I just finished this modification this afternoon finally because my in-laws just left this morning from a 1 1/2 week visit. I actually bought this shirt in May from my local thrift store and have just been hanging onto it because I didn't have time to sit down with it. I think it was $2.99.
It's a Lane Bryant shirt, size 22. This is the before picture. I knew this would be a big shirt on me, but I loved it so much that I had to have it. The teal and brown are so pretty together, the fabrics are light and airy, and the embroidery on it (although machine-done) reminds me of a Moroccan design. I'm not a plus-sized woman, but I really did LOVE this shirt.
I knew this might be more of an advanced modification than anything I've done so far. I had to remove the stitching from the top and bottom part of the shirt first, on each side, so I could then take in the sides correctly. From both bottom layers, I took about 1.5 cm in on each side of the shirt where it was already pieced together. Then, I had to go back to that horizontal seam and put it back together.
I did really well with this one! I'm surprised that I was able to keep the vertical seams matching on the top and bottom, considering it was just the bottom I took in and not the top. I haven't taken an after picture but it's considerably smaller on me now and it still looks so good! Yay me!
This is an XL sized shirt by Mossimo, that I bought a couple weeks ago at my local thrift store. I think it cost me $2.99, and I like to Mossimo line already. I fell in love with this shirt when I saw it but I didn't try it on. Once I got it home and washed it, that's when I finally tried it on. I really should try the clothes on when I'm shopping for them. The store does have fitting rooms. (This is just the after picture, because this modification is so slight, it doesn't need a before picture.)
I won't run through it step by step here, but I dropped the hem, opened up the sleeve, and resewed it. samsstuff, the writer of the tute, has a much better way of explaining it.
I also removed the ties from this shirt. They were long thin ties, secured at the sides, up by that hem just below the bust. The rest of this shirt was loose and billowy, which is a look I love but doesn't work on me. I think it makes me look chunky or pregnant, and I don't want to look either. To take it in a little bit, I used a hint I learned from another shirt I bought at the thrift store.
I scored this awesome black and red checkered Torrid shirt, buttons down the front, collared and with 3/4 length sleeves. It has a line of buttons down the back as well, to cinch it in a little bit. I pinned the back of this shirt so that it was cinched too, and then sewed it down. This brought it in a little tighter by about 3/4".
I have a thin braided leather belt from some other piece of clothing that I think will look good with this shirt, so I can wear that on my actual waist instead of having it up high. I hope this shirt lasts me for a while, because the material is thin. I can't tell if it's supposed to be like that or if it's been well washed and well used.
Between pearljam94 and myself, we have had a hell of a time here. We each needed additional time for our goodies, so I'm posting a couple pics here of the package I sent to pearljam94. My package from her should be arriving here in a day or so.
This particular swap, I knew the kinds of things I wanted to make and just had to hope they tied in to my partner's likes somehow. I got lucky with being matched with pearljam. Please excuse the crappy cell phone pics...I thought I had my camera with me this morning. All I had was the charger and card reader, but no camera and card. But I had a few pics on my cell phone.
I knew from the get-go, I wanted to do some kind of portrait of Glenn. But I'm no painter...I get frustrated when I try to paint and it doesn't turn out exactly perfect. So, I cheated a little. I found a picture of Steven Yeun online that I really liked, as Glenn, took it into Photoshop, cloned out his features, and then smeared it. Once this image was big enough, I projected it onto the "canvas" with a mini projector, traced it on in pencil, and started painting.
This was actually a wall hanging print from Big Lots that I bought for $5. The grey background is actually primer paint. It looked like a tin ceiling tile print. The red splatter around him is really watered down red crafting paint that I flicked on. I am really freaking happy with how my portrait of Glenn turned out! It pained me a little to send it away.
I also bought a wall clock from Wal-Mart and redid the face of it, the same way I redid my crafting room clock a while back. I really wanted to upcycle both a print and a clock for this swap, but I couldn't find anything good in the thrift stores, so I had to buy new. I didn't want to take chances on a $1.99 thrift store clock when I felt that a $4 Wally World clock would work.
I used Photoshop to design a new face. Rick was originally in this image, on horseback, riding into Atlanta, right below 5 o'clock but it looked busy and full in that corner so I cloned him out. I did try including a red bloody biohazard symbol in the center where the hands come through but that looked busy too. The frame of the clock was plain white but I added some red crafting paint bloody fingerprints to it, because everything is better with blood.
I've turned two long dresses that my husband got me in Iraq a few years ago into skirts. Over the last few years, I apparently have become a little more...busty. Yeah, sure, busty, that's what it is. I'm sure it wasn't a weight gain or anything. Each dress was a tank top style and I cut the tops off and made new waistbands.
Before of the blue/grey one. This is a beautiful color in real life! See how the tank couldn't be buttoned?
