Depending on how big of a bridezilla you plan to be, this really sounds like something that you need to make extra extra EXTRA sure that everyone is clear on before they make plans. If you don't take it upon yourself to inform every single person, in no uncertain terms, that they will have to pay their own way the entire time, there will surely be some kind of problem that arises. (A guest who didn't bring money to the post-wedding restaurant, a guests who books a hotel room with the expectation that the 'partying' will be complimentary, etc.) On the off chance people are going to think its tacky, it's much better that they think that before they get all the way to Vegas and not get into an argument with you on what is supposed to be a perfect day.
Around the time the invitations go out, maybe you could include only ceremony information on the official mail-out, then soon after you could call everyone to discuss their plans. This will not only make it easier to get a head count (since people often forget to rsvp) but you can casually work into the conversation everything that you've said here in your original post. "We really hope you can make it to the ceremony. We're on such a tight budget (what with the kids and all) that we can't really afford to host a reception, but we'll be going out to dinner afterward, maybe you could... blah blah blah"
I'd be interested in a centrally located Dallas craft group, but definitely not a "DFW metroplex" or "Dallas/Denton" group. All these cities (Arlington, Fort Worth, Denton, Dallas, etc) get lumped together, but they're really too far away from each other for it to be practical to expect people to drive an hour to get there.
You can wear things that are sleeveless, right? If you're willing to "destroy" your shirts in order to still be able to wear them, you can use a seam ripper to remove the sleeves. Without that fabric going over your shoulder, the shirt wont get pulled up when you raise your arms.
Wow, those bags are really great. I especially like the flower one. I came to this forum as a knitting knerd and have done very little sewing, but I would love to try to make something like this. Could you answer some questions for me?
Do you sew them by hand or with a machine?
How long do they usually take to finish?
Where are you selling them (Ebay, consignment store, etc) and What kind of cost-to-profit ratio are you getting?
The only purse handles I've found are kind of expensive and it seems like they would take away a chunk of your profit. On the other hand, I suppose they look more professional than just string handles so you could raise the selling price.
I'm broke, but I kind of like the fancy yarn suggestions in the book. It's just like in fashion magazines--you see someone wearing a $700 pair of boots, so you run out and buy a knockoff pair from WalMart for $25. In my experience, yarns have been fairly easy to substitute.
As for adjusting patterns to fit plus sizes, I usually just make the pattern with bigger needles than the book calls for. This requires a little more fiddling around with measurements, but I prefer a looser fabric anyway. For the To Dye For sweater, I followed the directions for the small size sweater with great big (size 17) needles I wear it with a contrasting colored tank top underneath that shows through the big holes.
...I made the flowers like this: 1. ch 4; join with sl st to form a ring 2. ch 1; sc 10 times in ring; sl st to beginning ch 3. (ch 2; sk 1 sc; sl st in next sc) around, which should give you five little ch-2 loops 4. sl st into the first ch-2 loop; ch 2 and then 4 dc in the loop; ch 2 and sl st in the same loop to finish the petal; sl st into next ch-2 loop and repeat procedure. 5. Can you find the skipped sc back in step three? It should be at the bottom center of each of the five petals you've just made. You want to sl st into the back loop of that skipped sc (or frankly, poke into anything in roughly the right spot and the flower won't be too warped) then ch 3, and sl st in the next skipped sc. You should end up with five loops again, just as in step 3, except they will be ch-3 loops. 6. sl st into the first ch-3 loop; ch 2 and then 7 dc in the loop; ch 2 and sl st in the same loop to finish the petal; sl st into next ch-3 loop and repeat procedure. Finish off and weave in ends.
I'm just learning how to crochet and I want to try making your little flowers (they're much cuter than the lame flowers in all the how-to books I have) but I don't know how to read the crochet-lingo patterns yet. On a scale of just-beginner to advanced, how hard are these to make?
i was wondering if the straps were kinda short for the rest of you? cause when i was knitting them, i made them a few inches longer than what the book asked for and it's still too short for my taste.
i was also kinda curious if the backpack could stand felting? cause then he'd look more domo-ish, dontcha think?
That bag is so cute, I've always loved those things. But the straps were WAY too short for me too. I thought it sounded fishy when I read the pattern, so I made a quickee cloth mock-up of the bag before i started, and I found that I'm making my straps much longer than the pattern calls for. Perhaps whoever made the pattern is just a lot smaller and more limber than me, as I'm at least twice as big as the girls wearing the bag in the book's picture.
I found that the pattern was pretty easy to modify, though. I used it as inspriration, made it taller so that I could add a thin, outer side pocket big enough to hold my 14" needles, moved the zipper to the very top and added a 2" overhanging "lid" to the top flap. I'm doing an argyle design on the front, and I may add some other random pockets to the inside to hold scissors and things.
About felting- I think it would look very cute, but make sure you know how your yarn behaves first. My first felting project was a disaster because it shrunk to 90% width but only 50% height, so my proportions were all off. Also, white yarn never wants to felt, so his teeth may look odd if the rest of the bag felts perfectly but you can still see his tooth-stitches.