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I think that in my old age and the fact that I tend to nerd out about work-related and sewing-related things removes me from the hip crowd. I worry that what I think is super duper awesome might be kind of lame.
Normally I do not care, I like my freak flag. HOWEVER, this time, I am interested in what anyone things and I am cautiously holding my freak flag close to my body so as to not be noticed or made fun of.
Let me know? I'm just worried about freezing my butt off in my strapless summer dress. hahah :)
I am still looking for the perfect favor for my gals.
I love simply elegant things. If I look in a magazine, I'm sure to find the most expensive, but un-blingy dress. Not on purpose.
I'll also go looking at jewelry and find the least obnoxious ring (I think) and of course it's more expensive than the blinger to the left :(
SO with that in mind, I would love to give something to my girls. Something that I would like is something that they might like? Which means that it will likely be something vintage but with a modern flare. I really hope that this would make them smile :)
I have a few vintage rings handed down to me from my grandmothers. They are awesome. They are spoon rings. :) I JUST LOVE THEM! Both are real silver and have a super patina to them! I just think that rings are very hard to size for people who are not in the same state as you. I would rather get them something that will fit them: thus a bracelet instead of the ring.
I am throwing around the idea of including spoon bracelets for my gals as a part of their 'THANK-YOU!!' package...
I am getting married in 22 days
YAHOO!! Pretty excited about this!
So the dress fitting went perfectly. The girls looked as though they would be able to size the dress from a size 10 to a size 2. I'm pretty excited about this :)
We did try chantilly lace over the top portion of my dress to simulate a jacket/bolero. I was absolutely heartbroken to see that there was no way that it could possibly work out without looking like a circus on my chest. There is just too much going on architecturally with my dress, from the pleats and the ribbon, then the fabric so we decided to go with a bolero that would match my dress better. The bolero will not be made out of the same material as my dress......not quite sure how I feel about that right now, but I figure worst case scenario, I just do not wear said bolero. No big woop.
Now I am just going to make sure that I have a back-up option for covering up in case it is a bit chilly!
ALSO, we decided that no bra was the way to go.
I KNOW! I almost threw up when the seamstress suggested that I take my bra off. Uhm... I'm a DD.... are you kidding, I was thinking? Well, the fabric is thick enough in the bodice and there's an inner corset in the dress. It feels fabulous and I don't see the bra showing through. I am very pleased about that.
Fitting tomorrow, finding out about a jacket.
I'm so super giddy about seeing the dress again tomorrow and actually have it sized down to fit me! :) I hope that some of the questioning and pondering will go away, since I felt so absolutely sure that it was perfect when I first tried it on.
I am hoping that the seamstress or the boutique will have some good things to say about a lace jacket. I want one so incredibly badly and think that it would look stunning with my dress.
Fingers crossed that everything will work out!!!
Wedding Rings And Jewelry
His and Hers: Check and Check!
We finally decided on our wedding bands.
He knew that he wanted titanium because it is going to hold up to all the stuff that he does - he works on cars, he welds, and he does things with his hands.
I knew that I wanted something to look pretty with my Tiffany's engagement ring, and not upstage it. I wanted something simple, yet elegant. Pretty excited to see how the set pairs up!
Also, last night the dude mentioned that he wanted to engrave the inside of my band with something sweet... or maybe funny. I am not so sure what he is going to pick. He ran two ideas by me, the first being 'I Carry Your Heart' from an E.E. Cummings poem and the other being 'Rhymes with Heart' - pretty much the word 'shart' makes me laugh. It's just the most gross and ... just gross word ever, but it makes me giggle to the point of almost snorting.
So I was pretty taken aback and happy. He is a very thoughtful man and this simply re-reminded me of that trait.
I engraved his with something that we tell each other all the time. It is very 'us'. :)
I almost had 'I like you because...' based on this post that I just read today (see site below) but I figured that we didn't have any history with it - yet. Oh yea, I'm buying this book for him for Christmas.... Love... Love... love it. I started crying when I read to him the part about being sad and sometimes it is ok to just be sad.
I can't wait to marry this guy. :)
Note Mine.... But I Wish...
I am absolutely obsessed with sleeves.
I love this look. so romantic... swoon. If my dress was not already picked out, I would have gone with Aire Barcelona.... and this little lace number over to the left would have been mine.
I have 23 done. You know, it's not all that daunting once you start. The first one was the hardest. That is usually how things work for me... my brain figures out the most complicated and horrible way to accomplish a task, I do complete said task after completing it the complicated way and then I am pooped and have lost all motivation.
Enter the pep-talk with Mom.
Really, she always knows the easiest way to accomplish things. I must not be her daughter! ;) Kidding... Well, in a fit of frustration and on the cusp of throwing everything away, I called up my Mom asking her for advice on how to easily sew the seams on these napkins because my way was way too labor intensive and the frayed edge was really bothersome for me while I was sewing. I knew there had to be a better way.
Mom explained to me that I needed to iron a 1/2 inch seam around the entire napkin.
Then I needed to fold under the edge so that you are left with a fold and you do not see the raw edge.
ok andddd..... step 2
Then sew close to the folded edge while finger-pressing the fabric to conform to a 1/4 inch fold.
