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1  1940s style gingham dress from XL dress shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by duckjustaduck on: August 03, 2009 02:38:30 PM
so honestly, this dress was a pain in the ass. i think it came out alright, but took lots of doing and redoing.and more ironing and pinning than i've ever done before! i don't have the before picture, but it was just a very large men's button-down shirt, with a pretty lavender gingham pattern. sorry, no tutorial on this one, although i'm happy to answer questions and whatnot- i basically took the thing apart at the seams and built the dress almost from scratch, making it up as i went along.
     
i made the straps from the strip that was the buttonholes, which made them nice and even.
 

the back took forever, and for some reason wouldn't work as just a zip-up-- so now it zips AND laces and it's a two-person job to get the thing on. oh well.
so that's it! i might make a built-in petticoat thing to hold the skirt out a little. and fix that weird seam in the back. thanks for looking! i think i'm taking a little sewing break now...


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2  Re: XL men's shirt to pinup halter dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by duckjustaduck on: August 03, 2009 09:49:54 AM
ok, here is more or less how i made it- i'm happy to answer questions if this doesn't make sense.

First, take your shirt and cut it where the red lines are (except less wonky):

You want to cut real close to where the bottom of the arms are, and then cut it straight across the back. Put the shirt on inside out,  pin it so it fits your body loosely, and sew those seams (don't try to make it form-fitting just yet- that comes later).

now, take the collar- just the collar part, detach the excess shirt fabric first- and cut it in half (some of this went beyond my MS Paint skills, so i took a few pictures):


flip it around so that the cut end faces the middle of the dress (where the buttons are) and fold about half your half collar down:


let's all pretend that the scrap of fabric below the collar is actually half of the dress, ok? like this:

except here it's backwards and i can't convince craftster photos to flip it around. sigh.

take your folded collar and fold it over the top of the dress bodice like so:


now unfold the collar, fold a hem in the top of the bodice, pin it down and sew it:


fold the cut edge in:


and sew it down.

Now take some of the excess fabric you cut off the sides, sew a long tube, and cut it in half- that's your halter straps. Attach them them to the top of the bodice.

Ok, so now just put in darts so the thing fits (i put in four in the front and two in the back) and hem the bottom, and yr done! Do not be afraid of darts, they are your flattering friends. There's a little tute on whatthecraft: http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/darts.htm

The darts i put in are shaped like this:


ok, happy sewing! if any of y'all make one, i'd love to see it.



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3  XL men's shirt to pinup halter dress- tute on pg 2! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by duckjustaduck on: August 02, 2009 02:41:58 PM
so my inspiration was this dress on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22944370, and for the record, i really believe in supporting independent craftsters such as this talented lady, but i am currently unemployed and can't afford this sort of thing.
so i made this dress:



out of this shirt:



i had to double the number of buttons cause the stress on the individual buttons made it super wrinkly. i just used the extra buttons and the ones from the cuff and the neck. i sewed some of the stiff material from the cuff along the inside of the front to make it a little less wrinkly, but it is very lightweight fabric and thus still quite wrinkly- i'd love to hear suggestions about how to fix that!
i gathered the back with a little bit of scavenged elastic- oh, here's the back:



you can't really see, but the neck strap buttons in the back- i just cut the buttons off the cuff and sewed it to the strap, cause i hate sewing buttons.



much shorter than the original, but that's as long as the shirt was, and i'm lazy. anyway. you like?

Link to post containing tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315641.msg3634537#msg3634537
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4  pinstripe pants --> pinstripe dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by duckjustaduck on: July 24, 2009 02:16:15 PM
again, no before pics. *sigh.* basically i had the bottom half of some gray pinstripe pants that i'd shortened into a skirt and and the bottom half of some black pinstripe pants that i'd cut off into shorts, and the top half of a pinstripe skirt that i'd shortened by, um, cutting off the top half, and a little tiny bit of silky fabric that i used as straps and trim- i spliced the pants together into this dress! the gray pants were cuffed at the bottom, so i used that cuff for the top of the bodice. i gathered some lace and sewed it inside the bottom hem to make the skirt a little poofier.
i thought it came out not too bad!






