Wedding Veil Final Look

The Veil found a home with my cousin! I am so happy for her and her husband and it was a lovely ceremony and evening with family. They had really nice friends and it’s exciting to see them doing well 🙂

Here’s what 4 months of hand beading for a cathedral veil looks like:

Her dress was so pretty it’s hard not to look at that too!

The beaded edge went all the way around with ivy accents. I really enjoyed this and if a future project arises, it will be interesting to try with the tambour needle possibly instead 🙂

Scarf surprise! Making an old favorite

With the presidential debates starting and a few other shows on tv (the bachelorette) – sometimes you have to find a couch project.

Working on a rolled silk hem

I still have two panels of this Anna Sui silk and I love it so much.

As I’ve started to make scarves, my ability to make narrower and narrower seams has definitely improved. I really enjoy this stitch and I’ve gotten much faster at it.

Here is my attempt to diagram this stitch (drawn while on the train to work lol) blue and grey are thread. White is the folded fabric. Yellow is the needle.

Start by folding the edge of the fabric over towards the inside of the panel. The final hem will be half the width of this initial fold. As you get better, you can make this narrower. It may change depending on the texture of your fabric too. From here, dip the needle into the panel right at the edge of the folded fabric. Pick up 3 or so threads. This is shown in grey in the diagram. Then move to the top of the folded edge and dip into the tube created by the folded edge. Pass the needle about 4 millimeters or a 3/8 of an inch in the tube before popping out. Then try to move to the same exact length of the hem on the lower side of the fabric. Dip in for a few stitches and repeat! After doing about 7 to 10 of these slowly pull the thread while holding the edge of the fabric near the first stitch. All the stitches will start to tighten and pull the top of the fabric down to the lower edge- locking the raw edge in place!! Keep going all the way around the panel and enjoy!!

My first Up-cycling project

I’m now working on my first upcycling project using a silk skirt from my grandmother. She was really skinny so I have to shorten the skirt to broaden the waistline.

I am going to try and make a ruffled gathered top out of a silk chiffon to match but for now I found this old shirt in my closet.

So far, I’ve been hand sewing the chiffon as it helps avoid pulls in the fabric. I’m making a front panel and a back panel that I’ll join at the sides and gather at the neckline.

Vacation Clothes Part 2

The wedding day was lovely! We looked at the small crabs, clams, and hermit crabs in the tidal pools and I wore my retropom pom 50’s dress.From there we headed to the local farmer’s market and bought some local jams. It was then time to get ready for the ceremony and I decided to wear my mushroom outfit.

The ceremony was beautiful and my cousin wore the veil I had made. She looked so beautiful and it was wonderful to see her and her husband so happy together. Stay tuned for more pictures once I get access to my mom’s photos 🙂Everything about the wedding was beautiful and there was a really cool gigantic long table that looked out onto the small bay.What a fun day to celebrate with family!

Knit Class part 1

I’ve now finished Mood U Knit Class day 1! It was really fun!

We will be learning techniques to sew knit fabrics with zig zag stitches and other techniques. I really look forward to learning these techniques.

We picked out a pattern, identified our size, and went and picked out our fabric.

My neighborhood friend was working and he helped me find a good one! He works with stretch fabrics a lot so his advice was greatly appreciated.

It will be interesting to see what we learn next week. I am really looking forward to it.

It was the same teachers as last time (Ben and Sandro) but this time the class is much smaller – only 6 of us. This is pretty cool because it means we’ll hopefully get a lot of advice.

I am also continuing to make lots of progress with my Tambour embroidery

Tambour Needle Experiments

For my birthday, D got me a Tambour needle!!!! I saw this technique on instagram and had to learn more. It looks like it will be tricky to start but then way faster for beading and embroidery techniques. It seems like you get more flexibility to sew any direction and place the beads so that they lay nicely on the fabric. I think once I get the hang of it I’ll be able to move with some speed – almost like knitting.

I started by trying to make a flower on some basic light green tulle fabric. I’m going to swap out the button for some loops of beads but for now this was just a test run. It still looks cute too!Look at how far I got! (Click through to page 2)

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Spring Outfit!

It’s starting to get warmer here although later today they are saying it’s going to rain. I still felt like it was time to break out some of my summer dresses and lay a sweater over them with the Gandini scarf.

This is a dress I made from on of my Joann fabric purchases last year.Overall the fit of the dress is pretty standard. I tried to make it more interesting by beading the hem with a series of silver and pearly white beads. I did this just by threading them on a needle and stitching them in place. I still kind of feel like this needs something else. Maybe I should have used sparklier beads? Suggestions anyone? See the full dress below

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