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61  Simple Menswear Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: September 11, 2007 01:37:42 PM
I needed a bag to carry to a party I'm attending this weekend, so I whipped this up this afternoon with some fabric scraps.  It's a bit messy in a few places (I wasn't paying much attention as I sewed...opps), but I like it.

Front, with a vintage brass button:

Inside, holding my crap:

I used Sweetpea74's awesome technique to put it together (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97552.0).

Thanks for looking!
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62  Re: SEPTEMBER GALLERY / card-a-day in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Alli_Lucy on: September 11, 2007 07:56:36 AM
I'm going to have to go against the crowd and say that my favorite is "Madame's Butterfly."  I love it!

Here are a couple I made last night while experimenting with some new stamps:

"The Caged Bird"
The dark and dreary day made the colors of this one wonky - the ribbon on the left is actually pink, not blue.  This was also my first experiment with packing tape transfers.  They are so fun!

"Cherry Blossom Viewing"
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63  Re: Wedding in a gazebo...? in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Alli_Lucy on: September 05, 2007 02:11:32 PM
I had my ceremony in a gazebo.  It was much larger than the one you've pictured, so I might not be much help, but I'll tell you what we did anyway Smiley.

Our gazebo was surrounded by two little "flights" of steps.  For everything pre-vows, my husband and I stood at the bottom of the lower steps, with the officiant at the top of the steps and the wedding party on the steps.  Here is a picture:

For the vows, everyone moved up.  My husband and I stood facing each other on the little landing, with the wedding party on either side of us, and the officiant on the higher flight of steps.

So we weren't really in the gazebo, more like in front of it.  Our string trio sat inside.  I would be a bit worried about making the guests feel cut off from the ceremony by actually standing inside, but you could probably make it work somehow.
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64  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Alli_Lucy on: September 05, 2007 08:59:10 AM
Unfortunately I'm still stuck in bed today, but on the bright side, it gives me a chance to make more ATCs!  Here you go:

#43.  Dying
I wish it were easier to make out the detail of this card in the picture.  It's composed of two images digitally merged.  On the bottom is a picture I took last summer of a partially excavated group burial (I'm an archaeologist).  On top of it on the left hand side is a Victorian mourning image.  This card deals with my thoughts on the remains I work with - while I want to think of them as people, I need to distance myself in order to learn from them best.

#47.  Creation
I talked too much about the last one, so I'll let this one speak for itself Smiley.

#66.  Traps
Sorry to get repetitive already, but here is another one inspired by my dog (I love my doggie!).  It's made with several layers of tulle and net.

#48.  Childhood
I had a happy childhood, but I didn't particularly like being a child.  Because of that, I didn't want to make a nostalgic card about childhood.  I wanted this card to capture the feeling of powerlessness that bothered me so much when I was younger.  I don't think I quite got it, but oh well.

#37.  Eyes
This was a quickie, but I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out.

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65  Re: 100 Themes Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Alli_Lucy on: September 04, 2007 08:39:28 AM
I've never made ATCs before, but I'm home sick today and needed a craft that I could do while lying in bed and drinking tea.  Eight cards later, I think I'm hooked.  How are these little cards so satisfying to make?  I'm not a visual artist in the slightest, but I had a lot of fun with these.  Here they are (in the order that I made them):

#1. Introduction
This card was not only my introduction to ATCs, but it is a sort of self portrait, so it also introduces me to you.

(Oh, the weird stripes are from my printer - I think I need to replace my print heads.  Bah.)

#6.  Break Away
This theme reminded me of an article I read in this month's Vogue.  The text comes from the article, and all the images are from the same issue.

#46.  Family
I've been noticing recently that for some people in my generation, having kids is just anoother part of the competitive/consumer drive.  This card responds to that idea of family.

#92.  All That I Have
These words were in my vows, so they made me think of my wedding day.  The image is an altered photo of my husband and I that was taken about an hour before the ceremony.  I kind of like what my crazy printer did with this one!

#13.  Misfortune
Inspired by my dog, a rescued racing greyhound.  The image is from a 40s sideshow that featured monkey "jokeys" strapped to the backs of greyhounds - a particularly dark time in a dark "sport."

#99.  Solitude
My job requires me to spend my summers abroad without my husband.  I never feel more solitary than when I've left him at security and boarded my first flight.  The text used here is from a Radiohead song.

#74.  Are You Challenging Me?
This one is a bit more lighthearted.  The text is from my master's thesis, something that did, indeed, challenge me.

#52.  Deep in Thought.
I really like how this came out, but I wish the Geisha weren't covered in stripes.  Stupid printer.

I hope you like them!

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66  Re: My handmade veils (warning: image heavy!) in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Alli_Lucy on: August 24, 2007 05:20:51 AM
There have been so many requests for birdcage veil instructions that I'll post them here.  I just didn't want to take over the board with a million tutorials!

