Yay for trying to win stuff
First I laid out the fabric I planned on using and cut them in increasing increments. Like the title says, eclectic!
1: Here I took a tshirt, and measured just under bust line with chalk. 2: Set the first layer of fabric on top to make sure it was wide enough. 3: The stack of all the other fabric layers. 4: Set the second layer just to make sure.
1: With right sides together, I put the first layer over the shirt to check placement (after having sewn the seam together for the first layer). 2: Ran a gather stitch on the top of the first layer, gathered it only Slightly, and placed in on the shirt, again right sides together. 3+4: Pin pin pin! And sew it on!
Here’s it turned inside out. (Chalk mark easily comes off, don’t worry)
I didn’t trim the shirt underneath yet, since I need some length still.
With it turned right side out, I did a second stitch about an inch and a half from the first stitch, creating a casing for elastic. I made a guide so that it would be even all the way around. And left about an inch gap at the back to thread the elastic through.
Once the casing was done, I trimmed the tshirt with about 2 inches of allowance for good measure.
1: Made a hem add small as I could on each layer (obviously having sewn together each layers sides together). 2+3: Placed each layer on the layer before it, literally layering them hehe. 4: I did a 6 inch gap between each one so that the total length would be long enough for my shortness. The gaping can be adjusted for desired dress length.
With a gather stitch on each layer, I gathered it enough to make it for the previous layer, sewing it on to the layer. (2 shots showing the gathered layers, and all the layers sewn on.)
With it inside out, I then trimmed of the excess fabric off each layer. It makes it fit much easier once trimmed, believe me.
I then hemmed the bottom layer to complete all the layers.
On the tshirt, I trimmed of the neck and sleeve hems.
I then ran a short gather down the middle of the neck, cinched it, and stitched over the gather to keep it in place.
Here I took two pieces of ribbon, cut a small hole in the shoulder, and tied up the sleeves. Cute widdle bows!
And tada! Dress is complete! With an added belt for looks. Doubt I’ll wear it out of the house though. Mostly just fulfilled my need to create something. 🙂
So last year we ran the Dirty Dash as a big group. We are doing it again this year, with a bit more planning and knowledge. Last year was a learning experience to say the least. The tan line I got from the worst sunburn ever is finally disappearing, almost a year later!
So this year we are remembering the sunscreen, running earlier than we did last year to avoid as much heat and direct sun (and hopefully get more mud! ), and I’m going to wear a tshirt instead of a tiny tank top.
Along with wearing a tshirt, we’ve decide to design them in fun ways to be unique to each person! Que the dollar tree iron ons!
3 sheets per package.
Part of my design. Printed from an ink jet printer. Actually worked really well!
Friends cow design on her shirt with some puffy glitter paint around it.
And the full image of my shirt design.
Everyone’s shirt has James’ photography logo. Free advertisement, hehe.
Oh and discovered you can draw on the transfers with sharpie and it works too! So you can draw something instead of print something if you wanted.
Also here is the front of our shirts. We got em all on clearance after St Patty day.
Now we’ll find out how they do when coated in mud. Shall update for that. 😉
Decided my first true update post should be pics of my wedding. I have some family that wasn’t able to attend and I know would like to still see pictures from it. 🙂
Me and James during “rehearsal” dinner. We didn’t actually do a rehearsal because of schedules not working, oops.
James and his mom Mary Lou during the dinner. Her and my gma helped make all the food for the day of!
The guy’s cufflinks. Lego bricks! James has the white ones and the rest of the guys had the black ones.
Black and white shot of me getting out of the car. 🙂
How I did my earrings: Wave like bone tapers, and the pearls were threaded through a piece of wire with another piece of wire in the middle. Had to have a piece of wire going through each hole I have in my ears.
Our rings tied together so everyone could see them and bless them before the ceremony.
James waiting for me to walk down the aisle.
Us kissing (eeuw, right? Hehe.)
Our actual first kiss as Husband and Wife!
And right after the kiss. 🙂
My sister (the Maid of Honor) with my brother-in-law’s (Ric) cousin, Larry. He was my moms escort down the aisle.
I can’t remember what we were laughing at.
We had a mailbox for people to sign instead of a book.
My Dad and Mom!
Ash and Ric switched shoes and were dancing!
My wedding shoes that I found at the thrift store! They were perfect!
Us again after our first kiss.
Us after we were officially announced as Husband and Wife (we were still a bit teary, hehe)
As we were walking down the aisle together.
Our awesome cake topper! Our whole wedding was kind of Kids at Heart themed. Legos, paper planes, and pics of us as kids.
And the sign we had for everyone to know that we didn’t care where they sat. Everyone is family. And in the background you can see our arch my dad made for us. The lego-like J&R was a complete surprise to both of us! We loved it!
I’ll try to get more pics up later, these are the only ones I have edited so far. Been busy. 🙂