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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wool Tank-Top to felted hat on: February 25, 2008 06:10:33 PM
I saw this tank top at the ARC, and I had to get it! I knew I would be fulling it, who wants a warm fuzzy tank top? After sending it through the wash (cut off the tags first! It's way easier) I was inspired by the straps.... hat ties! The nordic/faireisle pattern seemed to lend itself to the aviator hat. Here's the before pic, i actually took it after I started cutting....oops! I was so excited...^.^

I then folded it so that the front straps lined up, and cut out a circle, imagining the finished outline with the ear flaps.

I cut this into the two halves and measured it. I took my head measurements and figured the difference. I then cut a strip from the remaining piece, it was just wide enough for the fit! Here I'm lining it up to see which side lines up best with the pattern.

I sewed it to each side and then sewed the rest down the middle.
Here's the rear with the strip.

And the front.

I liked using the tank for the rolled hem, no work on my part! I then tried it on and did some shaping to my head, no funny bumps!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / An ugly pair of pant made from cool fabric makes an awesome skirt!!! on: February 21, 2008 04:57:27 PM
    So my sister is a chronic dumpster diver and a good one at that. From time to time she brings me a Stack of pants to try on before they go to the flea market. In the piles of denim, lo and behold, there was a pair of old lady pants made from sweet leafy print fabric, I didn't send it on, I couldn't bear to see them snatched up for three dollars! After hibernating in my room for a year or so, they called out for reuse.
   I didn't want to do the usual straight leg jean skirt re-fab, the pattern called for something light and girly.  Below, the pics and tutorial for an a-line with ruffles. And yes, they are pics of a hand drawn tutorial, I'm a visual person, not a writer. I get compliments when ever I wear it!

The pocket is totally optional, but I think girls clothes need more pockets!!

I hope you enjoyed this!
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