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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My DIY wedding dress on: May 18, 2009 01:41:17 PM
I'm worn between posting it on this board and the wedding craft board.


Since I posted it there first, here is the link to the original post in case you are interested  Cheesy http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305499.0
There are more pictures and stories in the original post.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My DIY Wedding Dress (picture hea---vy) on: May 18, 2009 01:03:30 PM
Yes, you heard it. I made my own wedding dress, and successfully got married in April 25 in it!  Grin

I wanted to post the process, but I didn't have a time to write a post back then, and worried that I might not be able to finish up the dress as I planned.
It took me about a month (more accurately, about 4 hours per day for a month, because I have a full-time job!), about 13 yds of silk taffeta, 12 yds of silk organza, 6 yds of polyester lining and so many other notions.

I really wanted to make it look like it was professionally made.
I read many different books and Internet articles about the formal silk gown construction, but it was not enough. Luckily, I have a friend who is a vice-president of a high-end designer wedding dress production company and was able to get a lot of advise ( and most of materials as a gift!!!! Cheesy) from her.

No further explanation, here I present the pictures...






Ahhhh~why didn't anybody tell me that I was wearing the petticoat so short!! It ruined the silhouette! Sad I was actully wearing the petticoat with the waist band rolled up, thinking it was too long..


The back drape(?) part is detachable, and the skirt can be bustled up for the reception like below.
My sister made me the veil and the feather accessory at the back of my waist.




The bodice part has asymmetric pleats..

Other than the dress and the veil, my wedding was full of DIY projects from my family and friend. It was a small, but very warm and happy wedding.

Thanks for reading!  Wink
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / [TUTORIAL] CROCHETED COIN PURSE on: August 17, 2007 01:47:49 PM
Haha..remember this guy?

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/calistay/purse2.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/calistay/purse1.jpg

Finally! Ive finished the tutorial for this purse~! (after a year..heehee)
As I warned earlier, its rather a tutorial showing how to make your own pattern than a pattern itself.
Im not sure if this tutorial makes sense to other people.
I have some experience making knitting patterns, but never made a crochet pattern before.
Anyway, here it goes~!

STEP1 Measure the frame you have.


STEP2. Decide how full you want your purse to be. (FYI: mine was the 2nd option)  
Draw the outline on a piece of paper and measure the width.


STEP3. Choose a bottom shape. (mine was ellipse.)
Then crochet the bottom part to make the circumference of the bottom to be same as twice of the width from STEP2.

If you dont know how to crochet an ellipse shape, you can refer to the sole part of this pattern -> http://megan.kiwi.gen.nz/Bootee/instructionsUS.html
(I used SC stitches)
 
STEP4. When the bottom reaches the size you need, keep crocheting straight up as below;
ROUND 1: ch2, hdc all around.
ROUND 2:
ch3, 6 dc only through the front loop of the first hdc of previous row, *7dc only through the front loop of the next hdc of previous row* rep from *to* all around the row.
Then, ch2, hdc only through the back loop of the hdc of row 1.
Rep the ROUND 2 until it reaches the height you want.

STEP5. Crochet to make the top shape decided at STEP 2.
1.   If you chose option1, you can simply add couple more rows of SC.
2.   If you chose option2, crochet front and back side separately, decreasing both edges to make the shape you want.
3.   If you chase option3, crochet front and back side separately, while keeping the edge straight up.

STEP6. Sew the frame if yours has holes. Otherwise, glue them in.


Tada~You have a small wriggly purse!
4  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Where to buy cheap cotton fabrics in Manhattan? on: January 22, 2007 01:03:11 PM
Does anybody know a fabric store in Manhattan where I can get cotton fabrics in cheap price?
I'm looking for a medium weight solid cotton fabrics to make about 7~8 simple aprons with iron-on-transfered logo.
I know a lot of designer fabric stores in fashion district, but all of the fabrics they sell are so expensive for this kind of project.

Thank in advance!  Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I got a question to the ones who knitted Swell from Knitty. on: December 13, 2006 01:07:12 AM
I'm thinking of making Swell as a Christmas gift, and trying to use up some of my stashes. However, I have only about 200yds of a worsted weight yarn in natural cream color.
Do you think I can make the whole thing with 200yds?
(I'm thinking of dying it into 2 different colors.)
Thanks in advance!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What's going on with Spunmag? on: August 26, 2006 08:46:54 PM
Hey, does anybody know what's going on with Spunmag?
The editor asked me whether I wanted to submit my pattern when I posted my knitted top about six weeks ago.
She said everything was ready to publish and she needed a few more patterns at that time.
Even though I sent my pattern to her about a month ago, it's not on the site yet.
I didn't even get the check which I was supposed to receive as an honorarium.
It was a summer design, but the summer is almost over. There are many people asking me for the pattern.
I'm dying to post it on my website, but I can't because of our agreement which prohibits me from posting it elsewhere while my pattern is on the newest issue of the magazine. 
 I've emailed her about it couple of times and sent a craftster message asking what was happening , but didn't get any reply.
Is anybody else here involved with Spunmag? I wanna know what's going on.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / framed coin purse on: July 06, 2006 09:42:59 PM
I made this small (frame size 2.5") coin purse as a gift to my friend.  I just crocheted it up without a pattern.
I can't decide whether it looks weird or cute. Huh



8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / One-shoulder top "Roses & Leaves" on: July 05, 2006 02:36:31 PM
I had this design in mind for a long time and finally knitted it up a few days ago. I named it "Roses & Leaves" (for the obvious reason).
I designed it myself and (of course) made the pattern.
I used 2 1/2 skeins of Harrisville Silk&Wool yarn, and 3mm, 3.75mm, 4mm needles.
(btw, I made the skirt, too.)

I finally gave up waiting for Spunmag.com to pay me and update it on the magazine. I'm selling the pattern though my blog.
Click here to go to the page!







There are more photos on my blog.  Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sexy reconstructed denim dress! (photo obese) on: June 24, 2006 11:23:53 PM
I impulse purchased a denim dress. It looked ok when it was laid on the floor. But it was ugly on me, because my body is hourglass-shaped and  the dress didn't have any darts or shaping seams. So I basically used the dress as a fabric and created new one, and embellished with beads. I saved bottom frills and shoulder straps, and used them again, so that I can still have the washed denim look.
With no further explanation, here are the photos...









These are the before and in-process shots..
You can see how baggy it was before...I don't know what I was thinking when I was buying it!! Huh


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Suncap for my mama~ (link to free pattern) on: May 24, 2006 07:28:50 AM








I knitted this for my mom for her volunteer trip.
I modified this pattern from KNoon Designs to adjust to my gauge.
Actually I didn't like how the visor draped, so I frogged the i-cord border and am knitting it again now.
I used less than 1 skein of cascade sierra. I think it's a good odd ball project.
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