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1  Re: My Bohemian/Victorian/Vintage/Bird Themed Wedding (New Pictures as of 1/02!) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by flowerofedo on: January 02, 2008 04:00:15 PM
Sorry it's taken so long to get pictures up. We only have 9 days left!! So a lot of the crafts are finally coming together. I should finish my dress today (yes, I really did let it get put off until now) I only have to hem it and press it and I'll be done. So hopefully I can get pictures of that in the next day or two.

Here are the suits my fiance and his groomsmen are wearing, they are a chocolate brown pinstripe:


Here are some really bad phone pictures of me trying on the bridesmaid dresses in a fitting room. I guess that counts as DIY because I didn't order them through a bridal shop. Tongue

The detail:

Our Invitations!

We got the Cardstock on sale so that I paid no more than $15 for 135 invitations worth. The parchment type paper my mom got at a garage sale for 50cents for a package of 500 sheets! We planned on printing text and bird design on the front of the card directly onto the card stock, but we couldn't find a printer or a print shop anywhere that could print it (except one that would charge $1 a page, pffh, hardly). So, we modified our plans. We printed the text on separate paper and glued it on. But I wanted the birds (which my fiance designed on the computer) to stand out against the red. So my fiance made a stencil and drew all of them. Initially he outlined them but halfway through he was running out of energy to outline them so he just filled it all in.
We printed most of the parchment paper at Kinko's because my Dad's printer started acting funny. But everything else we cut and put together on our own. It was a fun two-day project to put them all together.
Each of the sheets we printed off I designed on Photoshop, mostly just with free brushes and free fonts I found online, and with the two bird images my fiance designed.

How it opens and our RSVP cards:


The inside:


The RSVP card up close (forgive that one being all crooked). I picked up some vellum on clearance at a craft store without any plans for it, but found a great use for it! It's actually more of a teal than what the close up photo shows it as.:

We used theknot.com and did online RSVPs but put down an email in case the site wasn't working right and a phone number for those who didn't have internet. It worked pretty well. (And I'm too lazy to cross out the personal info at the moment, so I hope I don't get stalkers..)

As for our favors:
We bought 1600 some candy Kisses on Christmas clearance (32 bags for $45!):

(This is less than half of them!)

And with 25 yards of dark blue tulle (we probably only used 15 yards of it though, the rest we will use for decor elsewhere) which we cut into circles (we didn't want to buy the pre-cut circles because they only came in pastels) we made a little something like this:


Here is about a quarter of the 240 we made (sorry for the dim pictures):


A close-up of the tag (I'm quite proud of my cleverness in using that verse, haha):


And there is more to come! Hopefully I'll get around to it before the actual wedding (NINE DAYS!!) but I can't promise.
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2  Re: Ideas for an arch?? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by flowerofedo on: August 07, 2007 08:33:00 PM
I found this online a while ago, and I love it.
If you gathered enough twigs, you could construct it, eh? Or at least decorate the frame of a very simple one..


That would be pretty impressive though if you built a life-size one out of legos..
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3  Re: My Bohemian/Victorian/Vintage/Bird themed Wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by flowerofedo on: August 06, 2007 01:49:57 PM
I really like your bird bath centerpiece idea, but I'm unfamiliar with the reference you gave, what does it look like exactly?  I've been wanting to incorporate oragami in my decorations too.
I guess my original link to the inspiration didn't work, hopefully it will this time, here it is:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=164849.0

Here is where I've started my "wedding shrine" (minus the panda lamp Roll Eyes). (It's grown since this picture was taken.) I want to implement a lot of the colored glass like that. As well as vintage looking, intricate, candelabras, like the two there, thought not seen very well, that my sister got me for my birthday. And hopefully I can find a bunch of scarves like what I have on the dresser, to use as table runners.  (I realize the picture frame doesn't fit the style, but it's there right now more for posterity's sake. Wink)


This is bird bath, style #1.


This is bird bath, style #2.


I'm using both styles. I might even create a third style, if I need more than 14 (which is all I have for now). I'll have to get a picture with the origami cranes in there, but you can imagine it (the ones I have are small enough for 8-10 to fit in each bath).
Does anybody know a good strong glue to use for glass, or glass and plastic? (The majority of the margarita glasses I am using are actually plastic.)

