All the possibilities for a Rehearsal Dinner Dress

Warning: Wedding Post Ahead.

We are less than three months out from the wedding and since I am doing a lot of DIY it means I have not been doing a lot else.

I did find exactly what I was looking for in a clearance off the rack wedding dress, so I do not have the added stress of making my wedding dress. However, I would like to wear something me made to the rehearsal dinner. I cannot seem to make up my mind on a rehearsal dress pattern, fabric, or anything. Do I want to wear white? Do I want to wear something super fancy that I probably won’t wear again? Do I just want to be comfy? So many choices!

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I made my own bias tape!

And another thing I love about sewing is that I am constantly learning new things! This chartreuse fabric is one of the first fabrics that I ever bought and I am now about to put it to another use; 1/4″ double fold bias tape!

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Materials; fabric marker, strips of remnant fabric (cut on the bias), 12mm bias tape maker, iron, rotary cutter/scissors, and a ruler.

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Colette Sorbetto: Hmmm…

I cannot decide if I like the Collette Sorbetto. It has some unusual fit issues that the Curvy Sewing Collective details in a blog comparison of the Collette Sorbetto and the Cashmerette Springfield. I experienced the same sleeve issues that Michelle mentions. Now frankly, I cut everything on the larger side, so that I can take in if I need to, whereas it is not as easy to save something cut too small. I probably need to take an alterations course. You will see that my “rogue altering” is getting a little out of hand!

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My Tchotchke Pincushion

I caught sight of a cute little pincushion on Instagram last week, and of course I can’t find it again. It was a ceramic animal with a hollow space and it had a velvet pincushion in the hollow space. I believe the one I saw was completely hand made and so it was very cool. This is my semi-homemade (like Sandra Lee from Food Network) version.

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Shockwave: Japanese Fashion Design 1980s–90s

Recently I visited the Denver Art Museum, or part of it, because it was huge. What a fantastic experience! Everything is great, especially their native people’s collections that mix traditional and contemporary art pieces.

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They had several great shows on view, but the one I was most interested in was, “Shockwave: Japanese Fashion Design 1980’s – 1990’s. I have to reiterate that until I began to make my own clothes I never paid much attention to fashion. My sculpture background means that I am most interested in how things are constructed and the shapes they create.

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Issey Miyake, 1980’s

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Style Arc Adeline: The dress I thought I could never love…

There are some styles of dresses that I never wear because I don’t have a defined waist. I wear a lot of empire waists and princess cuts in an effort to create one. That’s my own brain worrying about what is flattering and how other people perceive the shape of my body. That is a whole thing! I’m learning to un-learn those worries and thoughts.

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So I never expected to love the Style Arc Adeline, but I thought it looked great on Jenny from Cashmerette and Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’. I also thought it looked pretty comfortable, so I thought that even if I didn’t love it, I could wear it to run errands and around the house on days when I don’t feel like wearing pants. (Everyone has those days!) I fell in love! I LOVE THIS DRESS! I would wear it everyday if I wouldn’t get weird looks.

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Shrimp, Bok Choy, and Tofu, Oh My!

Last year in a brainstorming session for an upcoming event at work I pitched a ramen-themed photo booth. I love a weird/unique photo opportunity! I work at a non-profit arts center. The event was part of a ramen bowl exhibition and on the closing night we would serve ramen and sake, and people could take the bowls they bought from the exhibition right off the wall and get them filled with ramen.

Since nearly every person that works here is an artist we were not short of talented individuals to create a large stand up ramen bowl, giant ramen noodles, giant chopsticks, and a celery hat.

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My contributions were more along the sewing line. I made 3 little plush bok choy, a jumbo shrimp named Ernesto, and some tofu cubes.

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V8615 Very Easy Vogue: Emerald Pocket Dress

One of my very best and oldest friends got married on April 1st! I am so very happy for them and they are so well suited for each other. They met at a rockabilly bar and danced the night away. So it is not a surprise that their wedding is 1950’s rockabilly themed.

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My dress had to be tea length, emerald green, a fitted waist with a flared skirt and it had to have a 1950’s vibe. After 3 bodice muslins, I finally got Vogue 8615 to work for me. And it has pockets!

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How to Add Bra Strap Holders

I have been working on Vogue 8615 for as a bridesmaid’s dress for a 50’s type rockabilly wedding. It’s pretty much finished, but even though I brought the boat neck in 2″ on each side, it still shows my bra straps.

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Le Sigh. I have 3 strapless bras and I hate them all. They just don’t feel very secure to me and they droop. Most people don’t know that the band around your back actually does most of the heavy lifting (pardon the expression) and the straps do more like 25% of the supporting. So when you take away the straps the band has to do more work, meaning it is tighter, thus creating…

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