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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress details fresh eyes needed new pics 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
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Crafting AT the wedding? on: July 03, 2009 10:21:30 AM
I am pretty sure there have been some posts on this subject, but I am interested in ideas things that people can do at the weddings. From coloring or something more(?) for children to craft activities for adults. What would they be? For the guests to take home? Or as an alternative to a guest book. Or of course any other ideas...

13  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Silk...dye...neckties 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.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Ties and dyeing 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!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Secret Password on: June 17, 2009 08:02:14 PM
To keep things interesting instead of putting
for more information visit our website www.website.com
I wrote for the secret password and more info visit our webiste

Which means, yes, now I need a secret password. This is all purely for my amusement. I said something like "you know wear a red carnation in your lapel, like Guys and Dolls". So I need a password, maybe come prepared to tell a joke. Wear something. Not that any one will do it, but it would be fun to see who came with a red carnation...or whatever. Any ideas?
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / People who have sent post cards on: June 13, 2009 06:03:33 PM
We are having an argument about formatting post cards.

This is for the RSVP cards. So we will be sending the card in an envelope and then asking people to send it back as a post card. He is trying to be extra perfect in formatting. There is a "picture" side and then the back has the RSVP/how many are coming  and our address

(the address and nothing else goes here)
(this needs to move because of the bar code) etc.

I am trying to tell him that it doesn't really matter. If the barcode covers that up, that is fine, because the post card is coming back to us and what the barcode would cover up, doesn't matter to us.

We sent post card save the dates that was formatted like a letter the "picture" side was SAVE THE DATE..... and the back side was like a letter.


Me and him
Our address
                Family and friends
                Their address
So, we followed the rules and when we went to his sisters and saw they had gotten the card the post office had put the barcode on the "picture" side. So I don't think the barcode is really important.

If you sent post cards did you strictly follow the rules? The post card address should have a 1/2" margin on the right hand side and the address and ONLY the address should be in the
2 1/2" before that right side margin?

Did it matter if you address looked like
YOUR NAME                   
STREET ADDRESS                         
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Invitations Creative Writers needed! on: May 27, 2009 10:33:49 PM
So, the paper came to make our invitations. And then I thought Oh crap I should have been "writing" the invitations before they came.

Ah well, anyway the thing is I need some wording, not formal and not too "as we join together and start on a new journey together". You see the thing is that we have been together for quite some time, so that seems a little silly.

I want something fun and that can make fun of the fact that this is kind of an un-event.
I have been telling people not to worry about the planning because "we have a place, so something will happen".

So my start was something like:

Join us to share our joy and support our love
as ME and HIM
do something that will most likely be something like a wedding

Date location etc

Immediately following something else will happen
Home brewed beer, fresh roasted coffee and hopefully some food.


There is a couple (ME and HIM)
A time, date and place (time date and place)
Join us for something

And then something else


something that includes a phrase like "as we get around to doing it" a bad phrase I know, but that is why I need help

His has been the best so far with something like

After nine years we realize that this should have happened seven years ago
Apparently we missed a step along the way
Help us get this thing done
Date time place
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Puzzles, games, us...ideas? on: May 24, 2009 12:18:41 PM
I am getting married this summer. It will be a casual outdoor affair, relaxed picnic.

One idea I had was to have crossword or other puzzles on each table so guests could have something to do with the other people at the table while waiting or whatever. I had also thought about little "ice breaker" games or something to get the table to be interactive and learn about each other, or something fun having do do with us. So if anyone has good ideas on that, I would love to hear them.

More recently I was thinking about how we have been together for nine years. Yes, we are getting married after nine years of being together and close to eight(?) years living together minus some summers. We have been together longer than--I can't figure out how to phrase it properly, but we have been together and seen people start dating and get married. So the whole wedding is anti-climactic in a way. It is not "the beginning of our lives together". So I thought it would be funny to do something that picks out events that have happened over the near decade we have already been together. I don't really mean events in our journey. But more like music that was popular when we first started dating and stuff like that. Maybe the first computer we bought? and that it had a CD burner in it? What are things that have changed? Music, technology... And what would you do with this? How would you take it to something you could share with the guest? Just a poster board and a time line? Is there anything else you could do?
19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / The thing that catches scraps on a serger on: April 23, 2009 09:02:57 PM
What is the thing that catches scraps on a serger called? And can I get a replacement one?

20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sweater type projects 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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