She also explained how to complete the corner without having a big wad of fabric. This took me a few tries with her explaining it out step-by-step and me following along. I'm a visual learner, patterns confuse me. I need to see in 3-D. I'm picky, I guess :(
After you are sewing and finger-pressing down the straight edge, you get about 2 inches away from your corner. You will fold up and in the bottom of the napkin (this is the side that you will be on once you finish your corner).
Step 1 and....
Fold this edge in just as you have been doing, NOW fold in the edge that you are working on and finger press down.
Tada! Now just sew it down!
Kind of blurry - but easy to get the main idea?
This will leave you with a nice corner, the edge you are working on will be the top of the corner, the edge you are working towards will be on the bottom of the fold in the corner.
I hope that my pictures help out with this procedure.
My recommendation is to iron a whole bunch at once and then you can go to town on the sewing. The less up-and-down and up-and-down the better!
Woo-Hoo!!! Getting there :)
I love the idea of using this.
I knew I had to use them... somehow.
They came in an envelope inside of really sturdy and nice packaging.
Cute little stickers for addressing packages - as a freebie Thank-you!
Little guy measures about 1-3/4 inches across. Is sturdy cardstock and looks awesome. LOVE the look!
These are stickers 2x2.5 and are also fun!
These are stickers as well... I flip-flopped between this and the coasters.... and are 2 inches in diameter.
Water bottle tag!
Our Wedding Favors
As Decor For Favors.... I like the idea!
I was flip-flopping back and forth as to what I should do for favors. STILL haven't got it 100% together. Yikes!
Anyways, a while back I had found a website that does some really neat labels/stickers or whatever. They even will personalize and template out labels for water bottles in a bunch of different styles - this one included.
I just love everything about this series, but wasn't entirely ready to commit for inclusion into our special day because I was not sure on quality and cost, colors etc. So for Christmas I thought it might be a fun way to label gifts as well as try out this on-line service.
From ordering to having these bad boys in my hot little hands ran about two weeks, which is fantastic for custom work.
You have multiple opportunities to proof, so it would be really hard to miss a mistake. I am super excited and will probably order some larger labels that are more costly now that I am comfortable with the quality of their workmanship.
I'm super excited, what a super easy way to customize stuff.
'Bridal Illusion' on the left and normal old tulle on the right. These two fabrics are two separate colors, so don't let that confuse you, but the size of the netting and whatnot is the same. Illusion is glittery, though - if that's what you're looking for.
ehh... I played with it again before we went out tonight... still needs quite a bit of work. I still haven't trimmed up the bottom just yet b/c I'm not committed to this length. I think the shortest layer is still too long.... back to the drawing board! This is the ending point for Phase I.
Ending point for Phase II. I told you I wanted a fluffy veil :) haha, I think I'm getting there!
Making My Veil... And it's really really hard ...
I guess I should start off with a little bit about myself. I am extremely hard on myself, I am a perfectionist, and I am human. Sometimes this combination is a bit complicated and something has to give. Either I cry and ask for help from someone, I learn to 'deal with it' not being absolutely perfect, or I nail it right on the head!
This time.... I am asking for help. :)
I know that I am probably not supposed to have the fiance see the veil, but I don't care. He IS my best friend. He IS an engineer, and he is really good at making what I envision come to fruition.
P.S. You might want to take off your rings and go jewelry-less because your ring will snag on everything and mess you up as you go along.
Here's the tulle & russian net
A couple of tools that I found to be important
I rolled out the tulle to a length quite a bit longer than I wanted just in case something happened and I needed to cut some length off.
Now cutting to the appropriate Length using a self-healing cutting mat and a rotary cutter for a nice clean and straight edge.
Lining the edge up (careful not to cut anywhere near a fold - don't want to cut your veil in half) to make the edges clean and nice as well as the bottom.
Be watchful of your folds at all times. :)
Cutting rounded edges is not all that hard, but at first I did not trust myself and I used a casserole dish for a guide.
Trimmed off the excess with the rotary cutter.
I used a loop at the end of my thread so that I wouldn't have to worry about a knot coming through the holes in the tulle. This is an idiot-proof knot and super easy!
Simple over and under basting at this point. The longer the stitch length, the bigger the folds will turn out. I alternated between large and small stitches with larger stitches being on the sides of the veil and smaller stitches towards the middle for fullness.
I wanted multiple types of tulle so I knew there would be multiple layers. Here are two of them.
Something is surely missing. I think that I am going to take up the bottom as it is a good 8 inches long anyways (I planned for this in my cutting to err on side of caution in case I screwed something up) and I think that I am also going to add an intermediate layer under the russian net so that it looks a little bit more cohesive and not like Oscar The Grouch built this in his garbage can.
Here's my inspiration in both length as well as fullness. Love it all, just would add another layer of russian net.
I love all the layers... just a bit shorter and poofier.
This is pretty much what I believe that the ending point of Phase I is. I just need a bit more volume on the sides and tame down that top portion....
Here's the ending point for Phase II.
I am still working on this bad boy... just have to do more Christmas shopping today, so it is on the back burner until tomorrow. :) It's getting there... .slowly!
Can't wait to start.
BTW "bridal illusion" is not significantly different than regular ol' tulle. I compared. The only difference is basically that illusion is a little bit more glittery. Not sure what I think about that, yet.