Friday, July 30, 2010

Thrifty Snipper Finds

Today, I went to a recycle place that sells cast-offs from manufacturing companies (tubing, bits of foam, plastic circles, etc.) and other donated craftable items.  They sell the stuff by the bagful and it's a huge hit with school teachers and such.  The store has been around forever and it smelled exactly like it did when I was a kid. This time around, I brought my (almost) three year old and she was in heaven - grabbing handfuls of scraps from the bins and boxes.  She scored all sorts of great junk:

And I snuck a few of my own items into her bag:

Isn't that pink plaid fabric sweet?  I thought so too.  Then I got home and discovered I was the unsuspecting owner of these:

If I were two-dimensional, I would totally wear these pants.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Veil Making: Beading for the First Time

A friend is getting married this weekend.  Yay for weddings!  Since brides are always strapped for cash and I was looking for something different and interesting to sew (see #3 and #4), I offered to make her veil.  She had a style in mind and emailed me this veil picture (here's the link):

Yikes!  Opening that picture was definitely a "I'm in WAY over my head" moment.  But I rallied and delicately explained to her that due to my limited experience (as in ZERO experience) beading wedding veils, we could produce a similar effect without all of the beading.  No worries.  We ended up with a light ivory, oval cut, two tier, scalloped veil with a beaded edge.  Three hundred and eighty 3mm and 4mm Swarovski crystals were sewn by hand with silver thread.  It turned out simply lovely and I can't wait to see her looking all radiant on her big day!

(Shhhh! Don't tell the bride I took the veil for a test run.)

For first time veil makers, don't be intimidated because they are super easy, and so cheap you can scrap your failed attempts without feeling guilty!  I learned how to make veils by typing 'how to make a veil' in an internet search engine.  Tutorials are abundant and the savings are phenomenal.  I spent three years after college working in a bridal salon and veils are like costume jewelry - stores mark them up four to five times their wholesale cost.  Clip a few coupons and you can probably throw a simple one together for less than $10.  With a some patience, 'cut edge' and beaded veils can be made without a machine.  I use the 'bridal illusion' veiling that you get at your local big-name fabric store.  For this veil, I purchased my crystals from  I like the bicone crystal beads in the 'AB' color because the rainbow tint is very pretty in the light. 

SNIPPER TIP:  Use the white side of wrapping paper to make a pattern for your veil.  Then, instead of cutting the veiling with the pattern paper on top (like you would with any other type of sewing pattern), put the pattern underneath of the veiling.  The veiling is sheer and you can see right through to the pattern. 

If I can get a picture of the beautiful bride this weekend, I'll update with a photo.

Pleased To Meet You!

Hi  and welcome!  I feel like I should introduce myself before I start splashing all manner of sewing silliness across this screen.  After all, you might be wondering what to expect from this chipper snipper.

My thirtieth birthday is right around the corner and my world is full of new beginnings.  My husband and I have filled up the last few years with new jobs, new babies, new homes, and new challenges.  The transitions are never ending and I find myself searching for activities that ground me and keep me sane.  Rediscovering my love of sewing has brought a new joy to my life!  It's not always easy to find sewing time while taking care of my lively little family, so I've learned to be flexible and live by some simple rules.  Here they are in no particular order:

     1.  Life's too short to get sidetracked by perfectionism.
     2.  Make the most of what you've got.
     3.  Seize those gift-making opportunities.
     4.  Help out a friend whenever you can.
     5.  Own some Proverbs 31.
     6.  When the need arises, go ahead and yell at your toys.

I'll be sure to explain them more as I post projects, or maybe during those dreary winter months!  Do you have a sewing philosophy?  I'd love to hear about it and about you!

Saturday, July 24, 2010