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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom on: May 30, 2013 11:11:54 AM
You did an awesome job! Congrats for creating a vision of what you wanted your dress to be like, and totally sticking with it. I love the accessories, I love the asymmetrical peek at the front with the rainbow petticoat -- and most of all, I love how happy you look in all the pictures! Be proud of yourself, because you rock.

(and I'm so curious--where are you in the world that dancing is "sort of prohibited?" I know my relatives live in a country where that's the case.)

Best of luck in your future sewing endeavors!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Last Tsars on: November 12, 2012 08:21:03 PM
Awww, thanks so much for the compliments, everyone!

I have finally obtained a full-length shot. ;o) So if you look at the original post, I've edited it to add a picture of me wearing the complete costume, head to (almost) toe.

Woot!  ;o)
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Bowser Halloween Costume on: November 08, 2012 12:45:50 PM
Great job! That costume is Spot ON. And he looks like he's having a great time wearing it, which is very important too. ;o) Well done!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Last Tsars on: November 08, 2012 12:44:35 PM
Thanks, guys! ;o)
I'm so glad you like it! It was a labor of love. I was kind of obsessed and worked like crazy, and I must say I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. Especially the crown ... the first construction attempt (not pictured here) was a Hot Mess. Yeesh. And as a typically low-maintenance, shy-and-retiring kind of person, it was pretty exciting to get all fancied up, and have random people on the street stopping us to take our picture, and telling us how great we looked, and yelling out excitedly who we were (we didn't really want to tell anyone, so we made them guess, and a surprising number of people guessed right!)

I learned a lot of unexpected things from this process, so if anyone has construction questions, just ask! I'd love to share!
Happy November! ;o)
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Last Tsars on: November 07, 2012 07:40:45 PM
I normally don't go all out (at all!) for Halloween, but my best friend informed me that this was the year to go as the Romanovs. He's been working on his costume for years; I had about a month. But since this felt like quite an honor, I really had to turn it out. And, if I do say so myself, we looked awesome. LOTS of people took our picture when we went out and about.

I'm only entering MY costume; his is also awesome, but he did it all himself.

Here's us!

(Edited to add: here's a full-length picture of my costume! The train is up on my arm; I sewed a loop in it for mobility.)

And here's who we were going for (Nicholas II and Alexandra were the last Russian Tsars, overthrown in the Russian Revolution in 1917):

The dress was a little tricky to figure out; official Russian court dress was, apparently, very specific. Tight slightly off-the-shoulder bodice, an overskirt open to reveal an underskirt, and those curious split sleeves. There's also the jeweled crown called a kokoshnik, in that Russian halo shape--and married ladies have a veil attached to the back of the crown.

I started with these raw materials: A cheapo Goodwill wedding dress I had used as purchased, for a costume a few years ago:

... A pile of bling (from H&M, thrift stores, and craft stores), and a pile of other wedding dresses (used-by-the-pound store):

After hacking apart all those wedding dresses, I saved the bodice from the original dress, made an overskirt out of the skirt of one of the dresses, and made an underskirt from scratch. Here's the dress sans sleeves:

The sleeves were hard to get my brain around -- unTIL I found a tutorial for something unlikely: a dress from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies! The *top* of the sleeves, and the split, was just perfect; they only somehow needed to be way longer and pointed at the bottom. Lots of self-drafted pattern trials later, I came up with my final product:

I also made the the (important) jewelry myself, of which I was very proud: I cannibalized a homemade choker to make another pearl choker, and I frankensteined a bunch of necklaces and pendants together to make that Blingtastic necklace:

The first "Halloween" (ie, Saturday), I was crownless ... BUT the next morning I found the one thing I needed, that I didn't even know existed -- Flat Aluminum Floral Wire! Who knew?!? And it was just the thing to build a crown with. Genius!!! Thank you, Cliff's Variety! You truly DO have everything I need.

I made a form out of cardboard, and then built the crown around it, using that awesome flat wire. The pearls on top, I made out of pearl fimo, built around head-pins; I also used glass pearl beads, faceted gold glass beads, some gold glass seed beads, a thrift store rhinestone necklace basically un-changed, and lots of thin beading wire. The veil was a piece of the tulle overskirt of the *original* wedding dress (which handily had beaded lace motifs on it) -- I just cut it off and clipped it to my hair.

Pearls in progress: Aliens? No, going into the oven.