This is our ceremony location. The pews/carpet are a forest green. It has seating spreading out on both sides of the pillars that frame the center two rows, but because we aren't inviting 1000 people, we are going to limit it to the center area that is seen in the picture:


This is my dress, pre-modification:


This is my ring, my fiance was able to get it wholesale, through his dad's business:



As for bridesmaid dresses, I am definitely looking into department and fashion stores. I think I am going to wait until the Fall/Winter fashions set in before looking much more, because it seems they would carry more reds then.
That DEB store looks cute, but they don't sell much online and the nearest store is a ways away from me. But if it comes down to it, I could always drive there!
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4  Re: Wedding Dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by flowerofedo on: July 13, 2007 07:55:40 AM
Ok, so I'm compromising.

I found and bought a dress on craigslist for $80!
It is great except for the shape and fit (I know, I know, that sounds like a lot, but it's not thaat bad.)

Actually, the dress I bought isn't much like either of the original two dresses I posted. I ended up trying on a bunch of dresses and falling in love with a different style - everyone told me that would happen, but I tried not to believe them.

Here's the dress I bought:


It is a lovely off-white color (which I found is 10000x better for my skin tone) and has beautiful embroidery without overpowering the dress (what I grew to love after dress shopping).
The picture doesn't bring it out well, but the dress has two layers, the top being sheer. Also not brought out well by the picture is the seed bead detail on the bodice.
That's what I see working for me quite well. The rest, I want to work with.

As pretty as it is, it doesn't flatter my figure.
First of all, the bust is about a size too big. That is where my main question comes in. How do I resize a bust with boning? I've tried holding it in at the front seams, side seams, and even back seams, and I can't find a way to keep the shape that was there originally and simply make it smaller. It just ends up flattening me..

Next, I'm not a fan of the straps. Strapless all the way.
I haven't decided whether or not to do the top straight all the way across the front or give it a little bit of curve with a dip in the middle. So any suggestions there would be appreciated!
I'm not too concerned about recreating the perfect hem at the top, so that'll save me some trouble. I just need to figure out how to handle the zipper in back, as I will probably have to lower the back a few inches. Is there a special trick to securing the zipper, if I no longer have the manufactured "top" at the top?

Also, the skirt poofs out too much and too soon. It erases my long waist instead of accentuating it, which is what I would want.
My plan is to undo all of side/front/back seems as far as I can before it would interfere with the appliqu (about hip-height, a little higher on the sides) and recreate slimmer angles and more of an A line to the skirt.
Are there any tricks to that? I want to be sure I keep the proportions that keep the skirt hanging right. Also, I'm not quite sure how to handle the train (2-3 ft of it), as adjusting the seems would mean I need to shorten the train, which means I need to re-hem it...which I guess is straightforward enough.

That's it, I think. I considered doing more, like creating another sheer layer (silk gauze, heavier weave) that had more ruffle/body to it, but I decided I didn't want to bother at this point.
I might redo the beading in more of a champagne/gold. Right now it is a crystal/clear/shiny color.
But I'm already a little intimidated with what I have before me.. so maybe once I finish these alterations, I can consider if it needs more. But for now, what I am envisioning, I could be very well pleased with. Smiley

Any other tips in general for working with formal wear would be greatly appreciated, too!
Thanks Smiley
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5  Re: Bohemian Wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by flowerofedo on: July 06, 2007 11:31:21 PM
Well, I'm engaged! It ended up being a complete surprise. He managed to thoroughly throw me off and I couldn't have asked for it better.


Forgive the shiny faces.. it had been a long day in 113 degree weather.

So let the planning begin (officially)!


I'll have more to post soon, but for now I'm off to bed.
MAR: Thanks for the website. I have looked there but haven't found exactly what I had in mind. But, aybe I'm just being too picky. Tongue
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6  Re: Wedding Dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by flowerofedo on: June 27, 2007 12:05:39 PM
That helped a lot! Thank you!
I found Vogue 2842, which is gorgeous!


I also checked out a book from the library called Bridal Gowns: How to Make the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams by Susan Andriks, which appears to be similar to the one you suggested.

Now my question is, if I go with Vogue 2842, I don't know that I would want to do it with a satin or something of the sort. I really like the more flowing/free look, that seems like it would be a knit.
(I'm really bad with knowing what fabric goes with what name/description)
Would a knit work for something like the above pattern? Or would it not be sturdy enough?

