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1  Re: McCalls 5314 - gingham wrap dress in Sewing Pattern Reviews by bourbongirl on: May 15, 2007 04:00:01 PM
Okay, here's my linen version of this dress.  I wasn't sure that I liked it but got a lot of compliments so I guess it wasn't that bad!  I wasn't keen on the puffy cap sleeves (a little too puffy for my taste) so I used the pattern for the long sleeves (far less puffy) and just made plain short sleeves.  

An action shot:                  And one with my man, just 'cause he's so cute... and yes, I am aware that he is insanely taller than me! Smiley

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2  The 'Burgh Baby Book (pic heavy!) in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by bourbongirl on: April 01, 2007 07:59:32 AM
One of my very best friends is about to have her first baby and I wanted to make her & her hubby something special.  And we're both from Pittsburgh but she's living in China at the moment (long story) so I wanted to give her something that would remind her of home... what to do?

And then I saw this fabulous felt name book by annam42: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122223.0

Thus "The 'Burgh Baby Book" was born!  The letters spell out 'Pittsburgh' and each one stands for something unique & special about our hometown.  It's hard to see the details in these pictures but everything is felt cutouts and hand embroidery.  The street sign on the last page says "Winterburn," which is the name of my friend's street (well, when she's not in China).  

Thanks for looking (and thanks for the inspiration, annam42)!



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3  Re: custom wedding veil - first project post, please be nice! :) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by bourbongirl on: March 30, 2007 07:13:19 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments, everybody!  I'm glad you like the veil!

kstarsk:  I used plain old tulle, 108" wide.  It's pretty inexpensive - about $4/yard, I think.  Also, I used a pattern (it was vogue, I think) but that is actually not necessary.  The website that a previous poster mentioned (http://www.wegotgame.net/jen/veils.html) is pretty helpful and gives all the same directions as the pattern. 

Other tips I have for anyone interested:
1.  It's much easier to glue the beads than to sew them, especially if you want straight lines.
2.  I used drafting tape to make straight lines and even spaces.
3.  If you want a border of beads, glue your design in from the edge a couple of inches and THEN cut the material right up next to it.  It's impossible to glue a tiny bead on the edge of tulle!

Here's a couple more pictures of the border on the veil I made:


Thanks for looking (again!)
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