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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Re: Little Bibles on: July 27, 2007 07:54:37 PM
There's a huge stack of them at the local Salvation Army shop in my town, but they actually cost! 25 cents a piece.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pink is not usually my color- T to dress on: July 26, 2007 01:27:27 PM
I was inspired by all the cool giant-t-to-dress recons on here, so here's my contribution.

The things that are different are the cool-blue tie, and that I gathered the waistline rather than trust myself to accurately guestimate a good a-line.

This is the finished product, I used the collar to make the straps and some scrap x-fine t-shirt knit to make the ties. Sorry it's such an icky pic.


The color is actually more like this tho... you can see the way the ties are connected and the skirt bottom with the basting for the gathers.


My only problem is that I can't find my seam ripper, so you can see the gathering basting on the finished dress. I know it's around here somewhere, so I will fix that soon. Wink

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Cardboard Tubes (no toilet paper or paper towel rolls here!) on: July 25, 2007 03:23:23 PM
My idea is dull, but it's the way I use them....

I roll my big pieces of fabric on them and hang them on the wall to use as a fabric dispenser. (usu. muslins, and similar, things i need loads of)

If I had enough, I might string them together as a kind of raft/picture frame for  a cool woven thing I made... It would set it off from the wall nicely.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Skirt Ever! Whatcha think? plus Circle Skirt Discussion on: July 25, 2007 10:51:05 AM
Well, I teach ethics (neither history nor math), and the way I get around circle skirt problems (other than deliberately cutting small) is to make 2/3 or 3/4 circles. I like the way they hang and I can put in a button waist or a tie.

I own Sew What, however, and it is brilliant. I love it bunches, but it tends to make things with WAY too much ease. (aka, I made skirt with their math that was about 8" too bit, and since I didn't get a long enough zipper to fudge the thing, it will have to stay that way.)

So, my advice is to get longer zippers than they advise, and make lots more of those comfy skirts, they are fun to teach in, I do.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Big Ol' Shirt ----> Swank Little Dress on: July 23, 2007 08:27:08 AM
That's really cute, and the color's great!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Navy Blue Leafy Dress on: July 22, 2007 04:18:27 PM
congrats on finally finishing... I have loads of half-finished stuff. I really like that color, I think it makes a dress good for many occasions.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage looking dress on: July 22, 2007 11:00:28 AM
that's amazing fabric for so cheap, it makes a spiffy dress.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: These lovely sheets had to be a dress... on: July 22, 2007 10:59:06 AM
ahh. dyslexia strikes again... it's 3777, i wrote it down wrong!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: These lovely sheets had to be a dress... on: July 22, 2007 07:58:25 AM
Thanks everyone, the pattern is Simplicity 3277, it has a couple of variations, cap sleeves, poufy sleeves, etc...
One of the other great things about a sheet dress is that it retains that fresh out of the dryer smell for longer than I would have expected. It smells so clean! Hopefully I won't fall asleep in it.  Grin
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / These lovely sheets had to be a dress... on: July 21, 2007 04:57:34 PM
So I bought these really pretty sheets at the thrift store a couple of months ago, and made a dress out of them. But it was horrid. It should have been lined and maybe had interfacing, but I didn't, so it looks really bad. (except on the hangar, it looks great on the hangar)... and I was soooo disappointed.
But, this week, I thought I would try again, I had plenty of material left over, and a much better new pattern, Simplicity 3777, here it is:


the original dress had the opposite scheme (mostly purple)


this is my first fully lined dress and I made the lining hem cute, with lace.


And, the lovely zipper shot, I don't have a zipper foot, so it's always fun sewing zippers.

(mirror shots are gross, sorry!)
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