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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I want to make this dress... any suggestions for patterns? on: February 12, 2011 11:52:54 PM
So, I was doing my homework on wearable technology when I found this:

I nearly died, it's so cuuute.  The shape of the dress would look great on me, and I'd like to make something like this for summer (minus the color-changing fabric, I don't think that's necessary!)

Anyone know of a similar pattern I could use for it?  It seems fairly simple to make but I suck at making my own patterns...

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Bones" Necklaces on: May 26, 2010 08:09:03 AM
Thanks guys!

I find the necklaces to be such an unlikely "thing" in the show, I was pleasantly surprised to find a whole collection of screencaps out there.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Bones" Necklaces on: May 25, 2010 05:55:10 PM
I recently bought the first four seasons of Bones (because I don't watch TV on TV) and have been doing mini Bones marathons ever since.  Besides being an absolutely amazing show, Temperance Brennan is always wearing these amazing, beautiful, chunky necklaces.  In case you don't know the show, here's a nice gallery http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonesnecklaces/

I can never find necklaces similar to ones I see other people wearing, and decided I could probably make them myself.  So, I made some!  I haven't made any necklaces that I've liked so I'm really proud of these!!  I still can't decide which one I like best.

Here they are:

I got the pendants at Wal-Mart of all places, they were $3.50 each! Smiley

C&C welcome!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wedding Dress Livre-Objet/Object Book on: March 16, 2010 06:29:26 PM
Also if anyone is wondering, this is a modified McCall's M5850 pattern... I changed the back and the skirt, which is longer and pleated instead of gathered.

Since I don't really know how to make modifications to the patterns (other than lengthening) I pinned the fabric on my dress form and just winged it..
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wedding Dress Livre-Objet/Object Book on: March 14, 2010 09:04:00 PM
Thanks everyone!!

The response from my prof was really good - I'm hoping for an A!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wedding Dress Livre-Objet/Object Book on: March 12, 2010 03:06:57 PM
Thanks for all the compliments!  It's the project I've enjoyed most so far, it was challenging but so fun.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wedding Dress Livre-Objet/Object Book on: March 11, 2010 11:03:43 PM
I'm so psyched to finally post this - I've been living and breathing this project for 3 weeks and I am SO PROUD of it.  Finally it was due this evening, while I'm glad the stress is over I'm sad that I had to hand it in Sad  My dress form feels naked.

Anyyyyway, I have a bookmaking class as part of BFA in Design, and our second assignment was to make a "livre-objet"/object book.  Essentially, we were instructed to push the boundaries of what defines a book - what is a book, what is considered to be pages, etc.

The topic I decided on is gender roles, and I used examples of more 'traditional' wedding vows contrasted with modern ones, and what each says about their time and place in society.  For this project I chose to work with Christian customs, just because it's what we relate to most.  And, to illustrate the whole thing, I made a wedding dress!  

Onto the pictures!

This is the dress itself.  It was my first time working with satin - what a pain.


Embroidery - I originally planned to hand embroider because I don't have an embroidery machine... then I was informed that my school is equipped with a Viking! :O

The dress has traditional wedding vows - I included only the bride's vows, because those are the most 'shocking' (I don't mean for that to offend anyone.)  It reads:
I take you to be my wedded husband.
I will love, serve, and obey you
as long as we both shall live.

Christ told us that the wife must submit herself
unto her own husband as unto the Lord.
For as Christ is Head of His Church
so is the husband head of his wife.

I submit myself to you.

Annndd here's how I presented the book and topic

As a whole. I made a little "invitation" (it says "I do." which is the name of the book)

Invitation - there's my concept and some modern wedding vows inside


Inside, the dress is wrapped in some white cotton.  My colophon sits on top of the dress:

So that's it!  Tomorrow I'll be submitting it to an exhibition!
Let me know what you think!!
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Once You Pop Swap 2010-Sprintime! Signup Feb 22-Mar 1 sendouts April16 on: February 24, 2010 11:04:55 AM
Of all the swaps I've seen, I've never been interested in any, until this one!! 

But my semester ends April 15.. Sad
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hand-Embroidery on Satin on: February 19, 2010 09:05:36 AM
Wow thank you sooo much for all the info!!

Basically, when I'm stitching, I would have the fusing underneath and the tear-away/dissolving interfacing on top?

I'll definitely be posting it when it's done!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Hand-Embroidery on Satin on: February 16, 2010 03:06:32 PM
Hey everyone Smiley

For a school project in my bookmaking class, I need to make a livre-objet, an object that's a book.  I decided to make a wedding dress with text about the history and significance of wedding dresses hand-embroidered on it (crazy, I know.. but I'm keeping the text to a minimum and the dress VERY simple!)

Anyway, I'm pretty new to embroidery but the only way I see this project working is if I use embroidery for the lettering - any other type of imagine transfer technique would just look awful I think, and won't give the elegant effect I'm going for.  For the dress, I bought this white satin, and I'm not sure how to embroider on it.  I did a few tests but the fabric is really moody.  The embroidery hoop leaves ugly creases (ironing satin is another issue - it ends up wrinkled no matter what) and the fabric moves around quite a bit.  I looked on Google, but since satin stitch is a common type of stitch for hand-embroidery, the keywords satin and embroidery give me nothing!

My question is, is there another way to embroider without a hoop? Or a way to effectively iron satin?  I'm going to have to embroider AFTER the dress is made, since I'm studying graphic design there's a huge emphasis on typography and text placement..

Any other tips before I get started?  The project is due in only 4 weeks (March 11th), and I'm only able to start on Friday or Saturday...  I am crazyyy, I know!

Thanks for any help Smiley
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