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181  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Disney B**ches Little Black Dress on: February 07, 2008 06:34:35 PM
did you use a pattern?
Sorry, no pattern. I just cut an A-line skirt shape from the t-shirt (it was ginormous!), I cut the bottom off of another black t-shirt for the bodice and cut straps from it as well. I used some left-over satin crepe that I had to make the sleeves and bow...just sort of made it up as I went along.

Thanks for your kind comments.
182  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Disney B**ches Little Black Dress on: February 07, 2008 04:29:52 PM
OK, first let me just say this is not like me. I don't buy into the idea of spending my own money to turn myself into a walking advertisement and pandering to corporate greed...
Well, there are a few exceptions...
That said, whadda ya gonna do when you're at the thrift store and, for 60 cents!! you find this???

Why, make a Disney B**ches LBD, of course!


183  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Let it be... on: February 07, 2008 01:22:15 PM
now have about 3 garbage bags worth of mixed fabrics. ...
does it fit the sleeve and everything? like, is it comfy?
Mine is pretty darn comfy... that's why I cut the sleeve on the bias. It keeps it from binding around your arm. You also need to put the dart at the top to fit the curve of your shoulder (unlike the knit that will just stretch around the curve).
Cut the sleeve top a little taller than you'll need it to be, sew up the underarm seam, put the sleeve on your arm inside out, pinch and pin the excess to fit around your shoulder up to the neckline and then stitch the dart. Trim the excess fabric.
Lucky you with all that fabric! What a treasure. It's so fun to pick odd-ball things that actually look really cool together. I bet you have tons of potential in those bags.
Have fun Grin
184  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Let it be... on: February 07, 2008 08:55:41 AM
Very cool. You might like mine too
Great minds, huh? I've got a few more that I'm going to make with the sleeves in prints. There's a trick if the sleeve fabric isn't knit...cut the sleeve on the bias and take a little dart at the shoulder before you put the new neckband on.
Can't wait to see more of yours Smiley
185  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater...Tutorial added per reques on: February 06, 2008 03:28:47 PM
The tutorial is now added above for those of you who are interested  Smiley
186  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my first recon - Boxy, short sweater to cute lace-trimmed cardigan on: February 06, 2008 07:58:14 AM
Now that's fabulous! Good eye at the thrift store...and that charming lace is just perfect...so pretty with the soft gray halo of the sweater...mmmm!
187  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recon Fisherman Knit Sweater on: February 05, 2008 04:06:57 PM
It's raining here in Cali so I think I'll work on that today and if you don't mind I'll post mine up too!
Absolutely! I would love to see yours...I'll be watching for it Shocked
188  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater on: February 05, 2008 04:02:27 PM
okay, i'm a moron.  i'm having a hard time visualizing how you did the sleeves and the under-bust part.  could you (or someone else who gets it) make a diagram, or tute, maybe?  pretty please?  this is so cute, and i want to try it Cheesy

OK, I guess I must be a moron, too, cuz I don't know how to make a diagram. Wink
But give me a day or two...I'll recon another sweater and take pics for a tute.
189  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First sewing attempt, a scoodie, of course. Which is unnecessary in Californ on: February 05, 2008 02:40:30 PM
That's really adorable...and in my part of California it's plenty cold enough for a cozy scoody!
Love the peek-a-boo detail on the end  Grin
Keep up the good work
190  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater on: February 02, 2008 07:16:56 PM
did you have any kind of problem with the sweater raveling where you cut off the sleeves/bottom?

I had washed the sweater in my front-loading machine on the "hand washable" setting so it was just slightly fulled, not anywhere near felted. That said, I've been cutting up sweaters for years, in all types of fibers, some that won't felt at all and I've not had any real problems. (I cut the neck band out of a cotton sweater today and wore it around for a couple of hours without losing any stitches) I think it's kind of a myth that that's going to automatically be a problem. If you knit you may know that it's sometimes difficult to unravel even on purpose. Then when you take into consideration that vertical, curved and diagonal cuts aren't running in the right direction to unravel, I think you'd really have to try pretty deliberately to get it to happen. However, if you want to be super-duper sure, you can sew a running stitch on your sewing machine just inside the edge you're going to cut. Sorry to be so verbose! Good luck.
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