The easiest way to make the French net birdcage is to start with a rectangle of net cut to cover your face from ear to ear.  Gather each short side onto button thread.  Sew the gathered sections onto 1" combs (you can find these in the wedding aisle at Michael's) or onto clips.  Secure the combs or clips in your hair just above your ears, and you're done!

I used a slightly different technique for the birdcage in the picture.  I started with a rectangle of net cut to three times the length of my face from ear to ear.  I gathered the net above each ear, then twisted the sections of net outside of the gather and sewed them flat to make two long bands.  I then folded these up and sewed them to the top edge of the net.  This makes a headband type thing that you can stick pins through to secure the veil to your head.  I like this technique, because it gives the veil more body at the top of your head.

This photo shows the band on top a bit better:

The tulle birdcage is made differently.  To make it, start with a square of tulle.  Gather three sides of it onto button thread.  Pull the gather tight and tie it off, and the tulle will make itself into a sort of strawberry shape.  Put it on your head, and trim up the bottom or the sides in whatever way looks best to you.  In the back, you will have a circle of gathered tulle.  I sew a round brooch over this, and a 1" comb under it.  That's all there is to it!

Here is a shot of the back of the tulle birdcage:

I wish I could include picture tutorials to make it more clear, but I don't think my computer has a paint equivalent (is there a paint program in Mac OSx?).  In any case, I hope those instructions help a bit.
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67  My aqua jersey dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: August 23, 2007 03:25:19 PM
I loved Shleybee's jersey mini dress (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178828.0), so I decided to make my own version this afternoon.  Having reached the age where I no longer have places to wear mini dresses, I made mine a bit longer and a bit looser.  There are still a few little issues to work out, but overall I'm really pleased with it.  My husband and I are going out for sushi tomorrow night, and I think I might even wear it!  I'm teaching myself how to sew and this is my first project that is actually wearable, so I'm happy.   Grin

Here are the pictures!

I'm not sure why the fabric looks so shiny, because it's not actually.  It's just a basic aqua T-shirt jersey with some stretch.  Please disregard me; I'm the most awkward model ever.
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68  My handmade veils (warning: image heavy!) - UPDATED 8/26 with new veils! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Alli_Lucy on: August 22, 2007 07:28:13 AM
I got such nice comments on my own veil in the "show off your wedding thread" that I decided to post some pictures of veils I've made for other people.  Let me know if you would like instructions for any of them!

Cathedral length veil with alcenon lace edge

Waist-length drop veil with elbow-length blusher, edged in alcenon lace (this is very similar to the veil that I wore for my wedding)

Cathedral-length drop veil with waltz lengh blusher and squared corners

French net flyaway veil

French net birdcage veil

Tulle birdcage veil (I love this one - it's gathered with a brooch in back)

Mantilla veil with venise lace edge

Please ignore me and focus on the veils - I'm a terrible model.  Thanks for looking!

----- UPDATE 8/26 -----
I just wanted to share the two veils I've made for weddings this fall:

First up - waltz length, single layer, edged in 1" organza ribbon.  This veil was actually made from the bride's mother's veil.  It was originally three layers and edged in lace.  The bride wanted to wear her mom's veil, but hoped to modernize and simplify it.  This is what we came up with.  She loves it, so I consider it a success! 

Next, the big project - waist length, two layers, center-gathered, with a hand embroidered and beaded edge.  The embroidery and beading (with tiny faux pearls) was designed to match the bride's dress.  This one was a major undertaking!

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69  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by Alli_Lucy on: August 21, 2007 04:41:04 PM
Thanks for all the kind comments!  It was a wonderful day (and marriage has been even better).

To answer goldfishhead's question, the reception was in a university's ballroom.  It was a simple space with light wood floors and white walls, but the building dated to the '20s and the room had the most gorgeous art deco stained glass windows.  They sold me on it instantly!

Sweets4ever, here are a few more veil pictures.  It was beyond simple to make (it's just a circle of tulle edged in lace and sewn to a comb) but I love how it came out.

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70  From Pillow to Clutch (my first real post!)... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alli_Lucy on: August 21, 2007 11:32:54 AM
I recently updated my couch by replacing my old pillows (which had definitely seen better days) with snazzy new ones picked up at West Elm (hooray for massive sales!).  Of course, firmly believing that those who waste not want not, I kept the old pillows to use as material for future craft projects.  Here is the first transformation - from worn out pillow to cute daytime clutch!



In action!

I didn't have any interfacing on hand, so it's a bit floppy, but all of my necessities fit perfectly.  This was more of a learning project than anything (I'm trying to teach myself how to sew), but I might actually carry it. 

Comments would make my day!
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