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31  Waste-not bubble dress and skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MrsBowles on: January 24, 2008 04:05:04 PM
Boring ol' floral skirt...I cut the top off just below the back zipper. I used purchased fabric and really wide elastic to create the upper band. More fabric (no elastic) for the straps and the bottom band...a bubble dress!


The Dress:

The "Waste-Not" part: remember the top of the skirt that I cut off? I added the left-over fabric to the bottom of that an finished it with some brown bias trim...

There's nothing in my garbage can! Grin
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32  Skirt + Pants make top?? with mini-tute in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MrsBowles on: January 20, 2008 10:09:02 AM
I took a cute 2 tiered chiffon skirt with an elastic waist and pulled it up over my dummy's boobs. Then I chopped off the legs of a pair of wide legged pants for the sleeves and belt. My 15-year-old likes it so that seems like a victory to me!

Measure from your bra strap to the desired sleeve length. Add 2" and cut off the bottom of the pants to that length:

Measure from your bra strap, horizontally, to the middle of your arm pit. Add 1" and open up one of the leg side seams (starting at the cut edge, not the hem of the pants) that much:

Make an elastic casing at the raw edge of the sleeve and thread through elastic. Secure the elastic to the casing opening that will be at the back of the top. Safety pin the elastic at the front opening to be adjusted later.

Pin the sleeve opening to the top of the skirt. Sew, starting at the center of the arm pit and working out. If you've used an elastic waist skirt as I have, stretch the skirt elastic out as you sew on the sleeve. Stop before you get to the front sleeve elastic opening. Try on your top and adjust the elastic to your comfort, then secure the elastic and finish sewing the sleeve to the skirt.

Cut 6" wide strips of fabric from the remaining pants legs and piece them together to your desired length. Sew the strip with right sides together, turn and press for your belt. You can use any kind of fasteners you like to complete the belt, hooks, snaps, even a buckle.

The top looks cute without the belt, too.
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33  Recon Fisherman Knit Sweater in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MrsBowles on: January 13, 2008 06:40:41 PM
I found a fisherman knit sweater at the thrift store. I cut off the sleeves and reshaped the neckline and waist. The tops of the new sleeves are orange velveteen left over from some Ikea curtains I needed to hem. The bells are cut from a 1930s table runner. A hodgepodge of large shell buttons replaced the original smaller ones. Antique embroidered silk ribbon around the neck and sleeve bells finish it off.

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34  Recon Abbey Road T-Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MrsBowles on: January 13, 2008 06:17:22 PM
I loved the graphic on this shirt but I look horrible in mens T's. So I cut these new sleeves. I used the bodice pattern pieces to shape the new armholes. The former sleeve graphic fits nicely at the top of the back.


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