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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rainbow wedding dress for Burning Man on: June 19, 2013 11:13:40 AM
One of the biggest projects I worked on last year was my wedding at Burning Man. We made everything ourselves!

For those who aren't familiar, Burning Man is an annual arts festival held in the Nevada desert. Some key themes are radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. It's challenging, exhilarating, exhausting, and one of the highlights of my life.

I carried a rainbow pinwheel instead of a bouquet, because flowers aren't allowed on the playa and how would they have lasted the week before anyway?

The bodice is made of metallic lycra, and all those appliques, rhinestones, and sequins were sewn on while I was wearing the top, by myself of course. I added plastic boning to keep the zipper from rippling, and the piece is lining with cotton jersey.



When we got engaged in 2011, I really had no idea what I wanted my wedding clothes to look like. Ive never worn white, and we have no traditions to honor, so I was free to wear whatever I wanted! The main idea was to dress as more fabulous versions of ourselves.

The skirt is a 1.5 circle made from washed silk dupioni. It has pockets, an elastic waistband, and a silk charmeuse lining.



Instead of a veil I made this headdress. The base is Mardi Gras beads in a silk chiffon tube, with beads and charms hanging from the back.





You can see more pictures of my dress on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/rainbow-wedding-dress/ or check out my husband's outfit: http://madebyjulianne.com/grooms-outfit/

Or check out the process of getting married at Burning Man: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=3378
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / yellow rainbow anemone hat on: June 16, 2013 11:05:21 PM
Searching through Ravelry one morning, I was instantly smitten by Cat Bordhis Anemone. I love the elegant twist of the moebius brim and all those fabulous tendrils springing out from my head like a million brilliant ideas.



I love the rainbow slub of this chunky yarn from Micheals. I kept the sleeve while I was knitting and threw it away without a single thought about blog posting. I do remember that the colorway was Tempo and its a wool/ploy blend (I think 50/50). However, its much thicker than the recommended worsted weight, but for some reason I didnt think that would be a problem.


Two guage swatches later, I realized that even the tiniest needles werent going to make this yarn worsted weight, and so using US#5 needles I just made the baby size. I wound up doing just one series of the tendrils (in each spot in the row) before beginning my increases. It fits perfectly!


My tendrils seem to curl a little bit, which I think is cute and due to either the uneven thickness of the yarn or unevenness of my twisting. With this yarn at least, I didnt notice any difference after washing.

I love this hat and wear it whenever its chilly at night in LA. I tend to get a lot of stares when I wear this hat out, which can be disorienting, because they seem to be of the what the fuck is that hat? nature. Whatevs.

more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=5311

23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / rainbow pinwheel pouf on: June 07, 2013 09:35:10 AM


Made out of scraps and stuffed with scraps.


see more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=5315
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rainbow earwings on: May 16, 2013 09:12:31 AM
I love these gorgeous faux-gauge wooden earrings, but since the natural wood color was close to my hair, they tended to blend it. So I painted them.


Before:



The idea is psychedelic rainbow peacock so they fit in real nice with my wardrobe. I like that although they look like wings, they are vegan-no feathers, or bones (which is often used for this style earring). I wear them backwards by the way, inserting the post from behind.

I painted them with acrylics, with no primer or sealant. They really stand out now, and I absolutely love them!

See it on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=5318
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Miimii party dress (simplicity 3835) on: May 05, 2013 06:21:51 PM
Im calling it a miimii because, when it was on a hanger before the side seams were sewn, my husband asked whats up with that muumuu youre making? And since its smaller than a muumuu it must be a miimii.


I used Simplicity 3835, which is an out-of-print Built by Wendy pattern. Luckily I was able to borrow it from a lady in my sewing group.


My step-sister-in-law got the purple fabric in Hawaii years ago. Its a mid-weight cotton with fabulous drape. The orange collar was cut from a scrap of my wedding skirt, and the gold/blue trim was in my stash. In fact, the only new material for the dress was the $.50 zipper.


Im really smitten by the orange/violet combination. I was inebriated when I made the original decision, and Im so glad I trusted myself!

I made many modifications to the pattern. The biggest change was that I lowered the neckline by drafting a new collar. Since the neck was lowered, there was less excess fabric to be gathered, which I might add back in if I make this pattern again. Instead of the back side darts I shaped the zipper seam, and added darts to the front.



I finished all seams with bias tape, cut from a random polyester in my fabric cabinet. I also made a belt, with orange stripes. Im not sure if I prefer the dress to hang loose or to wear it with the belt. The belt has a tendency to create the illusion of a belly pouch


more photos and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=5280
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / rainbow grocery bag on: April 26, 2013 11:43:36 AM

This is my second knit grocery bag. I decided to make two handles to more evenly distribute the stress, since the white yarn is a little thin. I think the mesh pattern for this bag (YO, k2tog for one row; k next row) creates a strong netting that works well with this yarn.


