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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Work to play, and a $1 shirt recon as well on: September 26, 2008 10:01:37 PM
I had to wear a shapeless t-shirt and conservative jeans to the restaurant where I used to work.

Not flattering, but the jeans are well-made and comfortable, and the shirts (I had a white one and a grey one) had some amazing graphics, so I refashioned all of it. The two shirts are modeled off shirts from Built by Wendy: So You. The pattern for the grey one came out extremely well, but I think if I use the tank again, I'll modify the neck a little and make it a size down.






And,  $1 vintage shirt with too-short sleeves went from this became a better fitted version with 3/4 length banded sleeves:


More pictures (details, backs) and more explanations are on my blog. Thanks for looking, and thanks for always being inspirational!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I made a sparkly laptop case! Or: my laptop now has a puffer jacket on: September 26, 2008 07:43:35 PM
Since I just spent quite a bit of money on a laptop, I didn't really want to spend gads more on a case... so I made one! I used a stretchy fabric that was marked for halloween at the fabric store, and it's pretty padded (though I'm not about to drop it to test the shock absorption). The zipper wasn't too insanely difficult to attach, I saved loads of money, and I'm pretty happy with it:


Thanks for looking! Comments are always appreciated, and details on construction are on the blog.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First few recons on: August 14, 2008 04:14:09 PM
This was a $1 men's rugby shirt. Now it's my most comfortable tank.



This was a shirt dress, and my first experience with fabric covered buttons.


There was enough leftover for a headband.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First few projects from scratch! on: August 12, 2008 09:31:50 PM
I've only just started sewing, but I've banged out a few tops by drafting some patterns based on  some shirts I really like. This blue top was the first thing I made, and I'm really happy with it.


I really like epaulets, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity:


These jeans were recon'd from a pair of jeans I haven't worn since highschool, but since the top is from scratch, I'm just putting that here so that I don't post the same picture twice two different threads. I put rather drapey sleeves on this top (hard to see in the pics)


so I put this scroungy braid around the collar to make it a bit less elegant.


Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / One strap dress--how do the bodice? on: August 07, 2008 06:01:49 PM
I want make a one-strap empire-waist dress much like this: http://builtbywendy.com/onlineshop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=17077&category_id=330 for my cousin's wedding. Obviously, the skirt is pretty straightforward. I'm just not completely sure how to make the bodice. I've tried to find a similar pattern, but I can't. Ideas? Suggestions? Any help is appreciated! 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Question: Pattern Views? on: August 05, 2008 06:54:57 PM
I'm new to sewing and I have a bunch of Built By Wendy patterns that I'm dying to try. Problem is, I can't decide which view to make. So I'm wondering, any tips or tricks on making multiple views of the same pattern? It's not a question of just  using different pieces, I actually have to cut them differently (dress vs. shirt, in most cases). Anyhow, I know this is an idiotic question, but I'd still appreciate any ideas. Thanks!
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