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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jacket --> Knickers on: October 02, 2010 10:53:42 AM
I created these pants for the BurdaStyle/Project Runway Challenge.  I started with an old Forever 21 wool herringbone coat that I've had forever.  It was too small and falling apart.  I took all the seams apart until I only had flat pieces, and then used Simplicity 3850 as a rough guide to make the pattern pieces.  I made a side zip instead of a front fly and eliminated the pockets.  The side panels came from a pair of khakis that were also in my closet for way too long.  I tried to imitate the herringbone pattern on the wool by cutting panels and sewing them back together.  They're fully lined even though I forgot to take a picture and the lining and the notions are from my stash.  The buttons on the hems came from the original jacket.  I had a few moments of extreme frustration, but it was worth it.  I absolutely love the problem-solving aspect of sewing!



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Thanks for looking!  If you're on BurdaStyle and IF I make it into the top 50, please vote for me!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / BurdaStyle Blouse on: September 14, 2010 12:22:54 PM
This blouse is BurdaStyle 119 from 8/2010.  I've never successfully worked with this kind of light material before.  It's 100% polyester, but it feels like chiffon. 

It was pretty easy and I really like it, but I did a couple things differently.  I did pintucks instead of bigger pleats like the directions said.  I suppose I could use a pintuck foot; they aren't perfect, but I think they work.  I also did the ruffle a little bit differently, by folding it so there were no raw edges showing and stitching it first right side of the ruffle to wrong side of the blouse, then folding it over and topstitching.  I'm not a fan of the raw unravelling edges look.  I used the selvage for the sleeve edges so I didn't have to hem them.  Finally, I used this tutorial: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4642/sheer-seams-and-edges over at Threads to finish the hem.  It's a couched edge, and I'm definitely going to use it on future projects!  It wasn't perfect this time and I actually did it backwards, but I think it works.









Thanks for looking!  Check out my blog at: http://maymademe.blogspot.com/
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Photo procrastination...big 'ol post! on: August 08, 2010 06:06:48 PM
So it's been awhile.  I worked at a camp for the first half of summer and I kept sewing but stopped taking pictures altogether.  I need to learn to keep up with that so I don't drive my mom nuts when I decide I need to do a post!

First up, New Look 6864 View C+D+I+L in a mosaic-like print. Not the most flattering picture, but it's cute in person.




Next, linen shorts from Simplicity 3850 and a cotton version of the camisole top in "Alabama Studio Style."




Here's a jersey version of the camisole top with elastic thread ruching detail at the bust...it's a prototype for better ones to come soon!



And finally, 2 dresses from Butterick 4914.





Thanks so much for looking!  More details on my new blog! http://maymademe.blogspot.com/

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New summer dress on: June 19, 2010 11:37:28 AM
I love this dress!  I used Simplicity 2591, view D.  It came together really easily and I love the pockets!  The only hard part was altering it...originally I went down a size from what the envelope said which is what I usually do, but I think I could've gone down another size on top of that!  My boyfriend's mom bought me this fabric when we visited them, and she bought 2 yards.  I didn't know exactly what I wanted to make then, but I figured that'd be enough.  I found this pattern later and saw 2 yards on the envelope and thought I was fine.  Unfortunately, I was looking at the yardage for 60" and my fabric was 45"!  Somehow I managed to squeeze everything in and make it work.  I definitely want to try the other views later!







I love comments and suggestions!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / nautical button-down recon on: June 15, 2010 03:43:46 PM
This was originally based off of a similar dress that I made a couple months ago.  I used an XL women's button down which was a lot easier because it already had some darts and it didn't have that funky back double panel.  I applied blue bias tape, did a good deal of shirring on the back, and was going to stop there but the front was gaping by the armholes.  I tried some shirring around there because I couldn't think of anything else to do and ended up loving it!  Finally, I switched out the boring white buttons for some gold ones.

I used black elastic thread for the shirring which was dumb because you can kind of see it...noted for next time!  Also, the front gaps in between the buttons...any suggestions for that other than adding more buttons?  I don't think I have 4 more of those in my stash.