Let me tell you, the cashiers and baggers in LA love my rainbow grocery bags. Ive gotten most compliments from teenage boys. They just love the knitting, and the colors. LOVE IT.


more words and pictures on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=5119
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mad Men psychedelic vintage bathrobe on: April 19, 2013 11:25:31 AM
I made this bathrobe for a Mad Men sewing challenge. I think most participants will be submitting dresses, but I've always loved the clothes the ladies wear around their homes. Especially while chain smoking and drinking wine in the middle of the afternoon.


I used a vintage pattern from my Grandma and some vintage fabric from Hawaii that my step-sister-in-law gave me.




Here's an inspiration photo, from s05e13 "The Phantom":

I didnt make any adjustments to the pattern (except the placement of the belt casing and using 4 buttons instead of 5). The arms are a little high, but that seems to be the style and I didnt want to mess with it. I finished the seams with my serger, but I may come back with some bias tape. If I were to make this robe again (and had more fabric) I would make the skirt a little more flared in the back, to emphasize the cape.


Like so many of my projects nowadays, nearly all the materials came from my stash. The only purchase for this robe were 1/3 yd pink satin for the tie and button coverings, 6 yd pink lace, and blue ribbon binding the ruffle, for a total of $8.


I love that the shorter version of this robe is called street length, so that became the inspiration for this photo shoot.



more words and pictures on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=5197
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 'cool contrast tee' made from scraps on: April 08, 2013 11:09:13 AM
This is the 'Cool Contrast Tee' from Twinkle Sews. The pattern calls for chiffon as the main and lining fabrics, but I knew that this design would be a great stash buster. Since I didnt buy any fabrics and the book was a gift, this blouse cost me nothing.



I cut a size 8, which seemed pretty true to my measurements, although of course there were fit adjustments. Since I used so many different fabrics of varying weights, its difficult to make any fair judgments on the pattern. It was definitely too low and wide at the top. I took in all the seams about 1/2″ which helped with the gaping at the front and back.


I omitted the band at the bottom. Since I added 2" length to the panels, I didnt need the band for modesty. But my main reason that I left off the band, and usually do, is because I feel that the bright horizontal stripe across my hips makes me look way wider than I normally do. Its calling attention to the widest part of my body, and while Im pretty comfortable with my shape I dont feel like thats a flattering look on me.


I love the princess seams and raglan sleevesall those seams make fitting very easy! To showcase the style lines, I went for exposed seams serged with teal threads to tie in the bias tape at the neckline.

Im happy with this blouse, although I had a hard time figuring out what to wear with it. Pants might be better than a skirt. Id like to see the pattern made entirely in knits, as well as the double chiffon suggested by the book.


more pictures on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=5155
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rainbow balloon pants on: March 29, 2013 05:11:20 PM
I made these pants for Burning Man 2013, but they have been awesome in the meantime.


The metallic rainbow fabric is just that, found in the clearance section at Joann, back in 2010. The teal waistband is a wonderful modal jersey that is now all gone from my fabric cabinet (but I also have two shirts and a turban from it).


I’d been planning on making balloon shorts out of this awesome metallic rainbow stripe, but felt that night-appropriate pants would be more spectacular. My #1 dream would have been to line the shorts with hot pink silk charmeuse to feel it sliding against my skin with every little step, but at night I tend to wear plain leggings underneath the genie pants for warmth, and so I simply used a striped cotton that was taking up space in my fabric annex (cardboard box under my desk).




I’ve been stash busting for a few months now, and I’m gaining a lot of momentum. And free space! Free space in my sewing cabinet, but not in my closet…

more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=4835

There is also a tutorial: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=4901
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reverse applique makeover on: March 21, 2013 11:59:03 AM



Years ago I made a fabulous reverse appliqu of my sewing logo, and while I love the embroidery the shirt wasnt that great. Some combination of the color, V-neck (often awkward on me), and clinginess of the fabric meant that I never wore the shirt. I dont think I ever actually wore it out of the house after that photo shoot in 2010. Thats insane, because its a great design (courtesy of my husband Jason) and I put a lot of time into the stitching.

before:

http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=427

I had a really hard time making the first cut into the shirt, but Im so glad I did it! This fuchsia and white jersey was about to be donated to the local Boys and Girls Club, but at the last minute I snatched it for this project. I whipped up the top in about 20 minutes, start to finish, and just cut into the fabric without worry about patterns.


Ive been a big fan of kimono sleeves on knit tops for a while, and of stripe fabric, and its purely a coincidence that these two elements are a trend! right now.


more pictures and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=4503
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