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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pretty, pretty dress on: July 31, 2009 08:45:41 AM
I made my wedding dress for my elopement to NYC.  I was very happy with dress, and with the whole stress free wedding thing.  We basically had to get a license the day before and pick out a spot, then on the day of meet up with the photographer and then make our way to the spot to meet the officiant.  It was over and done with in no time and then we were on vacation for 4 days.  Awesomeness.  

Enough about how awesome eloping was, this is about the dress.

I used McCall's 4460.  The white fabric is $40 a yard (gasp!) silk duchess satin.  I stared at the fabric for so long before cutting into it.  So silky beautiful.  

I lengthened the skirt so it would fall below the knee.  I knew I didn't want a long dress, what with wandering the streets of NYC, so that's why I went with this pattern.  I wanted something strapless and simple.


The sash is from a different pattern (New Look 6773).  It's blue dupioni silk.  Note the sparkly blue shoes.  They made me so happy, but not so much my feet.  Had a big blister by the end which kind of sucked.

I would not really recommend the pattern.  There's no boning and you need a really snug fit in the bodice.  I made a muslin, but I somehow must have missed marking something because when I put the real dress together the first time, there was some serious bust gaping issues at the top.  Had to rip out a bunch of work (in silk, no less) and take it in.  At least I had to take it in, and not out, I guess.  That would have been a disaster.  Anyhow, the way they have you do the lining is terrible, so I would not recommend following the directions on that part, or really any of the directions.  It's simple enough you shouldn't need them, and they just complicate the situation.

I worked on this sucker forever and it really was a labor of love.  At one point, the zipper pull feel off (don't ask) and I thought all was lost, until super-hubby-to-be stepped up and got it back on.  Tis precisely why I married him.

Anyhow, I was quite happy with how it turned out and just wanted to share.

Pictures by this guy.

12  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Applique Eggplant Recycled Corduroy Zippered Pouch on: February 28, 2009 09:26:43 AM
I made this little zippered pouch for a friend who lives and works on an organic farm during the summer.  I figure if anyone is going to appreciate my vegetable art, this girl is it (she was also an art major in college).

I can't draw very well, so I found a coloring page of an eggplant to use as my base shape.  You would think that an eggplant is a simple enough shape to draw, but I can't even manage that.

Anyhow, I used some corduroy leftover from my stash from when I used to make corduroy inserts for pants.  I didn't realize how much I have.  I think I'm going to need to make a whole series of vegetable pouches to get through it.

I used a 6 inch zipper and the pouch probably measures about 6x5.  The eggplant is 3 inches from top to bottom.

I've only done appliques once or twice before, and this was the first time I attempted again in about two years.  I am very pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to drop it in the mail.

Applique close up:

For the inside lining, I used the same green fabric that was used on the eggplant:
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Look 6375 on: June 10, 2008 06:23:42 PM
I've been working on this dress here and there for the last couple of weekends.  I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out and couldn't wait to share.


Unfortunately I did not get a good picture of the back.

Here's the info:

Pattern: New Look 6375, view A
Fabric:  Cotton Gauze from JoAnn's
Size:  I made the size 14 according to my measurements.  Really, I'm probably right between a 12 and 14, and I totally could have gotten away with the 12 on this one.  Too many times I have chosen the smaller size and then ended up crying when I could barely zip it.
Time:  If you didn't keep f-ing it up like I did, it probably would have taken 2-3 hours of sewing time.  Instead I got real friendly with the seam ripper.  All total I put in the zipper 3 times because of the aforementioned sizing issue.
Comments: I wasn't a huge fan of the way they put the elastic in the back.  They had you sew it all the way across, which kind of took away some of it's elastic-ness.  That was definitely frustrating, because if the elastic had retained it's elasticity, I wouldn't have had to take the zipper out 2 freaking times.  Needless to say I would do it differently if I made it again.  Other than that, I couldn't complain about the pattern.  In fact, I'm thinking about making view E later in the summer because I really like the fit of the dress.

Also, I tried a couple of new techniques on this dress which could account for all the ripping.  I tried an invisible zipper for the first time, and did a blind hem on my machine instead of sewing it by hand like I normally do.  I am a fan of both new techniques and will definitely be using them from here on out.

I think it's pretty hot, especially with the red shoes.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: successful boyfriend sweater! no break up! on: February 20, 2007 06:24:23 AM
Your sweater is fabulous!  I have that book and would have never considered making that pattern until I saw yours.  Excellent work!
15  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: The Big Lebowski Swap on: July 27, 2006 08:19:52 AM
I would so be in for this one!

"He's a good doctor, and thorough."
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first messenger bag, total flower power! (3 pictures) on: July 20, 2006 11:51:48 AM
Awesome bag!  Bags with lots of pockets rule.

I love (and also have) that fabric.  I couldn't resist it when I found it on clearance at JoAnn's.  I went back a week later and they had it in orange.  It's the perfect material for bag making.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting terms, welcome for the non-knitters on: June 09, 2006 11:26:02 AM
Man - I didn't even think about the different sizes thing!  I'm knitting a hat and usually it's one size fits all - this one has 3 sizes.  I feel like such a moron but that makes so much sense.  Thank you!
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting terms, welcome for the non-knitters on: June 07, 2006 06:55:19 AM
Okay, I've been knitting for almost two years and I've never run across this before.  I am stumped.  I've googled, I've looked in my Knitting Answers book and I still can't figure it out.  I'm hoping someone here has run across it before!

K0[1, 0]. *K2tog. Repeat from * around

K1[1, 0]. *K2tog. Repeat from * around

K1[0, 0]. *K2tog. Repeat from * around

What the heck does K0 mean?  Is that a yarnover?  I'm so, so confused. 
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My t-shirt quilt made by my Mom on: May 23, 2006 12:36:43 PM
This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen!  Kudos to your Mom for making something so awesome for you.  I will definitely keep this in mind when I have kids of my own.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I Suddenly Remembered I Have a Sewing Machine in My Dorm Room. on: April 18, 2006 08:53:19 AM
Oh man, I love the late night bursts of sewing.  Great job on everything!

I too purchased the pink fabric on clearance at JoAnns.  I have grand plans for a dress, but not much time to sew.
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