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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bustle on an infinity dress? on: June 02, 2009 01:46:57 AM
I'm making an infinity dress for my graduation ball and was wondering whether stretch fabric is likely to be able to support a small section of pleats at the back to form a kind of bustle. In effect there would be more fabric just above my bottom to give a nice draped effect. The dress is going to be floor length, but I'm planning on having a wide waist band so that the bustle would start at my waist not at empire line.

Is there any way to reinforce it?

I have no experience with stretch fabrics and so would really appreciate your comments before I start cutting!

Thanks so much.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding invites on: May 22, 2009 12:12:02 PM
I've been putting off doing the invites for my wedding for ages because I had no idea what to do, but I finally finished my degree this week and so I no longer had a reason to procrastinate. I've come up with a few potential invites and I would love to hear what you all think.

This first photo is of a card I made for a congratulations card for a friend who is getting married very soon, and I really liked it and it inspired me to change the original design of my invites. I cut the design out of the card stock and glued fabric behind.

My fiancé doesn't want them to be too girly (and I agree), so here is my less girly version using a 1930s map:

Another possible invite, this time with a put out of Australia (my fiancé is Australian) made out of a map of England (I'm English), but I don't think it is wedding-y enough. What do you think?

Here are the envelopes. I made them out of maps, one is a 1930s Ordnance Survey map of East Anglia and another one is a modern road map of South West England and Wales. I made the template for them myself.

No matter how hard I try I seem to get blobs of glue on the card, anyway I can prevent this? I might by some different glue, what do you advise?

Please tell me your opinions and ways in which I can improve them (I am a complete card making novice)

Edit: I forgot to say what kind of wedding it as, and taht will effect the invites. It is a small (around 30 guests) wedding and will be as informal and relaxed as we can possibly make it.

I also forgot to say that the cards are A6 size and the wording will be A5 and so on both sides when you open it up (hope that makes sense...).

Thanks so much for the comments so far, I really appreciate them and will take it all into account.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Darwin and a Dodo embroidery on: April 07, 2009 01:58:14 AM
These are some of my first embroidery projects, using just backstitch. Both were made for my fiancé, and he is really proud of them and showing them off to his friends. They aren't framed or sewn onto anything yet because we are constantly moving at the moment, and so logistically it's not great, Hopefully I'll frame them in about 6 months, or make a cushion cover using them. The thread colours were chosen by my fiancé and was initially for just the Dodo, but then I decided to make a Darwin as well to surprise him, just couldn't be bothered to buy new colours.

Comments and criticisms appreciated. Thanks for looking.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Dinosaur jumper and Darwin beard on: April 07, 2009 01:46:32 AM
For Christmas I made my fiancé this jumper of my own design (hence the inadequacies) out of chunky wool. He is a palaeontologist and requested the dinosaur skull motif. I looked for ages to find a nice basic men's jumper pattern, but I couldn't find any - men's jumper patterns seem stuck in the 1980s.

He got the Darwin beard for Valentines day as a joke, and loves it. It was also knitted without a pattern.

Hope you like them. Comments and criticisms appreciated.

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