Monthly Archives: July 2007

Good News, Bad News

Well, I suppose I should start with the Good News – The wedding went on without a hitch – my brother-in-law is married and they are on their honeymoon! With all the festivities completed we came home last night. Upon getting the mail, not only did my Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows arrive, but my Yummy Sweet Swap package from Tuesday. So, as you might have expected, I’ve spent the entire rest of the evening (early morning, etc.) reading the book and am now half way through it.
So that brings us to the Bad News – as of this morning, I have no photos to share (they’re on the camera, just not downloaded yet)! So that means that I’ll be posting about all my goodies later on this afternoonearly evening and will put up some pictures from the wedding as well. I apologize for the delay, but Harry’s fate awaits!


Before I start into a new (rambling) post, I wanted to say Thank You for all so much the wonderful comments that you all left yesterday about Taylor’s jr. bridesmaid’s dress! You all are getting me motivated to raid my closet and make more reconstructed garments! I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos tonight of everyone and share them when we get back. But first, let me share with you my new shoes:

I found these two pairs the other day while shoe shopping for Taylor’s bridesmaid dress.

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Almost There

After working feverishly, I’m getting very close to being done with this dress. I pinned the bodice on Taylor to get a feel for how it’s fitting and found that it was very ‘loose’. No doubt this is because it’s a sun dress and made to have a bit more ease. In an effort to get the look I want, I’m taking 5/8″ off on each side. The skirt portion of the dress has been assembled and since the top layer of material is so sheer, I’ve done French seams all around. Here’s what I have so far:

Now back to work – the wedding is in just a few days!

Turning Japanese

I’m going to take a break from discussing the bridesmaid dress reconstruction so that I can show you my new book – Craft Goods Using Small Leftover Fabrics. This was my first Japanese book purchase so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but now that I have it in my hands let me share my thoughts with you.

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That’s Me!

Late tonight I was laying in bed, thumbing through my latest issue of Sew News when I saw it – the ad for the upcoming Sew Up the Holidays and noticed that’s my pear (their photography is much better than mine)! Yes, my Perfect Pear pattern will appear in this future issue (which is why the tutorial is now gone from the site) and I’m so excited!

Deconstructing The Dress

Normally when I sew, I try to take the attitude, “There is always more fabric”. I know that even if a project doesn’t work out, I can (generally) either buy more of that particular material (or I bought plenty to begin with) or that something fabulous will eventually come along that I will fall in love with to replace the sacrificed fabric! But in the case of Simplicity 4255 I feel I only have one shot to get this one right and it’s making me feel a bit nervous.

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I’m A Cannibal

Next Friday, my brother-in-law is getting married. His fiancee called the other night to let me know that they no longer needed a candle lighter (they’ve been supplied with electric candles), but would like Taylor to be a Jr. Bridesmaid instead. I know the hopes of finding a dress in the right color is going to be next to impossible (or even in red), but as luck would have it, I had a NEW bridesmaid’s dress (it was never worn as the wedding was canceled) in the exact colors as hers!

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Project Plushway

Inspired by the Bravo tv series, Project Runway comes Plush You’s version – Project Plushway. The gist of this challenge is that you are sent an inspiration photo and create a plush based on it’s content. Carrie sent me the link this morning (thanks Carrie!) and I am so tempted to enter – if you’re like me and are going to join, you had better hurry! The deadline is tomorrow!