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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tiered skirt to comfy shirt on: September 27, 2010 09:45:52 AM

Here is the skirt before. It was a pretty simple black jersey skirt with a pretty crocheted border on the hem. I got it at Goodwill years ago. It was comfy but just not flattering. Oh and that's my new kitty Ringo..."He's so fluffy!"

Super simple idea. Here it is cut. What I learned from the first attempt was to measure the sleeves. my arm is 12" around and i measured just that knowing the jersey would stretch. Also be sure to put the skirt on like a poncho first to mark where you want the sleeves to start.

Then just sew up the sides and down the sleeve.

Here is the finished product. It came out pretty cute and it is so comfy. The perfect thing to wear snuggled up on the couch with a good book.

What am I pointing at? Don't know just wanted to show the sleeves.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Navy man shirt re-con on: September 21, 2010 01:58:46 PM
At first I was unimpressedbut its growing on me. What do you think?

My skeptical face

Here is the shirt before.

First I cut off the collar and sleeves then I covered the edges with bias tape. Easy peasy.

From there I just shirred under the bust to give it some shape
I dont know. I go from hating it to liking it to loving it. I really like the way the bias tape makes the collar stiff and open. And something about the shape has a vintage feel, not sure why. But seriously, any ideas about this one would be greatly appreciated.

33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bike Saddle Bag- sort of on: September 17, 2010 01:42:47 PM
*I hope this is the right place to post this*

I got a "new" vintage bike and since I live like a mile and a half form work I have biked to work everyday this week. About day two I realized I needed a better method of carrying my stuff; work shoes lunch books etc. I looked online but saddle bags are crazy expensive (and kind of ugly) so I made one of my own. It's by no means perfect but I like it and it is working great.

I used a jute tote bag and got the buckle straps form an old coat. (note: my sewing machine hates jute)

At first i made a velcro system to attach it to my bike but that failed miserably. So after some consideration I decided to just sew it to the back rack with thick embroidery thread. So far so good. The only drawback is that I cant take it off, but I don't really need to so it's all good.


34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bleach Pen Jeans on: September 14, 2010 09:11:44 AM

I decided to give new life to some old pants. These were some Wal-Mart jeans I boughtwell Im not sure why I bought them. They dont fit great and the denim is super thin. I figured I could try to embellish them and if it didnt work out, no tears.

Have you played with a Clorox bleach pen? Its pretty awesome. The bleach is a gel so it doesnt run. Basically you just draw with the pen. It doesnt get the finest detail (I find big bold patterns work best). Then you let it dry and rinse off.

Dont forget to put newspaper under your design or the bleach will bleed through and dont wear anything that you dont mind getting bleach stains on.

I was worried that it wasnt working so I kept testing. Thats why the bottom of the big design isnt as dark (ironic right?). I let the rest dry completely (we went to a movie) and it bleached just fine. Lesson: Patience

Oh and I am playing with my camera so thats whats up with the artsy pics.

35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Empire waist dress recon on: September 08, 2010 10:56:49 AM
Look a basset hound!

I am just tickled at how this one turned out. And elastic bobbins rock my world. There were some touch and go moments and for a minute I thought I had ruined it.

I got this dress on clearance at Target probably because I love jersey dresses (can you tell?). But nothing about this dress was flattering.

The waist was the easiest part. I wound a spiral under the original shirring with a bobbin of elastic thread until the bobbin ran out. In the picture the white is the shirring I did. See the crooked lines? It doesn't matter. Ha I love this stuff.

Anyway I am Cheshire Cat over this dress. The square neck and high waist puts me in mind of Jane Austin (if Jane Austin was half black) I wore it to work today and I feel so pretty. And the dress is comfy.

Shirring is easy as easy can be. Trust me I am not a seamstress. If I can do it, it's idiot proof.
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Bowl of blessings <3 on: September 08, 2010 09:19:26 AM
My good friend Consuelo Marie got back from vacation and announced that she and her (long time) fianc eloped in California!

I am so happy for her and I wanted to do something special. She and her husband (he he) are going to Ecuador for a year soon, so I didnt want to get them something big or heavy that they would have to store (like a kitchenaid mixer).

