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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Corset Minidress from 2 shirts (Pic Heavy) on: June 29, 2009 04:08:22 PM
I got the idea from Monster 10's idea: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=308722.0

But i added a few of my own touches...this is the very first reconstruction i have ever done that required sewing. Any feedback is appreciated!!

I first looked at Monster10's idea and absolutely loved it, its simple yet fun and adorable in the end! I took this old shirt i had that fit a little big and cut the top off, sadly i don't have a pic of the shirt before hand because my camera didn't have batteries. But basically it was a "proud to be an american" shirt with little screenprinted stars.

I then cut it straight down the middle in the front, and measured about how far i could sew the material back, after i sewed the shirt on each side, i took measuring tape and measured straight across and made (i believe) 30 holes where i would put the material through. I then took satin ribbon and fed it through to make the corset...

Once that was done i flipped the shirt up, so the bottom part of the original shirt is now at the top (so it doesn't need to be hemmed)

i then put it on and measured so i could make straps(so it would cover my bra straps) i then went to the Dollar store and bought these head bands that was really wide and stretchy and cut them right at the seams and sewed them where i marked to create the straps.

Finally, i took a shirt i got at Dots (this amazing cheaper clothing shop in the US) on clearance, i didn't like the top part but i loved the ruffles at the bottom, so i cut the ruffles off (along with about an extra inch of fabric just to make sure i had enough) and sewed it around the bottom, to make the shirt sort of into a mini dress.

And the pics below are what it turned into in the end!

I love how it turned out and i can't wait to wear it out!

The first four are close ups of the stitching, as well as the shirt before i added the bottom (again sorry i don't have photos of the before...)












The next few are of the shirt that i cut the ruffles off to make the rest of the dress. As well as the after shot after i cut the ruffles off





Pinned to the shirt before being sewn...






And preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'finally....COMPLETELY') FINISHED!!!









If you notice in the last few photos, you also see my bra along with the straps...so ignore how that part of it looks...the straps are just straight up and down if you notice from the first images...

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask....oh and BTW...everything was hand Sewn!
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Handheld sewing machines? on: June 23, 2009 06:24:15 PM
Ok, i got on eBay, and i also seen a few at wal-mart, but im wondering if those handheld sewing machines are worth it?

i understand that they are great for small things and quick fixes but im looking for something cheap and easy to use for a beginner...?

if you don't think those handheld ones are worth it (i plan to use it to recon clothes and to make corsets thats what im really looking for) then can anyone recommend a cheap machine to use for a beginner?

i seen a few at wal-mart for under 70$ but i want an experts opinion...

i'd be willing to buy online as well so if you know of a machine that i can't find in my area that i can purchase online id also appreciate it!
13  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Knee High Black Chuck T's Project HELP!!! on: June 21, 2009 03:50:40 PM
Hey again!

In april i got these awesome Demonia, Knee High sneakers (basically look like blacked out Chuck Taylors) for 12$ at Hot Topic (amazing buy right  Grin ) i do love them the way they look now, but i would love to do some DIY things with them...fabric paints, patches, etc...

My biggest problem however is a couple of years ago i did some awesome stuff to my old ankle high Chuck T's and bleached them then painted flames and spider webs on them...a couple of weeks later...they split at the seams and were basically ruined! so im a little worried on doing stuff like that but i would love to do something with them that makes them a little more Punk or Goth like...

any suggestions, pictures, tutorials etc...would be greatly appreciated!!!  Grin Grin
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Craft Noob please help! on: June 21, 2009 03:40:49 PM
Ok, this is my first post! Hello Everyone!

Ive been around the boards all day trying to find ways to recon my shirts. I have always been a tomboy and i have a LOT of guy tees, both band tees and screens etc...

Well today i decided to do a big punk/goth DIY recon project on those shirts of mine. About 90% of them are black, which i love...and i don't think i have ANY plain tees they all have something on them..

Heres the basics without boring you to death...

I don't know how to sew, i don't have a sewing machine and can't afford one...but i can sew a little bit...i mean i know the basics of sewing but i don't know any of the specific sewing types like crocheting and all that jazz..so im looking for simple DIY things to do to make them crazy and punk/goth...

I also have black and red tulle (about 4" x 50 yds) of black, and the red im not 100% sure of, as i used them for my wedding last year and i haven't seen the red in a while but i know its floating around my house somewhere...i'm also trying to find some green tulle on eBay (i'm bidding on it now so hopefully i win!) as well as pink tulle...

I do love to use scissors and i already took an old Twilight zone vintage tee and cut did some knotting and created some holes (i'll add picture soon)

but i have about 10 other tees i want to recon and i wanted some ideas, i follow pictures really well so feel free to add pics, i can follow a tutorial just as well so you can add links to your stuff or, just give me some hints on what to do!

Id appreciate ANY help you can give!  Grin Grin
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