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951  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My aqua jersey dress 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.
952  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Na na na na na na na na na .... Katamari Apron on: August 23, 2007 05:12:15 AM
So cute!  I love Katamari.

953  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Cute Opera Plushies [img heavy] on: August 23, 2007 05:08:16 AM
These are incredible!
954  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My handmade veils (warning: image heavy!) on: August 23, 2007 05:01:43 AM
Jen, thanks for the compliment.  I had a brief stint of selling veils, but eventually I stopped having fun making them, so I gave it up.  I think I was just getting too stressed out and was judging myself and the veils too harshly.  Now I only make them as gifts for friends.  It's a lot more enjoyable for me that way!
955  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My handmade veils (warning: image heavy!) on: August 23, 2007 04:21:34 AM
Thanks for the comments!  For those who wanted instructions, I'm PMing them now.
956  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My handmade veils (warning: image heavy!) - UPDATED 8/26 with new veils! 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!

957  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Boring Grey Ballet Flats to Fabulous designer look-alikes!! on: August 22, 2007 05:24:44 AM
I love them!  What a great idea.
958  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: I searched and couldn't find anything... baby shower. on: August 22, 2007 05:11:12 AM
A few more:

Draw the baby - give each guest a paper plate and a few crayons, and ask them to make a drawing of the new baby.  The trick is - they have to draw while holding the paper plate on their heads.  The mom-to-be gets to choose the winner.  This one yielded some amusing results.

Guess what's in the bag - This one is pretty straight forward.  Buy a bunch of small baby items (baby nail clippers, rattle, pacifier, etc.).  Put each one in a numbered brown paper bag.  Pass the bags around the room and have each guest write down what they think is in each bag.  The person with the most correct wins, and the baby items go to the new mom.

Guess the baby food flavor - Another straight forward one.  Remove the labels from cans of baby food.  Pass them around the room and have each guest taste them and guess the flavors. 

Hmmm...that's all I can think of that hasn't been mentioned already.  Something else I like to do when I host (this isn't a game, but it is nice) is have each guest write a note to the new mom.  Then I make the notes and shower pictures into a scrapbook.

I also love the idea of decorating onesies.  Have fun at the party!
959  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! 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.

960  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage button initial pillow on: August 21, 2007 04:18:42 PM
Beautiful!  E is my monogram, too Smiley.
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