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31  Re: My 1962 wedding gown in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: June 25, 2007 10:25:42 AM
hahaha "bullet boob" that cracked me up.
i too am envious of a 19 inch waist. was your mom the original barbie? why is she worried? it looks great! they only thing i would change is to put a white ribbon lacing it up for more contrast. i dunno if it's as shiny in real life as it is in the picture, but it's kinda hard to see it laced up, and that's my fave part of a corset.
she did a lovely job

Yeah, it was a bit unnerving putting it on the first time. My chest is definitely not in the same place hers was. Yikes. Mostly she was worried that she might not do it right, or do right by me. I think she is ace, and has done an amazing job. She will be happy that you said you think it should be corsetted in white. That is what she keeps trying to foist on me! But, here is the dress I fell in love with, and you will understand then why I wanted the green detail. Plus, I think it ties it all together.

I am hoping it won't have as many photographic issues on the wedding day. The photos we took were indoors, in the evening, and with a flash. So, fingers crossed it comes up better.
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32  My 1962 wedding gown in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: June 24, 2007 07:34:09 PM
Our wedding was covered by the Sun Times in Chicago today. We are featured on page 2 of their print ad, and on line at:http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/460091,CST-NWS-lucky08.article

My Mom and my Grandma made her wedding gown, back in 1962. My sister tried it on when she wed, 10 years ago, but it wasn't her style. I tried it on, and was in love. Sadly, I don't have a 19" rib cage, but I do have a small waist, so that worked in my favour. I was in love with an Alfred Angelo dress, that had a corsetted back. I showed the picture of the dress to my Mom, and she thought she could modify her dress with the corsetting and the trim. We've been working on it for a couple months now. I think my Mom has done a brilliant job. We don't have the beaded trim on it yet, but it is really close to being done. I've also attached a photo of my dress patch, done professionally, that will be sewn inside the dress.

Here is an evolution of a "hand me down" wedding dress. All told, the rehabbing of the dress cost; 70 cents for the beaded trim, $6 for the green satin, and the cost of pressing and cleaning. Wearing your Mother's dress.... priceless. (ha ha, sorry, had to go there.)

My Mom in 1962, wearing the dress:

My first shot at trying it on. Wow, it didn't zip up past my waist, and it had SERIOUS bullet-boob action, and it was sooo wrinkly.

Me, mugging with my Mom's lace bolero. It didn't even fit up to my shoulders. Man, she was tiny.

Here's the back. There is about 5 inches in the back that wouldn't zip. And I knew there was no chance I was losing weight through my ribcage....

My Mom put in a section of green satin in the back to corset over:

And she did the green trim around the top, along with redoing the breast part, so it wasn't so pointy and bullet-alicious:

Here's a longview of the back, all nearly done!

Close up of the back to show off the corsetting detail:

Finally, my kick arse dress patch:

We got FI a French cuff shirt today for under his suit. That was exciting. We are really counting down the days now!

Thanks for looking.
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33  Re: FMIL present in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: June 22, 2007 11:46:35 PM
Ho.ly. Shite.  That is going to be an AWESOME stole.  My jaw literally dropped when I saw what you're going for, and it's gonna be so awesome.  I'm looking forward to the finished product!  Good luck with the project, and congratulations on gettin married doll!

Thanks! I'm pretty stoked about the whole marriage thing. Never thought I would be. This whole wedding thing is starting to get me super-stressed though!

I was out at my Mom's today, working on the stole. We got all the grids sewn, all binded and finished. Then, we rolled it up, tied it in four sections, and put it through the wash. Let me tell you, that was a real nail-biter. After ALL that work, picking out the lace, tea staining and dying the lace, cutting it out, sewing it to the stabilizer, sewing the grids - I was about to sh*t myself waiting to see how it faired going through the wash. Here it is....

After we undid the ties, and unraveled the stole, we put it on a towel and rolled it and squeezed out the moisture. Then, I laid it out on my Grandmother's basement table, where it sits, drying, as I type. I can't wait to photograph it finished and dry and all pretty. I'm very excited to have this project done now. I can tell you all the things that I would do differently now.

Hope to show you the finished piece after I go out there next weekend and package and wrap it!
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34  The Bon's big day is Saturday! and my OOT baskets in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: June 21, 2007 10:26:05 PM
Woohoo! I just noticed that The Bon's wedding date is this Saturday! Congratulations! I am sure you are more prepared than I could ever hope to be. Have a wonderful day!

And just so I am not violating the Craftster law of "thou shall not post without intent", I'm going to post the evolution of my OOT baskets on here....

I bought some fabulously shaped, but super ugly purple coloured baskets at the dollar store.

I then painted them a lovely shade of green on the outside, and a darker shade of green on the inside.

I will post a picture of them filled with all the snacks, maps, slippers, and goodies, when I get them all ready to be delivered to the hotel. Here is a shot of the handmade coasters I'm doing for each of them. I'm a big time weirdo recycler. The boxes are from brie cheese, that I saved, and painted.

