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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: The shoe gods may strike me down for defacing a pair on Manolos on: October 24, 2009 03:09:52 PM
Have they lasted?

They have actually!  I did have to do a little touch up with modge podge on a spot where the paper started to lift, but aside from that they've held up great.  I've never worn them while jumping in mud puddles or anything though.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Band t-shirt recon based on shirts that fit on: October 24, 2009 01:51:09 PM

Here is my new tank!

Here is how to use shirts that fit you as your "pattern"


Fold large shirt and fitting shirt down the middle, lay fitting shirt on top of large shirt.  With your tailor's chalk, draw on the line using the shirt that fits as the guide.  Then add your seam allowance (I used the width of my tape measure at 5/8" because 5/8" is where it's at)  Cut on your outside line, cut off your sleeves (save them if you want to have sleeves later). 

Consider the amount of stretch in your material too - if the fitted shirt you're using as the pattern is a lot stretchier than the band t-shirt, then you need that ease for the fit you're after.  Either adjust accordingly (I just eyeballed it when I cut) or try and use a shirt with a similar amount of stretch. 


I wanted to base the collar on this purple shirt.  I folded the front of it down the middle while the back fabric just kind of hung out (otherwise you can't trace the front collar if the back of the shirt is in the way).  Chalk on the line, add your seam allowance.  Do the same for the back. 


I just pinned on the sleeve, then leaving the pins in lifted up the purple shirt and put a chalk mark at each pin.  This gave me a dotted line for my sleeve.  It helps to have a padded surface to pin into. 


Now you cut it up and sew it together, finishing in whatever way you like.  I left the original hem because I liked the length.  I also decided to do a tank top, although I saved the sleeves thinking I might do a little cap sleeve or something.  When I decided not to I just did a rolled hem instead. 
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Purple Fairy Tree on Tote on: May 06, 2009 10:40:54 PM
This is super cool, nice job!  Love the purples on the green fabric.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: card box furniture WIP (pics INSANE) on: February 21, 2009 03:59:19 PM
Wow, that is so amazing!  What a creative (and functional!) way to recycle cardboard boxes. 
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: House of TEA!!! on: October 16, 2008 12:07:25 PM
This is super cute, what a great idea! 
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super-Lucky, Quick & Dirty, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Tote on: September 16, 2008 07:41:59 PM
Nicely done!
I want to make one!

Super easy, I literally just sewed a rectangle open on top and added some gussets.  If you don't think you can make it through 50 lbs of rice, ask around at local restaurants - they just throw theirs away!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Plastic lined camera case (with tute) on: September 16, 2008 06:49:30 PM
That is really cute!  And what a great idea to line it in plastic too.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super-Lucky, Quick & Dirty, Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Tote on: September 16, 2008 06:46:32 PM
Here's another rice bag tote.  I made it from an empty 50lb bag Super Lucky Elephant rice that I got from Costco.  We've gotten through have the bag and it's been in the pantry maybe 6 months, I put the rest into a big resealable container because I wanted to turn it into a grocery bag.

Maui County has passed legislation banning plastic bags, but it won't go into effect until 2011.  However, the little town where I do most of my grocery shopping already banned plastic bags well before the legislation!  Now I won't get scolded at the health food store for forgetting my reuseable bag, assuming I don't forget it that is.





9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where's your "sewing room"? on: August 06, 2008 07:59:57 PM
Wow, when you had sewing on the lanai did you have and problems with humidity??

On and off the dining room table is definitely the least ideal.

We are looking at moving right now (just made an offer on a house), and I may end up with a dedicated sewing area... probably not a whole room, but at least part of one!  That's pretty exciting.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: reversible Amoeba whole-cloth hand quilted labor of love (img heavy) on: July 12, 2008 05:26:48 PM
I keep looking this post up in my bookmarks to admire this quilt - it's so amazing I have to keep coming back to look at it more!  I'd love to see more photos.
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