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1  Button cover on skirtall recon, tute, pic heavy in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by prisslittlegirl on: January 23, 2010 05:31:25 PM
I'm sorry , if this belongs in kids section please let me know.

Sometimes you get a dress or something and it comes with buttons that have an unwanted logo or picture on them or maybe they are the wrong color. Such is the case with this Maternity shortall set that I am reconstructing into a girls disney princess skirtall. (post on that soon) The pleated front works great for the design and helps with sizing a heavier girl, however, the last thing she needs is for there to be Planet Motherhood logos on her dress.


I tried a few new methods for covering these but came back to the simplest, which works best and looks nicest too. You start by marking out a circle of fabric in the color you want to use. 2 times the diameter of the button is good. In this case it was a piece cut from other details on the dress. I used an iron on adhesive called Heat-n-Bond on the back side and bonded a section of the fabric to a piece of heavy duty fusible interfacing. Then I cut out the circle I marked.


Next I use a matching color dual duty thread on a hand needle. Be sure to make your thread long enough to leave doubled over in the needle and still have length to work with. Thread is cheep enough; you might as well be comfortable. Start your sewing by looping 3 times to lock off the stitch in the same place. I dont like making knots so this is how I secure my thread. Then go around the fabric circle about 1/8 inch from the edge in a basting stitch.


When all the way around then go 2 stitches past the starting point, and pull the thread gently while holding the circle center between your finger and thumb. You will create a little cap shape.


Place the little cap over your button


Holding the cap in the center on the button and gently but firmly pulling your double threaded needle you can cinch up the cap. Then go around the button twice holding the thread taught and tie off by looping over the button with 2 half hitches, or a clove hitch for the scouts in the group.


Then sew the little flaps together in pairs, alternating from one side of the button to the other until all flaps are captured and cap is snug to button. Go around the button 2 more times holding taught, and secure thread with a triple stitch into cap. Trim thread close to finish


And there you are. Pretty buttons for pretty little girls.

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2  Naked Buttons in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by prisslittlegirl on: August 01, 2009 03:44:59 PM

Eeek, bare metal buttons. At least i think they are called buttons, but they are so much more industrial then that. On coveralls or short-alls you can find them fastening the straps and sides. Big, shiny, riveted on , not particularly girly, heavy looking button thingys.

On a past conversion commission for a certain railroad baby girl i came up with a way to cover the buttons with hand embroidered fabric. This project is best done with a fabric that doesnt unravel too easily on its own

This is how it was done.

First i cut out and completed a sample cover, and used that as a pattern for the remaining pieces.


The fabric is 2 layers thick, one piece folded and baste stitched along rough edge just to hold it together. I marked each one individually with my disappearing ink.

I used 3 pieces of floss in the needle. Tied off on the back side and used a buttonhole stitch starting outside the circle and passing under the thread.

Once around from outside in and then back from inside the circle out, aligning the stitches. End by tying off on back side again.

Cut close to the thread, not too close.

Carefully cut a slit, only through the back layer. Try to make it as small as possible. Just big enough to slip the button in.

Sew the back hole closed after slipping the button in
 

All done. Railroad, but Girly.


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3  Grown up kid, pic heavy, tute in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by prisslittlegirl on: June 28, 2009 01:33:25 PM
So there i was in a real store instead of my usual thrift shop foraging when i happen upon a super duper sale. New clothes dont typically fall into my self imposed $5 budget for project pieces, besides who wants to cut up something brand new.



So thats the dress, $44.00 marked down 90% to $4.40. I think maybe it was because there was one sash belt loop missing on the back, and as luck would have it they had 2 identical, little girls size 5. Yeah, i shop in the girls department, its a style not an age.

Recon algebra g5+g5 = W14

So i took the liner skirt out of both dresses and sewed one petticoat out of it so i can wear it with other skirts too, that was really easy




So then split the dresses at side seams, sew 2 backs and one front together, shorten zippers, cut off bodice, and i got a skirt,

Then i realized i could make an actual dress with the front panel i had left. Turned upside down, cut in half and rectangle moved to back to fill in, maybe the pictures make more sense.




Now there is a problem, and i bet a lot of you can see it too, but took sewing it together for me to figure out that i had now closed the zippers off and was stuck with a fitted waist i couldnt open. Hey i am learning as i go here, and since i really like to fix mistakes more then plan ahead, i am suited to the process of recon as you go, or reconing a recon in progress. I decided to run the shoulder straps to the waistline in back and open the dress behind the straps enough to provide ease of entry and use snaps to close it up again. I lined up the dot pattern to help conceal the oops and will add some bows or something at the waist to conceal zipper tops. Lesson learned, dont cut zippers short till you have the project done.



after


Once i got the straps on it was nearly finished. All thats left is to attach assorted details. I liked it so much i had to take it out for a stroll and shopping trip even without the details. Hope you like it. It makes me feel like skipping.



as usual, all hand sewn






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4  Re: First post in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by prisslittlegirl on: May 12, 2009 07:09:49 AM
So very nice that crafters are still enjoying this thread after 5 months, Thank you all so much for your kind comments.

I recently went out on a playdate with some friends to a parade and festival and wore this dress with a petticoat to give it a bit of fluff. You have all been wonderfull here so i feel ok with sharing a picture. The little worm doll (Wendal) is not mine, really its not, i was holding it for the girl taking the picture, Ok, i like it a little.



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5  Lunch lady to schoolgirl in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by prisslittlegirl on: May 04, 2009 09:32:52 AM
Another orphan dress to share. In the Gothic Lolita Cosplay style.
I had wanted to do a Japanese Seifuku (sailor schoolgirl uniform) for some time and when i saw this union school cafeteria dress at the Goodwill it really called out to me. The pink blouse i found a few days later at Salvation army store. I  liked the age regression aspect of taking an adult lunch lady uniform and morphing it into something a person on the other side of the counter might wear. I hope you like it. I have detailed pictures of all the steps, so maybe i'll do a tutorial. Feels a little odd tho, I'm learning as i go myself.

All hand sewn. Any machine visable in the pictures belongs to my wife. I am not allowed to touch it, not that i want to.

I hope you dont the blurred face, the model is a bit shy about pictures in the public domain. Its all about the dress anyway isnt it?

Before



cut up

After
The bow is actually seperate from the uniform, i attached it with a barrett through hidden button holes in the back. That way it can be worn as a faux sash tie or as a hair bow(see thumbnails)

I made these bloomers from bike shorts. Absolutley required for cosplay.




Thanks for looking.
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6  First post in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by prisslittlegirl on: December 05, 2008 11:36:14 AM
I like to call these Orphan Dresses. I sew them all by hand, on the train, going to and from work. Cutting and design i do mostly at home. I am inspired most by Japanese Elegant Gothic Lolita and little girl dresses from the 50s.
I'm very happy to have found this place, and people who do like i do.

I found this denim dress and sweater at the goodwill, they just seemed to go together to me.







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