Then, I am doing the felt coasters in different flowers in my wedding colours, green/pink/brown. Each is backed with cork.

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35  Bouquet and Hankerchief charms in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: June 20, 2007 11:35:50 PM
My FI and I both wanted to commemorate certain family members that have passed, during our wedding, without being morbid and making everyone sad. So, we're adding a memorium page to our ceremony program, and I've created charms for us both. My father and my Grandfather have passed, and I wanted to have a remembrance of each of them. I got silver charms, found my favourite photos of them, shrunk them down, cut them to fit, glued them into the charms, and covered them with a protective layer of Diamond Glaze. I am going to hang these from my bridal bouquet. A subtle, yet meaningful remembrance for me. For my FI, I did a charm of his late Grandfather, then another of his other Grandma & his Papa, who just passed a few weeks ago. I am attaching these to the hankerchief he will wear in his pocket on our wedding day, then he can have his special people with him, too.

Here is a photo of our charms.

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36  FMIL present in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: June 07, 2007 03:43:12 PM
For my FI's Dad, we're getting him Cubs tickets and a t-shirt. For my FI's Mother, I'm making her this lace stole. I was inspired by the Somerset Weddings magazine to try this:

I went to Vogue and bought tons of their remnant lace, in 5 yard bolts. Then, I prepped a huge cauldron of tea bags (50 tea bags all steeped in hot water) and tea stained the lace. I put the lace in at different intervals over a 36 hour period, so that I would have varying levels of colour. This worked perfectly, and I got a lot of variance.

My Mom and I cleared her basement kitchen counter, and we set to work cutting 2 1/2 yard lengths, knotting at each end, and laying them out in a pleasing pattern.

We then adhered them to the wash away stabilizer, by running seams down them with the sewing machine. This is totally a two-person project. It would have been so unmanageable on my own.

The next thing I have to do is hand sew in the fibers, in between the lace rows. Then, we can sew the grids into the lace. After that, it will be all ready to be put into a hot wash, to wash away the stabilizer and leave me with a lovely lace stole to present to my future mother in law.

I'll post those pictures next week. I am going out to have my second dress fitting this weekend, I am wearing my Mom's dress that she and my Grandmother made in 1962. And I will work on finishing up this stole while I am out there.

Hope you like this project!
I was at such a loss of what to do for my FI's Mom, before I saw this stole. It is perfect for her, because she collects Battenburg (sp?) lace and loves dramatic, romantic things. I hope she loves it!
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37  Matchbooks in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: May 25, 2007 11:05:44 AM
We are having a bunch of tealights and candles around the reception. I wanted to have matchboxes available for people to light them, relight them, take with them at the end of the night. I found matchbooks at the dollar store, 12 boxes per package, 32 per box. They were rather ugly and would throw off the design flow of the table, so I decided to use some of my leftover Snow & Graham cherry blossom paper to cover them. I cut out a template, used my big ol' paper cutter to do several layers at once, and then Modge Podged the cut outs onto each side of the matchbox, to allow the sides to be open for striking. They turned out great and it only took an hour.

You could modify this for favours too, if you wanted. Print up some round Avery labels with your monogram and wedding date, and apply them to a side of the matchbox. Great favour for PENNIES!

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38  Family & Friends Tree guest book in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: May 25, 2007 10:58:40 AM
Hi everyone! I have been in a whirlwind of hospitals and funerals and babies being born, and haven't been in wedding-mode. I've just gotten back into town and am getting my act together, 7/7/07 is just around the corner.

I've decided I don't want a traditional guest book. I saw this quilt, and it inspired me:

I found these leaves in a teacher's supply store, and used them as my templates:

I will have another shade of green leaf, as well as this colour of green, I ironed "heat n bond" onto the back of the fabric, and I cut two sizes of leaf. One of my nieces will hang out at the table in the beginning to explain to guests to sign their name (in permanent ink fine point pen), and their birthdate. After the wedding, when the smoke has cleared, I'm going to arrange these onto a fabric tree trunk, and applique them onto a quilt we can display forever.
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39  Re: Nearly done with wedding/ceremony invites in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: April 23, 2007 11:31:40 AM
Here's the inner and outer envelopes all lined up and ready to go! We mailed them off last week, and are already getting RSVP's, it is so exciting!!

Oh, and I didn't write things out by hand, as I have terrible handwriting. I think our guest will forgive us, as I made the invites by hand! At least, I hope they will. Also, I didn't spell out the name of the states, that is a no-no, whoopsie. and I was informal with the names on the inner envelopes. Another ettiquette failure, but I think I'll get over it. I wanted our guests to feel the casual nature of the event with the way we addressed them.
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40  RSVP's done! yeah! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by *MAR* on: April 12, 2007 02:13:06 PM
Alright, another piece of the invitation puzzle done. Just need to get my maps/direction sheet done, and I'll be able to mail these suckers off!

Here's the RSVP's I designed, printed out, and assembled. I made the labels too. I tweaked the Paper Source labels for my own purposes and printed them in my colours on clear labels. Dear FI stamped them all for me last night.

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