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1  It's a homemade wedding dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by deftann on: October 21, 2010 08:03:35 PM
Well, I got married last May and I made my wedding dress! I often cut a few corners when I sew (ba ha ha), but this time I vowed to do all the extra shenanigans mock-up, finishing seams, hand sewing the hem, everything. I also vowed not to procrastinate too much. And it took awhile, but despite my entire family's predictions, I finished it a full week and a half ahead of time! Woowoo!

Here is a picture of the whole thing, it's a sleeveless princess-seamed bodice with lace overlay on the lower half and a ruffled overlay over the boob area. The skirt is a full circle.

I made it out of silk taffeta and a lovely blue-green lace that has silver threads running through it. My cat is highly intrigued.

Here are some pics of the construction:

The bodice, all set to go. I wanted the lace to extend over the top of the skirt a bit, so that's why it's sticking up.

On the right is my first french seam! Totally not as hard as I thought it would be. I'm still proud of how neat everything looks, even though I ended up putting lining over all of this. It's okay, I still know it's there.  Wink

I don't have any closeups of the hem, but I sewed in 6 yards of horsehair braid to give it a bit of body without having to wear a petticoat underneath.

Yeah hem! Shoes are from DSW.

Up close view of the bodice. I wish I could say this was how I said my vows.

And the back, check out my lining-up-invisible-zipper skills! And my forgetting-to-put-in-a-hook-eye-on-top skills.

Full shot, playing croquet, with my new husband.  Grin

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it, I wish I would've tweaked it more to eliminate the wrinkles on the back of the bodice and tacked down the lace so it wouldn't flip up occasionally. But, I felt super awesome wearing it and it stayed up all day without slipping down! That's a total win in my book.
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2  Re: Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by deftann on: August 31, 2010 06:10:09 PM
So it took a few days and lots of fiddling with my camera's timer function, but here's an action shot of the shawl.

Also, it's way too hot to be wearing a shawl right now.
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3  Re: Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by deftann on: August 28, 2010 11:22:22 AM
Yes indeed, I have received from the lovely Alchamy513!
Firstly, I got a beautiful brown ajah Aes Sedai shawl! She crocheted it out of cotton yarn and coffee-dyed it to give it a worn and weathered look. I love it! It was well worth the wait for it to dry.  Wink Also, the flame is detachable so I can go incognito, if necessary.

Here's a closer look at the fringe and her perfect stitching (all I know is that whenever I try to crochet it does not look like that -- impressive!).

Secondly, I got a canvas bag with a gold dragon banner applique and one of my favorite quotes "Dovie'andi se tovya sagain" or "Time to roll the dice". Yay Mat!

And a detail shot of the applique:

And lastly, I got the cutest dolls of some of the creepiest characters in the books: the Aelfinn and Eelfinn. Dude, those guys are so freaky, but I cannot wait to see them again! Alchamy gave them both mohawks. Awesome.

Thank you for the package, Alchamy513, I really like it!  Smiley
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4  Plush Elephant in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by deftann on: February 26, 2010 02:29:57 AM
Hello! I recently made this elephant for a co-worker's baby shower (and she liked it!). The body is a baby corduroy, the ears and foot pads are dull satin, and the tusks are just some cotton I had around. I used a lovely pattern from this place, and though I like the idea of stitching a bunch of wrinkles over the whole thing, the only topstitching I decided to do was the ears. Overall, it took me a semi-leisurely few days, and the difficulty level was just right for me; challenging enough that I had to really pay attention to all those small, tight curves, but not too bad that I had to take out any major stitches. (whew!)

Pictures? Pictures!

The greens really do look better together in real life.

Here's an overall with the flash, you can see one of the embroidered eyes.

Peanuts! What a happy lil' guy!

I always forget to take in progress pictures, so here is one when it's almost done, guts all spilling out.

Thanks for looking!
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5  Re: Fill a mug round 5 gallery in The Swap Gallery by deftann on: January 25, 2010 05:40:42 AM
Alright, here's some more photos:

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6  Re: Fill a mug round 5 gallery in The Swap Gallery by deftann on: January 22, 2010 09:38:13 PM
I received my package from tabzilla today, and boy, is it awesome!

First off, I got oodles of tea and some very tasty cider mix.
In the foreground, from left to right, there is a swirl mug (which unfortunately broke during transit  Sad, but I have plans to craft it into something usable), a Tim Horton's pin cushion mug, reusable tea bags (ingenious!), and a teapot octopus.

Wait, teapot octopus? Yes. Do you see it? I see it, and I love it. Check out the detail on the suckers!

Also, cute oven mitts.

And, probably the most exciting part of this whole thing, MITTENS! AND, two more (unbroken) mugs! Yeah, it's awesome.

I am clearly thrilled, even if my eyes are closed. They are nice and thick, and have a lovely cuff. Thank you Tabzilla, everything is wonderful! I hope your package gets there soon!
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7  Re: Disposable Camera swap! in The Swap Gallery by deftann on: June 13, 2009 12:12:46 AM
All right, I received from v3nu5 of Arizona today! I live in damp ol' Michigan, so seeing all these pics from a hot, dry, rocky place is a nice change. Also mountains! Yay!

First the frame. It's all techno-y, with computer bits and pieces glued on all over. I like the aesthetics of electronics, but embarrassingly don't know anything about them, I had to ask the boyfriend what they are.  Roll Eyes

And the pictures. The one of the pool is really inviting, it makes me so thirsty!

I also got a small album and a felt initial ornament, thanks again v3nu5!  Smiley
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8  Dinosaur towel in Needlework: Completed Projects by deftann on: March 27, 2009 12:13:37 AM
I made a dinosaur towel! Not a whole lot to it, I used huck toweling from the fabric store and sketched the design out before I stitched it, using the internet for reference photos. It's all back stitch, with french knots for eyes -- thank you again internet and Craftster for tutorials. I think I like the purple generic sauropod the best, with the pink stegosaurus as a close second. Sorry, blue triceratops.  Undecided

I'm sorry the photos are dark/washed out.

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9  Re: VDAY Cookie Swap Gallery of Sweets in The Swap Gallery by deftann on: February 14, 2009 08:41:10 PM
I recieved a tasty package from abachii yesterday.
Here is a pic of everything; three batches of cookies, some fairy tale shaped cookie cutters, some Dove chocolate hearts, a couple packages of lovely wooden beads, and last but certainly not least, Marcus the cubed dinosaur.

Here is a close up of Marcus checking out the cookies.

And the cookies from top to bottom are spitzbuben a la framboise (they have raspberry jelly squished between two cookies), chocolate chip madeleines, and palets bretons. All delicious, thank you very much abachii!  Grin

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10  A Pincushion with Birds in Completed Projects by deftann on: December 15, 2008 03:53:05 AM
This is a cute little pincushion I made for Perach Yafeh for the latest pincushion swap. She wanted one with different areas for organizing, and this is what I came up with! The nest and the egg are wool felt (the egg is actually kinda hairy looking in real life), and the birds are just plain cotton.

The hairy egg looks kind of lumpy in this one.  Sad Poor egg.
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