Monday, May 30, 2011

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2884

Now that I'm fully done with the dress, I can give the pattern a fair assessment.

From Craftykix Creations

It's not bad, how about that? Not having very much experience with working from a pattern, I think this was a decent way to jump back in.

Time for a quick rant: I think that all patterns, especially beginner level ones, should come with a basic pattern legend. There are a few pattern notes in the beginning, about adapting it, but I'm talking about BEGINNER notes. Things reminding you that "this triangle means a notch, make sure you cut it in the fabric" so that you don't have to go back and mark it with chalk later because you didn't.

I make a habit (and you should too) of reading the whole process through first. It works for pattern, recipes and any instructions at all. If you know what to expect, you shouldn't encounter any surprises with the steps.

I followed almost all of the pattern steps with the exception of three. I did not do the instructed "turn up" hem. I used bias tape, because I've done it before with a full skirt and I like the end results. I also used an invisible zipper, not a regular one. I used this tutorial, did a practice one first, and it turned out beautifully. I did not put in boning, either. Half because I forgot to buy it and half because I didn't really want it. It turned out fine without it.

I could only decide on one thing that could be better explained. This is the first garment that I have made that has gathering, so I was not familiar with the process. Fortunately, I'm pretty intuitive and know how to look things up, but I imagine that there are people that do not think of such things and might flounder a bit with the lack of explanation on that feature.

I think more high contrast drawings would also be helpful, but I know there's a limit to the printing they use for the instructions.

Other than that, it was very descriptive as to what side you're supposed to be stitching on and other little bits.

As long as you read your instructions and notes and pay attention to what side is what, you'll be fine. I'd give this pattern an A-, for the reasons listed above. I'm satisfied with my results.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May Cville Crafter

It's time for another Charlottesville Crafter post!

This month I tackle something I'm not sure I've ever done here on Craftykix - Decoupage!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

How to Make a Ribbon Veil

No secret that I'm being married next month, right? We've already seen that I'm not really a traditional Giant Poofy Wedding kind of bride. I'm also getting married in the desert. So needless to say, a traditional veil, even a shorter one, is not really appealing to me. I really like the look of the ribbon veil, as shown on Offbeat Bride.

What's a crafty girl to do when she sees something she likes? Make it, of course!


~ Ribbon - in colors that you like/match your scheme/are special to you.
~ A hair doodad. I went with a barrette. If you would rather have a comb thing or elastic, have at it, but these instructions might not work the same.
~ Hot Glue
~ Clear nail Polish, white glue, or fray stopper
~ Ornamentation - I used star beads, but anything is fair game - rhinestones, beads, feathers, whatever your heart desires and makes you happy)

1. Decide how long you want your ribbons to be. Do you want them just dangling by your shoulders or all the way down your back? Have someone help you measure your desired length if it's super long. Make sure you have enough ribbon - some of the "discount" rolls only have about 3 yards on them, which may not be enough. You're going to need twice your desired length, more if you plan to use that specific ribbon more than once. Also, at this point, decide if you want your colors to be random or in a pattern on the barrette. I like symmetry, so my colors will be mirrored on each side.

2. Cut your ribbons. You want the raw ribbon to be twice the length that you want the veil. I cut the ends on the diagonal, to help prevent fraying while I worked.

3. Attach to the barrette by tying gently. Open the barrette. Fold your ribbon in half, lengthwise. Take the loop where it folds and put it through the barrette (you can temporarily remove the little curved forked tensioner thingy if you need to). Pull the ends of the ribbon through the loop and all the way through until it's snug. Don't worry if it's not perfect, you're not done.

4. Repeat as needed until your ribbons are on the barrette in the order you wanted. IMPORTANT: KEEP ALL THE RIBBONS GOING THE SAME DIRECTION. I.E. whatever side you insert the loop from the first time, insert all the others on the same side.

5. If you have not removed the forked tensioner (what is the NAME of that thing, anyway??), do it now. You'll put it back in later.

6. Plug in the glue gun. Make sure there's glue in it (duh). If you're like me, this step will take an hour because you've forgotten where you put the glue gun after you used it the last time and end up finding it in an unmarked box on top of the bookshelf.

7. Pull your ribbons snug and make sure they're where you want them to be on the barrette. On the back side of the barrette, put a dot of glue under each ribbon tie and press down to secure. They might still move around a little bit, but they will be mostly secure. When the glue is dry (5 minutes-ish), put the tensioner back in. This will also help to keep the ribbons in place.

8. Now it's time to deal with the ends. I'm sealing mine up with glittery clear nail polish, but you can use a light white glue that dries clear or some fray check or something. Just dab a little bit on the ends and let it dry. You may want to put something down on your work surface before you do this step, unless you want it all sticky.

9. When everything is dry, you can add your ornaments. Mine are slider beads that I reclaimed from a pair of shoes. Two are going on the barrette itself, and a couple are going on the ribbons. Hot glue will probably be your best choice for this, depending on your decorations.

10. Let everything dry, then try it on to make sure everything is how you want it!

The good thing is that this project isn't expensive. A couple bucks will get you multiple barrettes, and ribbon goes on sale all the time (or if you have one of the 40% off Michaels or Joann coupons). It's truly fully customizable, and if you screw up, it's easy enough to start over. Unless you and ribbon really have issues, it's a low stress way to add a DIY touch to your wedding ensemble.

Friday, May 20, 2011


It's done.

99.5% completed. And the only reason I've taken off the .5% is because I haven't figured out exactly how I want to fasten the sash.

I know, I know, shut up and show the picture, right?

I'll discuss the pattern later, but I'm pleased with the results.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Wave a Yay Flag, ladies and gents, we have a garment!!!

Nope, it's not finished, but it's in one piece and has a zipper! Yay!!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Skirt and bodice are both assembled.

All that's left (theoretically) is to put the two together, put in a zipper, hem the skirt lining and put the buttons on the halter.

And devise a sash.

And take over the world. That's all.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Piece by Piece

According to where I am in the number of steps in the directions, I am 65% done. I'm going to say more like 50, because there's still a lot left to go, including hem and zipper. But the bodice is together.

I forgot how many little steps are in between all the big steps. Pinning, pressing and trimming.

I found buttons that I'm not necessarily crazy about, but will do. I realized that the fabric from which I want to make my sash isn't really long enough. So far small potatos, and it's coming along.