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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: UPDATE on prosthetic finger project on: June 18, 2013 08:08:38 AM
I just saw NPR's story on you! Amazing work.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Courthouse Wedding Dress on: January 15, 2013 07:08:03 AM
Oh wow - thanks, Craftster!
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/14/12 - Update to Hot New Projects Thumbnails on: May 15, 2012 01:21:08 PM
I'm so happy about this change I want to show my support by being a Friend of Craftster!

Same here!
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/14/12 - Update to Hot New Projects Thumbnails on: May 15, 2012 08:39:48 AM
Awesome. Thank you. I don't suppose it would be possible to add an "Everything but Organized Swaps" option to the dropdown menu? I love to scroll through the projects in Hottest New Topics if I have an extra minute before work.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie Questions on: March 01, 2012 08:23:46 PM
For the price, I've been really happy with my Kenmore machines (from Sears).
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Courthouse Wedding Dress on: January 08, 2012 09:53:35 PM
What a treat to come home from a long day at work and see all your sweet comments. Thank you so much!

elderflower: Your story makes me feel much better. Smiley

craftewoman: Our photographer really was wonderful, and I think we're lucky to have a relatively stately old courthouse here. We got many more pictures of the 7 of us ambling around town afterward, but these captured the dress best (a girl can only go coatless for so long on the winter solstice).

feedthesquirrels: I'm really not sure what I would have done if I hadn't discovered that remnant. All the other laces seemed to take themselves too seriously by comparison. I'm pleased with the way the dress fit, but it's really that yoke that makes me feel proud of it.

I wholeheartedly recommend both this pattern and this way of getting married (scheduling it when your parents are already planning a visit for Christmas, getting a great off-peak price on a nice hotel room for the night before and after, having a bouquet presented to you by the groom, hiring a former classmate to take photos, walking to the courthouse to get hitched, using your engagement ring as a wedding ring, taking pictures in a park, walking around town visiting your favorite food cart and stopping in at your work, warming up with a round of drinking chocolate, taking a nap and then buying your parents and sister a nice dinner). I really should have started earlier, but once the dress was done, I couldn't have asked for a better day. Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Courthouse Wedding Dress on: January 07, 2012 07:56:16 PM
Hi Craftsters!

It's been years since I posted a major sewing project because it's been years since I undertook one, but my only real dream for our tiny little courthouse wedding, aesthetically speaking, was to make myself a white, lacy dress. The final stages of putting it together turned into a little bit of a nightmare because I'm awful with deadlines (let's just say there was some blubbering at 5 a.m. the morning of the wedding and I ended up hemming the lining with a stapler), but it was good to sew again and I'm happy it ended up wearable. Just please don't look too closely. Tongue

I used Burda 7316 but ended the skirt around the point where it said "lengthen or shorten here." For my size (the smallest one offered), 2 yards of the main fabric was plenty (thank goodness I guessed correctly). I got a really pretty little 50-percent-off lace remnant at Fabric Depot here in Portland and then let myself splurge on silk charmeuse. I probably should have used a more opaque lining, but live and learn. The silk made me a little nervous, and many hours went into carefully cutting it, basting and sewing French seams. (I think I ended up with some puckering in the long seams for a combination of reasons, but I didn't let it bother me much.) My wisest decision was probably to make a rough draft out of an old bed sheet so I knew to take in the back seam of the top and waistband an inch and a half and make the back waist darts nearly twice as wide and long.

Now that the wedding is over, I'm considering seeing how the lace and silk would take dye, refining the hem and neckline, and turning it into a party dress.

Anyway, pictures! (Many thanks to K. Miller Photographs.)

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: a Black Velvet Painting doesn't have to hang on the wall on: October 26, 2011 07:06:40 AM
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL: The fastest lined bag on: September 26, 2011 06:29:39 PM
I recently knit my sister a lace stole for her wedding (more here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/keliope/peacock-feathers-stole), and I thought it would be nice to make a little pouch to put it in, as gift wrap/carrier/cat guard. This tutorial was exactly what I was looking for.

The inside of the flap isn't the most beautiful thing I've ever sewed, but the slippery lining fabric does its job.

My photographer/boyfriend was impressed by my pattern matching. He's a keeper.

Thank you, esarina!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knocked off Anthropologie Bedspread...with only T-shirts, D'oh! on: September 06, 2011 08:08:19 AM
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