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1  The Emerald City Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sorbetsurprise on: February 15, 2012 01:12:40 AM
I recently completed this party dress for a wedding I was going to at the weekend.  I had a great time, the bride looked beautiful, the food was amazing and got lots of compliments so it was pretty successful all round.  I used Simplicity 2444, a project runway pattern which I am now in love with and taffeta for the main dress, even though lots of people said it would be too '80's.

Yes that is frost in the grass brrr! 

I thought it would look good with a contrasting bow and I shortened the skirt as they are always too long on me.

I also love that you can tie the bow at the back or wrap it round like a sash to make the dress look different.  I am all about the convertible!

For more info or photos see my blog- http://sorbetsurprise.blogspot.com/2012/02/emerald-city-wedding-party-dress.html
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2  I Heart Dorothy Halter Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sorbetsurprise on: February 04, 2012 10:27:05 AM
I made this top for my friend who loves The Wizard of Oz in blue gingham with white straps.   I have made this pattern up before, it's New Look 6900 but I changed the straps by adding buttons and button holes so they are convertible.

I tried it on for photos but my friend is slimmer than me so there are no funny pull lines when she wears it.

The red button on the front is a little heart.

Adjustable straps can be worn cross over, straight or halter neck.

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3  My 8 Hour Christmas Party Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sorbetsurprise on: December 15, 2011 06:15:23 AM
Not because my party was 8 hours, it wasn't, I only had 8 hours to sew up my Christmas dress!  I basically left it too late and then did it all on the day I was going to wear it but it turned out pretty well for all that and I got to wear it out.

I knew what I wanted, a net overlay dress like the ones that are all over the place at the moment.  I dyed the cotton sateen fabric as I didn't like the colour after I got it on ebay, actually, all the fabrics came from ebay!  

You can see the graduation of the dye towards the bottom fabric, this was completely accidental but I really like it.  The pattern was horribly 80's/90's but actually looks really good once made up and not as boxy as I thought.  This also has the best invisible zip I have ever sewn!  Woo!

I used bias binding around the neck and arms holes which finished it off really nicely as well as some vintage glass buttons I had.  

Very quick in the mirror shot after the party so ignore the messy hair, face etc.  There was a little bit of a fit issue on the bust as it gaped a little but I think taking some in at the side seams could remedy this.  Not bad for a days work though.

If you would like more information on the dress, materials, pattern, or more photos, please visit my blog-http://sorbetsurprise.blogspot.com/2011/12/amazing-8-hour-christmas-party-dress.html
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4  Cosy Fabric Coasters in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by sorbetsurprise on: December 12, 2011 02:09:23 PM

I recently made a set of coasters for my mums birthday to match her soon to be decorated kitchen diner.  I really love the fabric it has a really nice sheen and almost silky feel and is an organic cotton I won in a giveaway.  I can see I will be making more of these simple but effect coasters as gifts. 

I am thinking some tattoo print with red bis binding for my sister next....

Tutorial posted on my blog here - http://sorbetsurprise.blogspot.com/2011/12/cosy-coaster-tutorial.html
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5  Pan Am Costume - Come fly with me! in Costumes: Completed Projects by sorbetsurprise on: December 11, 2011 09:13:31 AM

For a recent costume night I went as a Pan Am stewardess and made myself a hat and skirt as a fairly quick sewing project.

The skirt has one big pocket in the front which is a nice feature and is from a Burda Style magazine, pattern 122, issue 8/11.  It also has a kick pleat at the back a centre back zip. 

For the hat I used the tutorial found here - www.instructables.com/id/Pan-Am-Costume/

For more details see my blog post here - http://sorbetsurprise.blogspot.com/2011/12/pan-am-costume.html
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6  Re: Snack Swap 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sorbetsurprise on: July 20, 2011 05:22:49 AM
I received from Lady Pistola!  What a fantastic swap package!

We both requested some baking goodies and she sent me some liquid icing and flavoured icing!

Nerds are one of my favourite sweets and we just can't get them in the UK any more (unless you go to Cybercandy which is no where near me!) and look at this bad boy!

I am also amazed by these lip glosses in nerds, laffy taffy, herseys and juicy fruit flavours!  Amazing

Now for the craft, it is a fantastic necklace, just like one from my wist!  I have wanted one exactly like this for ages!

Thank you for such a great swap!
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7  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by sorbetsurprise on: June 28, 2011 02:42:36 AM
Haven't updated this in a while but here is some more for my list!

1. Floral '70's dress for me-Done

28. Fluffy Felt Marshmallows-Done

34. Queen of Hearts Costume

It's halfway through the year but I'm not halfway yet eek!
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8  1975 Ditsy Floral Puffy Sleeved Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sorbetsurprise on: June 15, 2011 03:08:26 PM
I have just finished this summery dress form a vintage 1975 dress pattern.  The fabric is a cotton lawn with tiny flowers and I used lace and ribbon under the bust to break up the pattern a bit.  I really love it and although its a bit tight in the sleeves it fits really well.

I stitched some ribbon into the top of the zip to make a cute little bow.

Close up of the pretty trim and fabric

How I hope to wear it (though maybe looking happy!)

For work in progress pictures and further details please visit these blog posts
http://sorbetsurprise.blogspot.com/2011/06/my-1975-ditsy-floral-dress-finished.html - Finished
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9  Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June in The Swap Gallery by sorbetsurprise on: June 15, 2011 02:59:49 PM
I received from Miss Smith!

My Alice in Wonderland, fruit and pirate themes.  There seems to be one missing but maybe it fell out of the envelope somewhere halfway round the world.

The ATC with vintage theme!

thank you Miss Smith for everything!  Your notepaper is so cute too!
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10  Re: Beginners inchies (& and ATC) round 2 Gallery. Send outs 6th June in The Swap Gallery by sorbetsurprise on: June 11, 2011 12:41:26 PM
I have received from 2 of my partners, so you get to see the lovely goodies!
First up, all the way from Finland, its Hermetus!
She used my wists for my ATC and found out that I love the moomins and as Finland is the home of the moomin this just had to be done!  (Plus it's one of my pet names my boyfriend and I use heehee)

For the inchies she chose my fruit theme

You can't see it that well but those are pirate coconuts!  Another of my themes!

She was sure if pumpkins were a fruit (I think they are a veg) but I will let her off as it is so cute!
She also sent me a little moomin extra and there were even moomin stamps on the envelope!

Now for my second partner, Jaywesome!
She used my fifties theme for my ATC I love the hand-drawn lady

Then some fruity inchies

Alice in Wonderland and fairy tale inchies

Pirate inchies - I love that on the Britain map there is a cross where I live!! Smiley

...and the treasure chest opens

Inchies inspired by my wists, buttons, toast/food, moomins again! Smiley and mushrooms.   I love these though the mushroom appears to have been de-shroomed!  It wasn't in the envelope so I'm not sure what happened to it.
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