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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: McCalls 5314 - gingham wrap dress on: May 15, 2007 04:00:01 PM
Okay, here's my linen version of this dress.  I wasn't sure that I liked it but got a lot of compliments so I guess it wasn't that bad!  I wasn't keen on the puffy cap sleeves (a little too puffy for my taste) so I used the pattern for the long sleeves (far less puffy) and just made plain short sleeves.  

An action shot:                  And one with my man, just 'cause he's so cute... and yes, I am aware that he is insanely taller than me! Smiley

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: AWESOME Altoids Tins on: April 30, 2007 07:42:52 AM
These are AWESOME!  I love the "Pretty in Pink" one!

I'm also a child of the '80s - and I'm pretty obsessed with '80s teen movies.  You could do a whole series of them like one with Lloyd Dobbler holding up the boom box  in "Say Anything."  Or one from the movie "Better Off Dead" that says "I want my two dollars!" 

Um, okay, time to stop obsessing and get back to writing my paper...
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: McCalls 5314 - gingham wrap dress on: April 30, 2007 07:35:20 AM
Your dress looks great!  I just made this dress and yours looks much better than mine.  I used a heavy-ish linen and as a result the skirt is REALLY full... not sure if I like it or not.  But the pattern was pretty easy to follow so maybe I'll make it again in a lighter fabric 'cause yours looks fabulous!

ps- you're right about the cutting layout... I scrapped that plan and doubled up the fabric for cutting and it was much easier!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: custom wedding veil - first project post, please be nice! :) on: April 30, 2007 07:28:14 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone!  My friend actually did love the veil and several people told me later that it really did make her outfit/ensemble, which made me feel pretty good!

^Jilybrat, I used a glue called "Gem-tac" (or something like that), which I got at JoAnn's for pretty cheap (about $2).  I experimented with lots of different glues and this one was by far the best.  It stays flexible when it dries, which is a very good thing.  All the other glues I tried (including superglue) dried very hard and brittle, which caused the beads to pop off when they brushed up against anything - a very bad thing!

Hope this helps and good luck with your veil!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Harry Potter stencilled Ts on: April 01, 2007 08:06:20 AM
The t-shirts are AWESOME!  I love the Malfoy one!

I didn't know there was a HP swap...  might have to join that one...
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / The 'Burgh Baby Book (pic heavy!) on: April 01, 2007 07:59:32 AM
One of my very best friends is about to have her first baby and I wanted to make her & her hubby something special.  And we're both from Pittsburgh but she's living in China at the moment (long story) so I wanted to give her something that would remind her of home... what to do?

And then I saw this fabulous felt name book by annam42: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122223.0

Thus "The 'Burgh Baby Book" was born!  The letters spell out 'Pittsburgh' and each one stands for something unique & special about our hometown.  It's hard to see the details in these pictures but everything is felt cutouts and hand embroidery.  The street sign on the last page says "Winterburn," which is the name of my friend's street (well, when she's not in China).  

Thanks for looking (and thanks for the inspiration, annam42)!



7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: custom wedding veil - first project post, please be nice! :) on: March 30, 2007 07:13:19 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments, everybody!  I'm glad you like the veil!

kstarsk:  I used plain old tulle, 108" wide.  It's pretty inexpensive - about $4/yard, I think.  Also, I used a pattern (it was vogue, I think) but that is actually not necessary.  The website that a previous poster mentioned (http://www.wegotgame.net/jen/veils.html) is pretty helpful and gives all the same directions as the pattern. 

Other tips I have for anyone interested:
1.  It's much easier to glue the beads than to sew them, especially if you want straight lines.
2.  I used drafting tape to make straight lines and even spaces.
3.  If you want a border of beads, glue your design in from the edge a couple of inches and THEN cut the material right up next to it.  It's impossible to glue a tiny bead on the edge of tulle!

Here's a couple more pictures of the border on the veil I made:


Thanks for looking (again!)
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / custom wedding veil - first project post, please be nice! :) on: February 28, 2007 11:10:48 AM
Hi Everyone,
I've been luring on craftster forever (you guys rock, by the way!) but this is my first project post.  I hope it's worthy!  

This is a veil I made for one of my best friends who got married last October.  I beaded it to match the bead detailing on the waist of her dress.  Here's a picture of the original bead detail:

Two pictures of the veil by itself (excuse the quality, it's kind of hard to take a really good picture of a veil!):


And pictures of the lovely bride wearing it.  Much better quality, since these are the professional photographer's pics!



The bride was pretty happy with it, thankfully.  Hope you guys like it, too!
Thanks for looking!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halter-Babydoll Summer Dress on: February 28, 2007 10:51:40 AM
Love, love, LOVE it!  Great job!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: S-S-S-Sailor Shortssssss on: February 28, 2007 10:50:24 AM
I love these!  I always have a hard time finding shorts that look decent on me but I might have to try to make a pair of these... too cute!
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