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"Fly along with me, I can't quite make it alone..."
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31st-Dec-2009 09:48 pm - Let's Be Friends!
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Most of my posts are kept friends-locked, because I often mention my personal things along with the usual assorted fangirly chatter and general nonsense. I'm always happy to add new friends, though. Just shoot me a comment and I'll add you back!. :)
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20th-Mar-2009 02:44 pm - Silver Silhouette
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I'm working on my next creation today. I've had this amazing fabric for about a month now. It's from Carolina Herrera and I've been trying to think of the perfect thing to make. I knew I wanted to use it for this wedding party coming up in a couple of weeks, and I knew it needed to be a simple design, but I didn't want a boring shift dress. "Blah" I had toyed around with a cap-sleeved shift with a deep, shaped neckline and a standing collar...but then I saw this Chloe dress and "SHAZAAM!" This was it. (I'm still going to do the other design, but I think I've found a better fabric for it. I have a sample coming in the mail, hopefully very soon.)

Also, I've been trying to dream up a design for my labels, but hadn't found just the right idea until this morning.  Honestly, I had  been starting to become very frustrated! I have been googling fonts for days, only to find the same old boring stuff that you find on wedding invitations. So I whipped out my pen...er, crayon....and proceeded to draw. I came up with a great monogram, which I like extra much because it's handmade! The only problem is that it's done in crayon! I need to find a way to get it uploaded and refined so that I can send it to the label maker. (Time to go buy Photoshop, I guess!) (I'm HOPING this can be done...yikes!)

So there I am as of now. I'm going to start on the muslin either today or tomorrow. I'm going to try creating a pattern by directly draping my fitting mannequin. It's an old french style of design called "le moulage". I've never done it before, but I'm about to give it my best shot! At least the style is easy and won't require many pieces. *crosses fingers*

25th-Dec-2008 08:38 pm - My First Drabble!!!
ShihTzu
Hi everyone! Merry Christmas! I am finally getting the guts up to share a little drabble idea that came to me last week. I figured I should jump on the opportunity to give something back, since I devour everyone else's  offerings  so greedily! Hope you enjoy, and please keep in mind I'm by no means an author or even someone who did well in english class. *blushes*




Title:
Black Hole Sun
Author: jenni_cn 
Characters/Pairings: Edward/Bella (early Twilight)
Rating: T
Word Count: about 300
Summary: After Edward becomes smitten with Bella, he spends sunny days in tortured exile from school.
Author's Note: This was loosely inspired by the title of the song "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden.  I heard it recently, for the first time in years, and the title instantly brought to mind the idea for this story.



It wasn't the first time since his rebirth that he was acutely aware of the passing of time, but this was the first in which the clock's pace was actually painful. Minutes, hours, days...they suddenly seemed to pass at an excruciatingly slow rate. Helpless, he stared at the face of the clock as it mocked him, each passing tick of the second hand taunting him with its tempo, reminding him exactly how much longer he had to wait until he could see her again. Until the clouds returned.

Damn the sun and its unrelenting grip on his existence.  It would forever remain the one thing in the whole universe more powerful than he. Neither man nor beast was ever any match for his physical strength, but this one tiny object, millions of miles away, would always be his unyielding jailer to which he'd forever be enslaved.

He would glare angrily at the sun until its rays would burn his eyes, scorching black holes into his vision. Then he would close his lids, envisioning her face to keep from falling into complete insanity during his time in exile. Time, the one and only thing he had limitless amounts of, was being sucked away by the sunshine, and  jealous thoughts of those other boys stealing the chance to capture her precious attention would drive him again dangerously close to  the brink of madness.

But just as he'd become certain he was about to lose his mind, slowly, but surely, the clouds would return again to free him, at last.




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28th-Oct-2008 07:28 pm - The Finished Product....
ShihTzu
I finally got to wear my creation to a huge party this last Saturday night, and I am very pleased with the finished product.

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(Once again, please excuse my photography skills, or lack thereof. Finding just the right lighting is my biggest challenge! )

And in other sewing news, I have found a treasure trove of fashion fabrics over in Dallas. Thanks to a good friend, who was looking for home decor fabrics and found this instead, I have come across an amazing couturier that also sells fabrics.  I have found just what I was praying for in this store!! It is close to home, has the most incredible things, and also employs people who can help answer any sewing questions I have!!!!!

And currently I'm daydreaming and scheming my next project. Stay tuned......

 

 
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18th-Oct-2008 11:32 pm - I GOT ROB'S AUTOGRAPH!!!
ShihTzu


Hey y'all!! Guess what?!?!?!? My dear, sweet, wonderful, awesome friend, Marcy, ended up going tonight and was SOOOOOO nice to get an autograph from ROB FOR ME!!

