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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My First Attempt at Medieval (and entirely by hand) on: December 20, 2007 05:24:36 PM
The eyelets will definitely hold up that way, I always prefer it when I have time.  I have another variation on it when I know it needs to be laced/unlaced FAST.  I buy these little plastic circles in the plumbing department of the hardware store whose actual purpose eludes me.  They're only about 1/4 inch in diameter, and are very thin.  I push the hole open with the awl, then stitch around the whole thing with embroidery thread, covering up the circle on the inside.  The hole stays stiff and open, which is a benefit if you're lacing it quickly.  I'm probably the only person who does it, tho. 
I did this pattern once before, and the hem was ridiculous.  I can't imagine doing the whole thing by hand.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My crafty autumn wedding--now laden w/pics! on: October 15, 2007 06:01:55 PM
How pretty! I especially LOVE you necklace! Did you make it?
Nope, these awesome folks provided all the jewlery and tons of advice selecting it--me and the bridesmaids had coordinating, but not matching pieces, and it worked really well. 
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / My fabulous autumn wedding--now laden w/pics! on: October 07, 2007 03:55:50 PM
I finally have some more pics of my wedding awesomeness to share, and hope there will be more later.
My wedding was Sept 15th in gorgeous Gettysburg, Pa.  It was great working our personalities into the wedding.  Please share comments!
My ultimate craftiness was my wedding dress!  (warning:  if you hate overly descriptive seamstress stuff, stop reading here)  My foundation garment was a reconstruction late 1800s corset and a 9 layer sateen cotton petticoat for poof. The dress itself is an off shoulder gown with an A-line skirt made from duppoini silk and lined and underlined with a peachy pink for a little color.  The back of the skirt splits open in the back and is filled with gathered and draped silk chiffon in an off-white.  The back laces up with a sash of chiffon, with a hidden zipper constructed behind the lacing panels.  The drop waisted top is lined with more pink cotton sateen and underlined with the same duppoini as the skirt.  The sleeve is also chiffon, double layered and fairly tight fitting to the mid arm, then flaring into a flounce.  I then took gathered bias strips of chiffon and created a ruched layer that faux wrapped across the bust and contoured to the body.  Oh yeah, and everywhere there was chiffon, I buried close to 600 Swavroski crystals in a variety light shades of amber, green, gold and clear.
*deep breath*  So here's how it ended up looking, with my daddy walking me down the aisle. (now, in color!)

You can see the back of the dress really well here.  We had the wedding in historical Gettysburg Pa, a sort of faux destination wedding for historical buffs like Brian and I.  The church was Christ Lutheran, a gorgeous church with some of the most helpful people.  It was used as a Union hospital during the battle of Gettysburg.

A dressform pic of the dress front.  (All the dress form pics turned out weird because the form just doesn't have arms, so the tension that should be across the top just doesn't exist, making it look weirdly droopy.  I also hadn't pressed the bottom when I took this, so it's probably a bad pic to show, but you CAN see some of the crystals on this one!)

My corset, front and back.  The outside is the same silk as the skirt, and it's underlined in the same fabric.  More dressform shenanigans, my form lacks good boobies, so I have it stuffed with fabric.  Mom says for the amount of work that went into it, SOMEONE needs to see it.

In addition to my own gown my grandmother and I supplimented David's bridal bridesmaids seperates in copper and expresso with green pieces of our own creation.  Here you can sort of see the lot of us, standing out in the battlefield at Gettysburg for some of the most awesome wedding pictures I've seen.  (don't ask what it took to get us up on that rock)

And one from inside the church.

Oh, and I sooooo didn't make this, but here's the kick ass boots I wore under the dress.  (by popular request I found them, in all places, in a Newport News catalogue.  They predate the dress, actually, I was flipping through the catalogue at a friend's house, and saw them.  It was a total "whoa" moment.  Thankfully, they went perfectly with the fabric I picked out.)

The boutonnieres I made for the groomsmen, my dad and my grandad.  They are wheat, dried flowers, and this awesome metallic fabric that photographed quite strangely.  It was more copper in real life.

My cake topper was also a great bit of craftiness.  The base was copper roses, which are sold at our Renaissance faire.  Onto that base, I worked dried flowers, wheat, nuts, and autumn leaves.  I gave more of the loose dried plants to the baker for the bottom tier, with this AWESOME result.  (It was also really delicious and filled with rasberry mousse, yum!)

About a week before the wedding, I realized I had no table numbers.  So a quick trip to the craft store, and I had a stick on a base, both painted green, with a copper number (or letter, I had tables A-F) on top.  I coated the numbers in glue, and rolled them in tiny glass marbles in copper and clear colors.  They were really sparkly and nifty.

