i made a ton of paper beads from scrapbooking paper strips. here's just one of them. i used a vintage metal button to fasten it, and strung it together with ribbon.
here's a vintage button bracelet i made for a going away present for a friend's wife. she liked it a lot! it's made with elastic cord and all the buttons are the kind with the little hook-loop on the back and no holes through to the front of the button, so you can't really see how they're attached from the picture.
here's a better picture of one of the scrapbook bracelets, a few more in the background that i don't like as much, and the ones in the back are made with plastic bottle beads i made. the green beads are from mountain dew bottles, i didn't have to color them.
i just melted them over a candle with a pliers and a wire cutters to hold the bead coils together before they melted, and they turned out beautifully! i am amazed, because usually i am really craft-retarded when it comes to new things, and it takes me a bunch of times before i get it. i only wasted two beads because i set them on fire! oops!
anyway, have a look!
and these are my favorites (omg ignore the nasty white legs and chipping nailpolish on my toes...and the awkward position of my feet, i was trying to get the beads in focus on my hand...i will pay more attention to the background next time i take pics of stuff...)
so i have tried to make three different dresses now, and i have concluded that i am dress-retarded.
for one i used a pattern, and one i was following a tutorial on here and the third i made myself from scratch.
they look fine and everything goes perfectly until i need to sew the bodice piece to the skirt piece. (and attach the zipper in the back)
it seems that no matter how many times i measure the waist, the two pieces that need to fit together end up being different circumferences and i can't attach them because one piece (usually the bodice waist circumference) is bigger around than the other and i get a weird gapping section when i pin it or sew it together and i can't ever get the two pieces to line up.....
i'd really love to make dresses! but for some reason this keeps happening!
i'm new here ( i posted a thread in the "introduce yourself" section already ) and i promised i'd post what i've made so far.
since finding craftster a few days ago, i've made these three things. sorry it's image heavy...
i refashioned one of my little brother's skater polo shirts into a pinafore style top. sorry i don't have the before pictures for any of these... :
and side detail:
thinking of adding buttons to the part where the straps connect to the shirt. any opinions? i don't know what color to use if i do...
and then i made a purse out of a tank top that was waaaaaay too small for me. i use it much more often now than when it didn't fit me... and it was very simple, all i did was sew up the bottom and it already had built-in handles!
and then here's the skirt i made out of a tablecloth and some pink fabric. it's a side close with a working button :
and i cut a star out and sewed it on for decoration:
well, that's what i have done so far...
working on more things still though. will post again soon!
Honestly, I just found this website a couple of days ago, and I've not been able to close out of the window for fear of losing access.
anyway, i was searching google for "refashioned clothing," "diy clothing," and "tshirt surgery" and came across the clothing section of these boards. I've already used a few of the tutorials and made more clothing for myself then I have had time or patience to do in months.
So I joined, and hopefully I'll put up some of my own tutorials and such, because heaven knows I've already soaked in plenty of information from your wonderful ideas.
Anyway, thanks for being amazing, and I'll be around for a while!