Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Upcycled Wedding Dress ~ Part 5

This has been such a fun project.
I was sort of thinking I was close to being done
but as I was looking at the dress on the mannequin
I decided it probably had more life to it.
First, however, it's getting the equipment ready for work.
When I was a kid my Mom, Grandmothers, & Aunts would gather to quilt around
the quilt frame that was almost always set up in our basement . 
It was a large frame that belonged to my Grandma Johannes & made by Grandpa.
Grandma J had tacked a doubled over piece of fabric all along the length of each strip of wood.  The bottom, batting & top of the quilt was pinned to this fabric.
As a child, I remember having to thread needles & line them up
along the edge of the quilting frame.  As the quilters worked across the quilt
they never had to stop to thread a needle.  They would just pull another needle
with thread & continue on.
At the time, I thought it was a speed thing.
NOW... I know it's an eyesight thing.
Those tiny little holes in needles are hard to see!
So... I've employed my own system.
Here's William.
Threading my sewing machine.
Yep ~ I can't thread the darn needle except by accident
or if I wear my new bifocals.
Good Grief ~!


I had the other half of the skirt (that I used earlier for a hooded cape).
But, hey, since I have another half I might as well make another cape, right?
So, this will be a short cape.
With a tulle collar to match the hem.
And beaded fringe since I had almost the exact amount left over.
It's a sign!

Working on the neckline of the cape.

Close up of the beaded fringe being sewn on.
This was sewn on after the tulle & the casing for the drawn string around the neck.

Here's a picture of the casting loose.
It looks great if it's pulled up tight & around the neck too.

Here's a view of the back of the cape.
I think this is better being shorter?
I like it because it's above the tulle' hem.
I feel like I need to add a shoulder strap...
With lots of bugs & insects hovering over the shoulder.
What can I say??
It's still winter in Alaska & I'm salivating for spring.
Can't wait to get the worm compost going.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Upcycled Wedding Dress Part 4 ~

The devil is in the details.

The base of the wedding dress is pretty much completed.
It's been cut, re-sewn, painted, dyed, & manipulated in many ways.

So, now comes the fun part of embellishment.

Beading & leaf action on the bodice.

A little beading trim.

A cape is always a fun accessory.
This was recycled from part of the skirt & has an iridescence purple lining.
Cokie Robert is always close bye her boy.

I had some of the leaf fabric left over so I added a hood.

I always love a hood for a bit of mystery.

Here's my reluctant son modeling the hood.
William, you're a good sport!
 (I agreed to not show his face modeling the hood)

I think an extra scoop of ice cream is in your future!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

One of those days...

Ever have one of those days?
It's been a bit challenging today but I'm looking forward
to a Mom & Son evening.
There's a light beautiful snow coming down,
chicken soup on the stove & a bottle of wine in the fridge.
Things are looking up!