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armhole detail:


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shirring detail:


I love comments and suggestions!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / first ever denim adventure: shorts! on: June 15, 2010 03:30:24 PM
This was my first experience with denim and second time doing pants.  I can't say I loved working with it, but I definitely love the finish product!  I used Simplicity 3850 and didn't have any huge problems with it.  As some other people have said, the pattern says to cut the fly and fly interfacing pattern side up, when it should be pattern side down.  I also had some issues with the directions for the fly--they were way confusing. 

I used a dark wash denim on super sale at JoAnn's for $3 a yard.  I went one size down from what my measurements said on the envelope because of the inevitable size discrepancy.  They fit PERFECTLY!  I'm definitely going to be using this pattern year-round.  I'm thinking some grey tweed capris for fall?

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I love comments and suggestions!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / anthropologie-inspired tee on: April 07, 2010 05:17:43 PM
I am madly in love with Anthropologie.  Unfortunately, since I'm a student, I can't afford to buy my whole wardrobe there.  Instead, I often go and drool over clothes while I figure out how they're made.  This top was inspired by the Torsade Tee: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?subCategoryId=CLOTHES-KNITSTEES-DRAPED&id=913798&catId=CLOTHES-KNITSTEES&pushId=CLOTHES-KNITSTEES&popId=CLOTHES&sortProperties=&navCount=45&navAction=top&fromCategoryPage=true&selectedProductSize=&selectedProductSize 1=&color=005&colorName=DARK GREY&isSubcategory=true&isProduct=true&isBigImage=&templateType=

Ugh, that's long.  How do I get rid of all that?

Anyway.  I used one of my brother's old Tshirts and cut off the arms, the neckline, and a couple inches off the bottom. I took in the sides so it fit.  Then I made tubing out of the material from the bottom, and fed cotton clothesline through it.  I twisted the cording together and attached it to the shirt with a tiny whipstitch.  I still have to finish the arms and hem...I haven't decided how I'm going to do that yet.  Thanks for sticking with me this long...on to pictures!

 



Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another enormous dress recon! on: April 05, 2010 01:26:31 PM
If you can't tell, I was on a bit of a creative kick over spring break.  I grabbed another giant dress thing at a thrift store here at school.  Unfortunately I didn't take a before picture as I was far too excited and jumped right in. 

First I made a sleeveless top.  I tried my hand at using elastic thread around the waist and I loved how it worked!  It's pretty loose-fitting, and I just kept the original neckline.



Neckline closeup, which I can't take any credit for because I didn't change a thing:


Elastic gathering around the waist:


There was a ton of fabric leftover so I made a simple elastic waist skirt.  I added a band of black broadcloth (2yds for $3, woo!) around the bottom because it was a little short. 



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Thanks for looking!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Elephant Dress Recon on: April 05, 2010 12:54:19 PM
This was a pretty simple recon.  I saw the huge elephant print dress at Goodwill and knew it had to be saved!  I separated the top and bottom, took in the skirt around the waist and fit the top, and sewed the two back together.  It's pretty light and gauzy--perfect for summer!

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Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first pair of pants ever!! and yet another skirt. on: April 05, 2010 12:40:27 PM
I usually make skirts and dresses, so I decided I needed to challenge myself and make something new.  I grabbed NewLook 6896 and some linen blend from JoAnn and got to work.  The capris came together really quickly and were so easy!  I'm a size 4/6 in stores and I usually go down one size on patterns for skirts, so I did the 12.  These hit higher than I normally wear my pants, but I kind of like them like that!





I was pretty excited about the pockets:


I did some stitch detailing on the beltloops but you can't really tell.


As much as I love these pants, I knew I couldn't go very long without making a skirt.  I bought this fabric to make one of those fabric coil bowls for my mom (she loved it!) and I used the rest on NewLook 6872.  I usually don't use patterns for skirts, but I wanted a nice fitted high-waist with no elastic.





Waistband and print detail.  I love this fabric!


Thanks for looking!
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