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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Manliness IS a complicated set of principles…one last gift. on: January 08, 2014 07:13:54 AM
THANK YOU!!!  Kiss
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Manliness IS a complicated set of principles…one last gift. on: January 06, 2014 08:29:03 AM
Thank you!
We sat and talked for another hour or so. The pillow was on his lap the whole time and he kept looking down at it and giggling.  Grin
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Manliness IS a complicated set of principles…one last gift. on: December 31, 2013 02:08:54 PM
Well, it was awesome! A big chuckle and then "I love how you made it into a differential equation"
 Grin HAHAHA!! Grin
That's Liam <3
Thanks again, everybody!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Two Wedding Gowns, sorry…big, long post. on: December 30, 2013 04:19:46 PM
Thanks so much, y'all. I hope to make another one real soon!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making My First Bridal Gown on: December 30, 2013 01:44:03 PM
Impeccably done. Congratulations!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / What I Did On My Summer Vacation - Two Wedding Gowns, sorry…big, long post. on: December 30, 2013 01:37:06 PM
Well, the holidays are finally over and it's time to get on with a little backlogged posting. Last summer I made two wedding gowns. It pretty much took up my whole life and, as expected, I loved every minute of it. They are very different dresses for VERY different women, so take a look…

This dress was made for a friend who asked me to "help" her with her gown, which is beyond euphemistic since she doesn't know a presser foot from a street taco. But hey, I love 'er and it was a hell of a lot of fun.  Roll Eyes



I enjoy fitting curvy women because the result of a job well done is so satisfying. Both of these dresses started with fitting muslins and completed with couture techniques such as underlining, hand lace appliqué, and lots of hand sewing.

The fitting muslin is under the lace in this shot, and I thread-traced all of the stitching lines and other markings into the lace with red thread.



There is a seam under the arrow. There were 7 seams and darts in the lace, plus the scallops appliquéd at top and bottom edges and I was really happy with the result. It still amazes me how they can just disappear!



Here's part of the boned corselet.



I had recently run across my old Girl Scout badges, including the one acknowledging my skating accomplishments Wink. This bride is a Roller Derby girl so I surprised her by sewing the badge inside. She loved it!



I haven't seen any of the official wedding photos but here are a few more taken by a friend of mine.





The second dress was for my lovely niece. Bias cut silk charmeuse on her 5'11" frame was perfect. The dress was lined with the most delicious petal pink silk/cotton batiste. To die for!







Here's a bit of the fitting muslin. So much important and indispensable information.



And here is my daughter sewing with me on FaceTime…she lives in Copenhagen…so far away. We like to hang out for hours, sewing or cooking. It's the next best thing to having her home.Smiley



Thanks for looking  Kiss
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer clay scratch board bauble (+written tute) on: December 30, 2013 08:49:24 AM
Skillfully amazing and such an exciting technique. Kudos! 
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Manliness IS a complicated set of principles…one last gift. on: December 30, 2013 08:41:41 AM
Holy hell on a pop tart! 

 Cheesy Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy Kiss
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Manliness IS a complicated set of principles…one last gift. on: December 30, 2013 08:03:49 AM
very clever and geeky...I love that you used the brackets to be "set"...I just love your story and know that your brother is going to laugh (and maybe even cry!) at what a great gift he has been given...this really ended the year on a wonderful note!

Thanks always, I had to reach into the cobwebbed recesses of my mind for the {}s. So glad I remembered. I'll probably give it to him tonight after he gets home from HERE! He's going to be in such a good mood!

Thanks Ludi, I love it when my brain goes down a path that my hands can actually follow. BTW, your work is mind-bogglingly inspirational.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Manliness IS a complicated set of principles…one last gift. on: December 29, 2013 10:40:42 PM
Did he adore it?
I haven't given it to him yet. My fingers are crossed. I'll let you know!
Thanks, everyone!  Cheesy
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