After of the blue/grey one.
I forgot to take a before one of the khaki one. I really like this one, because the left side hem on it has a random point coming down from the asymmetrical hem. That one is secured on the side with a snap.
I'm really proud of how these turned out. I've tried other clothing modifications before and they haven't turned out yet. Granted, I ripped out the waistband a couple times to get it right, but I feel like I've turned a corner with my sewing with these projects. I can't wait to wear these to work!
The on-going saga of my Jedi costume has another item complete=the Jedi robe! I finally finished it up last night. This is actually going to be a part of the Jedi costume I made and submitted last year for the costume contest.
I don't have any finished pictures of it yet and I need to head out the door to work, so here's a picture of it when it was about 3/4 of the way complete.
It's made of 100% linen from Joann Fabric, and the color is called "potting soil." I tried buying the remaining yards that I needed online but the fabric store's website kept saying there was an unknown error. The Va Beach store didn't get any more in since I bought all of what they had, so I had to go to the Chesapeake store to get the rest. That was a bit of a bummer too. If I had been able to buy it online, I would have saved a few more bucks over what the in-store sale price was.
Anyway, I bought a total of 7.8333 yards of this stuff ($95.07...YIKES!) and I don't even know how much I used for the robe as I have a lot left over. But the plus side is this: I have enough left over of this stuff to remake the tabbards and sash of the costume. Since I'm going for the best costume I can make, this is a good time to take another crack at it.
The only thing I wish I had done differently was the hem on the sleeves. For the very bottom hem and the hem around the hood, I used an X style of stitch, instead of a straight stitch, in matching brown thread. I thought having those XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX's all the way around the hems might add a little detail to the robe that only I would notice. If I had been thinking, I would have done those same X's around the bottom of the sleeves as well.
I actually made my sleeves an inch or so longer than the pattern, and I made the hood larger as well.
One of the Jedi robe "trademarks" is that the hood has to be large enough to "pool" on both sides of the head on the shoulders. Sons of the Suns had a nice image there to help show how large the hood should be.
I used an I sized crochet hook and one ball of Lion Brand Yarn 100% pure cotton (189 yards of cotton per ball), in Americana #211).
I've had this yarn in my stash for about a year so it was time to do something with it. I love it and I bought it at Hancock Fabrics because I had come across a wonderfully soft red, white and blue yarn up in Yorktown, VA that would have made some killer socks, but it was $30 a SKEIN. This was my substitute purchase (I still have two more balls of it left), even though the 100% cotton doesn't really lend itself to something cozy an wearable. Those are going to be turned into another grocery store bag as well.
This bag is deceptively strong, by the way. I used it already at the grocery store. While I didn't have any produce to go in it (I see this bag as a replacement for plastic when I'm buying fresh produce), the bagger we had put a half gallon of orange juice, two cans of dog food and one other thing in it (I don't remember what else there was) and it held up just fine!
I've seen a variety of web pages of projects for little potion cabinets and bottles and I decided I wanted to try something like that for myself for Halloween. But I decided to make mine be full size bottles.
I actually thought, in the beginning, that I'd need some friends so to save some glass bottles and jars for me, since I didn't really want to buy any. I didn't think that just my husband and I would be able to come up with enough glass on our own. Boy, I was wrong!
I didn't want to have hand drawn labels on my bottles and jars, because I knew I'd never be happy with how they turned out. Somewhere online, I came across vintage looking Halloween labels and I started saving them. I'm still working on a few other containers, but these are pretty much done.
Wow, excuse the crappy pictures! For some reason, I couldn't get a decent photo of these bottles, no matter what kind of setting I was using. And I actually used my real camera instead of my cell phone!
From left to right: The Swamp Fog jar was a jelly jar in a previous life. For fun, I packed it lightly with Fiber Fill. The Fur of Werewolf jar used to have gravy in it. Now, it's stocked with fur that was shed by my German Shepherd. The Graveyard Dust bottle is actually one I bought because I didn't want all the jars and bottles to look the same. It's got white sand and some shell fragments in it, from Tampa, FL. Last on the right is the Mermaid Scales bottle, which used to have sweet chili sauce in it. It now has cut up rubber fishing minnows in it. Word to the wise: when you buy rubber minnows from Wal-Mart to use them in a project like this, make sure you aren't buying SCENTED minnows. These suckers reek, and unfortunately, I will have to reopen this bottle. I want to add some more minnow pieces to it, and I need to buy one more package. But I did like these minnows: they are two colored, grey on top, silver/white on bottom. All I did was snip them in slices and then I had to put my scissors in the dishwasher.
