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1  Re: Giant Sweatshirt to Adorable Cardigan in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: September 29, 2014 09:40:02 AM
Thanks! It was super fun and easy (but it requires patience and a willingness to try on and pin and trim and sew repeatedly until the fit is right).

Okay, so for those who want the full, image-heavy tutorial, you can find it here: http://myhandmadehell.blogspot.com/2014/09/i-made-thing-monday-sweatshirt-to.html

Here is the shorter version of the tutorial:

First you'll want to remove the sleeves, the ribbing on the wrists, neckline, and bottom (if there is any), and cut a very super-straight line up the center-front:

The VERY easiest thing to do next is to take an existing cardigan that fits you well, lay it on top of the sweatshirt (with the sleeves tucked inside-out inside the cardigan), and cut around it to get the right width for the shoulders and the torso. I didn't have one, so I tried it on (inside out) and marked the top of my shoulder joint with tailor's chalk:

And pinned the sides so it was a nice slim fit, then cut away the sides and a curved line for the sleeve holes using my pins and chalk marks as a guide. I did this wrong - the bottom tapered too much which is why the cardigan doesn't close all the way down. I highly recommend leaving the sides straight - just pin right under the armpit and then draw a straight line down to the bottom.

Then, after trying on and adjusting the fit as needed, trim the width of the sleeve you cut away earlier so the larger end fits the new sleeve opening better (do this by laying the sleeve next to the sleeve opening and drawing a line with tailor's chalk before cutting it):

Sew up the sleeve and attach using your preferred set-in-sleeve attachment methodology. My picture here is awful but there are a zillion much better tutorials to be found online doing the same thing:

Then I used a fancy stitch on my sewing machine to hem the front center opening of the cardigan:

And added lace to the neckline and sleeves for that extra "something". Once that was all secure, I struck all the poses!

I would have liked to be able to have buttons all the way down, but my sizing mistake made that impossible. So instead, I keep the top closed with a vintage brooch. I feel all kinds of Donna Reed in this thing!
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2  Giant Sweatshirt to Adorable Cardigan (Tutorial on Post 3) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: September 29, 2014 09:04:09 AM

Last week I took this giant, unflattering sweatshirt:

And turned it into a precious little cardigan that I canNOT stop wearing!

I'm so proud of this!

I did a tute on my blog but it's super long...does anybody know if it's cool to just link to my blog here for anyone who's interested in a tutorial? I don't want to "use" Craftster to get hits on my blog, but it is a long and image-heavy tutorial and would take forever to recreate here... Smiley

Hope you like!
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3  Painted $3 Filing Cabinet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: April 12, 2013 03:21:21 PM
Hi all!

I bought this filing cabinet for $3 at a garage sale last week:

I loved the orange, but it was all chipped and faded and there was some rust on it. So I sanded the crap out of it, primed it, and painted it with the first two colors I fell in love with at the spray paint cage at Home Depot.

The whole project took less than three hours and cost less than $10 (including the purchase of the filing cabinet)!
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4  Re: Color Block Skirt from Boring Green Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: March 11, 2013 04:50:42 AM
Thanks! Actually, I added a little embroidery because my cool-ass sewing machine has a limited but awesome embroidery function:

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5  Color Block Skirt from Boring Green Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: March 10, 2013 06:33:03 PM
I made another thing! And I can also wear this thing out of the house! This is a good trend, and I need to keep it up.

I've been really inspired lately by some of the color-block style skirts and jackets that various Etsy sellers are displaying in their shops, so I wanted to do something like that. It's actually kind of a funny story...I went into this with a very clear idea in my head of what I wanted, and after I'd cut all the garments to pieces, I realized it wasn't going to work. Nothing like the befuddled panic of sitting in front of a pile of virtually useless fabric scraps to get the creative juices flowing. Smiley

I used a kind-of-sweet but boring green dress as the base, and threw in pieces from a tartan schoolgirl skirt (no pic, sorry) and some elastic lace inserts. This is the dress:

I've had it for years but literally never wore it out of the house once, although I always liked it. I like it even better now!