I mean, seriously! Marcy, you are the BEST! I don't know many people who would be kind enough to get an autograph for some other person when in that situation. You are truly the sweetest and kindest and least selfish person, and I am forever in your debt. That was so thoughtful, and I can't wait to see the awesome pictures you got of ROB AND HIS SEX HAIR!!!

*SQUEEE!!!*

Marcy, I hope you will let me post some here so the other wonderful ladies and gent on my flist can share in the awesomeness.

And next time I see you, watch out....you're going to get trampled by me with hugs like Dino on Fred Flintstone!!! LOLS!!!

*blows kisses*

Oh, I guess I should add, for those of you who are wondering, that Marcy told me he was signing autographs after the show. There was a huge line that snaked around the building, so they were only letting people get autographs and pictures OF him (sadly, not WITH him). But Marcy said she did get some pics, and yes, the sex hair was ON!!! It was wild, too. She said he was running his hands through it so much that it was like one wild hair party on his head! *snort*

*does happy dance*
13th-Oct-2008 11:48 am - A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Well, I'll just say that I didn't finish the dress in time for the party Saturday night. As hard as I worked, even up until the moment I jumped in the shower, I just couldn't make it happen. (Believe me, though, I did consider asking my friend to pin me IN the darn thing!)But alas....it just wouldn't have been the same.

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10th-Oct-2008 01:24 pm(no subject)
ShihTzu
Well, it's coming down to the wire on getting my dress finished. The party is TOMORROW night! ACK! Honestly, though, I think I will get it finished in time. The hardest and most time consuming part, the bodice, is already done.

I have been reminded, first hand, why couture is so expensive. There is so much time and hand-work involved int he process. But seriously, nothing can compare to having a garment custom made to your measurements. And the details are simply mind-blowing. But I have to admit, there's something intensely satisfying about doing it with my own hands. I can admire this garment for the rest of time, knowing exactly how much work went into it, and that's precisely the part you can't see!!

So here's a couple of pictures of the bodice on my fitting mannequin. And I swear, it looks much more amazing in person! First of all, the fabric doesn't really glow like it does when you see it first hand. And it's hard to see all of the pieces that comprise the bodice with the busy design of the lace. There are FIFTEEN pieces that make up the outside of the bodice alone! (And that many more for the lining.)


You can see in the next picture that each seam on the front of the bodice has been topstitched in a parallel fashion. I used a heavyweight thread for this so it would be a bit more visible. It not only helps the seams lay flat, but it gives more emphasis to the lines. 

 




There are also some details you can't see here that help with the shape and contour of the dress.
  • Each lace piece has been underlined with black fabric prior to construction. I also hand basted each piece with red thread  (you can still see some that I need to remove.) This took a couple of hours more, but it kept the lace from shifting and puckering when I sewed the seams.
  • There is boning made into the lining of the bodice. A seperate casing was sewn into each seam on the underside. The 1/4" nylon boning helps the bodice stay straight and keep it's form. (Plus, it's a nice little bit of invisible support, too! Like  built-in corset).
  • The bodice was fitted three times during the construction process. This was even AFTER the pattern was made from the muslin. The objective was to get the bodice to have a firm fit, but not too tight as to cause pulling. (In case I didn't mention before, the fabrics are all 1-way stretch in the width.)
  • The lining was understitched along the upper seam to help it lay flat underneath. I will go back and make a few tacks at the sides to help it keep from crawling, too.
  • Something that I will do in the end is to hand-sew a ready made bra into the top, similar to the Dolce & Gabbana dresses. The bra will give bust support and shape, while the pretty straps will serve to keep that baby up! (There's a pretty one from Victoria's Secret I'm going to get.)

 

So stay tuned for the finished product. And wish me luck on getting it completed in time!!! ♥
4th-Oct-2008 09:48 pm - Fabrique Fantastique!
ShihTzu
My fabric came today and I'm absolutely THRILLED with it. I'm always worried when I order things sight, unseen, but I'm in love with this. The color is amazing and unique and the drape is perfect. This dress is going to ROCK!

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1st-Oct-2008 08:31 pm(no subject)
ShihTzu
 
I always yearn to find my way back "home" again. And I'm realizing part of that quest means re-connecting with that part of me that was left behind when I became an adult. After college and work, and once family took priority over self, I stopped doing things that seemed unimportant and whimsical. Reality demanded every ounce of my time and energy. But ironically, I didn't realize that those very things are a big part of what drives us and gives us those proverbial wings to fly.
 

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10th-Sep-2008 08:34 am - Bark Vader....
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I'm dying over this video, because this is soooo something I would do! ROFL! My dog would get even with me by going in and peeing in my closet!!!!
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