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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Surgical Mask. NO SWINE FLU! NO ZOMBIE INVASION! TUTE INCLUDED! on: May 06, 2009 08:15:27 AM
This mask is real cute in the creepiest of ways
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first post! Several tops. on: May 06, 2009 08:12:10 AM
I'm a huge fan of collared shirts and I love the contrasting color. The corduroy jumper is hottt!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: hoodie + tutorial [image heavy] on: May 06, 2009 07:51:13 AM
I want to do a racerback hoodie. Thanks for the headstart!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From XXL to OMG: 10 minute to alter/resize button down shirts tutorial #1 on: May 06, 2009 02:27:14 AM
Lately, I have been practicing because thrifty stores have a plethora of men's or old lady clothes that can be put to greater use using this quick method. With a stronger stitch this shirt could hold up better than the low quality overpriced shirts at big name retail.

Here's how the oversized shirt fit on me...



The blue shirt is 2x men's and was about 29 inches across. Bulky, huh?

Difficulty: Easy

First turn the blue shirt inside out and lay a formfitting button down shirt on top.



In this case the formfitting template is white. Add straight pins to shoulders, underarms and bottom. This is only to secure the shirts so they doesn't move while cutting. For more security, add an additional pin to the middle of the shirt.

Second, trace the outline of the template (white shirt)onto the blue and pin the blue shirt every 4 inches or as needed. Unpin the template so you can work on the sleeves.

Third, measure yourself like below. I was 15 inches round and I added an inch for slack.



Now I know from shoulder to pit is 16 around. Divide that by 2 and mark 8 inches like below. Use same method to measure middle of sleeve/forearm and wrist on both arms.




Now that you're all pinned up, try it on inside out and do a short exercise routine so you can adjust as needed. If it's pulling too much in one spot when you sit or stretch, give extra slack.


Fourth: give about .5-1 inch allowance when you cut it out. I didn't and you will see below what happens if you don't. It's easiest to start in the middle when you begin cutting but I started under the arm because I wanted to reuse the scrap.


Tip: when shopping for shirts, pay attention to the pattern. Good quality striped or plaid button down shirts can be folded in half and the pattern will be equally matched on both sides. Use this as a cutting guide.

Lastly, sew on your trace line, then try it on.

Here it the after



Here's a good view of the back. This is what happens when you cut too much armpit away.


Because my breasts are larger, it doesn't look like it gives in the back but i did my exercise routine and no rips or tears lol so it's extremely comfy and looks dynamite from the front.



The edges are still raw and it a little snug at the waist because I wear belts. I will add two finished slits with 2 minutes to spare on this project hehehe. When fall comes around, I will make it more pear shaped. It's too hot to not leave a little slack.


You will run into some kinks afterward. You may feel like the yolk is too wide.or the collar or cuffs are too large or floppy. I will show how to detail a button down shirt painlessly in the next tute. Btw, I like the collar size but the cuff is awkward because the yolk is too long, resulting in bunching at the cuff. I will be sewing 2 inches of cuff bunch shut.



Version #2 coming soon!
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: May 06, 2009 02:09:17 AM
Work



Fun



Play



I hate hate hate pulling my hair back. It makes me feel surpressed. I've found my happy medium between fun and play.  Smiley My apologies for the massive pics. I will resize soon.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Dartmoor Scarf - Double Knitting Adventure on: May 06, 2009 02:01:45 AM
I love love love the pseudo houndstooth and I want to pick up knitting. Where do I begin?Huh
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: button down shirts? on: May 06, 2009 01:56:44 AM
I loved seeing this tutorial. Sometimes I like to travel light and have to put my shoes in my luggage. This is the best way by far to protect my clothes and a great repurposing of a buttondown.http://tipnut.com/repurposing-dress-shirts/
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Top on: May 06, 2009 01:12:05 AM
Wow, I HAD to print this out. Thanks so much
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Our Attempt at Skittles Vodka on: May 06, 2009 01:01:30 AM
Looking great fairy and thanks for the info. Summer's coming and this is the perfect summer  party idea.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Unicorn sex mural prank... (im)mature content! on: May 06, 2009 12:38:57 AM
lol When I first saw the post I was like what the... This is the funniest prank I've seen in a while. I would have flipped out!
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