A Bridesmaid Belt

A friend at work is getting married and I have discovered that I really LOVE sewing accessories for weddings. It’s a neat way to contribute something and also help friends easily save a lot of money.

For my friend, in her fittings they found a cute beaded belt but it was over $100. At work we talked about it and I mentioned that we just needed to go to Mood and we could probably find and make something similar for much less.

We went on an initial exploration trip and it was so fun for her to see all the fabrics and trims! From there we went back a little while later and picked out a favorite and some ribbon to use for the ties.

With this selected, I took it home and hand stitched the mesh back behind the beads. I then attached the ribbons, used glitter nail polish to prevent the edges from fraying, and embroidered a little message about the bride and her sister that will receive this belt.

I have room to improve that last bit some but it will be hidden so who cares? 🙂

I also made this little bag out of some silk chiffon scraps so that it can be a nice gift.  I put the logo on in case I’m famous one day Haha

I can’t wait to see photos of her big day!  She has a very nice fiance and I’m genuinely just happy for her.

New Blue Summer Dress

I made this over the weekend and didn’t take any in-process pictures. Oops… this is another version of the Vancouver Dress (although I acquired the Simplicity pattern in Chicago).

This is one of the lates fabrics I got at Mood. I wanted to make a dress with a slightly more businesslike print.

It’s hard to tell but I also beaded the collar and edge of the bow with little white seed beads. (Continuing to slowly use the remainder of my wedding veil supplies)

Since I didn’t take any action pictures, let’s do another quick vocab session. At least in my understanding of sewing so far, the design on a piece of fabric is called the print. The guided paper shapes that you trace to cut the fabric is called the pattern.

Within a print, there is something called the repeat and this is how often the design on the fabric copies itself across the whole piece. These can be direct copies or they can be put on slightly staggered placements to make it harder to tell the shapes are repeating. Another neat type of fabric which I use for scarves all the time is a panel. This is a single square or rectangle in which all the elements of the print design are tucked inside and it usually has a clear border. You have to be more careful with pattern placement.

It’s all fun stuff!

I made this dress so quickly, I am thinking I want to try and add some challenging pattern modifications to my next outfit. I want to keep improving my techniques.

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 🙂

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!

Poodle Dress – the Cotton version of a Carolina Hererra print

I loved this fabric so much the first time, when I saw a cotton version I knew I had to make something else too!

To me, it feels very business appropriate – but I’m not a lawyer lol so I think I get to have a little more fun with my choices.

See below for all the steps – but overall I’m quite happy with the skirt!

I am planning to make a pencil skirt and another peplum style top that I can hopefully mix and match with some other outfits too. See below for progress on the first working session!

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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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