From left to right: The Powdered Horn of Unicorn was a former hot sauce bottle. Now, it's filled with broken and crushed chunks of white chalk. The Earth Worms jar was a pie filling jar. Now it's filled with rubber sticky fishing worms. The Twisted Twigs jar used to have olives in it. Now, it's filled with small sticks from our maple tree. The Cemetery Dirt jar was a gravy jar in it's previous life. Now, it's got dirt from one of my flower beds in it.
To be on the safe side, I left the jars of dirt and twigs open and sitting on my kitchen counter for a few days, trying to dry them out. I didn't want condensation build-up on the inside of the jars. I printed out the labels at work on the color printer on regular paper and used a glue stick to put them on.
I actually have a couple more bottles at home, that I'm going to be working on soon: poison, human skin and petrified butterflies. I think I'll fill them with iced tea (so I be seen drinking out of it for Halloween), some candied ginger (so I can be seen eating them for Halloween), and some silk butterflies from AC Moore.
But I have so many more fun labels that I want to use, so I probably aren't too close to being done after all. I intend to scatter these around the kitchen and dining room for Halloween as decorations. I figure if I got an early start on them now, then I'd have plenty of them when Halloween rolls around so it wouldn't be a mad scramble at the last minute. My husband was actually surprised that I was starting my Halloween crafts so early this year. I think it's cute I was able to get that kind of honest reaction out of him.
I just completed a new prop for the Jedi costume I've been working: the Jedi communicator. From all the research I've been doing online, it looks like the various communicators are somewhat the same but not all identical.
It's been a little while since I looked at the Rebel Legion's costume standards page for a generic Old Republic Jedi, so I gave that a quick check today.Which I was glad I did...I realized i need to pick up two more small belt pouches. I'm going to hold off on dying the one I have. It's kind of expected that you have some accessories, that aren't toys, to be a member.
Some of the pages I looked at for communicator inspiration and guidance were Kin-Char Bamin, the Grand Florida Alliance, and the Padawan's Guide (of course!). Fun Star Wars fact to share: did you know the communicators from Episode 1 were made from ladies Gillette Excel razors? They are super difficult to find now. I couldn't find one in any store, so I bought mine from a seller on eBay.
So here's what I used to make my communicator: --1 pink ladies Gillette Excel razor --Instant Krazy Glue, in the craft bottle --1 can of Rust-O-Leum Painter's Touch in Aluminum --1 can of Rust-O-Leum Painter's Touch in clear coat (You aren't going to use entire cans, it's just what I swiped from my husband's stash of goodies.) --2 scrapbooking brads--unknown size of these, but they were part of the Craftster Flat Rate Paper Craft Supply swap --2 nuts, from the garage here, the brads just happen to fit perfectly inside these --assorted washers, I used four --assorted flat pieces of metal, bought from a local Ace Hardware, I used 9 and don't even remember what they were called --2 air valve caps from my bike (replaced with some new ones from Christmas) --2 aluminum rivets, also from Ace Hardware --tiny bit of red craft paint (for the end of the rivets)
In the interest of not overloading you with progress pictures, I'll just post three:
We moved into our house in 2002. It was built in either 1940 or '41. Off hand, I don't remember. I think the bathroom may have been remodeled once. One of the things done to it was to put the same white plastic tiles that are on the upper part of the bathroom walls onto the top of the toilet tank. I didn't take pictures of it, because it was pretty gross, right from the get-go. It also had, at one point, wallpaper on the underside of the toilet tank lid () that was black and white with drawings of rubenesque women on it, in a kind of Raphael-esque-style. I suppose that was probably done to make the lid reversible or something.
Over the years, I've picked away at the wallpaper and tiles. I covered the top with some kind of purple, Mardi Gras-theme with a fleur de lis print wallpaper. After awhile, I just threw a folded hand towel over it to keep it covered when I got sick of that print.
But a few days ago, I had inspiration strike and I don't know why. I had some Asian newspapers that came as padding in a couple of Christmas gifts and I saved them. I decided I wanted to use those in the bathroom. I thought about wallpapering the cabinet with them, but I didn't think it was smart to tackle that much space so I did a smaller project with them. I covered the top and sides of the toilet tank lid with those newspapers and some Mod-Podge.
To cover up the folds of the newspaper around the sides, I used some Aleene's New Sew Glue to attach some black satin ribbon from Hancock's all the way around the tank lid. It also matches the trim in the bathroom already.
Just for the sake of breaking up the print, I printed out some vintage Asian postage stamps (some were cancelled when they had been photographed) and laid those on top of the newspaper as well. I tried to stick to warm toned stamps, but I really liked that blue one.
I had a good time with this little project. It's only 2-3 layers of Mod-Podge total. It's nice and slick. Right now, I've got my little make-up basket on the back of the toilet, along with some of my husband's shaving things and a little candle. It's kind of an odd, out of place thing in the bathroom, but it's visually interesting, at least to me anyway, and it's going to be easier to keep clean than regular wallpaper was.