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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Sweater Ottoman on: January 17, 2011 02:05:00 AM
Gasp! This is awesome! I love the texture and the color of the sweater you chose.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's a homemade wedding dress! on: October 30, 2010 06:37:43 AM
Question, for doing the bodice, do you just cut a piece of fabric extra long and gather it, sew it on to the pattern piece then cut off the extra or was it part of the actual pattern? I love the look but never can find a plus size pattern like that!

I used Simplicity 3878 for a starting point, so that already had a pattern piece for the gathering that I modified. But, really, you just described how it works. I used double gathering for the back and the front, and 1.5 gathering for the front-sides. It's not the same width all the way around, so you would measure the width of each of the short ends per piece and just extend the length of the long ends. I gathered the bottom first, sewed it on upside-down, flipped it up to make a nice folded edge on the bottom, then gathered and sewed the top. I hope that helped a little!

Wherever did you get that lace?  I want.

I got the lace at Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak, MI. They don't offer it on their website, unfortunately. It was in the "imported lace" section, whatever that means. Do they even make lace in the USA anymore? <-- mostly joking.  Wink
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's a homemade wedding dress! on: October 24, 2010 05:43:08 AM
Did the mock up help you any do you feel like you just wasted time making that one first?

It helped, Scribble Kitty! It helped me figure out the fit, how much gathering to put on top (don't want it to be too poofy in the armpits), length of the lace, etc. It was annoying to do all that work and then actually start the real thing, but it was worth it.

Only one complaint from me:  Never say "homemade"  cookies are homemade, couture is "HANDMADE"  Sewing lovely things is an art not a craft.

Nice distinction, I shall use it in the future.

You are one brave lady. I would NEVER let my cat near my wedding dress lace.

Aye, she got a restraining order pretty early in the game.  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's a homemade wedding dress! on: October 22, 2010 07:00:52 AM
Daww, thanks everybody! We were all excited for the croquet, then realized we didn't really know how to play... luckily my friend's dad knew the rules!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / It's a homemade wedding dress! 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.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! on: September 04, 2010 03:03:56 AM
Nice packages you two! I love that you got dice, minathia, and that book looks pretty, do you have any closer shots?

How Lovely, that shawl is beautiful! The way it ripples along the edges reminds me of wings.
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! on: August 31, 2010 08:32:11 PM
Mmm, fabric and glue...

Oh minathia, this last book is worth losing a little sleep for, I think. It gets exciting!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! 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.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! 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
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wheel of Time Swap Gallery! on: August 25, 2010 09:38:59 PM
Athena, I got worried when I saw the awesome hair ornament web you made, so I'm glad you like everything! And thank you for the reference link, I wish I had found that before.

Oh, those stripes. The first version was bad, we'll just leave it at that. Hooray for fusible web! That stuff is so amazing, I was cackling to myself as I was ironing it on (and it wasn't the first time -- I get fiendishly delighted when things go well).
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