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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Updates!! (Crafting up a storm for my wedding) on: March 12, 2012 12:57:55 PM
July 22.... Hello again, another update... I'm making progress on my wedding dress at last. Here's a pic!

I have to draft the skirt yet, this one is just draped to get a general idea. Also have to finish the veil of course. But apart from finishing details, the bodice is done and fits even better on me than on the dress-form. I even put in boning, a first for me. 

July 03.....
Yes, always one to leave things to the last minute, here I am with less than 60 days left and I am still working on very basic organization details of my wedding. However, I am making some progress on the dress, and I'd love some feedback on my design so far.

I originally was going to make a mock-up of the dress with an old sheet and some lace curtains, and then make the real one out of real lace and maybe some silk. Alas, I hate the only sewing store in town (has not a single piece of silk in the whole, large, place and everything is like $20 a yard), so I have decided it is more my style anyway to make my actual wedding dress out of that very same lace curtain and bed sheet! First off I dyed the sheet a pale, pinky-brown with tea, and I really like how it came out, especially in combination with the white lace.

So the dress is going to be tea-length, with three-quarter length lace sleeves and a lace overlay over the bodice, creating an illusion neckline. Details of the shape of the neckline are being hashed out--and I would like advice!! At the moment I have a scoop in the front and am playing with a deep V in the back. Underneath will be a simple sweetheart neckline. Here is the bodice draped on my dressform:

And on me (without the underlying strapless cotton bodice that will be there in the finished dress:

The extra seam in the middle is because this is just a practice version and it has been heavily modified.

What do you think? Should I go with the V back, or should I simply make a scoop like the front? How about the front neckline? Should it be a different shape? Square, boat, v? Also, I have yet to tackle the skirt. I am thinking it will be a six-panel skirt, fitted to the hip, then with a generous flare. Should I have a petticoat? Would LOVE advice, since I can't show it to my fiancee or it will spoil the fun!

Finally, because I am proud, here is how I made the patterns, and my first ever self-drafted paper patterns. Got the book at the library and read it cover to cover!


Hi Folks,
I've been stalking the clothing and wedding boards for a while now, getting inspiration for making my own wedding dress, and all kinds of other diy wedding things. I'm pretty blown away by everyone's talent!

So, I'm getting married on Aug 25th, which is--yikes--less than 6 months away! I am planning on making my own dress, a vest for my partner, and perhaps (if I feel ambitious) bridesmaids' dresses. Also, we are in the throes of making and sending out wedding invitations (about 90 of them). We're planning to decorate the town hall we're having dinner in, and roasting a pig for dinner. It's going to be fun!

So far I have made myself a duct tape dress form, and I'm in the process of trying to learn how to drape a bodice on it. Here is the dress form:
(let me know if that photo worked, I'm new here)

Today, I am printing my wedding invitations. It was a collaboration between me and my partner, who is a better artist than I am. We designed the invitation in postcard form together, then he carved the image into lino. After several modifications to get it to print properly, I relief-printed it onto marbled cardstock, that had the address for our website printed on the back. I'm super proud of how these came out. Here are some of them... more need to be printed:
Here is a closer look. I love the colours.

The image is based off a photo of us a friend took.

This is my assembly line. I used my rolling pin to roll over them to print the image nice and clearly.

We are going to mail them in envelopes with the addresses type-written on them with our old typewriter. I like the combination of low- and high-tech.
Thanks for looking. I'll post more once I have done more things...
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Race T-shirt Quilt on: January 16, 2012 01:14:41 PM
I made this quilt for my partner's Christmas present. It was a bit late, since I got overwhelmed by it and its problems before Christmas and gave up on it. Luckily, he gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, which inspired me to solve the problems and finish this quilt! It's made of all his running and cycling race T-shirts which he has collected over the years, and wanted to keep due to sentimental value, but never wore. So I looked up lots of designs for T-shirt quilts online, but found them mostly boring... just squares. So I made this pattern. It's my first quilt, so it was a learning experience, and to my eyes the flaws are pretty obvious, but apparently, not to my partner's. He and the dog both love it!
Here it is:

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