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A Green Beginning: Wedding Shrug

27 May

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

Last year one of my good friends got married, and she asked me to make a shrug for her to wear with her wedding dress.

I said of course!

I drafted the pattern, and made the shrug out of a beautiful vivid green silk dupioni from Fabric Indulgence and Art Supply.

Before I could sew the fabric, I outlined each piece with Fray Check, to prevent the edges from unraveling–I learned that this was necessary the hard way, when Shrug 1 came apart on me :P On the inside the shell and the lining both have French seams, as well.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

The tricky part was that Sophia lives in Atlanta, and I live in Texas, so drafting the pattern was a biiiiit difficult. I managed to make my dress form Doris match Sophia’s measurements, but Doris doesn’t have arms, and my first attempt at sleeve drafting was less than stellar–the first version of the shrug had elbow length sleeves, but they prevented Sophia from moving her arms! So I cut them off into cap sleeves and hemmed them hastily by hand the night before the wedding.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

The trim was also pleated and sewn on by hand. Box pleats, because I love them.

In the end I think the shrug was about 70% handsewn, most of it taking place during my trip for the wedding. Because that’s kind of how I roll.

Sophia’s lovely jewelry was all made by our friend Mara!

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

Best garter ever? Yes.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

All of the lovely pictures in this post are by Diana C. Kim Photography, used with her gracious permission.

Kaylee: A cake for a mighty fine Firefly shindig

29 Aug

Here are some shots of the Kaylee doll cake that I made for my friend Angela’s Firefly birthday party! (follow the link for tons of pictures from the party, including me dressed up as Jayne’s mother and posing with a llama ;)

She’s a vanilla sponge cake, carved into shape and then filled and covered with Swiss Meringue Buttercream. The doll came from the dollar store, and once upon a time she was a mermaid with really terrible hair–she came with a ponytail, and other than a ring of hair around the top of her head she was bald, like a monk with a tonsure! I colored the bald spot with a brown marker, then used a hot glue gun to glue her hair into place (carefully covering her scalp). Then I trimmed her hair, cutting off the ugly matted fresh-from-the-box curls and making it the right length for Kaylee, and glued on her little bow.

I’ve also made a Kaylee doll based on this dress, which I gave to Angela for Christmas/12th Night, a month after the fact :P

Craft Challenge: Bonus January Pictures!

14 Feb

The lovely Sharon sent me pictures of her (and her husband, the handsome Jason) with her January craft items!  I’m pretty much thrilled to pieces that Sharon likes her crafts (and really relieved that everything arrived safely).

Thanks, Sharon!