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1  Tee Dress with horses in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: March 24, 2008 12:20:34 AM
The horses print came from a shirt with something stupid on it "Wild West Rodeo Girls" or something like that. I had to rescue the horses from the ugly shirt. Three other tee shirts helped me. This is so comfy, I really like the end result. It looks pretty great over jeans or tights. I think this is a design I'll do again - the horizontal stripe across the boob area makes 'em look a little more curvy looking, and a gal like me could use a little o' that!!

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2  Re: Flirty springtime pillowcase skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: March 13, 2008 07:40:58 PM
Thanks for all the appreciation, pals! It is so nice to be able to come here and share successes and be inspired.

cute_anarchy: Here these are called Goodwill "outlet" stores. I don't know if they exist outside of portland?

3littlechicks: I did this pillowcase skirt different than the standard way of using the pillow opening for the bottom edge. To feature this print I used the pillowcase on its side, which also allowed a little more bum room, and leg walking room for that matter.

Here is an attempt to illustrate. I cut approximately along the red (diagonal) lines to create a front and back. I made sure the width at the top was 1/2 my hip measurement + a seam allowance, to be sure it would fit over my hips.
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3  Flirty springtime pillowcase skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: March 12, 2008 07:39:14 PM
I think this is my favorite recon EVAR.

This cool retro pillowcase was purchased at the Goodwill's last-stop-before-the-dump where you buy things by the pound! It became a happy skirt with the help of a thrift store tee shirt for the waistband, and an old slip and a bit of fabric from the remnant bin for the second tier. I really had fun doing the twill ties in the back that kind of bustle the skirt. I really like the muted color scheme, that is somehow still springy.

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4  Linen skirt upgrades in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: March 12, 2008 07:14:32 PM
What you have here are two linen skirts made delightful with some little additions. Everything came from the thrift store for $1.

On the first skirt, the bottom was the bottom edge of a sweater with an awesome knit pattern. I used the arms to make arm warmers. Both of these items were in my possession for months before I realized how great they looked together. Reminds me of some sort of raspberry and tangerine gelato combination!

For the second skirt, I made a strip of patchwork from my scrap bag and added it to the top by appliqu, which amazingly did not screw up the bias at all!
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5  One shirt from two (times two) ........image heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: January 13, 2008 11:30:46 AM
I usually wish most shirts had longer sleeves and torsos because I am kind of lanky. So I am going through a phase where I cut the sleeves off one shirt and add them to another. Sometimes I use both sleeves to create one. Sometimes I lengthen the torso too. It's a pretty easy recon.

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6  unloved sweaters to patchwork scarves in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: January 13, 2008 11:24:02 AM
I know, it doesn't take a whole lot of talent to make a scarf. But I was pretty excited to see how well my mountain of compulsively collected sweaters turned into something comfy and colorful. I'm a quilter primarily, so of course most everything I do has to be patchwork. I cut scraps 12" wide, sewed them together and then sewed the length into a 6" wide tube and hand stitched the ends closed, so it looks good front and back and no exposed seams.

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7  Recon your sweaters! (pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: November 27, 2007 09:53:12 AM
I lack the foresight needed for before pictures. But I had all these sweaters that don't fit quite right, or that I've shrunk in the wash, or were just out of date. I decided to franken-sweater them - cutting them up and sewing back together into something lovely. It was great fun!

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8  Stuffed animal --> costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by sagefemme on: September 29, 2007 05:27:17 PM
I made this for my hubby to wear at Burning Man. Originally everyone thought it was a penguin but eventually they learned it was a puffin and he was a bit of a celebrity.

I used a huge stuffed animal from the Goodwill, chopped off it's head and taped it to a bike helmet also from the Goodwill. Then I removed the stuffing from the body, made armholes, sliced it up the middle and gave it some Velcro. Just in time for Halloween ideas!
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9  $2 recons! 2 tops, 2 skirts, MANY pics in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: August 02, 2007 08:18:52 PM
I am currently underemployed and sewing any day I'm not working. Nothing is getting done in my house except this stuff. My rule while shopping for pieces to alter is "nothing over a dollar" so I shop on $.99 day and buy the stuff they are ready to ship to Africa or somewhere far.

Recon number one: Was a long linen skirt from...the limited? With ugly lace at the bottom. Shortened, decorated with thread and machine appliqued this gorgeous bird from a Japanese themed top that had a rip in it.

Next, from the same Japanese themed shirt I took a flower branch and added it to a shirt that maddeningly wouldn't keep it's bottom hem turned down. Chopped that and a green tank with yucky straps. In a fit of optimism I tried to remove the tag from the green tank and put two ugly holes in the back of my finished masterpiece, so I found another teeny bit of flower branch and covered the holes with it. Necessity is the mother, blah blah.

Then a sundress with a disgusting bodice (like, greasy) had it's top and bottom chopped off and some patchwork added. The top edge was finished with a ribbon.

Finally a shirt with lovely touchable material that was haraunged into a stretch neckline and sleeves (ugh) just happened to coordinate perfectly with a necktie for straps! Very proud of this idea. I chopped off the top and sleeves, put elastic in the top then gathered all the extra in the front to hide the nips.

That's all! Hope you enjoy and are inspired - you all are sure inspiring me!
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10  Rooooster! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sagefemme on: August 01, 2007 06:10:27 PM
I rescued this appliqued and embroidered rooster from the second hand store where he was living on a pillow case and bound for the dump. I bought him for $.50 (approximately since they sell stuff by the POUND!) I pulled out coordinating scraps from my bags of quilting scraps. Now he is part of a patchwork skirt that I can't stop looking at! I just sort of winged it (haha) on the pattern based on my understanding of A-line skirts from "Sew What! Skirts". I gave it a drawstring waist with beige twill tape. It is so delightful. Any and all cock jokes gleefully welcomed.

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