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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Please tell me your opinions.... UPDATE: new look taking in some of your ideas on: May 20, 2010 09:44:09 AM
ok, so, somehow, I developed the idea that I wanted to make my wedding bouquet and my bridesmaid's bouquets (much to my mother's concern). Maybe it's to do with the fact we don't have much money, and flowers are expensive and don't last, and maybe it's just my creative side coming out.

So I did lots of internet researching for making flowers. Originally I thought paper flowers would be cool, but then I remembered that it always rains in Manchester, so they might end up dying quicker than real ones!

Then I found a tutorial for kanzashi flowers. I liked them and they weren't hard to make. I originally thought that I'd just add green gardening wire for the stems. That is until I found this website http://thegloss.com/fashion/your-green-wedding-fabric-bridal-bouquets/?utm_source=splendicity&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=b5hubs_migration and I was inspired.

This is a prototype... The flowers aren't stuck on yet, just balancing! I've got 10 flowers in this bouquet, which might be enough for one. I've made 50 flowers, and I have 5 bridesmaids, so I should probably make a few more.

Please let me know your thoughts and opinions, comments and concerns, worries and criticisms...!


Some of you said to add different flowers. So I added some I'd made at the beginning when I was trying out flower designs. These ones, yes, are frayed, very frayed in fact, but I think it looks like stamen, like a lily or something. (If you want to know the tutorial let me know - my bookmarks are full of flower tutorials, might take me a while to find!). Do you think it looks better? Do you think it looks more "alive"?!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / UPDATED! home made wedding bouquet - any advice please? on: March 13, 2010 09:56:43 PM
I really wanna make my own bouquet for our wedding. I love the idea of sewing them and making them from fabric (though my Mum thinks it's a little crazy) and I've been searching for flowers and made a few, I just need a little help in knowing how to attach them to stems.
I could use those florist wire stems, or I've seen some on the internet that use sticks and twigs for the stems. Firstly, I don't know which to use, whether one would be easier to make in to a bouquet or look better. But secondly, I don't know how to attach them. Has any one got any experience of this, or any one any ideas as to how to attach them? Any help would be great! Thanks!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New bag from old jeans on: March 13, 2010 02:11:30 AM
I had to finally give up on my favourite pair of jeans since they kept getting holes and I'd sew them up and they'd make new ones Sad
So, I made it into a bag along with some other fabric that I wasn't sure I liked but was urged into buying.
It's not perfect as I am very new to sewing and the sewing is wobbly, but I use it!
Here's the front (or the back):

And here's the back (or the front!):

And this one shows the lining:
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sleeveless hoodie from oversized hoodie on: March 13, 2010 02:05:14 AM
So, I was inspired by this kimono-hoodie https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177160.80 and wanted to make one kind of similar but a bit different, so I went and bought a 2nd hand oversized hoodie. Then i drew round a t-shirt to make a pattern and cut it out on the hoodie. Then sewed it together and added a hoodie and voila. It wasn't quite as I'd wanted because I wanted a zip down the side, but there wasn't enough fabric, but I still like how it turned  out. Here it is:

(sorry its taken in the bathroom - I don't have a mirror in my bedroom!)
and the detail:

And the hoodie before:

And with the leftovers I made a porcupine pincushion from http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/02/porcupine-pin-cushion.html though I think it looks more like a dinosaur!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Long pixie skirt... first ever skirt! on: January 17, 2010 11:49:16 PM
I saw people on here making circle skirts so I looked it up and found out about pixie skirts and decided to make one from http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/circ.htm! I bought the fabric for a jd a metre. I couldn't make a big square with circle in the middle because I wanted it to be long and the fabric wasn't big enough so I had to make it in 4 parts, which is why it took so long, because I'm studying abroad for a year and I don't have a sewing machine so it was all hand sewn! I'm also very new to sewing, and zips are confusing!. It's a bit messy on the inside but I couldn't wait to wear it yesterday! Here it is:
The front:

and the back:

Hope to hear what you think!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Newbie to sewing! on: January 08, 2010 11:53:32 AM
So for some reason, Spring last year, I decided I should learn to sew. So I decided that come summer, I would start learning. I made 3 tops this summer, and they're all hand sewn, so probably not very strong, but I don't have a sewing machine.... yet!
Anyway, here are the tops. Let me know what you think. Btw, thanks for all the ideas I've got from these forums, they're fantastic, and make me dream far beyond my ability!

This one was the first, made from http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=791 It looks better on, but unfortunately I don't have picture! My mum found lots of my Grandma's old fabric in the attic so I experimented with it all, which is lots of fun.

This is the 2nd. I just kind of drew a pattern off the first top I made. Again, it looks better on, but I'm not in the same country to take one! It's a bit gapey at the front if I bend over, so I think when I get back to the UK, I will try and amend that somehow! Any ideas?!

And this is the final one. This is actually made out of a curtain. Not kidding. It must have been a small window though. All I literally did, was fold it in half, cut a head hole, cut down the sides and sew it up! It was great as well because I only had to hem the neckline! (Though I did add an extra strip on the bottom, that I'd cut from the sides to make it a little longer). I think this is my favourite!

Thanks for looking!
I can't believe how much fun sewing clothes is!
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