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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / appliques on: February 18, 2008 07:11:36 PM
Obviously, I've been saving these up for a while.  I have a problem leaving clothing alone.  I have it in my head that all should be embellished, appliqued, or what have you. 

This is just a denim skirt that someone gave me which I added an applique of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  I machine stitched all the details around it.

This is a fleece jacket my 2yo son and I made for my husband for Xmas.  The top layer of the applique is actually a drawing my son did that I scanned and printed out on a fabric sheet (the washable kind).  We made the skull and layered it and sewed it on.  My son called it "Spooky".

I swear this is it for now.  Thanks for looking.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sweater to shrug on: February 18, 2008 06:56:10 PM
I have been experimenting with felting lately (hubby got rid of some XL sweaters).  I also don't have a serger and took the lazy way out. 
I just washed the sweater (in a rubber banded pillow case) in a hot wash with detergent.  I added a pair of old sneakers to increase agitation.  Then I dried it in the dryer. 
I cut it below my bust and flipped the bottom half around.  I sewed on the buttons and then marked where the button holes should be on the ribbing part.  I stabilized the button holes with tear away stabilizer.  Added the button details and 2 hooks and eyes.  I also cut the sleeves off and resewed them in as a short (sort of cap) sleeve.

without the bottom--shrug.

Thanks for looking!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Be gentle--first post (pic heavy) on: February 18, 2008 06:41:49 PM
This is a really simple way to either use expensive material that you can only afford half a yard of and/or fix items of clothing that are too short.

These jeans were from Goodwill and about an 1-2 in. too short.  So, I added the panel of fabric.  Basically, I interfaced the fabric with med. wt. interface--to give it more weight.  I sewed it "in" the jeans, so that leaves the raw edge out.  Just hand sewed the pompom trim (which is machine washable--yay!). 

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This was a skirt I made for my niece for Xmas.  She's a cowgirl at heart.  I found this Alexander Henry fabric ages ago, but could only afford 1/2 yd.  So, this was a perfect project.  Found the skirt at GW and cut it 2/3 of the way down.  Added the panel-again interfaced-sewing on inside to leave the raw edges.  I had to add a slit to the back--so she could walk gracefully in her cowboy boots.  Added a beaded "fringe" to give it a touch of glam and that's it.

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