!Your wedding dress is so beautiful and romantic!
    Thank you for sharing your happy and sad memories with us!And thank you very much for your kind comment on my post!
    My grandson is growing so fast and he started to go to the Dutch kindergarten too!
    Sending my love any many hugs to to you!Have a lovely week ahead !

  31. Liebe Mariette,

    was für eine bezaubernde junge hübsche Braut du warst!
    Und das dir das Kleid heute noch passt ist...ja ein Ding. :-)
    So herrliche Erinnerungen im Kreise der Familie und Freunde. Und auch Pieter gehörte schon dazu.
    Es ist so wundervoll, dass du in ihm eine weitere Liebe finden durftest.
    Ich drücke ganz fest die Daumen, dass alles gut ausgeht. Verständlich das deine Gedanken woanders sind und das Schreiben kaum Platz hat jetzt.
    Ich wünsche dem Pieter und auch dir viel Kraft und Segen für die Zeit welche vor euch liegt.
    Geniesst die Zeit zusammen und alle schöne Momente.

    Fühl dich lieb umarmt

  32. Mariette pieknie wygladasz w tej sukiencie.Podziwiam Tsoje zdolnosci w szyciu.Figura sie Tobie nie zmienila.Piekne wspomnienia.Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

  33. Hello,Mariette.
    Your wedding dress is beautiful and I admire the dress still fits you. You have been a lovely lady all the time. Thank you for your kind comment always. I think of you and your sister who lost her best partner.
    Take care and have a good day.


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