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51  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / t-shirts ---> tops on: November 23, 2006 04:22:50 PM
i used to be a crafstser addict, but i'm stuck with dial-up and never get a chance to do much lurking here.  BUT, my parents have high speed internet  Cheesy, so i figured i'd post some of my projects from the past few months. 


tiger army corset top


Horrorpops corset halter


misfits moto jacket


rob zombie corset top


nofx off-shoulder top
52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / from scratch, a plethora. on: June 19, 2006 06:13:07 PM

when i first started sewing a lot, i made most of my stuff from scratch.  once i got a serger, i went full-speed ahead into t-shirt reconstructing.  so i've been getting back into making stuff from scratch lately.  it helps break up the monotony of the t-shirts, and it's [usually] a hell of a lot cheaper because i'm not dropping 10 bucks on a t-shirt right off the bat. 

so here are a few i've done lately.






53  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cry-Baby recon and mmmmmore! on: May 11, 2006 10:03:14 PM


yeah, so.... best t-shirt ever?  mmmhmmm.  at first i was annoyed that i had to order from the manufacturer in two-piece pre-packs, but it means i get to keep one of these awesome shirts for myself, mwahah!  ummm, surplice bust, stretch lace trim, and lacing up the back.



my "signature" bleached ribcage on a dress with a cool jagged hemmed circle skirt. 



this shirt was awesome to begin with.  you can't go wrong with playing card inspired prints.  the back has faux corset lacing.  pleated hem in purple+black houndstooth!



corset style top with fuzzy zebra print fabric and heavy duty hook and eye up the back. 

54  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / MY IDEA OF A PROM DRESS... on: May 01, 2006 12:11:32 AM
okay, so i never actually went to prom, which may explain why these dresses don't necessarily fit in with the conventional prom dress.   Wink


the zebra print on this one is velvetty.  a big hit this weekend with my boyfriend's 9 year old sister and her friend.


this one's for your gothier promgoer.  yes, gothier!  i invent words at 3 AM


and this one has some sweet zebra print lace over some pink stuff. 
55  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sweet little vintage-ish cowgirl tunic/dress on: April 23, 2006 11:25:03 PM


this is a minidress/tunic that i made this week.  i'm trying to get back in the habit of making stuff from scratch, because the t-shirt recons are somewhat pricey as far as buying the shirts.  i found this super cute knit fabric with cowboys and cacti all over it.  and i bought this green knit for a custom order and then wound up not using it.  it was kinda cactus colored, so i threw them together and shebam!  i was going to do a regular pleated hem, but i did the box pleats instead and i really like the way it all turned out.  now that i'm looking at this again, i'm thinking i need to make something similar for myself.
56  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / easy recon - t-shirt to tube top - with TUTORIAL on: April 09, 2006 08:09:53 AM
step one is to measure yourself. you'll need your bust, waist, and low waist measurements for a tube top. for a dress, you'll need your bust, waist, and hip measurements.

lay the t-shirt flat and mark it like so. you will be cutting through both layers of the shirt, making a front piece and a back piece.



the top line of each piece should be half of your bust measurement (plus seam allowances).


turn the front and back pieces so that the right sides (the outsides) are facing each other. sew up the sides.


hem of the bottom of the dress or tube top, or add ruffles, pleats, or a flounce hem.

to finish the top, you can hem it, add a strip of elastic, or add a band of fabric.


57  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / devil's rejects, nekromantix, sin city, and several more recons on: April 07, 2006 10:46:39 PM

ahh, this one was fun.  i bleached stripes into the sleeves and bottom band because the color of the printing on the shirt reminded me of the color bleach on black usually makes. 


corset style with some grommet tape on the sides with lacing. 


who doesn't love checkerboard?  and sin city?  it's hard to mess up a recon with such a kickass shirt.


i started doing a lot of these surplice/crossover busts.  i love them.


plaid lace!!!!  best fabric ever.


my boyfriend's friend gave me a bunch of old shirts and this was one of them (thanks grandpa soltis!).  it's maybe the weirdest shirt i've ever used... it's some sort of eyeball/gryphon thing.  a greyephon!
58  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / some recent t-shirt reconstructions on: March 07, 2006 03:46:05 PM


this is a pretty simple recon.  i added the plaid ruffle and cross-over bust.  i've done a few cross-over busteses before, but i think this one turned out the best so far.



this one had a corset style top and ruffly skirt with lace and t-shirt scraps.  i really like the way it turned out. 



this was an experiment with a v-neck.  i think it turned out pretty well, considering i hadn't ever done a v-neck before.  and then the person that won the auction was all, "i'm not paying for this.  the bidding got too high."  like someone put a gun to her head and made her bid that high.  PSHTT!!

that's all for now.  i need to get off the computer and actually sew  Tongue
59  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / animal print craziness - leopard dress + zebra skirt on: February 21, 2006 09:09:35 PM
i can only do so many recons before i get kind of sick of the t-shirts.  so here's a dress and skirt i made from scratch.

i found some leopard print velour on ebay and bought a bunch of it.  i like that it's black and white.  i added a lime green band at the top, a panel of hot pink fishnet, and a strip of grommet tape with d-rings.  
http://www.smarmyclothes.com/pics/clothes/leopard1.jpg

http://www.smarmyclothes.com/pics/clothes/leopard2.jpg

this is why fabric shopping on ebay can be risky.  i was hoping this sheer zebra print stuff was going to be stretchy, but alas, twas not.  but that's okay, it's still nice.  i made a simple yoke with leftover black knit from a t-shirt and then ruched the zebra print on top of that.  added a pink knit waistband, some white hook+eye tape, and a ruffled hem.  
http://www.smarmyclothes.com/pics/clothes/zebra1.jpg

http://www.smarmyclothes.com/pics/clothes/zebra3.jpg

60  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / charlie & the chocolate factory dress on: February 21, 2006 07:10:33 PM
i thought this shirt was awesome.  tim burton and his stripiness make me swoon. 



so i bought the shirt, knowing it was this strange tan color.  and then once i got it, i was kind of unsure... tan?  with all the color already on the shirt, i was worried that any additional color and pattern would turn out too tacky or clashy (who am i kidding... i'm the queen of tack and clash).  anyway, i went with yellow side panels, the last of my precious precious red+white knit and black.  and i think it turned out looking like candy, which is an especially good thing in this case.
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