Gemma Sangwine

Unique and bespoke millinery and hair accessories

Being a perfectionist

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I was away this weekend, working as a volunteer at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, something my dad, sister and I have helped at for years now, a bit of a family tradition.

It involves 5.30am starts, and long days on your feet, dealing with the visitors, checking and issuing tickets, and being friendly, chirpy and helpful. It’s exhausting!

But, before I could head off to the airshow, I had set myself the deadline on Friday of finishing the wedding commission for Kathryn.

It was coming together nicely, I had made the feather bases, and chosen the jewellery….yet there was one little job I kept putting off…the main piece for the bride was to have veiling coming down across the face.

I was stalling on this as I knew it was going to be tricky, and I wasn’t wrong!

It took an hour and a half of pinning, tacking, sewing, re-pinning, trying on, to get it right. I really felt the pressure of this being worn on Kathryn’s wedding day, and featuring in the wedding photos which will be around for years to come.

It had to be perfect.

Well, it was worth the effort. I’m really pleased with the results, and am now much more confident with veiling!

Author: Gemma Sangwine

I am designer & milliner based in the Cotswolds, UK. My work focuses on making quirky and wearable head wear and accessories from vintage, natural and recycled materials.

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