Friday, April 18, 2014

Coffee Date Friday


This one is going to be random. There's two that I want to tell you guys. First, the mister and I have started composting. We bought composting bins from the city. After a lot of research, we figured out what we can compost and it changed my world. I want to compost everything! I didn't even know we can compost cotton and wool! Since I sew with mostly cotton I was happy that I can compost my scraps. That's something completely new to me.



Now, on to the good stuff! I'm super excited to tell you guys that I figured out what kind of a dress I want. No, we don't have single plan figured out for our wedding, but I did find my dress! Okay, I didn't find my dress, but I found the dress I want to make.


First I wanted the dress that Julia made for Project Sewn. It's gorgeous lace, and I love her back neckline. That's why I fell in love with the dress in the first place. I was set and that was my dress, except longer and may be in dark purple. I know, crazy! Then, I kept looking at dresses. There were only a few criteria I wanted, I wanted it to be lace and for it to be sleeveless. I only saw the front of the dress and I fell in love!

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But I wanted to see what the back of this amazing dress looked like. Oh. My. Goodness! It can't be more perfect when I went onto Christos' website to check it out. When I imagined my wedding dress, I always wanted some back detail, and boy did I get it! When I saw it, I knew this was the one I wanted to make.

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The only problem with this dress is that I don't know how to sew with boning. It's time to learn! Another problem with this dress that I have is that this will probably be the most expensive dress I'll make that I'll only wear it once. I think it's a shame to make a dress that I'll only wear it one time. I was thinking of dying it and cutting it shorter. It would be a cute cocktail dress right? I can't imagine saving it because it's like saving fabric. I want to enjoy my fabric and make it into something great or at least try to. What do you think I should do with my wedding dress after our wedding day? What did you guys do with your wedding dress?

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  1. This wedding stuff is going to be soo exciting!!!!!
    Also, good on you to start composting :) You'll have to start gardening now too, you know ;)

    (ps: got your mail, I'll get back to you shortly!)

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    1. Thanks Siri! I'm kind of excited to make my wedding dress because I'll be learning a new skill, patience! hehe.

      I want to get into gardening! We want to plant our own veggies and fruits. I even went as far as having chickens because we love eggs. hehe.

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  2. WOW - that composting system is amazing. If you can find someone raising rabbits,their droppings, when added to grass and leaves, can make the most amazing "black gold" as an end result. They also do not "burn" plants and are wonderful around roses (not great on acid loving plants, however). Each gown is beautiful but I think the neckline on the black one is a bit low. There are many articles on the web about using boning. Just look for "how to apply boning to a bodice". Generally it just involves making a tract between bodice and lining, or underlining and lining, for the Rigalene or whatever boning you use. Here is a Threads article:
    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/23187/three-ways-to-attach-boning/page/all

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    1. I don't know anyone who has bunnies, may be I should have one as a pet!

      The reason why I like the black dress is because it's low. I read some articles on boning and watched some videos. I think the thought of it scares me until I just actually do it. :P

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  3. I never even thought about composting fabric! Do you have to worry about the dyes?

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    1. Sarah, the articles that I've read said the dyes are okay.

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  4. What a lovely dress. And what a great challenge. Maybe don't touch it afterwards, it will be something you have put a lot of work and effort into, and it's highly symbolic of your wedding day. A few months ago I got out my mum's wedding dress that my grandma made, and it was lovely just to look at it, try it on (though it didn't fit) and admire my grandma's incredible sewing skills. However I do totally get wanting to give it a new lease of life

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    1. The whole saving it didn't really matter to me much, but after reading your story, I might have to give it a second thought. I guess now, I'm torn!

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  5. Whoa, cotton and wool can be composted?? Guess I know what to do with all my scraps of unbleached muslin!

    Both dresses are beautiful; I think the front of the white neckline and the back of the black neckline would be an amazing combination, but both are so awesome!

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    1. Yep! I was surprised and I started saving all of my cotton fabric. Rayon can't though.

      You know, that would be an amazing idea! I haven't thought of that. Thanks! :)

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  6. I took a bustier class and thought I'd pass on a couple tips =o)

    If you want to keep things inexpensive while you practice sewing boning, you can use plastic cable ties (at Home Depot) as a surrogate for spiral boning. You just need to file the cut edges into a curve.

    Also, if you plan on continuing to use spiral boning, it's better to get the caps as a gross (144), as Michael Levine's charges 25 cents each (highway robbery!).

    Both dresses are beautiful!

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    1. Where are you taking these classes? I'm sorry, I'm just curious. Thanks for the tips. I'll keep them in mind when I work on them, hopefully in June/July. I'm kind of excited!

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  7. The dress is going to absolutely beautiful, no doubt. And with your skills everything will work out wonderful. I can't wait to follow your progress (and see the end result ofcourse!)

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    1. Thank you Karin! I'm kind of excited to make the dress and see the end result as well. :)

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  8. My wedding dress is in a box - never to fit me again!!!

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    1. I'm rethinking of saving the dress idea because I know that in a couple of years my dress won't fit me again.

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  9. I really want to try composting! I live in Austin and they're slowly rolling out compost bins to residents, just like with trash and recycling. Once I get those compost bins, I feel like I'll have almost no trash!

    I'm all for repurposing your wedding dress as a cocktail dress or something more wearable. If you're worried about it fitting later, maybe you could leave large seam allowances, or you could also even refashion it later if it didn't fit?

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