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201  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: old guy sweater into a hat on: January 25, 2008 04:31:27 PM
The brim is a GREAT original twist. Love it Cheesy
202  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A shirt from well... a shirt on: January 25, 2008 08:48:11 AM
Thanks for your comments, everyone.
I cut the sleeves off and cut up the sides of the original shirt. Then I just laid it flat and used the body of the shirt as if it were yardage, lining up the neckline of the pattern piece with the button placket. I slid the sleeve pattern piece down the shirt sleeve to the place where the width was right and cut the new sleeve top there so it would fit in the new shoulder. After I put the front of the shirt together, I cut the back piece to match the length of the front (shorter than the pattern indicated) so I could use the original shirt hem.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions. Smiley
P.S. Don't forget to eliminate the seam allowances where you won't be needing them. In this case: the sleeve seam and the center front where a facing would have gone.
203  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A shirt from well... a shirt on: January 25, 2008 07:53:55 AM
Not a lot of explanation needed here, I imagine. I used a pattern (Simplicity 5479 from 2003) and incorporated some elements of the original men's dress shirt into the new one (placket, hem, cuffs...). Kinda fun. I'm looking forward to really going nuts with the concept but this was just kind of a slap-it-together endevor. Wink




204  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Oh No Please! Not another Hoodie! on: January 25, 2008 07:29:17 AM
Thanks Ribble-icious,
I just took an old pull-over sweatshirt and used it as a pattern adding about an inch and a half to the back. I lined up the front edges because I used the skirt hem for that side. I would have added fabric there, too, obviously, if I'd needed to hem it.

If you look at the side view picture with the hood up (above) you'll see there is a gusset at the bottom front of the hood. That's because it didn't reach center front as it should have. Next time I'll measure the neck opening first and pivot the bottom of the hood pattern back enough so the hood reaches all the way around to the center front. Love learning from those mistakes!
205  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Oh No Please! Not another Hoodie! on: January 24, 2008 08:26:05 PM
Oh good! I just bought 50 old ties on eBay! And I have just got to see what a "toothbrush bracelet" looks like. I'm crackin' up over here Cheesy
206  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oh No Please! Not another Hoodie! on: January 24, 2008 07:51:17 PM
Yes, it's another hoodie. Inspired by MEZZI'S FABULOUS HOODIE TUTORIAL

So this is what's up. I'm a fiber arts teacher at an elementary school. I teach knitting, crochet, spinning, embroidery, sewing, etc, to 1st through 8th graders. I'm getting ready to teach a Reconstructed Clothing class to my 8th graders and I'm ridiculously excited about it, so I'm coming up with some before/after samples to get their creative juices flowing. If any of your have some ideas that might appeal the that age group (I'm almost 50) I'd love some guidance.

I have no idea if this is even cute but here it is:

before stuff

and after:

(Please don't tell me the "Gotcha+" is some house-brand of Wal-Mart Tongue)
207  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Waste-not bubble dress and skirt on: January 24, 2008 04:36:53 PM
The band around the bottom is just slightly bigger around than the band around the top. I gathered up the bottom of the skirt to fit the width of the band and sewed it together. Since the skirt is flared it gives it the bubblyness. Let me know if you need a better explanation. Thanks for the feedback, Everyone. Smiley   
208  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Waste-not bubble dress and skirt 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
209  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skirt + Pants make top?? with mini-tute 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.
210  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Frankenstein scrap dress, 80's sweater, and some band tees on: January 13, 2008 08:10:32 PM
You are very talented and inspiring. Thanks for posting.
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