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Wedding Whichever Day: The Favors

Welcome to Wedding Whichever Day!  Sure, it was Wedding Wednesday, but when you have a blog post half written for weeks and keep missing Wednesday, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Thanks to all of the awesome folks from Pattern Review that have come by to check out my sewing room, which was included in their last newsletter!  So glad you could pop on over.  :)

Ya know how I’m the Sometimes Sewist?  I know it seems more like I am the All-The-Time Sewist, but there are a few other crafts that I enjoy and have told myself I’m good at.  ;)  I attribute my sewing bias to the fact that most clothes are much quicker and thus more gratifying for me to make these days than say, knitting a sweater or making a stained glass sun catcher (I do love me some solder, though).

Like everything in life, my crafting has gone through seasons, but my first real love was sewing, so it’s only appropriate that I have returned to it pretty much full-crafting-time.  My mom finally let me try her sewing machine when I was 12 or 13, since she was convinced I would sew through my fingers (which I have not done to this day; hurrah!  *knock on wood*).

My second love is knitting, which was my primary craft for a few years after college.  I particularly love knitting socks and lace (mostly shawls).

My third love? (Yeesh, such a hussy!)  Well, my third love never fully bloomed past infatuation, but I still dabble it in from time to time because I enjoy the end product:  cold process soaping.  AKA real soap.  Made with lye and oils (and love).

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Wedding Wednesday: The Flower Girl

It’s Wednesday again, and you know what that means:  wedding DIY!  If you don’t like this series, don’t worry, there are only two more left.  ;)

All of the photos in this post were taken by our wonderful professional photographers, Chrystal + Lucas Photography, with the exception of the second to last one, which was taken by my sister.

Before I launch into it, I just wanted to thank you guys for all of your very sweet comments on my BurdaStyle skirt that I made for the Great Pattern Review Sewing Bee.  When I found out on Sunday that I wasn’t chosen to advance to round 2, I was very disappointed and a little POed (Now feeling a bit sheepish for this, but I really thought my skirt was at least good enough to be in the top 56).  But, that boil has relaxed into a simmer and the only thing bothering me now is that I will never know what the judges thought was wrong with it.  Soon that shall pass as well.

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OK, back to the weddingness of it all.

When we got engaged, I knew immediately that I really wanted my niece and nephew to be flower girl and ring bearer.  I also knew that could be tricky, since my niece would only be 2 (and change) on our wedding day.  My sister warned me that kids don’t always do what you want them to…  That’s part of the charm of having them in your wedding!  Riiiiight?

I also decided early on into our engagement that I would not be making my wedding gown, because I would just stress myself out too much.  Turned out that was an A-OK decision because I found the perfect dress at the local bridal salon.

So, in lieu of making MY dress, I decided I must make the flower girl’s and it had to be totally poofy cupcake city.

In steps Vogue 7819, AKA the fanciest dress I may ever make.

Vogue 7819

This dress has six, count ‘em, SIX layers of skirt.  I picked up all of the fabric from JoAnn, so I could color match in person, and ordered the waistline trim from Fabric Mart.  Here are the layers from the outside in:

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Great Pattern Review Sewing Bee Round 1

So, I finally got off of my buns and sewed something…a skirt for Pattern Review’s take on The Great British Sewing Bee!

Burda 02/2014 #106

After my short stint in the Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge 2, I figured I was ready for another bout of intriguing competition.  It also doesn’t hurt that I’ve had a lot of fun with Pattern Review contests in the past (especially this one.)

The idea behind this contest is that everyone will sew the same thing every week; there will be four rounds with a winner declared and a group of participants sent “home” each week.

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Wedding Wednesday: Vogue Rehearsal Dress

Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday!  Last week I shared my Bachelorette Party Dress and now it’s on to the rehearsal…

Vogue 8972 E  Vogue 8972

I’ll be honest, I did not make this dress for our wedding rehearsal.  I intended to make a dress, but ran out of time.  I am nothing if not a procrastinator.

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Happy Belated Halloween!

I can’t seem to ever be on time.  Always 10-15 minutes late wherever I go (but I am working on it, ’cause I know it’s annoying) and now I’m a whole three DAYS late wishing you guys a Happy Halloween!

Just a warning: this back story is a little long. You may want to sit down, or grab a cup of tea before you tuck in.

I waffled back and forth about whether I wanted to make a Halloween costume at all; I’ve been much more practical in my sewing in the last year or two and it seemed like a lot of work for something I’d wear one day and maybe never again.

But, I still pondered about what costume I would want, since I didn’t wear one to work last year and felt like a lame-ass.  I started off considering Elsa from Frozen, like every other 5-10 year old out there, because who doesn’t want to wear a sparkly, sheer cape?  I bought McCall’s 7000 thinking I would do so.

elsa-frozen-fabulous

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