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11  Dress details fresh eyes needed new pics in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by hoxierice on: July 12, 2009 03:50:00 PM
I am making a dress, a wedding dress and yes it is purple. Anyway it looks like I didn't take a picture of just the dress, but here is my drawing...It is a basic princess line dress.

Then I started to become worried that it was too simple, the wedding is informal and outside, but maybe a little more "fancy". So I wanted to add a cowl neck drape thing. After lots of work here is what I came up with. I like it but what do you think?

I was also thinking about the drape falling off the back shoulders sort of like this

Or do I lower the back of the dress and have it drape down the back?

The other think I was thinking of to make it more...something was to add godets to the skirt. Or do I just need to leave it alone and let it be?

Thanks! New photos below
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12  Silk...dye...neckties in Dyeing: Completed Projects by hoxierice on: June 29, 2009 12:12:59 PM
Well, for the ties check out This post

Anyway I have always wanted to dye ties and here was my opportunity. I started out with some tests of processes and colors. I have done pole shibori in the past and thought that would be fun for ties, but I was worried about the time it takes to wrap. So I had thought about doing some salt effects, because they looked really cool in the book. However, after much playing I wasn't really sure I liked doing it.

Sometimes they came out really cool, and sometimes not so much.

Like the second photo, I stretched the silk over the frame, I dyed the silk blue to begin then used spray bottles with purples sprayed the silk then added the salt. I did this in the hot sun and the silk was drying too fast. So the top section I sprayed again with the salt already on the silk and I like the way that turned out.

Finally I did another test with low water immersion dyeing. I liked that alot, but I haven't gotten to doing an actual project.

So the funny thing I found out was that the effects I like the most are the easiest. Low water immersion, pole wraping (a bit time consuming, but easy) and spray bottles. No stretching the silk and all these techniques are pretty contained. That is to say, can take place in a pot.
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13  Ties and dyeing in Weddings and Bridal Showers by hoxierice on: June 27, 2009 04:44:38 PM
First of all, how do people post their wedding projects? I mean there are lots of "whosy-whoses wedding crafts repository". Should I start one or just post my projects as I want to? I don't have whole bunches of projects to share at the moment.

Anyway, I spent the last two days working on dyeing ties. I have wanted to do it for years and now is my chance.

Our wedding colors turned out to be purple and green. Oddly enough my favorite color is purple and his is green! So I thought about a green tie, (didn't want to force him to wear a purple one Wink)

A picture with my dress (which I am in the process of building)

After all that I dipped the tie one more time because it was still to BRIGHT, for the dress, for the suit

And two more ties, the first is pole wrapped (like the green one) the second one has salt effects


More to come and I have some tests from the dying that I will share. Let me just say OH MY GOD! Too much futzing for me! (Trying to make colors go with my dress etc.) I just like trying it and seeing what happens. As long as you have colors you know will work together, not like red and green, but red and blue, or shades of blue, shades of blue and green. Then you just do it and it is done!
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14  Sweater type projects in Knitting: Completed Projects by hoxierice on: March 25, 2009 11:39:42 AM
For Christmas I wanted to make my brother Mangyle from Knitty. Well it took forever and finding the colors was a problem. So I finally gave him a link to some yarn colors and asked him what colors he liked (without telling him what they were for).

Well, the Christmas gift became a birthday gift, as I finished in February. There were times when I was making it where I wasn't very happy with it, but once it was done, I was really happy! (Yes, my pictures are on a girl dress form, and they are very girly colors, but what can I say, I didn't pick the colors!) Made in KnitPicks Swish DK

The second thing I just finished is Snow White. I really liked the pattern, but I am not 100% happy with the result. I used Elann Insence, because I had it. I think I should have tried to fine the correct weight yarn. The sweater looks a little silly on the dress form because of the lack of arms. I do want to make another one, and one for a friend (I think it would look really good on her).

Now, I am am wanting to work on a cardigan. I have lots of ideas, but haven't started.
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15  Apron Wedding Gift in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by hoxierice on: March 25, 2009 11:22:53 AM
I finally finished these aprons for my cousin's wedding. (Only a month after the wedding).

There registry had a bunch of cooking/kitchen supplies, so I thought I would make them aprons. There wedding had an animal theme so I found these bird fabric panel things.

Now, I am just waiting for some batting to make matching pot-holder/oven mitts.

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16  Re: Make Me A Reusable Shopping Bag Swap Round 2 - The Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: March 21, 2009 11:06:52 AM
Here is the bag I received from jukebox. I really like the size and shape. And the colors it is so springy. There are four pieces two side pieces with handle and two strips that go from one side across the bottom to the other. The fabrics are a green print and yellow solid. Yeah, I am not good at setting up pictures. I also received some cute magnets. My fridge is almost all covered in craftster magnets!

