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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon? on: November 05, 2011 01:13:57 PM
So Chris decided to whip this awesomeness together for a work costume contest.  As it turns out, whimsy is not appreciated there (we thought he'd be a shoo-in considering he works with engineers  Wink ), but he didn't even place in the top 5.  Boo!  He was so upset that I told him I'd enter his creation here so at least he can get some kudos. 

He created a wire frame around which he wrapped a rainbow sheet.  The basket is made from a plastic hoop with yellow streamers woven onto it. 

"Onward, into the sunset!"

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Knocked off Anthropologie Bedspread...with only T-shirts, D'oh! on: September 06, 2011 11:08:10 AM
So this completely rocks my world.  You could not have done a more perfect and beautiful job Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Roman shades from mini blinds on: August 09, 2011 08:07:22 AM
I LOVE littlegreennotebook!  I check it every weekday!  And your roman shades are the very picture of perfection!  Love, love, love the fabric!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monarch Butterfly Dress on: July 21, 2011 10:36:12 AM
Pretty!!!! The black sharpie colouring-in must have taken a long time though!
Ohmygosh, yes it did!  I went through about 20 markers.  The jumbo ones worked the best, but those suckers are $5 a pop, so I made do with the little ones because I'm frugal-to-a-fault. 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monarch Butterfly Dress on: July 09, 2011 08:47:08 PM
You know, I've been toying with the idea of doing a blue one!  But, I was thinking that I'd do it as more of a surprise element on a dress.  So, I was thinking of making a little black dress with a high-lo hem with the blue butterfly print as the skirt lining, just for a little peek.  How awesome would that be?!?!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monarch Butterfly Dress on: June 25, 2011 03:02:29 PM
Lovely! I already This Rocksed this when it was in Homage; good to see it getting a wider audience here.

Aww, shucks! 
By the way, you guys sure do know how to make a girl feel special ;P
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monarch Butterfly Dress on: June 24, 2011 08:44:22 PM
Your dress is stunning!  It is beautiful and must have taken hours, have you got any construction details for it?  It also looks really wearable too.

As far as construction details, I'll do my best.

I used orange satin and free-handed a wing pattern.  I made 7 panels and backed them with stretchy red satin.  I have a butterfly book, so I picked the best monarch picture I could find and used about 15 jumbo black permanent markers to make the design (I tried Rit Dye, but it just ended up running when it got wet).  I didn't want to use a bunch of black fabric paint because I didn't want the fabric to get stiff.  The marker worked beautifully.  I did use white fabric paint to make the white dots, though.

I pinned the panels onto a black strapless dress and kept rearranging them until I got a layout I liked.  I then sewed the panels onto the skirt of the dress - the panels flare out nicely when I dance, but the skirt of the strapless dress base provides modesty. 

Lastly, I cut the bust of the dress into a sweetheart neckline and added some scrap orange satin, because it needed a little extra something. 

Hope that answers your questions Smiley  And thanks, everyone, for the wonderful comments.  My ego's nearing the size of Texas ;P
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monarch Butterfly Dress on: June 24, 2011 08:41:07 AM
where the heck did you get the wings for the skirt? it's amazing! (and I loved that dress too, but i think my favorite luly one is the peacock feather one)

I used orange satin for the skirt panels, backed with red stretch satin.  Black sharpie (and a gob-ton of it!) was used for the design and white fabric paint for the...well, white spots Smiley

And, the peacock dress is UTTERLY AMAZING!  I would LOVE to try a cocktail dress version of that, but how would you wash it???  
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Monarch Butterfly Dress on: June 24, 2011 07:04:31 AM
Quinndustrious P. suggested I post this on the general clothing board, and I liked that suggestion Smiley  So, I hope I don't get in trouble having this double-posted.  In the mean time, I'll try to figure out how to get it removed from the "Designer Homage" board.  Sorry for any inconvenience, dear moderators  Wink
Ultraquick backstory:  I stumbled across Luly Yang's Monarch Gown a while back.  Seriously, her dress is the most gorgeous dress you will EVER see, guaranteed (okay, maybe not guaranteed, but you'd be lying to yourself if you said it wasn't breath-taking).  Google it; you'll see what I mean.  The multi-thousand dollar price tag made me gasp, so I had to resort to making it instead of buying.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Alice In Wonderland on: June 08, 2011 12:46:29 PM
Ohmyword, could this be more adorable?  I submit that it cannot!  Love it!
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