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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My DIY 50's style Wedding Dress is done!!!! (UPDATE: I have wedding photos!) on: August 18, 2009 04:51:48 PM

I'm soooo excited! I finished my wedding dress last night and I absolutely LOVE it! It's a fifties style party dress, with my own flair of course. I didn't get a photo of it but it's got a multi colored petticoat under it too.

Here is the in progress craftster post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270998.10
And the in progress post from my blog: http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/05/great-wedding-dress-project/

I am so excited for the wedding! It's in 4 days, yikes!

Check out the post on my blog for full details but here are some more photos: http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/08/our-wedding-the-dress/

Heres the back. It normally closes all the way, but my dress form is bigger than me now. Thats a good thing!

The sash was one of the last things I made yesterday. The dress just wouldnt be complete without a nice big bow!

Oh and here is the veil I made last night:

I've got a tutorial for the veil written up on my blog here: http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/08/our-wedding-i-made-a-veil-with-a-quick-how-to/

Sorry for all the links. its easier that re-typing everything. And with a wedding coming up in 4 days, I need all the time i can get!! I cannot wait for the big day!!!!

Update!! I'm Married!

The wedding was AMAZING! The dress was a success and I am proud to say I was happily married in it on August 22! We just got our photos back from the photographer and I am so in love with them.

Here's a few that show of the dress well:

I've got part one of the full wedding write up on my blog: http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/09/our-wedding-part-1-pre-ceremony/

There was DIY Galore! I'll have to make a full craftster post on all the DIY!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mustache on a stick! Tutorial! on: August 17, 2009 08:52:44 AM
Hey craftsters!! Our wedding is coming up in just 5 days! I am so excited! I'm finish the wedding dress up today. (hahah, last minute, I know) I'll post pictures about that soon. SOOO I wanted to share a tutorial for the mustaches on  a stick I am making for the reception. They are great for pictures and we are also having a photo booth.

MY Website has the templates to download.  Click here to check it out: http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/08/our-wedding-how-to-make-a-mustache-on-a-stick/ There's more photos there too!

Craft felt (two sheets make about 3-5 staches)
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
Craft dowels (we used the 1/4″ size)
Mustachio Template (Click here to get it: http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/08/our-wedding-how-to-make-a-mustache-on-a-stick/)

1. Cut your stache
You need two layers of each mustache for each stick. You can use the templates I created (can you spot the Mario stache?) or just freehand it.

2. Get gluing
Line up your layers and start gluing with hot glue between the two layers about halfway through the mustache. In order to get the felt really stiff, I made sure to use a lot of glue so that it covered the entire shape, not just the edges.

3. Stick it
Insert the stick on the side of the mustache, making sure to glue both sides of the stick to the felt. Finish up applying glue to the rest of the mustache and you are good to go! You can even tie on a ribbon to coordinate with your wedding colors.

4. Take funny photos!
The mustache-on-a-stick makes for hilariously dignified photographs. The shots below are from the test run of the Photobooth we are putting together for the wedding. (Sorry they are slightly indecent). Have fun!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / (Update! 8/18) '50s Style Wedding Dress Help! :) (and crafty tips for you!) on: September 28, 2008 02:56:11 PM
I was browsing the internet shortly after getting engaged when I came across this image:


Here's another pic i found of it:

aaaaand I'm in love! I really love the tea-length 50s style shape and am determined to have this as by wedding gown! Soooo I have been researching ways to re-create this look. I've found a lot of good resources for making this reality

Some Info on making the petticoat: (I want it to have tons of poof!)
I also read to get a pattern for square-dancing petticoats, because they are similar to the full 50s ones.

Great looking tut for how to make the circle skirt:

I love these skirts these lovely craftsters made:

 Huh Huh Huh Soooo, what I REAAAALLY need help with is the top part. I really like the way the boob part is gathered and crosses in front of itself.

Does anyone know how I can create the ruching like that and still make the correct form fitting shape? Ay suggesttions would be GREAT as I have no idea where to begin.


UPDATE! It's coming along!!

I posted my first attempt a bit ago when I was struggling with the top part:

Well, I still am struggling but...I was looking at it and thought something was off about the skirt part. It didnt look at all like i was imagining. I wanted the skirt to be gathered. SOOOO...I researched vintage patterns online and realized it would be WAY easier than I thought!

Before, I was making a circle skirt with 3 pieces that looked like this:

I sewed them together on the straight sides. Looked funny...see pic above. THEN I found this pattern:

Look at the skirt pattern piece! A rectangle! duh, so simple. So my fabric for the new skirt looked something like this:

a loooooooong rectangle. all I had to do was gather it at the waist. PLUS I discovered a REALLY EASY WAY OF GATHERING. As illustrated in the photo above, I used the widest zig zag stitch and stitched over a piece of string along the entire waist. The you just pull the fabric along the string to get something like that last picture. EASY! (I failed doing it the hard way first...lame)

SOOO...I ended up coming out with something looking like this:

I looks so much more like what i want! (I also used a cute fabric for practice cause it was in the $1.50/yd clearance at walmart! score! I might actually wear this!)

I also learned that you need a LOT of fabric for this. You cant tell but the dress form is bare in the behind. For this one i used 4 times my waist measurement, so i'll probly use at least 6 times maybe even more. Anyone know of a magic formula for gathering?

More updates to come! I'm making a new petticoat soon for practice, but the real one will be MULTICOLORED! YAY! See my inspiration:  

Which comes my next dilemma: Should i use tulle or search for some multicolored netting? Do you think tulle will be enough? I was thinking like 6 or 7 tulle petticoats each a different color.

It's done!!!

Here's the finished piece. I loOOOoove it!! I've got a full post here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317727.msg3660096#msg3660096

I've also got a post on my blog: http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/08/our-wedding-the-dress/

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I made a cute battery bag! on: August 22, 2008 03:15:52 PM
This is my first project post everyone!!!! I have been looking at craftster for YEARS and never posted anything!

I'm a photographer and I use lots of rechargeable batteries for my flashes...

I was getting tired of the rechargeable batteries I use for my flash sitting strewn at the bottom of a compartment in my photo bag. Plus I was always losing track of which ones I had used up and which ones were good to go. So late last night I made myself a fancy battery bag!

The green side is for charged batteries and the pink side is for the used ones. It's not my best handiwork, but it was about one or two in the morning. Version 2.0 will be much better. I would have preferred Velcro or snaps as opposed to buttons for easier access, but buttons were what I had. I still think it is pretty cute!

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