I bought some really stretchy knit at Wal-Mart for a dollar a yard to practice with.
One has a nice smooth texture, that I would use for the dress base.
Another is a sheer/lacey design with a lot of stretch that I would use as a top layer/overlay.
I want to practice with those, but I don't want to waste them if I know they won't work for a pattern like this.
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7  Re: Bohemian Wedding in Weddings and Bridal Showers by flowerofedo on: June 25, 2007 02:50:23 PM
Wow, thanks so much for all these ideas!
Grayshadeofblack: It sounds like you have a really awesome wedding being planned out! Those are some great ideas (and connections!) that you have!

Just to update: FH (that's the lingo, right?) got my dad's blessing this past weekend. We also went ring-shopping, but only to look. He wanted a good idea of what I wanted but he still wanted the element of surprise. He is also going to buy it through the business his dad works for, so he can get it wholesale! An amaaazing drop in price! Word has it that the question will come in the next week or so!  Grin

I've thought a lot more about the wedding and researched it, and I've gotten a pretty good idea of what I want in my head.
I have saved a lot of pictures, and I just uploaded them to a photobucket album (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v205/flowerofedo/wedding/), but that is a great idea to combine them like you did, beatluv. I like that first array of pictures a lot!

Chances are though, that a lot of the things that I am thinking will change a bit as I try to turn them into reality and not just ideas in my head. Tongue

For a while I was reeally getting into the wedding mode and thinking of all sorts of ideas, to the point where it was getting rather extravagant.
For example, check out Castle Green in Pasadena, CA for a dream location.
Outside:

One of the rooms we could use:


And may I emphasize dream location, as that is way outside of my budget?

I came to the realization that I'd much rather have it be about the people than about the event itself, or the reception.

Right now I am looking into having it at a church here, which would actually work pretty well. It has wood paneling (nicely done) on two of the interior walls, and that would definitely add to the theme.

I definitely want to make the room atmospheric. My boy really likes the darker, victorian colors and feel and the whole dim, shadowy, candle-lit atmosphere. I want to do a dark crimson/wine red, and a dark slate blue, with a lighter blue to accent it and maybe some gold. He also likes paisley, so I want to involve that.
Such as this great tie I found:


We'd do fabrics hanging from the walls, candles and paper lanterns.
And does anyone know where I can find ones like this for a decent price?


The dry ice in bottles is a great idea too!

If I have it at the church, they have nice chairs I could most-likely use. They are a burgundy color - which brings up the question, will the burgundy (a lot more purple-y) clash with the more reddish crimson? Especially if I was thinking of doing crimson table cloths?

Renting different types of chairs, if I end up having to rent, is also a great idea!

Another theme that I wanted to bring out in the wedding is birds, specifically swallows.
I really like a lot of *MAR*'s ideas! But I'll try to be inspired by them and not steal them.  Wink

So with that, to avoid the vase of flowers as a centerpiece, I want to do mini bird-baths. My plan on crafting those came from A_Patchwork_Orange (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=164849.0). I want to get vases, upside down, with plates/shallow bowls glued on top. I know our dollar store always has stuff like that, often fairly decent quality, at least for a one-day affair. Then I could do actual water, or those glass stones (I saw some that were a great red/gold color, I just need to find out where they were purchased). For the birds, origami! Those would also double as wedding favors. So each centerpiece would have the number of birds of people per table. I think that would make it festive enough. I have to do a sample one to make sure though.

I really like the look/feel of this table:


(Ok, let me say it straight up, a lot of my inspiration and ideas came from this forum. And only a few of them I can directly credit. That doesn't mean the ideas shared are less valued or appreciated!)

I think I want the invites to be red, and if I can figure out a rather simple/easy way to do it, either a stamped/cut out/decaled swallow on the front with the lines from the e.e. cummings poem "i have found what you are like...the coolness of your smile is stirringofbirds between my arms". Inside I would want a Bible verse, of which I have yet to decide on. And the info, which could be printed up on some great papyrus paper of which my mom bought 500 sheets for like, 50 cents. (She's amazing like that).
I was thinking of something like this:
But
But I don't know if something simpler would be easier and more worth  it.

As for bridesmaids dresses, I really want something light and easy, like this:

Probably in the dark slate blue, as I want the bouquets to be red.

These Red Lion Amaryllises would be grand:


And my boy wants his men to wear fedoras.