I have a few more things I want to share, so this may end up more updated later.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Flowers for a green and brown wedding? Plus pics of centerpiece and dress pics. on: September 13, 2007 05:38:49 PM
My brown and green (and copper) wedding is in two days, I'll post pics afterwards
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Postponed dangit! Need hot ideas!! on: July 16, 2007 10:00:11 AM
I love the Bing Crosby White Christmas idea!  I'm starting to get wedding jealousy!
What about a walk of stars done on paper set outside with members of the wedding party?
Candy buffet, set up on a glass case, maybe?
Popcorn has to be somewhere (bonus, it's cheap)
What about vellum print outs of famous old timey stars, possibly backlit?  (bonus if you work Theda Bara in there, she's the best)

Although, if you want real, vintage film, I'm afraid it will not be cheap.  Dad wanted a display for wedding shows with film outlining his sign, and I just couldn't find it for a reasonable cost.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My ideas so far, and opinions? TOO many pics! on: July 16, 2007 09:50:09 AM
The way your back opens is actually sort of reminiscent of my dress, only I have gathered chiffon instead of tulle.  It's more of a victorian feel to it than what you have.
When I finish it, I'll post pictures and you'll see what I mean.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: September '08 ideas please!!! on: July 12, 2007 01:25:17 PM
Let me get back to you after my September '07 wedding.... lol!
 Roll Eyes
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Quick! Guestbook change-a-roo on: July 11, 2007 09:49:05 AM
For my wedding, I bought a copper silk scrapbook and sage green cardstock.  My plan was to print the cardstock with pages I designed with fill in the blanks like "I have known the bride since" "my biggest piece of advice to the couple is" "my happiest memory of the couple is"... that sort of thing.  I designed the pages with blank spots I was then going to stamp with different designs.  Presto, guest book I actually want to read!
So I mention this to my mom who then proceeds to get really sheepish and pull out the guestbook she bought for the wedding shower.  It's a storebought copper silk cover, much much more elaborate than the streamlined one I had bought.  Inside, two columns, one for the list of attendees, one for "happy memories and special thoughts"  Pretty much, it's the premade version of exactly what I did.
Now I found out mom's close friend is doing my wedding shower, and she works as a professional party planner, so this is a big thing for her.  It's ending up a lot that my simple, laid back wedding is starting to pale in comparison with the elaborate plans that people keep leaking to me about my wedding shower.  I know its not my deal what the shower is, but I saw the sample piece (you know, the one they send out to show you the design that has Mr and Mrs John Doe on it) of my invite and it's nicer than my wedding invite.  I'm actually starting to worry folks will say "nice wedding, but the shower was so much nicer". 
So, to psychologically help me, I want to bump up my guest book.  I know it's a stupid little thing, but not having the two guest books be the same will help me mentally seperate myself from the shower.  So, how do I take the guest book to the next level?  Or should I scrap it and start over???  If so, then what should I do?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / No rice, no rose petals, no nothin' on: June 15, 2007 08:24:07 PM
The church we have for the wedding is gorgeous nd historic, but has a laundry list of rules, including no rice, flower petals etc are to be on the front steps, and no bubbles.
I'm alright with just walking out (to thunderous applause, of course) but my guy would like something added.  I know I did a wedding where everyone rang bells, and there was some historical reference, but I'm coming up empty handed on figuring out what it was.  So while I'm appealed to the thought of bells with historical notes tied to them with nice thick ribbon, there's part of me that thinks it's a waste of money.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Are wedding photographers REALLY this expensive!?!?! on: June 04, 2007 08:29:31 PM
My dad is a videographer, which is sort of but not really the same.
As far as the cost, I know that when footage goes to the editor, you generally allot 2x the original footage time for editing.  So if the film has 9 hours of footage (easy to do, even with a one camera shooting), that's 18 hours of editing.  So, figure that the cameraman spends 9 hours, plus travel time, and you're looking at 27 hours of fairly involved, talented labor.  We wouldn't pay our people less than $20 an hour.  Add on gas for travel, the time of production, stipend for equipment wear and tear, the actual we pay, (the master tapes we use cost us $75, for instance)...  you get the idea.
Our cheapest packages are about $1000, and dad gets a lot of sticker shock, but honestly there's little profit involved in those packages.
The worst moments are when dad finds himself re-editing bad footage that someone's uncle shot them for free, or trying to restore footage from the bargin basement place (three times people have brought us a tape where no light was used, and they never use a mic.  The ceremony ends up an hour of murkiness with muffled background noise)
Obviously, my videographer is covered. Smiley  I'm having someone I know do my photography for the output cost in exchange for some publicity.  He's a photojournalistic style.  I was looking at a student who was going to do it at cost in exchange for sewing a formal gown, but that fell through.  Ask around.  There's deals to be made, if you can bargain and network.
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