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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: PINK! A Sundress w/ Pockets (pictastic) on: May 06, 2010 08:01:09 AM
That fabric is FANTASTIC! It's so hard to find awesome border prints...and that one is amazing!

I've passed by that pattern many times, but I might have to give it a try. It's really a lot cuter when it's made than in the pattern picture!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Silk Dress - adapted for/ by me... on: May 06, 2010 07:55:37 AM
That dress is delicious! It looks very luxe, and I love the keyhole detailing. Good job!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Prom Dress into Peacock costume! on: May 06, 2010 07:54:42 AM
That's so much fun! The colors of the tulle are adorable together.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mori Birds and Leaves Dress (Lolita OP) on: May 06, 2010 07:53:20 AM
OMG, your shirring technique is AMAZING! I've wanted to try shirring, but it makes me nervous. I'm going to have to give it a try!

And I love the finished dress. Lolita clothing is beautiful, but can be a little cumbersome to wear out. Yours is just perfect!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: California Beach-Wedding Dress on: May 06, 2010 07:51:30 AM
That's an exquisite dress. I work at a bridal shop and we sell a lot of "destination" wedding gowns, but I love the simplicity of yours. And the fabric looks amazingly soft!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage inspired lime green/ivory and a hint of pink on: May 06, 2010 07:50:16 AM
That's a beautiful dress! All of your shirtwaist dresses are impeccably sewn...I'm so jealous!
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Enough colonial garb for a small army! (image ginormous) on: May 03, 2010 07:41:47 PM
Gaaaaaaaah! Thanks for telling me, Katie! I fixed it. Smiley
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Supah fast chicken nachos! on: May 02, 2010 08:59:28 PM
Since my husband Patrick and I are trapped in our apartment, due to excessive flooding in Nashville, our menus are limited to what we have in our fridge. Luckily, we went grocery shopping earlier in the week, so we're not gnawing on the furniture.

I peeked around to see what ingredients we had, and came up with this little beauty.

Quick Chicken Nachos



You will need:

Butter spray
Chicken (canned or leftover)
Mexican seasoning (like Emeril's)
Tortilla chips
Cheese, shredded or sliced
Sour cream
Salsa (I used mild tequila lime)

Now you have to do this:
If using canned chicken, drain and break up large chunks. If using cooked chicken (I used leftover butter roasted chicken from the other night), dice into small pieces. Toss in a skillet coated in butter spray, sprinkle with Mexican seasoning, and cook until thoroughly warmed.

Spread tortilla chips on a plate and cover with cheese. Microwave for about a minute or until cheese is melted. Top with cooked chicken, sour cream, and salsa.

(I accompanied mine with a glass of cold pineapple juice.)

It made a lot more than I expected, but P loved them and finished them off for me. I'll probably end up making them again!
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Enough colonial garb for a small army! (image ginormous) on: May 02, 2010 05:05:07 PM
Back in December, I was tapped by my theater department to cast and costume about 20-30 people for Lighting of the Green, a Christmas event that my campus hosts. I needed to dress everyone in 18th century clothing. The trouble was we had virtually nothing on hand in the shop!

I ended up making four pairs of knee britches, two short gowns, ten dresses, eight petticoats, two aprons, and half a dozen pinner caps in the span of 2 1/2 weeks. I spent nearly every waking moment that I wasn't in classes or rehearsal in the theater with my sewing machine...and after it broke, my sister's boyfriend's sister's machine.

Instead of relying on patterns, I went to some of my favorite sources of colonial clothing- Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette film and the Felicity Merriman doll- and drafted my own for most of the outfits.

I took all these pictures after everyone had spent four hours walking around campus in the cold, so everything's rather disheveled...but here are some of my favorites!

This one was based on one of the four dresses we had in stock. The dresses were lovely...but far too small!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs523.snc3/29764_543965458179_147800981_31905971_5252592_n.jpg

This one is most definitely based on the Felicity doll's Christmas dress. The actress even had a few girls recognize her! I think it's because she has the perfect red hair...

http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/hs543.snc3/29764_543965473149_147800981_31905974_1300584_n.jpg

I based the dress on this gown that Kirsten Dunst wears in Marie Antoinette: http://costumersguide.com/ma10.shtml. It's absolutely gorgeous in person...but it took me all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies to make it. It has seventeen and a half yards of ruffle work!

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs503.ash1/29764_543965488119_147800981_31905977_573342_n.jpg

Another Marie Antoinette dress, based on this chemise a la reine: http://costumersguide.com/ma48.shtml I might make one for myself...

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sjc1/hs543.snc3/29764_543965493109_147800981_31905978_6032079_n.jpg

I broke five machine needles on this bad boy...one hit me in the eyebrow. The fabric was awful, and I have since relegated this sad excuse of a gown to my scrap bin.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sjc1/hs543.snc3/29764_543965498099_147800981_31905979_6315238_n.jpg

This one is, hands down, one of my favorites! The gown is made of flannel left over from my sister's production of Seussical (she used it to make the Cat in the Hat's vest). And it totally fit her perfectly.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs503.ash1/29764_543965508079_147800981_31905981_3774225_n.jpg

I have more outfits...but I figured I was babbling enough. If you really want to see all of them, they're on my blog. http://goodcallbabydoll.blogspot.com/2010/05/colonial-deluge.html

Also, it's going to be a while until I can make another colonial dress! My eyes, they burn with stomachers!
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: What's a Kafka? Why am I a Kafka?! on: May 02, 2010 11:05:38 AM
Thanks! Ives is my all time favorite one-act playwright. I never get tired of Sure Thing!
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