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5  guys button-down shirt --> guys western-style shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by duckjustaduck on: July 24, 2009 12:26:38 PM
(i have a lot of free time today, and only just figured out how to upload photos...)

i like to make reconned clothes for my partner, but 'cause he's a boy it can be hard to think of things to do... this was a plain blue button-down shirt, and the red part was a halter top that i don't wear- the shape of the pointy part at the bottom was where the halter shirt connected to the string (does that make sense?). the shape i drew on a piece of paper and then cut out of the chest pieces, then i sewed the cut-out pieces onto the cuffs. i think i'm going to replace the buttons with red buttons. what do you think?

(sorry for the blurry photos/messy room!)





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6  sailor pants! from not-sailor pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by duckjustaduck on: July 24, 2009 12:14:39 PM
sorry, i have no before pictures of anything!  Sad
basically these were very high-waisted work pants, i think some kind of dickie's knock-off, but good sturdy material- i cut off the top of the waist and the bottom cuffs years ago and wore them as sort of crappy capris for doing dirty work in- the top frayed and they got covered in paint and patches and silkscreens (the no-anchor screen is purely coincidental). so the finished product is also covered in paint, etc.
i'd been wanting to make sailor pants but couldn't figure out how it worked and didn't have enough fabric to make whole new pants. so i just happened to find the left-over fabric from one of the legs from these pants in my scrap box, and decided to use it to make them proper finished pants. i just sort of figured it out- i can maybe post a tutorial if y'all are interested.
ok, enough blather, here they are:



close up:


i had a snap instead of the hook and eye closure before, which was invisible, but it kept snapping open when i sat down- i might move the hook back a bit so you can't see it.

the back:


the inside view:

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7  pencil skirt, from stretchy pants - now with tutorial! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by duckjustaduck on: July 24, 2009 11:39:47 AM
soooo, i've seen some posts with questions about pencil skirts, and it so happens i just made one!
i wanted something sort of like this: http://www.chinatowner.com/storefront/viewDetailProduct.aspx?flagSide=0&sku=33484&color=Red

i don't have a before photo, but basically i had long stretchy red pants with a tie-waist, and the crotch kept ripping, so i decided to make them into something without a crotch. i just took apart the seams, cut the panels to the length i wanted, and sewed down the sides in the shape i wanted- so there are 4 seams to give it shape, plus the stretchiness makes it fit well. the top-waist part i did separately, then lined the seams up and attached it, added some darts and a zipper. and big plastic buttons, of course.

here it is:




and the back:
not quite a smooth seam, as you can see. i'll have to iron it and re-sew.

alright, i've never made a tutorial before, so bear with me. here's how it goes:

turn yr pants inside out, and they're probly made of 4 pieces like this:

with a seam-ripper, rip apart the inside seam (the one with the check) but not the outside seam (the one with the X). Now you have two pieces. Fold each piece in half along the seam and cut on the red line (adjust the length according to how long you want the skirt to be):

Now flip your two pieces upside down, and rip down one of the old seams (where the arrow points) just enough so you can put the zipper in (but don't put it in yet)

Now put your two halves together, outsides in, and sew down the seams. Try it on- if you can't get into it, rip down your zipper seam a little farther.
From your leftover fabric cut 4 pieces in this shape:

The measurement of the longer edge should equal the measurement of the top of your skirt divided by four. The measurement of the shorter edge should be your waist measurement divided by 4.
Sew these pieces together into one long strip.

Now pin this strip to the top of your skirt so that the edges line up with the space you left for the zipper. Sew it down.
Now just put in the zipper and hem the top and the bottom, and you're done! If you need to add darts to make it fit properly, I'd do that by taking in one of the four seams that are already there.

OH, if you follow this the seams won't line up the way they do on mine though- you'll have seams in the front and back and down the sides. If your fabric is stretchy you could probly just turn it, which is what i did, but if your fabric doesn't give much it might hang funny if you do that.
 
I hope that makes sense! Let me know if you have any questions.






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8  A quilt for a friend's new baby - now with pictures! in Quilting: Completed Projects by duckjustaduck on: July 24, 2009 09:19:05 AM
i've never made a quilt before, and i've never posted on craftster before! eek.
so my first friend to have a baby just had a baby, so i wanted to make something sort of special.
i sew in a somewhat slap-dash manner, so this i just sort of made up as i went along and, well, it came out how it came out. all of the squares are appliqued on with a zig-zag stitch. this quilt was inspired by a baby quilt my mom made for me when i was tiny- the "H" is for the baby's name.

here it is:





and some details:







thanks for looking!
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