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1  Re: my wedding gown!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jennyduck on: December 03, 2009 05:06:04 PM
thank you all so much for your wonderful and uplifting words! i haven't received the professional pics back yet (btw, how long is that supposed to take?!?!? - haha) so i can't find many photos that actually show the whole dress - without my husband covering half of it, anyway - these do show more, though. i guess earlier i was just trying to show the details...

the roses were super easy, too. i took long strips (varying between 1 1/2" and 4" wide and 1/2 the width of the fabric [my silk was 65" wide] to the full width... i wanted several different sized flowers) of silk and folded them lengthwise twice (just on one end, very simple), keeping the raw edges free. then thread a needle and knot the thread to the folded end of the fabric. twist the fabric (tightly or loosely depending on the look you want - mine were in-between) and make a small bun, like with your hair, and sew it down. it should look similar to a rosebud (well, made with silk). continue to twist the fabric (i directed it outward and away from the bud) and sew it down every few twists. once you get to the end, tuck it under your rose and sew it down. that's it!!! it is so easy. I tried with several different types of fabric (tulle, lace, crepe and ribbon) and none of them worked anywhere close to as well as the silk. it seems hard to handle at first, but once you get the first few stitches down its a piece of cake! it also looks beautiful with the raw edges tucked in, and if you twist the fabric toward the center instead of away; it's much cleaner looking. i have made these for crochet cloches, and as pins. you could probably decorate anything with them!

okay, on to the pics:

and just for fun

thanks again! let me know if you attempt the roses for anything, i'd love to see them!
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2  my wedding gown!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jennyduck on: December 01, 2009 03:19:59 PM
Okay, so I didn't make the whole thing, just the prettiest part!!!  Grin

I wanted a designer dress so badly, and after sadly slobbering over it for 6 months and not having nearly enough dough to get it, decided to recreate it myself... 

this is the link to THE ONE.

So I went to Davids Bridal, bought a similarly shaped and styled base for the gown (for $300 on clearance!!!), then went to JoAnn's for some white silk and spent countless hours on my bed creating silk roses of all shapes and sizes. The DB dress had some crappy flat bow and a crystal cluster attached to the underbust, so I ripped that off (the crystal piece became the closure for my bouquet ribbon) and sewed on 3 of the handmade roses. When it came to the strap part, I thought, "wouldn't it be cool if it was removable?!?"  So in order to make that happen, I took a length of white ribbon and randomly attached the rest of my roses to it. Then I added hook and eye closures in strategic places and to my own surprise, I had actually rigged it to work!!!

In the end, I LOVE it. Everything about it. I rocked it with and without the strap, and I love how distressed the roses came out. It turned out to be perfect for me. Along with my wonderful new husband...  Wink Ya'll want to see it?  Roll Eyes

here is a link to the before gown:

and here are the silk flowers just laid out in an arrangement on my bed:

after I attached the first 3:

the strap (threads still hangin' loose...haha I'm lazy):

and in ACTION!!!  Cheesy

c & c always welcome! Smiley much love...
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3  peacock beauties at my wedding!!! :) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jennyduck on: November 29, 2009 06:22:06 PM
soo... as a crafty little diva, i decided to take care of the details of my september wedding all by my self (including my dress! that will be another post coming up...)! it was absolutely spectacular and one of my favorite details were the peacock fascinators i made for my two bridesmaids/younger sissies! they were so much fun and i even made a modified version for my mom!
those of you who frequent michaels will probably recognize the materials used. I started with a 3" circle of brown felt (to match their hair) and stitched each feather down, starting with the outside and longest layer. then i layered the red flowers and purple petals on with hot glue to frame the pretty silver and jewel piece on top! then i stitched a small plastic comb with teeth to the back and voila!
they stayed in all night and let me tell ya, my girls were the life of the party!!! Smiley it was a beautiful night and i love love LOVE that almost everything was diy! more to come...
c & c much appreciated!

straight on

once i attached the comb

back shot of Carole Ann, my maid of honor. check out the badass party dress!!! and i handmade all of the flowers on my gown. the strap is actually removable!!! sorry about the dark shot. this was about an hour after the ceremony ended and it was crunch time before the sun went down! haha...

in this one you can kind of see the baby peacock on my mom. she rocked that mermaid dress all night long!!! and before you say anything, no, my father is not ted danson... Smiley

hope you all enjoy!!!