I've definitely be frequenting thrift stores, as of late. I went into Salvation Army last week to find not only that they were having a 25% off sale but a four-place dinner set for $6! It's a simple but elegant grayish-blue with some nice etching around the rim. Not quite wedding, but I wouldn't have bought it had I not known I was so close to being married. Cheesy

I think that's enough ideas for now..I don't want to overload this thread with pictures. But I do hope I can help pass on some of the inspiration that you girls so graciously have provided me! And totally keep the ideas coming too! You can never have too many. Smiley
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8  Wedding Dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by flowerofedo on: June 25, 2007 12:24:02 PM
The plan: I'm getting married in January and need a dress.

The dilemma: I've found a couple that I am absolutely in love with, but they are both designer dresses and at least 10x more expensive than what my budget allows. I haven't found anything close to them for any cheaper.

The solution: I can make my dress! Both of the ones I like seem relatively simple.
The bonus: I can combine what I like about a couple dress to make it even more fitting to my tastes!

The need: A pattern or two that I can use and modify as needed. I'm pretty good at working without a pattern. I do that a lot more than working with patterns, actually. But with this, I don't want to take risks. I want to have a similar pattern that I can base it off of, moreso with the skirt and making sure I get the flowiness of it right.
Has anybody used or seen patterns that they could suggest? If it incorporates any aspect of what I am looking for, it would be great (just the skirt, or just the sleeves, etc.)

Also, any tips or suggestions or advice on making formal dresses or working with organza and chiffon (what I think I would use for the dress), or specifically on how to turn this dress into a reality would be soooo helpful and so welcome!

I definitely plan on doing a practice run with cheap fabric first.


All that said, here are the dresses:

Le Spose di Gio #N5:

Vera Wang, don't know what design:


I love the bodice of the Vera Wang dress, with the three sections, except where it connects to the skirt, I'm not sure I would want that detail.
I love the overlay of the Le Spose dress, especially at the shoulders.  And the skirt is just perfect.
Those are the main features that I would want to combine.
The Le Spose dress is just a little too far on the simplistic side for me, so adding the bodice detail from the Vera Wang dress would be the perfect combination, I do think.


Questions/Ideas:
- In the Le Spose dress, it seems like -at least the overlay- is all one piece. How would I go about gathering the skirt that way? It almost seems like the skirt is gathered at both sides, and not across the front or back.
- In combining the two styles, I don't know if I should keep the overlay all one piece; which could either be attached or entirely separate from the bottom layer (the actual dress). Should I have the chiffon overlay completely on top of and separate from the bodice detail? Or should I attach it to the bodice detail? So that the trim/lace/whatever I decided to use to separate/outline the three bodice sections is on top of the overlay as well?
- Is there any trick to the off the shoulder style? It seems like most of the work with the dress, at least the overlay, would be finding the pattern to use, as the sleeves aren't separate from the bodice. I could make them separate, but the seamless look really has a lot going for it.
- I am tempted to detail the sleeves, also (of the overlay). I have always loved the medieval style sleeves (not the bell sleeves, but where the sleeve has the slit/opening on the upper arm) and it would be amazing if I could incorporate that into the dress. But would it be too much for this style?

If any of these questions or ideas are unclear, I apologize. I'm really bad with knowing the right terminology to use. I've also sketched up some designs that I could scan, if that would help.

I'm not digging myself too deep with this project, am I? It's not like, a whole lot more complicated than it appears to be, is it?
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9  Re: Funky Coloured Plastic Name Necklace & Star Charm *Now with Tutorial!* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by flowerofedo on: January 28, 2006 05:14:04 PM
I decided this would be something fun to make for my sister Esther's birthday. Well...it turned out huge! I used half of an 8.5x11 sheet and I guess that was way too big.
I didn't want it to go to waste though, so while the plastic was still soft, I laid it over a plastic cup so it would curve, and now it's a bangle!




The 'r' broke while I was trying to curve the bracelet, but I superglued it and it isn't too noticable now.
I think it'll be kinda fragile, but it'll be cute while it lasts!
I coated it in a shimmery nailpolish but will probably go over it with clear too, to make it more glossy. And I need to get chain too, because I still want to add the star, and probably wrap chain around the other half of the bracelet, cause it's probably still too big to stay on securely.

I also don't know how you girls managed to do such a good job with tiny pieces like that. I had a hard enough time cutting out the name as big as it was. Maybe my plastic was just old but it kept cracking and breaking past where I made cuts.

P.s. Sorry the pictures are dark.

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