Thanks jukebox it looks sturdy, which is good because we just busted a store bought reusable bag.
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17  Invitations..Save the Dates...The beginnings in Weddings and Bridal Showers by hoxierice on: March 14, 2009 07:50:55 PM
I was having some fun putting together some stuff. This is what I made with my maid of honor. After we did this I went and got a paper sample pack, to look at papers and colors. Because it wouldn't be my wedding without lots of color. We got a clip art book of art nouveau images.

The wedding is in the summer, outside and I don't know what these "say", but it will be kind of elegant, casual, afternoon garden party. Whatever that means.

These are the ones that have gotten the OK from the man

I made these ones because they are fun. I really like the painting lady, and the naked lady in the roses! Moh said we could use that for a bridal shower for fun. There is also one of a woman kissing a fish. Well, not kissing, but looking lovingly at a fish. I really like it, because it is funny.

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18  Brides-maid-of-honor dress--the beginnings in Weddings and Bridal Showers by hoxierice on: February 15, 2009 11:10:25 AM
I will be making my wedding dress and my bridesmaid dress. I only have one attendant so I wanted to do something for her. Right now I can show off the fabric and the mockup of her dress. The fabric for my dress isn't in my hands right now so I can't take a picture of it and oddly I forgot to take pictures of just me in my mockup, but I can do that on a dress form.

Anyway I asked my sister-equivalent to be my attendant and said I wanted to make her dress. I didn't care hardly at all what kind of dress she wanted since there is only one attendant and I want it to be a dress that she will like. I am of the opinion that I know what looks good on me and she knows what looks good on her.

After talking and then looking in her closet at her other dresses we came up with a design. It should be noted that while I have the skills to pattern a dress from scratch I didn't want that added pressure so I used a pattern. Actually I used several. She liked the overlapping and pleated bust from McCalls 5652 but I thought the body needed to be more fitted for a "dressier" look so I found Vogue 8488 which had the same under the bust seam and flow-y feel but a nice shape and fit. (Yes, she is skinny). Then I added a wider strap that is gathered to the front and back bodice.

I know it is muslin and hard to see the details, but I am very excited. Here is my sketch, combining the pattern elements

I went up in January to have this fitting then we and our mothers decided to go the fabric store to look at fabric. Amazingly we found fabric and bought it! Here is the fabric for her dress. It will have two layers a printed silk chiffon (that is very see through, hence the 2nd layer) and a cotton/silk sateen. We spent a lot of time in the fabric store putting the chiffon over fabrics to see what gave us the best look. In the picture the sateen looks more blueish, but in real life it is more purple-ish.

The underlayer

The chiffon print

The two together

My dress soon! And the final dresses when I finish them.

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19  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by hoxierice on: August 03, 2008 10:42:34 AM
I don't know yet what is going to be crafty about my wedding. I don't even have date or a place yet. I sure hope that changes soon! We wont really be "engaged" until there is a date and a location, because basically we are already "married".

So first crafty thing...find a location!

Some other things on my list of desires of what I want to craft.

My wedding dress. Yes, I do know what I am doing I even have some inspiration and while I CAN draft my own patterns, I am not going to, but find a similar pattern and work from there.
I really, really wanted a beautiful bias cut dress like this but decided against it, too much potential trauma. So I went back to a dress I love

The dress I wore for my High School graduation. I bought it at a consignment shop, it is home sewn! So from this dress I want to take the princess lines, the circumference at the hem and the lace overlay. Modifications will be the neckline, maybe a cowl-drape-thing, and a low back to simulate the look of those bias cut dresses--maybe I haven't decided because a low back means bra problems.

The other things I am thinking of:
Offering to make my 1 bridesmaid dress--if what she wants is doable. Looking at jcrew dresses a lot of them are easy
Making dresses for the flower girls. Again little girl dresses are easy.
Dyeing scarves/shawls for the women (parents, bridal party etc) and ties for the men. But I don't know if they will be wearing ties...

More to come!
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20  Re: The Gorgeous Choker Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by hoxierice on: August 01, 2008 12:36:17 PM
I got an awesome package yesterday!

First the choker and earrings

And a cute little patchwork-y bag!

Another thing I would like to say is that this all came in a very nice package, wrapping and everything. While I do consider myself a good crafter one thing I am not good at is presentation. So I hope my partner will forgive me for just sending my choker without the nice presentation.
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