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751  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: V-neck dress pattern? on: March 15, 2006 09:57:06 AM
I'd never heard of an "armscye princess," but from poking around on the internet what I gather is that the princess seam starts in the armpit area as opposed to at the shoulder.  Is that correct?  Do you know where I might find a pattern like that, or any suggestions on how to adjust a pattern?  I'm not very experienced, so if the adjustment isn't very simple it might be out of my league.  I'm also not sure about marrying the two pieces -- I've never done anything like that, so any suggestions?  Thanks so much for your help!
752  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: help finding bridesmaid pattern!! on: March 15, 2006 12:09:37 AM
What a pretty dress!   McCall's 5045 looks like almost what you're looking for -- the waist isn't empire, though.  The color is almost similar to the "jade" version, which is what caught my eye first as I was looking through today!  I wish I had time to make my bridesmaid dresses, but unfortunately between school and making my wedding dress I think I'm stuck with stupid color selections (does nothing come in green these days?).  Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
753  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / V-neck dress pattern? on: March 14, 2006 10:43:05 PM
Hi everyone -- I'm looking for a pattern for a v-neck dress like this one:


The picture is a little washed out, but it appears to have princess seams, and the skirt is kind of A-line..not super full.  The closest I have come is M4710 from McCall, which is a two-piece dress.  The two-piece option might be nice, but I think it also might detract from the simple lines of the dress.  Has anyone seen something like this?  I had decided on a strapless dress for my wedding this summer, but I saw this one and now I'm reconsidering!  Thanks for your help!
754  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dying store-bought dress? on: March 13, 2006 09:47:47 AM
I like your ideas to add some color to it.  (I'm kind of out of the loop, maybe, but what's an obi?)  Another thing you might try if you're handy with beads and have a bit of spare time between now and then is adding some colored beads or crystals.  The dress is so simple and beautiful, you probably wouldn't want to do *too* much, but I was thinking some crystals on the straps might be pretty, and then some beads or crystals scattered on the bodice or skirt.  It can be kind of tedious work though, so if you don't have a lot of time in the next few days it might not be the way to go.  I saw something somewhere about iron-on crystals or rhinestones -- I wonder if anyone has worked with these?  It might be easier...I'm not sure.  Good luck!
755  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: i have no theme...and almost no time on: March 12, 2006 01:13:16 PM
I've only been to a couple of bridal showers, but one of them was a potluck.  Maybe you could ask people to bring a dish to share.  If you think people will go for it you could assign a type of food -- main dish, salad, dessert, etc.  This would help a lot with the costs for you!  You could just provide beverages or something like that.  As far as themes, there are lots of ideas if you just search on the internet.  A cute one I saw was that everyone brings a recipe, and an ingredient (non-perishable!) used in making that recipe, to stock the bride's kitchen.  The showers I went to didn't have a specific theme, so I don't think it's absolutely required.  The bride opened presents and we played a couple of shower games, although I can't remember which ones in particular (also lots of ideas if you google it).  I would run your ideas by the bride (unless you want something to be a surprise, of course), because she probably knows a lot of the people who will be there and what they would enjoy doing.  Good luck!
756  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ombre dyed cotton sateen wedding dress on: March 09, 2006 09:42:16 AM
Hi everyone -- I'm new to the forum, but I was so glad to find it!  I getting married this July, and my fiance gave me the crazy idea of making my dress, since the ones from bridal shops are so expensive and I didn't find anything I was particularly in love with anyway.  I haven't done a ton of sewing, but I've been messing around for the past couple of months, and I'm fairly certain that I can at least put something together.  The pattern I am thinking of using is McCall's 5046 a two-piece strapless dress with princess seams. http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5046.htm?tab=evening_prom_bridal&page=1
I would do it in ivory cotton sateen, and I would shorten it to tea-length (I am getting married in a park and dont want to drag my dress through the mud!). 

1.  I would like to do some ombre dyeing with Dylon cold water dye at the bottom edge of the skirt green fading up into the ivory.  Has anyone tried this before?  It seems like it wouldnt be too difficult, but Im going to do some practicing next week.  From what I understand, the idea is to dye it after cutting but before sewing, get the whole thing wet, and then pull it slowly out of the dye over some period of time.  However, I haven't been able to find read step-by-step instructions either online or at the library.  Any suggestions would definitely be helpful!

2.  I would like to do some bead or thread embroidery, but Im having trouble thinking of a design.  Does anyone have idea of places I could look for inspiration?

3.  The bodice has both an underlining and a lining.  Its important that the dress breathes (in case it's 100 degrees out!), so Id like to do everything in cotton or something similar.  I was thinking of using cotton broadcloth for both any other ideas or opinions?  I feel like it might get kind of bulky with all those layers.  I initially wanted to use cotton batiste, but the only stuff the local Joanns carries is a cotton-poly blend.

Also any suggestions in general would be much appreciated!  I haven't done anything of this scale yet (and it does seem a bit intimidating!), but I'm going to try making a "muslin" (although not out of muslin) next week.  Thanks in advance!

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