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171  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Biker Babe Shirt on: February 17, 2008 09:38:31 AM
My husband has been riding motorcycles for about 40 years. Last year I surprised him and learned how to ride myself. He was ecstatic Shocked He told me that he wanted to get a tee shirt printed with the sentiment expressed on the shirt below. (the B-word being the understood term among bikers for the person who rides on the back).

Well, I did him one better! My daughter took a few pictures of me on my bike and I blew them up on a photocopier. Then I drew over the copy with an iron-on transfer pencil (with a few enhancements) and transfered my design to muslin. After I finished embroidering I used Wonder Under and a zig-zag stitch to put it on to a nice black shirt. I gave it to him for Christmas and he absolutely loves it.

I had so much fun doing the embroidery. It had been years since I'd done any. What a wonderfully satisfying craft! Glad I have a place to share cuz I'm pretty darn proud of it Grin


172  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Of Montreal shirt, reconstructed on: February 17, 2008 08:34:14 AM
 Grin Hee Hee, What a happy accident!
173  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shirt just in time for Valentine's on: February 15, 2008 07:15:21 AM
This is adorable. You deserve a ton of credit for originality. The tie around the bottom gives it that little something extra! It works great. Congratulations Grin
174  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater...Tutorial added per reques on: February 14, 2008 04:05:50 PM

Did you have an issue with raveling? If you ,mentioned that I didn't see it.
The 4 sweaters that I have are supposedly all natural cotton so there's no acrylic and no wool...

Hi Maxine,
I give a general answer to the raveling question on page 2. To your situation, and cotton knits specifically, I would suggest sewing a row of long straight machine stitches on either side of your cuts before or immediately after you cut. Cotton is the trickiest, but you'll still have some working time even if it thinks it wants to fall apart. Please send me a personal message when you post your coat just so I'm sure not to miss it. Can't wait to see it.
Thanks,
MB
175  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Corduroy blazer to something AMAZING -CHAINS-ZIPPERS-FISHNETS! on: February 12, 2008 05:22:55 PM
So inspired! I love it. Very edgy how you skipped the eyelets when you laced it up.
I'll be bookmarking this to show to my students. Thanks!
176  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Hurry up and get warm! I have a blue oxford sundress (with documentary) on: February 12, 2008 05:01:58 PM
This is fantastic! I have a huge man shirt thats all floral and 70s that I didn't know what to do with- now I know! Thanks!

Oooo! Please post it when you're done. It sounds wonderful. I just loved those shirts.
177  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hurry up and get warm! I have a blue oxford sundress (with documentary) on: February 12, 2008 10:11:11 AM
 So I'm calling this a documentary instead of a tutorial because I really, really just figured it out as I was going along and I'm not sure anyone will be able to follow this. I had to try it on a gazillion times to get the fit right in the bodice (and I have the pin scratches to prove it) ...but here goes:

before...I just loved the color of this man's oxford shirt (it kind of looks like denim but it's not)


and after:




And the documentary...
I cut off the sleeves and then cut the front from the bottom of the arm hole to the neck. I actually ended up cutting a little more off the top edge, angling in from the bottom of the arm hole to the button placket.


Then I cut off the collar:


I cut open the sleeves and sliced a 2" strip off the long edge of each sleeve, taking the seam edge with it. Then I attached the sleeve to the cut shirt front, right sides together:


Then I gathered the tops of the sleeves. One I gathered along the curved edge and the other in a straight line cutting off the curve just to see how they fit each way. I used the curved edge in the end because I'm big busted. It's pretty cool, cuz there's enough fabric there that you can move the gathering line up or down until it's just right for you:


Then I cut off the top of the back:


then I sewed the edge of the strip I'd cut off of the sleeve way back when to the gathers to create straps. Folded them over, stitched, and attached them to the back:


Then I finally got the nerve to cut off the excess sleeve. I tried it on and adjusted the bodice several times until I liked the fit. I lined up the top of the sleeve with the top of the back and adjusted the gathers along that edge, too, leaving the bottom 5" or so ungathered. This is when it would be great to have a friend to do your fitting or a dummy that was just your size. It was a real pain pinning under my arms by myself! I tapered down below the arm hole to blend with the shape of the sides of the shirt:


Then I stitched and trimmed the side seams.
Needless to say, the dress was already hemmed and I really liked where the pocket ended up. All I had to do was turn under the top edge all the way around and top stitch it. Then I made my final strap adjustments and attached them in the back.

I know it's going to be nice and comfy-cool when we get back to the 100+ degree months here in No. Cal!
Thanks for looking  Cheesy
178  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I hit a weight loss plateau...more dresses to keep me on track on: February 12, 2008 07:22:11 AM
Wow. You sure have a knack for picking the right styles for your body type. (so similar to mine) and they all look great. With your obvious love of dresses, do you know about A Dress A Day? If not, check it out.

Hang in there through the plateau. I recently lost a bunch, too and the nice thing about a plateau is that after a while, psychologically it gives you a new max weight. It felt good to me. I really liked letting go of that perception of myself at that old max weight. Wink

Looking forward to your future posts.
179  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: orange and white hoodie from thrift shop tees on: February 07, 2008 08:07:10 PM
I just went diving into the older pages just for fun...I love this! Great job!
180  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: now introducing: THE LAURA ASHLEY PARTY DRESS! on: February 07, 2008 08:00:02 PM
That's so funny, the first thing I did think was "WOW, she's awesome at ruffles!" Grin
And everything else, BTW. The dress totally hits the mark. I'm probably older than your mother and sometimes it's downright embarrassing how much we were into things like Laura Ashley (don't even get me started on Shoulder Pads Tongue...) who was that other designer?...lots of dropped waists...lace...sup er overpriced, naturally...dang!
please hold while I Google...
Jessica McClintock!!!
ykes!
anyway...I digress. Your dress and, needless to say, your sewing skills are fabulous.
Congratulations.
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