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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Silk Wedding Dress - 6 Months in the Making on: August 25, 2010 06:06:25 PM
It's been over six months of pattern drafting, muslin-making, pin pricking and hand sewing, but I finally finished this wedding dress for my friend who got married this past weekend. It's a strapless ankle-length dress with a sweetheart neckline, made of silk charmeuse in a nice cream white colour, and I designed the pattern based on this dress:http://www.happyseamstress.com/sewing/the-making-of-a-wedding-dress-part-1  The top edge of the bodice is trimmed in French lace I sewed on by hand with silk thread. In fact the lace is left over from my own wedding dress that I made over two years ago:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217964.msg2345349#msg2345349

The Front:

I went through many many metres of muslin (I think we did 5 fittings) before I had a final pattern for the dress that fit well. That took about 4-5 months. The final month or so was a flurry of silk and thread as I raced to get the dress done on time (made it with a week to spare, ha!). A lot of the work in the end was hand sewing to finish the hem and attach the lace.

Detail of The Back:

The bride wanted a wine-red bow around the midriff and down the back. It was originally going to be made of wide satin ribbon, but that proved to be too flimsy and out of scale with the dress. I ended up finding some fabric that was a perfect colour match, but was way too soft and drapey to support a bow. To counteract that, I lined the bow with two layers of tulle to give it enough body.

More photos and info on the dress at my blog: http://www.happyseamstress.com/sewing/the-big-day
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Three Sweaters into One - With Tutorial Link on: January 19, 2010 04:49:59 PM
I made this sweater by ruthlessly chopping apart three fuzzy sweaters I got at Value Village. I put a tutorial up on my blog: http://www.happyseamstress.com/sewing/sweater-recon-tutorial Hope you enjoy it!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Nerdiest Sweatervest on: January 02, 2010 01:00:12 PM
I made this sweatervest for my husband, who has been in love with Nintendo (especially Mario games) since he was 5 years old.

Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Link outfit, now including baby! on: December 29, 2009 02:22:24 PM
I made this baby Link Outfit for my friends who were expecting their first baby. Well, they had their baby boy last September and six weeks later he was just the right size to fit into the costume. I finally got around to posting some photos of him wearing it! You can see more photos on my blog.

Here he is, all tuckered out after a day of fighting monsters in dungeons:
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Wario Costume for Hubby on: August 06, 2009 04:22:31 PM
Last Halloween my husband decided to get his geek on and go as Wario, his favorite Nintendo character. I made him this Wario costume out of fleece, polymer clay, and lots of love. Hope you like it!

My husband made the nose & attached a felt moustache to it:

Super happy husband action shot:

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Link: Now with Baby Photos! on: August 02, 2009 05:47:06 PM
The pattern is now available for download on my website here: http://www.happyseamstress.com/knitting/baby-link-outfit-free-pattern. Happy knitting!

A friend of mine & her husband are both huge fans of Zelda (the Nintendo video game series), so for their upcoming baby shower for their first baby I knit this baby-sized Link costume.

The whole outfit:

I made a baby bottle holder to look like Link's quiver of arrows.
This is what it looks like form the front:

This is the baby bottle quiver from the back:

Brown Link-style booties:

I added leather soles to the bottoms to make them look more medieval-ey:

I also made a green baby blanket adorned with the Triforce, appliqued in felt:

I'm going to "wrap" the whole thing in this wooden chest that I stained dark brown to look like the treasure chest from the game:

And finally, this image of Link was my inspiration:

Thanks a bunch for looking, and let me know what you think!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gold silk shirt for my mum on: January 04, 2008 05:20:41 PM
I made this shirt for mother's day over a year ago, and she wore it for the first time to my wedding last month. Looks like she likes it!
Thanks for looking.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Last-Minute Winter Wedding on: January 04, 2008 05:19:34 PM
I made this is dress in about three weeks for my wedding that I planned in about a month!! Literally blood, sweat & tears went into the making of this dress (did you know that the best thing to clean your  blood out of a wedding dress is your own spit? That's what I found out while pinning it together, ha ha !). The corset was altered from a strapless gown pattern, I forget which one but you could pretty much use any one.

The veil was super-easy to make, just a length of off-white tulle gathered just off the centre and attached to a store-bought tiara. I ironed some hot-fix crystals along the bottom, but you probably won't be able to see them  in the photos.

I also made a knit jersey shrug with hot-fix Swarovski crystals along the cuffs, literally two days before the wedding because they were forecasting a major snowstorm (it REALLY came in handy, especially during those cruel outdoor shots!).

All in all, I think it turned out quite nice, and the little group of silk roses on the back was a good way to hide a mistake I made on the corset.

Hope you like it & thanks for viewing!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tailored coat on: January 04, 2008 04:42:29 PM
I made this at an advanced sewing class. Took forever to make, but very rewarding! Thanks for looking & hope you enjoy.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The official skirt of Deer everywhere on: January 04, 2008 04:00:53 PM
I made this skirt out of a little scrap of cheap-o fabric. It's basically the skirt pattern from the Sew U book that I altered to add a flounce at the bottom. Might not win any fashion awards,  but the deer like it! Ha ha.
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