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4  my flower child mardi gras costume! in Costumes: Completed Projects by jennyduck on: March 01, 2009 05:04:28 PM
Crocheted from free patterns on crochetpatterncentral.com

My fiancee' went as Jim Morrison (I found snakeskin pans for $15 at Goodwill!!!) and we had our picture taken so many times!!!  It was a blast.  

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5  the first outfit i made during hurricane gustav!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jennyduck on: September 13, 2008 06:56:17 PM
hey, everyone! i live in the french quarter of new orleans and decided to stay during hurricane gustav. maybe not the smartest thing, but i just didn't feel like anything bad was gonna happen. guess what? the worst of it was the fact that we lost power for -gasp- 8 WHOLE HOURS!!! soooooooo, for my entire week off (since the mandatory evacuation and curfew were strictly enforced for everyone - outside the quarter, of course - including my bosses and coworkers) I GOT TO SEW!!! i ended up making 3 new dresses, one skirt, a super cute and comfy top for my bf, and the outfit in this post! i think that's more than i have ever sewn in my lifetime so i got a lot of practice and learned a few new things, too.
on to my new outfit...
the top was copied off of one of my favorite comfy tops. it is just two pieces of fabric (super thin, soft and stretchy; $1 wal-mart) with - FUN NEW TOY - grommets along the neckline!!! i like to think it can be dressed up or down.
the pants were copied from a pair of well-fitting dress pants but i widened them and lengthened them for comfier wear. i also learned how to sew darts to fit curves better. these don't even need a drawstring!!! but they (still) need to be hemmed. yeah, i guess i'm pretty lazy.
ok, enough rambling!!! hope you enjoy and i also included a pic of my bf and kitten during the brutality of the storm!!! notice we had our main doors open and only the screen doors shut. seriously... it didn't even rain for very long!!! Smiley
oh, and as always, please excuse the shiny face and messy backgrounds. haha...

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6  i crocheted a bikini!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by jennyduck on: August 29, 2008 04:12:05 PM
soooo... this took about 2 days. i got the top half of the pattern on crochetpatterncentral.com. i created the bottoms myself (they are way to small, but hey, i made 'em!). anyway, on to the pics...

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7  stretch green dress, comfiest thing i have ever made!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jennyduck on: August 29, 2008 04:07:10 PM
this can be worn with the skirt pulled to the knees, or up short (with stockings or boots if i leave the house, of course). it can also be worn upside down as a chunky cowlneck top. it is super stretchy and silky (and only a dollar a yard at wal-mart!!!)

i know i'm too excited about this... haha
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8  white skirt to "infinity dress" recon --- suuuper easy and summery in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jennyduck on: August 29, 2008 09:29:24 AM
hey, the title pretty much explains this. i just cut and hemmed the lining to work like the "infinity" dress and left the skirt, so i don't know if this would even count as a project, but it's wearable and it's mine, so... LOVE!!! Smiley

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9  cute bikini from a size medium t shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jennyduck on: August 29, 2008 09:24:32 AM
hey, this is my very first clothing post and the first item i have ever made that's wearable, so YAAAAAAAY!!! it was pretty basic and took about 4 hours to make (a decent seamstress could probably whip it out in about and hour). the top is kinda like an "infinity" top, too. you can tie the straps to make it a triangle top, bandeau, or the way i have it on in the pictures. i made the bottoms from a drafted pattern of a good pair of undies. well, i don't have much time, so on to the pics... and i apologize for the bad quality and lighting! hope you can see enough!


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