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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help with ambitious project on: January 21, 2016 01:51:30 PM
Hey everyone!

When it comes to sewing, I'm a novice. I've made a skirt and a dress for my kid, a handful of scarves and tote bags, and that's about it.

So I need a little guidance, because I'm ambitiously trying to make Effie Trinket's butterfly dress. My plan (to save on butterflies) is to make a base dress out of butterfly patterned fabric and only use fake butterflies for the shoulder/neck piece and the fascinator.

That said, how do I make a dress with the weird, stiff hips as shown in the picture? Is there a particular kind of fabric I should be using? How do I give it that shape???

Picture below for reference! Thanks!

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Alice in Wonderland Nursery on: September 29, 2014 02:03:15 PM
The hubs and I are expecting our first baby any day now, and we just finished her nursery! I'm so ridiculously pleased with how it turned out, that I wanted to share. The baby's nursery was originally hubby's office (sorry, studmuffin!). The walls were a really gnarly yellow, and we still had the original, nasty carpets that the previous owners had. Since our baby girl's name is Alice, we went with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Without further ado, pictuuuuures!

I had my heart set on doing a mural featuring the white rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, so I tried using a projector and just kinda tracing. White rabbit's hand ended up looking awfully phallic, and I finally caved and hired the wonderful Dagmar Vaught of Palette Play here in Atlanta.

{Yep, time to let the professional step in...}

And here's the final result!!!

My crafty contributions:
-Upholstered seat under the window.
-Gallery wall arrangement.
-Filled in the tree in the mural; originally it was just an outline, but I decided to fill it in with silver paint.
-Letters above her crib spelling out her name.
-Piece for the gallery wall:

And that's it! I'm super pleased with how everything turned out. Hopefully she'll enjoy the Alice in Wonderland theme for a few years.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Chuppah Help on: November 30, 2011 12:57:12 PM
*UPDATE*- He PROPOSED!!! Wedding's in September, so now I really have to buckle down and start working on this and many, many, many other wedding projects. Woohoooo!!!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Chuppah Help on: November 24, 2011 08:55:39 AM
Yes I was hoping for an outdoor wedding. I was thinking May (after the April showers, right?). June in Georgia starts getting a little hot. I will definitely make contingency plans in case Mother Nature decides to rain on my parade... or wedding, as it were.

I'm gonna hit the fabric stores this weekend and see what feels flowy and romantic. =D
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Chuppah Help on: November 21, 2011 08:39:08 PM
So many awesome suggestions! I'm just glad I have plenty of time to experiment. I can pretty much guarantee that there will be several failed attempts. As for Mother Nature... I'll have to come up with a contingency plan. Maybe if I anchor the whole thing down somehow...

Anyhoot. I'll be trying everybody's suggestions, maybe even combining them. I'll take pics of my progress and post them for further critique.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Chuppah Help on: November 21, 2011 08:40:02 AM
Fellow Craftsters, I need your help!

So I'm not actually engaged yet, but my bf has been dropping hints--I mean great big whopping hints--that an engagement is in our near future (complete with custom made ring, I hear). Now most of my wedding's been planned since I was about twelve. Yes, TWELVE. I was THAT kid. The one that clipped pretty pictures of weddings and hoarded them away, and daydreamed while I waited for my Prince Charming.

What I didn't account for, however, was that my Prince Charming would be Jewish. I'm only Jewish-ish. My dad's a non-practicing Jew, and I was raised Catholic. So I would love to have an interfaith ceremony thing, and I mentioned that to my man--let's call him Mr. Honey Badger, shall we? Well that's when Mr. Honey Badger told me about the Chuppah. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but my first thoughts were of Tzeitel's wedding in Fiddler on the Roof. So my vote was gonna be "NO" to the chuppah.

Then I stumbled on this yumminess online:

Is it not the most gorgeous chuppah-thingie you ever did see? I'm not crazy about the chandelier, but everything else... The fabric, the shape of it as it drapes down... -sigh- It just SCREAMS romance.

As a DIY girlie, it would really pain me to pay full price for a chuppah. Especially since I'm planning on splurging on the venue, catering, dress, and open bar. So this is where I ask for any suggestions on how to make this beautiful chuppah a reality, and an inexpensive one at that. All the online tutorials I've found are for very basic chuppahs. I need ideas for the underlying structure, as well as fabric suggestions.

I'm counting on you, fellow DIY'ers!!!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Pit bull tree ornaments on: November 20, 2011 05:45:38 PM
AHHHH! So cuuuute! The blue and white one looks JUST LIKE my pit bull Leeloo!

Not the best shot of her, but you get the idea. Love the ornaments!!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Portal Nook Sleeve on: September 21, 2011 05:20:32 PM
Awesome!!! My boyfriend loves Portal, and his birthday is coming up. Totally stealing this idea. And tweaking it, cuz he doesn't have a nook.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 58 ENTRIES / Re: Harry Potter inspired "The Burrows" or the Weasley Home on: January 04, 2011 04:57:58 PM
Squee!!! I love this! It turned out great.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Neytiri from Avatar on: November 07, 2010 02:47:25 PM
Besides the fact that you are AWESOME, damn are you brave.  And I would not have applied "poor guy" to the asshat that tried to sneak a peek. 

Haha. Thanks!! It was a blast being blue for a  night. And I dunno...after security and my cop buddies were through with him, I kinda felt sorry for the guy. Just the teeniest tiniest bit.
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