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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Scottish Woodland Wedding (v pic obese) on: April 18, 2010 12:27:56 PM
everything is incredible! great job!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: my first try wih freezer paper stencils! :-D on: April 18, 2010 09:38:45 AM

i may nee to find better quality paints... the red shirt with black paint washed almost completely clean! :hmm i'm pretty sure i didn't mix up my bottle of acrylic with the bottle of black tempera.... lol.... i'm going to have to go back and hand paint over it.

i can't wait to do the bleach technique!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: freezer paper + bleach = Lucky T-Shirt on: April 12, 2010 12:34:36 PM
that is AWESOME!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / my first try wih freezer paper stencils! :-D on: April 12, 2010 12:31:41 PM
i'm tickled pink. I've been saying for the past 2 years that i would get around to doing this but never bought the freezer paper (lamest. excuse. ever.)

My son (4) needed new tees for summer so i swore to myself i'd not spend crazy money on pre-printed stuff (i hate spending more than 3 bucks on kid's clothes anyway...clearance racks are my bestest friend) so i picked up shirts at michaels (i would have reused shirts he already had but they were all too small  Embarrassed ) and voila! hand sketched, exacto-cut acrylic painted goodness. and now i'm hooked and am hunting down more things to stencil....

(i probably could have hand painted that one, since i ended up hand painting the text anyway... eh well!)

the green shirt was my very first one- i messed up on pressing the paper to the shirt and it ended up coming away from the fabric, hence the bleeding on the "who," part
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: 11-11-11 is our date:) (updated 03-22-10!) on: March 22, 2010 12:11:52 PM
updated OP Smiley
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Wedding craft bonanza (super image heavy!) on: March 14, 2010 02:57:17 PM
fantastic! we're going to do something similar with pint glasses:) do you have any tips/advice for using the contact paper with the etching solution? Very cute stuff!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: vintage dress pattern help? on: March 01, 2010 06:48:27 PM
Oh how deceptive those old instructions are!  No way is that dress just crochet mounted on tulle.  It's got to have at least a petticoat, internal belt, boning and probably some pretty serious foundation garments. 

My recommendation would be to get yourself a good pattern with that nice silhouette and make a mock-up with cheap fabric to test the fit and support.  Then you can cut it out in the cotton lining for your actual dress, and piece by piece, cover them in a layer of the tulle/crochet.  Tack it down nice and stable, then sew your dress together. 

You could always purchase a plain dress and add the layer of crochet by draping, etc. 

The dress really is beautiful.  The organza crochet is stunning, and I really hope that you post pictures as you go so we can all drool! 

that's what i was thinking too! there's no way it's just layers of tulle tacked underneath the crochet. lol. how would it stay up!? my mom and i are going to be making the 'under' part of the dress together, and our sewing skills are fairly negligible... like you suggested, she mentioned finding a pattern for a sleeveless dress to use underneath and add the tulle over top, then add the crochet over that.

i will definitely be posting pics here, in my thread in the wedding forum and on my personal blog once i get it started. i just found a store online to order the twenty two 100 yard spools of ribbon i will need for the crochet portion of the dress Shocked lol. i might have to wait a month to get the stuff ordered though. it's going to cost about $200 for the ribbon.  lol
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / vintage dress pattern help? on: March 01, 2010 12:49:16 PM
So... i'm making this dress for my wedding in 2011. It's crocheted using organza ribbon and then the pattern simply says:

"Pin out dress. Mount on nylon tulle (3 yards) which has been cut to shape, and fitted with darts at bodice. Sew zipper extending to underarm of bodice. Sew ribbon inside waistline." (i'm assuming they mean to attach the tulle to the crocheted ribbon at the waistline because there's no ribbon used anywhere else)

K. Soooo i've never sewn anything more than a travel tissue holder. I have NO idea how to make a dress out of 3 yards of tulle! here's a pic from the pattern:

I have a sewing machine. I'm thinking i'm going to put some kind o cotton fabric between my body and the tulle. lol. but... i don't know where to begin on this! help? tia!

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: crocheting my wedding dress on: February 28, 2010 07:42:37 AM
well, i got the pattern in the mail the other day. Turns out it calls for 1/4" silk organdy (now known as organza) ribbon. hahahahaha! not only is actual *silk* ribbon pretty much impossible to find, i'm having a VERY hard time finding 1/4 inch ribbon... and the stuff i do find comes in 25 yard spools. I need twenty to twenty two 100 yard spools of the stuff! LOL.

thankfully, after an hour or two of googling last night i found a site that may let me order it by the yard; i have to contac them to figure out if they will break it up into 25, 50 or 100 yard spools. I'm hoping for 100 yard spools, since that's what the pattern calls for. It may not make a difference but i don't want to have a bunch of strips left over that are too short to use.

 It's nylon organza but at this point i think that even if i found real silk organza ribbon the cost would be wayyyy more than i'm able/willing to spend. Nylon should be fine, i think.

Also, the lining of the dress is simply layers of tulle, cut to the shape of the dress, darted at the waist and tacked on to the dress! yikes. HAHAA. i'm thinking a layer of thin cotton between me and the tulle might be nice to have.

I'm hoping to get started on this within the month:)
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: 11-11-11 is our date:) on: February 24, 2010 06:49:34 AM
Penny- aww happy pre-anniversary! i'll need all the time i can get with three kids at home underfoot...lol. Iactually bought some coffee filers last week to start cutting the petals out- except my boyfriend found them and has beem using them to make his cold brew coffee... Roll Eyes so i'll have to steal them back and get to work!
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