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1  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.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plush Elephant 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!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dinosaur towel 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.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Pincushion with Birds 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.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A bright starry dresser on: November 07, 2008 01:47:59 AM
I recently moved into a larger apartment, and my mother decided this was a perfect opportunity to rid her house of some old furniture. Among other things, I got an ugly dresser that was secondhand when she acquired it some 40 years ago. I don't have any "before" pictures, but most of it was dirty-white with the drawers in alternating dark brown and forest green. Not really my type of colors. So I went and bought the brightest paint I could find, sanded it all down, primed it, and proceeded to paint it orange with lime green and yellow stars all over. The knobs and legs are apple red. It now holds some of my fabric, and is the cheerfullest thing in the room.

The front: (please ignore the not-so-pretty boxes of sewing stuff)

This side is pretty sparse as far as stars go, the other side (not shown) is more robust. Also, I have zebra floors.

The top:

Thanks for looking!
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