Crown in progress:

On Ma Haid:

Ready for my Xtreme Closeup:

Thanks, everyone! ;o)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Summer dress or top? on: July 20, 2010 01:01:12 PM
I think the pants win -- she likes it better, it definitely looks sassier and more hip (even in the pictures of her she looks sassier in the pants; in the dress alone she looks kinda sheepish Wink )  AND, because she's blonde and on the pale side, just the white dress makes her look a little unicolor. Wink You know, washed out. The pants give the outfit that extra kick of bold color that picks up the black music notes. Boom!  Wink

The dress itself looks great, though -- nice job, AND nice job wrangling with all the silly pattern instructions and defects! And I love the idea of a music notes dress. Fun!

As for length, that length looks OK to me over pants . . . and it could also go up a few inches if wanted; I agree with the "no higher than mid-thigh" as posted earlier. (black shrug would be fine, but certainly not required, if it means two days of furious knitting! ;o)

woot! well done. have fun at the wedding!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Gift for Dad... Children Watercolor Portrait on: June 04, 2010 11:44:12 AM
I *love* it! What a great idea -- and I especially love that there's lots of color (like the blue couch) but the kids, the main focus, *still* manage to *glow* right off the page.

Awesome job; I know he'll love it, and it's inspiring me to complete *my* ideas of painting similar family subjects, for my dad.

well done!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: It's a Wookie (mostly) on: April 02, 2010 11:20:33 AM
er, that's an Ewok.

Chewbacca's the Wookie.

They DO have almost all the same letters in them; I guess George Lucas wasn't feeling that creative. Smiley

BUT, he's SUPER CUTE! Nice job! Look at his little hilarious lips and teeth! That looks just like him. Cute cute cute!

Well done.


9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Prohibition has made nothing but trouble-Al Capone on: March 29, 2010 06:29:14 PM
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan!

I belong to an improv theater company (the Un-Scripted Theater Company in SF) which does a show during the holidays called "Let It Snow!" where we improvise a full-length musical about an audience member's small-town hometown -- and the first year we did the show (2004), we did one set in Moose Jaw! Complete with hooch-smuggling caves! Every time I hear about a town we've done a show for -- and there have been probably fifty or sixty over the years -- I feel like I've been there. Awwwww!

What a great theme for a second/first wedding, and how nice of you to let the boy wear white. Wink
Best of luck; I look forward to the pictures -- esp. of the pinstripe ball gown!

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: DIY Photo Invitations on: February 13, 2010 11:42:40 AM
Nice! ;o) I love the hands-to-heart image. Yay! Nice, simple photo, and I like how it looks kind of like an old-timey film, with a hint of grain and the rounded rectangle shape.

Not quite sure what *all* the differences are between top and bottom photo -- I see a difference in font color, and the photo on the bottom seems brighter -- that's all I see, tho. (are those the two photos you meant to compare? sometimes there are photo hosting issues.) I think I prefer the brown font color to black, if that's one thing you're choosing between . . . it feels warmer and friendlier to me. Love the light purple with the brown.

I *love* that font, too! It's scripty and looks like "wedding" but it's still modern-looking and informal. AND easy to read! Nice job. Wink

But please, for the love of Pete:
previous posters are correct: replace the "your" with "you're", AND also the "its" with "it's".   Wink  (don't be offended, it's a pet peeve. Wink )

Other *minor* text things you might want to look at again before printing a bajillion of them and sending them out (since I do this sort of designing-and-proofreading thing for a living):

     -   "21st August 2010" sounds awkward  -- to ME (but that's also my part of the world -- from your post you seem to be in England, where dates go in the European order) -- In my neck of the woods, I might write "21st of August," or "August 21st" -- If you're in a British-speaking place, maybe ditch the "st" and have it read "21 August 2010"

             BUT, I'm not as familiar with date-writing standards in the not-US. So feel free to ignore me. Smiley

     -   In the last line, if you're going to capitalize the W in "We hope you can join us!" then you need to put a period after "Details are on the back." (Otherwise it looks like you forgot an important part of the sentence about details. And then people might be going, "Details are on the back, and --what? Where? the back of what? What details? NooOOOOOOOO!" Can't have that, can we?)

Hope this is helpful! I love the idea of photo invites, and always a fan of the DIY wedding stuff. Best of luck in your wedding planning etc!
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