Seriously, you young 'uns are mega creative. It is indeed inspiring and makes all us codgers want to be young again in order to dress cool ... especially those of us too chicken to have done it the first time 'round.
And apologies. Parts of my post would have been more comprensible save for the fact that I was posting so late/early.
I'm posting this message without photos for ... well, two reasons: no camera and to thank everyone for the massive boost of inspiration.
I got together with one of my crafty band mates and reconstructed a couple of pairs of jeans. We experienced some delays -- lost seam ripper, sliow to rip with the scissors, discussions about waiting v. going to the fabric store, etc.
Wound up going to the fabric store and lo and behold, they had this cool suede-like fabric on sale. It was ligiht fawn-colored with these flowers embroidered on it. So, I decided to make that an inset panel for the front of one of the skirts thanks to the support of my friend. She found some fake fur. It was supposed to line her car header, but when she was looking around, I sabotaged her by finding this RAD pattern for fake fur legwarmers and other important fur-like accessories. : ) That, a few yards of ribbom, snaps, a spool of thread, some bubbles, and we were good to go. Priorities.
I got most of one skirt completed. It's looking ok. It's diffifult to get the seam on the back to lie properly without puckering. I am fairly happy this far. I'm a slow goer. It took time to get some of the seams clean and looking good. Alas, there were some seams my machine refused to try to get over. I have yet to hem and trim the fabric in the inset so it doesn't look bad. The pair of jeans was nice and worn. A little stained, but no one can tell.
$10 (not including notions and labor) for an amazing skirt.
What I wanted to write most is simply how everyone here, esp. jumiper, has really inspired me and gotten my creative chutz-pahing. THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH!
Absolutely fanstastic. My @$$ would look like a sausage laced into that skirt. I am very envious of your assets and mad skills.
BTW ... what you do to sit in a pencil skirt is put your knees together, back straight and kind of twist your knees to the side. You don't sit on a chair, but rest with your hip bearing the weight in kind of a cock-eyed posture. It's best to keep the back straight as possible when doing this. Needless to say such garb is for dancing and mingling rather than dinner and a movie.
Um ... blue raspberry lemonade?! Gee, it's obviously been a while since I bought or made Kool-Aid. Hmmm.
How's your project going?! I'm shocked to have been the source of inspiration! Wow.
The placket should be OK. I may just cover the placket with the new soft knit I'm thinking about.
There was a good article in this month's SEW NEWS about edgings that has some great ideas that I might incorporate into it or another project. The magazine may look tired, but give them credit. This month's issue had some really good ideas complete with illustrations.
Still need to do some focused thrifting. I've been scattered and, well, I found some great tops. Nothing for reconstruction, 'tho.
Yeah ... the placket replacement might be tricky, but it would look better in the long run, I think. I'm still cogitating on that.
I'm going to experiment once I find some shirts. Coffee and tea are cheap dyes. I already have a couple of shirts the color of limes. Dunno about those other Kool-Aid colors. Pink and purple ain't my thang. I think my friend has some dye. She actually confessed having the gear and skills for slikscreening so you can imagine how happy I was to hear that.
Heat -- be a ironin' maiden, use a clean cloth on the top of the work, sort of like a transfer; and
White vinegar -- put about a half cup in the sink with cool water plus your garment and it sets the dye. I use it to wash red items in particular. Those tend to bleed a lot of dye when you first wash them.