I think I pulled this off pretty well under the circumstances, and I'm very excited to have this thing in my wardrobe now.
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6  Ugly longsleeved tee to cute flirty top! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by VintageGeek on: March 03, 2013 08:56:52 PM
I made this thing!! All by myself!

This started off as kind of a schlumpy long-sleeved hooded tee that I only wore a couple of times - I liked the color and the fabric, and it was comfy enough, but the sleeves were too short, the hood was too short, and overall it was just a really unattractive garment that I never wore out of the house:

It was way easy! I just cut off the sleeves and the hood, and resized it until it fit me pretty well, then used my leftover fabric to make cap sleeves and a ruffle for the front. All in all it took less than a couple of hours, and now I have one less ugly shirt and one more pretty shirt to put in my closet!
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7  FABRIC and PLASTIC WRIST CUFFS (pic stout) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by VintageGeek on: October 23, 2009 10:36:06 AM
When my sewing machine tanked, I needed some small handsewing projects to work on and keep from going crazy.  So I decided to get obsessed with wrist cuffs for a week, and this was the result (pardon blurry pictures):

This was the first one I did.  I wanted it to look sort of wonky and really homemade, but I may have taken that too far.  Tongue

This one out of fleece and felt because...well, because argyle is awesome.

This one took me the longest because I wanted to make sure the ribbons stayed very, very straight.  I'm particularly proud of this one.  Grin

This one is my favorite, which is a shame because the picture sucks.  It has a functional zipper that goes from one end to the other.  I think it's got a nice mix of punk and corporate, which I try to maintain while I'm at work.  I like it.

These were the most fun because they were crocheted out of those brightly-colored plastic leis you see everywhere in the summertime.  I just pulled them apart and crocheted away, snipping and discarding the little tiny wires that make up the "spine" as I went.

So there they are.  I'm proud of them.  I present them to you.  Grin
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8  Stripey Tie-Waist Skirt (otherwise known as: my first from-scratch evar!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by VintageGeek on: October 04, 2009 02:45:27 PM
So as I posted over in Discussions and Questions, I've been struggling with a particularly painful brand of self-loathing with regards to my sewing skills.  I received a veritable ton of excellent advice, and finally decided to put it to the test this afternoon.  After watching several episodes of Threadbanger to psyche me up, I pulled out a set of red-striped Ikea curtains my mom gave me a long time ago for just such a purpose, and created this:

Here is the waistband I janked from the Thai Fisherman's Pants concept:

It's not super fancy, but I love the material, and it's comfortable and cute and I've always wanted something just like it!  Thanks so much to everyone who posted on my bad sewer thread and offered me help and advice!  You were all right, as it turns out... And I'm actually proud of myself!!!

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9  Re: Small Destash Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by VintageGeek on: April 08, 2009 07:24:05 PM
Okay, I got pictures.

Two necklaces.  The tile necklace reads "Look after my heart, I've left it with you."  The purple necklace was included in stuff for my daughter.  She loves it!

Six scrabble tile refrigerator magnets that I took a really crappy picture of.  Four of them have tree frogs and two have Mario on them!

A beautiful ponytail holder for my daughter (and my model), adorned with pretty ribbons!  This also happens to match her Easter dress perfectly!

Another crappy picture, this time of a purple bracelet and two more beautifully decorated ponytail holders for my daughter.

Finally, fun felt food for my son!  He likes the "sawbehys" best!

Thanks again psoup!  This was a lot of fun.  Your package should be arriving any day now.   Grin

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10  Re: DeStash-Along 2009 in Craftalongs by VintageGeek on: March 18, 2009 12:57:52 PM
I've been very non-productive for the last few days, so I'll just post some pictures to show how my craft room organization went.

Step One: Remove all non-craft items and put large cuts of fabric in under-the-bed boxes.

Put sewing machine in a better place (it can be pulled out easily from here).

Step 2: Make hanging fabric wall organizer out of upholstery fabric that I'm getting really sick of.

Step 3: Hang stuff on wall.

And there we have it.  A moderately functional space that seems to be working out okay.  I really want to rig some sort of shelving or something for underneath the table, and see that big green Rubbermaid?  It's full of clothes for reconstruction.  So I guess I should get on that too.   Undecided

Yay for organizing!
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