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211  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!
212  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.
213  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
214  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.
215  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!
216  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...super overpriced, naturally...dang!
please hold while I Google...
Jessica McClintock!!!
anyway...I digress. Your dress and, needless to say, your sewing skills are fabulous.
217  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.
218  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!


219  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
220  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
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