I decided on a bowl of blessings. I found the pattern here http://cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.com/2009/03/tutorial-quilted-bowl.html and I modified it to make the panels look more like flower petals. The white fabric is repurposed from a coat I dont wear (because its white) and I had the pink linen for the hearts already. There is dried lavender inside the hearts.

I am quite pleased with how it came out. I think she will like it too.

37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-shirt + Doily = Sexy See Through on: September 01, 2010 08:25:19 AM
I know I am posting a lot of tutorials lately but I started a new blog and I am trying to get practice making instructions. So feedback is much appreciated.

Another super easy project. This one literally took me 15 minutes. Well it took like 40, but if you arent stopping to take and re-take pictures of yourself it should only take 15 minutes.

Here is the shirt before. Just a plain shirt that I had cut a shallow boat neck on. The back looks just like the front (in fact since I cut the label off I couldnt tell the front from the back)

First I pinned the doily to the RIGHT side of the back of the shirt.

Then I sewed the border careful not to gather the shirt anywhere or the shape of the shirt would have changed. Then I turned the shirt inside out and cut the shirt away (think reverse applique).

I got so many compliments that I cant wait to do this again. I just need to find another doily. I think next time I will put it on the side.
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mens shirt to nightie- tutorial on: August 26, 2010 09:16:20 AM
DH got several Old Navy shirts from a guy he was doing odd jobs for, I stole them from the Good Will bag knowing I could make something out of them (that was over a year ago).
*every tutorial needs a curious old hound dog to supervise*

While the patterns arent the best the cotton is awesome. Its got that soft aged feel. I just want to curl up in one and fall asleep *light bulb*. So I made a nightie out of one.

Ok this is only my second clothing tutorial, so if anything is unclear please ask. Also I think  I got this idea from seeing a tutorial online for making a skirt out of a mens shirt, but it wasnt going to work for me cuz, well, baby got back.

First cut the sleeves off the shirt. Then cut straight across the back seam on both sides like so.

I used the sleeves as side inserts. I didnt want to deal with the button cuff thing on the sleeve so I laid the sleeve against the shirt matching the bottom of the short side of the sleeve with the bottom of the sleeve hole of the shirt. It types more complicated than it is. In the pic the thread is the line of the shirt underneath. Cut along this line.

Repeat with other side and other sleeve. You should end up with something that looks like this.

Cut up the side of the shirt from bottom not cutting through the armpit seam. Here is a side view of how the sides fit. Sew.

Now I forgot to take pic of the next step because I had to do some problem solving.

Essentially I sewed ribbon across the top and encasing the sleeves long enough to tie at shoulders. (I recommend bias tape. Seriously the ribbon was a pain in my a$$). Then the top was way too big.  I decided to try a new-to-me technique. Elastic bobbin.

Sorry this pic is so hard to look at.

Verdict on the elastic bobbin: fun and easy, cant wait to use it again.

Finished product
Close-up of front.

Close up of back (I forget that I have a tattoo)

Like I said before, this may not have been the clearest explanation so ask away. Really it was easier that it sounds and I like that it has the boyfriend shirt feeling.

Also I am re-purposing as many things from my closet as possible and blogging about it.
39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boxy brown shirt recon on: August 20, 2010 10:42:21 AM
I am broke this fall so no back to school shopping for me.
My friend forwarded this slink to me and I am totally inspired. http://newdressaday.wordpress.com/
I have decided to re-purpose as many old clothes from my closet as possible and blog about the process http://myclosetthriftstore.blogspot.com/2010/08/brown-jacket-thingy.html

But this was my first project.

I really like the way it came out and it was almost too easy.I just cut the lining out and finished the edges. Then I wrapped it with a piece of wide ribbon form my stash.

Here is the before.
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lady Bug Apron on: August 03, 2010 07:35:40 AM
I made this apron for a s swap and my partner finally recieved so I can post it here. I saw a version on her wists and became totally obsessed. No pattern just kind of figured it out. The spots are reverse applique  (I used a shot glass to outline). 1yard red and 1 yard black and I pretty much used all of it.

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

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