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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: pencil skirt, from stretchy pants on: July 24, 2009 01:40:57 PM
thanks everyone! i'll get started on some detachable suspenders.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / guys button-down shirt --> guys western-style shirt 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!)





13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / sailor pants! from not-sailor pants 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:

14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A quilt for a friend's new baby - now with pictures! on: July 24, 2009 11:51:27 AM
Ha, thanks- that square is sort of joke for the baby's dad, who spent a year or so in China- the baby isn't really communist, but the parents are definitely lefties!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pencil skirt, from stretchy pants - now with tutorial! 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.






16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pantieees! on: July 24, 2009 11:03:09 AM
so cute! but is the lace trimming scratchy?
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me rid the world of MOM JEANS on: July 24, 2009 09:43:22 AM
wellll, you could just cut the top off to about an inch above where you want it, then fold it over and hem it down, and just take the button from the top and move it to your new waist- or if you have some extra denim lying around you could make a new waistband- how do they close?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to recon to pencil skirt? on: July 24, 2009 09:37:07 AM
you could also sew in some panels of stretchy fabric so that it fits tightly- i just made a pencil skirt from some old stretchy pants, and the stretch really makes it easy.
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A quilt for a friend's new baby - now with pictures! 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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