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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My simple summer wedding dress on: April 21, 2010 11:24:32 PM
Thanks for the comments!

I actually wear the brown dress all the time, especially now that our (extremely mild) winter is letting up. Not that it ever got that cold, but it's less rainy now  Smiley It's my favorite dress right now!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My simple summer wedding dress on: April 16, 2010 06:59:35 PM
It's been a whole eight months since my wedding, but I'm only getting around to posting this now... it's crazy how busy this past year has been!

I got married last august, and I spent a large chunk of last summer procrastinating in the great project of making my own dress. I was literally stitching on buttons on the ride up to my husband's family home up in the mountains of Bonny Doon where the wedding was held! Lucky for me it's a 45 minute drive.  Smiley

As you might guess from my super chic drug-store watch, this was a fairly casual event... if anything with over 200 people could be considered casual.  Roll Eyes The ceremony itself was about ten minutes long, and we had a great local band play -- God of Shamisen! I've been told by a lot of people that it was one of the most fun weddings they had been to, which was the goal!

This is me lookin' squinty right into the sun, with my guy. It's a great look at the neckline of the dress, which is actually two dresses - a plain brown sundress with buttons all down the front, and an ivory eyelet over-dress which wrapped and buttoned on the side. The wonderful necklace, earrings, and ring were custom-made for me as a set by sudlow, http://www.etsy.com/shop/sudlow, on etsy. I'm not wearing the ring here because it was before the ceremony  Tongue

The only full-length shot I have of the dress, during the ceremony. Still lookin' squinty - it was so bright! It's what we get for an outdoor wedding on top of a mountain at the sunniest time of the year. We were so lucky, the weather was bright and clear and you could see clear across the bay to Monterey at the other side. Yes, those are cheap plaid flats from Payless, and I'm completely unashamed.

This isn't a great picture of the back, but you can sort-of see the fact that the eyelet pattern matches perfectly all across the back, even over the princess seams, at the waist - I was so proud that I managed that on the first try! Not an easy task, even for someone with experience!

And finally, after the ceremony I wore the same under-dress with a cream cardigan, and promptly ruptured my ACL bouncing on the trampoline. Tragic! But now I have a wicked scar, and a sweet story, so it wasn't all that bad. Bonus, I still got to play on the rope swing!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on making a large bow on: October 04, 2009 05:40:20 PM
Do you want your bow to be stiff and stay up?

Wide horsehair braid can be used to keep a big fake bow from drooping.

Stuff like this:
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Sea Critters! Help with children's measurements? on: October 04, 2009 05:34:56 PM
So, I've been commissioned to make some costumes for the local marine lab's museum. Long Marine Lab's Seymour Center here in Santa Cruz is launching a new program next month, and I'm making several backpack style animal costumes for kids to wear and pretend to be marine critters!

The problem is: I don't have access to any children for measurements, so I have no idea how big to make them! I'm trying to size these costumes so they would fit reasonably well on a wide range of sizes, so all the kids at the Seymour Center can play with them. They'll have straps like on a back-pack, as well as adjustable straps on the arms for the wings or flippers or fins.

It would be really, really helpful to me if several of you would like to volunteer some information to help me make these costumes an appropriate size. If you'd like to help, PM me with the questions answered:

Child's age:
Shoulder to shoulder:
Back width:
Arm length:
Neck to waist:
Bicep circumference:
Forearm circumference:
And finally, does your kid have a backpack? Measure the straps at a comfortable length:

Thank you so much to anyone who can help. I'll post pictures as soon as I'm done with this project!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Carpe Diem! QFS 2009 (image INTENSE) on: September 16, 2009 03:44:51 PM
Oh my gosh! I didn't think I'd still be getting comments on this so long after I posted it. Thanks for everyone's kind comments!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Findings for a crab-claw necklace? on: May 22, 2009 12:54:26 AM
That's why I don't want to put holes in them - they'd crack. They're pretty sturdy when I leave them alone, but holes make them crack apart. I'm trying to come up with a way of hanging them without putting holes in them, which is hard!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help! Findings for a crab-claw necklace? on: May 20, 2009 03:44:12 PM
So I have this huge collection of crab claws. Most of them are pretty small, but they range in size from less than 1/8 of an inch to almost 1.5 inches long. I am thinking about making a necklace from the bigger ones, but I am stuck - how do I make findings for them? Most of the claws are a little on the flimsy side, so I don't think just drilling holes in them will work. Does anyone using solder for this kind of thing?

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me A Doll Swap - Gallery! on: May 20, 2009 02:54:25 PM
And here she is! rosiegarden made me a lovely black apple doll with red hair. She came wrapped in glitter tissue paper, and my first thought was I have that exact same paper! I think I'm going to name her Ceci.

This is how she looked straight out of the box, after I got all of the glitter off:

And this is her amazing mermaid outfit! It's so cute!

And finally, this is how she looked once my fiance got home and started playing with her  Roll Eyes:

Everyone's dolls came out so adorable! I had a really great time with this swap.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me A Doll Swap - Gallery! on: May 19, 2009 08:58:17 PM
I received my doll today! Thank you so much rosiegarden, she's adorable! I'll post pictures tomorrow morning - it's too dark to take them now.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Make Me A Doll Swap - Gallery! on: May 18, 2009 10:07:55 PM
That crocheted dress is really nice!

I haven't gotten my package yet, so there's at least one doll left to be posted. I'm moving this week, but my (soon to be ex) roommate promised that she'd pass the package on to me if it doesn't come before move-out day...
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