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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I plan to startle many fish with this dress.... on: May 01, 2011 02:09:15 PM
Hey, all! First, the dress:

And now, the backstory: I love Sea World, and I love sitting in the soak zone at Sea World. After all, there's nothing like a good refreshing gallon or two or whale-y saltwater to get the blood pumping. But I also tend to wear jeans. For those of you who have never worn water-logged blue jeans before, it's a lot like that recurring nightmare where you're being chased and you try to run but you're legs just won't move, even though you're trying as hard as you can, so even though you feel like you should be running, you end up just walking slowly. This is the bane of my existence. Well, that and when the restaurant gets pickle juice on my french fries, but that's neither here nor there.

The solution, of course, is to use a lightweight fabric and make a quick dry sun dress that, when completely soaked, would dry in less than half an hour and not leave me dripping wet for the rest of my day at Sea World. Pictured here in front of an ancient shark jaw (ooooh! aaaaah!):

So, since I just got a dress form from the bestest friend in the whole wide world, I decided to use it to make my first patternless dress. I went deep into the quilting fabrics section of Joanns (that's where all the good prints are!) and found a whole section of fish. Angel fish, clown fish, and finally, adorable sharks! Well, of course I had to get the multicolor sharks. The dress was pretty straight forward. The bodice is sewn like a 1950's bodice, with darting on the sides and below the bust, and the skirt has an inward pleat (is that even what you'd call that?) in the front, and an outward pleat in the back. The straps are actually just the scrap fabric from the sides of the skirt, which gives it this interesting fold in the back that looks a bit like a kimono (sadly, I didn't get a picture) and kind of a faux-sweetheart neckline. It works out nicely, I think.

And if you've been nice enough to read through this whole post, I'll reward you. Here's a picture of cuddling sea lions. Thanks for reading!!!

C&C always welcome!
12  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: rock our with your lady-Spock out! on: April 15, 2011 10:31:41 PM
Awesome! Did you put the science emblem in the badge? The gold binding is a great detail! Live long and prosper! ,\\//
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some Ruffly Goodness!! on: April 15, 2011 02:04:46 PM
WOW. Thanks for linking the tutorial! THAT IS AMAZING AND CUTE. Wowwwwwww
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mario Potted Plants! on: April 15, 2011 10:14:30 AM
Adorable! They look great.
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Step back into roughly the 30's (just dont look at the TV)*UPDATE*new vanity set on: April 14, 2011 02:22:46 PM
Love the vanity! I'm a vintage girl myself, and I need a space like that for my hoard of bobbypins, fingerwave clips, and vanishing powder, LOL! The quilt adds the perfect touch for the bed, too.

As a thought for the TV, have you ever thought of looking for an old hollowed-out 1930's radio? They go for cheap, and you could cut it open and make it an entertainment center, hide it when it's not in use...

All in all, I love that you've added a bit of 30's glamour to your life. After all, the thirties was about making things fabulous with a little bit of elbow grease, and judging by your perseverence through hard times and embracing a tragedy as a new opportunity, that's so you!
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Copy-cat RAWR! plushie for infant on: April 14, 2011 01:47:40 PM
Cute! I have a nanny friend who carries taggies with her everywhere, and she would love this! Well done! Is that a sea otter face? Cheesy
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: 30 Rock quote on: April 14, 2011 12:38:01 PM
Great quote, the simplicity seems to emphasize the quote itself. Very nicely done.
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: SSID & WEP KEY Sampler on: April 14, 2011 12:36:17 PM
THIS IS SO BRILLIANT IT SHOULD BE MADE INTO LAW!!!!!! Wow! I love it! Nice detailing with the houses too. Amazing.
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: My 1940's sweater! on: April 13, 2011 03:32:56 PM
I will wear Mickey ears all day long but phooey on them for looking at your funny.  Wink  I also love me some vintage so I'd probably end up wearing your outfit with the Mickey ears.  Cheesy

Hmmm... they do sell the 1955 style Mickey ears... This may be something we have to experiment with...
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nintendo DSi case or handbag for little ladies (lots of pics) on: April 13, 2011 02:48:56 PM
WOW! I love the fabric and the practicality of it
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