Are you a traditionalist when it comes to wedding cake?
image from http://www.twcakes.com/gallery/
He who Cooks and I were married in the 80’s, and we had traditional fruit cake (and big 80’s sleeves).
You are wondering where I am going with this aren’t you? What’s the sewing point? That will come later. But sewing is not really the point (did I really write that?!)
Our wedding cake’s top tier was kept in my mother-in-laws china cabinet. We didn’t cut it on our first anniversary, and then it sort of got forgotten about.
26 years on.
Do you think it might still be edible? 26 year old fruit cake??
We thought we’d find out on Friday night. 26 years and two days after the first time we sliced into the bottom tier of this cake.
Do you think we could even cut it?!
(sorry, blurry iPhone photo. It was dark. Apart from some highly amusing video, similarly blurry, and I’ll spare you that, this is our only evidence of these historic moments. Despite the quality, we are very grateful to Ken for capturing the moments)
The icing was very hard. Someone might even have said concrete-like.
It took several attempts, and calls for an axe, but we did finally manage to cut a slice.
And, yes, it was indeed edible. A touch dry, and with a definite aged character, and a rancid note in the pieces close to the marzipan under the royal icing, but edible.
Isn’t the icing bouquet exquisite?
And the sewing part to this story?
I made my wedding dress, and my bridesmaids.
They were simple tea length dresses, but, looking back, I’m impressed with my confidence to attempt this. I did not have much sewing experience.
I knew what I wanted my dress to look like. A block was drafted for the fitted bodice. From hand written notes my friend took when she went to a pattern drafting course. What was I thinking? That this was easy or something??
I used silk taffeta and corded lace: the most expensive fabric I’d ever purchased. They were both delightful to work with.
lace sleeve cuff detail
The crazy eighties sleeves came from Butterick, morphed into leg-o-mutton territory with tulle sleeve headings.
I knew nothing about fit, but to my now more experienced eye, it looks okay, even through the back in this action shot.
And if silk taffeta and coded lace and drafting patterns was not enough for my inexperienced younger self, I also made a camisole and french knickers from silk charmeuse using Simplicity 5549.
The culotte slip (3) could be useful again, now culottes are back in fashion..
Our wedding cake was amazingly longlasting.
The marriage is going very well too!