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201  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
202  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.
203  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
204  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.
205  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So simple yet I'm just tickled with this on: February 02, 2008 08:11:45 AM
am i crazy do i see a granny square ?
Good eye, PinkPoodle,
I was teaching 7th grade that day and showing just a tad too much cleavage. I had a stack of these cotton granny squares left over from a tea cozy I'd made so I just pinned one in there for the day  Grin

Thanks everyone for the nice complements.

I think I'm going to knock out a bunch of these and then play around with embellishing them.
More later...
206  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater...Tutorial added per request on: February 01, 2008 07:22:44 PM
This idea came to me in that moment between awake and asleep. Sometimes those turn out to be "not-really-ideas" but this one was and so...

I took a boring old man's sweater, cut it off just below the bust line, turned the bottom half of the sweater up-side-down, resized it a little and sewed it back on. I did the same for the sleeves.

Ta da!



I sewed the bottom and sleeves back on with 1/4 inch seams, wrong sides together for a nice little detail.

Tweedy looking before

I had to do this on a dummy so I could take the pics. Definitely do this step on your body.
Mark the place under your bust line where you want your seam to be. At the same time, mark the spot for your sleeve cuts so they line up with the bodice cut. It won't look right when you take it off (unless you have biceps the size of your boobs) so don't try to figure out where the sleeve cut goes after you take the sweater off.

Mark the cuts on a flat surface and cut them off.

Cut off the neckband and slice up the front of the bodice.

Put the sweater on in-side-out. Overlap the front on your body to make a snug, but not stretched, fit under the bust. Pinch and pin the excess on the under side of the sleeves to make them less bulky but not tight. Mark the sleeve pinches on a flat surface. Sew along the marks and cut away the excess.
Turn under the neck edge and front opening and sew it with a narrow zig-zag stitch.

Put the bottom half of the sweater on up-side-down and pinch and pin the excess at the top to be, again, snug but not stretched.
Mark the pinch on a flat surface, angling out to the bottom corners to take advantage of the width of the cut edge. Sew along the line and trim away the excess.

Here are all the parts:

On my first sweater I sewed the bottom and sleeves to the bodice with the wrong sides together so the seam was on the outside. This sweater, to me, lent itself to having the seams on the inside, so I sewd them right sides together. Stretch the ribbed cuffs as you sew fit the cut edges.

Turn under and hem the bottom and the sleeves with a narrow zig-zag stitch, too.

You can see that the cuff ribbing is now sewn to the place where the sleeve was cut off. Likewise, the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater is now sewn to the spot under the bust where it was cut.

The sleeves look a lot better with an arm in them. Maybe I can post some action shots when one of my daughters gets home  Cheesy

If you decide to make one please post it and send me a personal message so I'm sure not to miss it. I'd love to see where people take the basic idea  Shocked
Please let me know if any of this is too vague and I'll do my best to clear it up.
Thanks Y'all, for all of the nice encouragement!
207  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Neck Tie Messenger Bag...OR... How I spent my Sunday afternoon on: January 27, 2008 04:10:30 PM
So I was hoping this would be a good project for the boys (see this for an explanation) but it turned out kinda femmy...But I like it!

I took a pile of old ties (44 for $9 on eBay)...this bag took 7... and a butchered pair of jeans:

And turned it into a fun messenger bag Shocked

One jeans leg was used for the base of the bag. I sewed the ties to that. The other leg was used for the side/bottom gusset and the strap.  I had to use a super heavy-duty sewing machine needle (size 16) because the layers got a little out of control, but it all worked out.

In case you can't tell from the picture, the top of the jeans is sewn to the inside creating a plethora of pockets.

and on:

I guess I could make one just like it without the ties...or out of camo-pants. The guys might like that!
208  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can someone help me out with a summer dress ??? on: January 26, 2008 09:45:45 AM
Just start clickin' Girl!
There are probably 6 great dress ideas on this page alone. Don't miss
"Oatmeal daniela." The rest pretty much use the word "dress" in the topic title. Then there's the third topic from the top of the page. It's all about links to tutorials.
You'll soon be screaming "STOP! enough ideas already!"
Can't wait to see what you make...
209  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: first post evar. plaid jacket on: January 26, 2008 09:19:17 AM
Hi again,
I was able to brighten up your pictures a bit. If you save them to your computer you can use them to replace the ones you now have in your photo hosting and everyone will be able to see your nice work. Let me know when you get them for yourself and I'll take them back out of my photo hosting.
Good luck.

210  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: first post evar. plaid jacket on: January 26, 2008 08:49:36 AM
That looks great. Shocked
I love your comments about Coldwater Creek. It's so true. The quality is wonderful and some of the fabrics are so tempting but the styles! Oy! I feel like I'm being tricked into dressing like an old lady!
The covered buttons will be darling. I love your baby-doll pleats so I'd forgo the welt pockets for now, too distracting, and opt for putting pockets with light weight fabric into the side seams.
Rock on, Sista!
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