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21  From old bedsheet to cutesy pinafore.... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: September 25, 2010 05:57:20 AM
I bought the most amazing navy/light blue bedsheet from a charity shop the other day and was ready to make it into a awesome sailor dress. The intended dress turned out rubbish...which resulted in a bit of a tantrum. Then thought the skirt was a bit salvageble and made it into a pinafore. Smiley It has a criss-cross detail on the back....why that pic came out blurry, I haven't a clue!



Luckily, the skirt didn't need to be pleated, but yet has loads of room in it for you to twirl around in. Smiley I was really pleased how the light blue stripe turned out - might use that detailing in some other frocks later down the line. Smiley

*Jeez, I didn't realise how hokey I look in my checkered shirt and skirt - looks like I'm off to a barn dance. Tongue*

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22  Stupidly small shirts into stupidly comfy cushions!! :D in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: September 21, 2010 10:56:12 AM
I had two amazing shirts - a Le Chat Noir one and Bowie one that were reconned a few months ago and both went the way of a toddler's shirt after a couple of washes. Sad So I cut out the designs from the front and kept them to one side.

It wasn't until a bus ride into town was when I had total 'EUREKA!' moment for turning them into cushions! I used some stretchy leopard print faux fur that was lying around for the back panels and some polyester stuffing from an huge cushion I bought at charity shop for, like, 1. WIN.

The black kitty one is being used as a wrist support at my computer. Smiley Yeah, they're a bit lumpy from the stuffing, but will be flattened out in no time. Wink

Truth be told, I've been going cushion mad - they are too much fun to make. Smiley


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23  Bryan Ferry's military shirt...but for a girl. :) *a bit pic hefty* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: September 14, 2010 11:04:51 AM
I am such a fangirl for Roxy Music. It's a common fact amongst all my friends. Smiley So what better way to show my support and love for such an influencial band than to re-create a shirt from one of my all-time heroes, Bryan Ferry.

Here he is, during the 1975 'Siren' tour:

So I bought a stupidly huge khaki shirt....

...took it in a few inches here and there...et voila!! My girlie version of his shirt. Smiley I'm not too keen on the length, so I'll tackle that another day. Smiley

To add a bit more coolness to it, I sewn on a VERY old Roxy Music patch that my dad gave me a few years ago. He had it when he was a teenager when he was a part of their fan club. So the patch is the ultimate in vintage. Smiley

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24  Leopard print hat....a homage. :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: September 08, 2010 09:06:22 AM
CoanTeen recently posted a fantastic thread for a hat tutorial. I've also felt the pain of being reduced to tears by a hairdresser, making sure you have a hat handy at all times is a definite MUST!!

Here's a link to her post - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358674.0 (actual tute is in the post)

I did my own version - consisting of a pair of leopard print jeans that don't fit me anymore. (going to gym has, indeed, bulked up my body mass. not cool) It was simple as pie to do, which pleased me greatly. Smiley)

...and I used some burgandy polyester blend material that was lying around for the lining....

The only things I would do differently next time is making the visor bigger and adding some card to keep the visor rigid.

Considering that it's the first hat I have ever made, I'm pretty chuffed!! Cheesy

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25  Hi-Top Refurb - advice?! in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: September 06, 2010 04:06:03 AM
I have these hi-top Underground shoes that got for a bargain basement price on Ebay. Which is a blessing because it's really hard to find shoes like them in my size. *I have a big foot....Sad* But I hate the colour. Sad BLAH.

I want to cover them in leopard print fabric, but would that be hard to do without cutting off the soles? Or alternatively, I want to dye them black and add a strip of fabric down the back. Those are the only two ideas I have for them right now.

Any other ideas/comments/whathaveyou are welcomed with open arms. Smiley))


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26  My first attempt at making a hoodie. WHOOO!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: August 28, 2010 08:22:54 AM
Took me a while to get around to making myself one, but I finally did it. Smiley I had an old zipper from a previous hoodie that died on me a few years ago, cut up an old sweatshirt that my boyfriend didn't want anymore and used that as the pattern. A few alterations here and there, a couple of episodes of 'Family Guy' later....voila! Smiley

I like really big hoods and long sleeves. It's like wearing a huge pillow. Cheesy I realised that it's a bit short, but it's cool - could wear it over long shirts or under jackets.

P.S. Contrasting leopard print lining is my new friend. heehee....

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27  Nautical Gypsy Dress...ahoy, sailor!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: August 27, 2010 07:53:35 AM
I recently got a seamstress job working for a super nice rockabilly woman who runs her own handmade vintage clothing company. She needed help, so I signed myself up!! JOY!

But I was about to dive well into the deep end and out of my sewing comfort zone - I have never made casings for elastic, puff sleeves, or any dress like it before. It took a few days to crack all the different directions the dress called for...but once I got into it, it was a breeze!

Finished product - I am soooo pleased with it. Smiley

Not only does it got the puffy sleeves and gathered bust, but there are four darts on the front and two more on either side of the back zipper.

Let's see if she approves at my first attempt! Wink

But I definitely need to invest in a overlocking machine/serger.  I sold mine a while ago....and it was probably the stupidest decision I have ever made. Sad

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28  Leopard print + lycra = a drummer's best friend :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: August 20, 2010 08:21:59 AM
Playing drums up on a hot stage can do one's head in. I tend to opt for the tank top and jeans when I play - comfy to wear and doesn't constrict. (used to wear proper boned dresses when I played, but had a few occassions when I almost passed out from the pure physical exertion on stage! :S)

My drumming hero is Paul Thompson of Roxy Music - he used to wear a kick-ass leopard print one-shoulder top when he played in the early stages of the band. Here he is, can just about see his top....Smiley

So I channeled a 5-year-old 'I wanna be like my hero' mentality and did a girly version of it....in gray, gold flecked lycra, no less. Smiley

But there was no way I could pull off the one-shoulder look whilst playing, even if I tried!! Don't want a Janet Jackson moment and have a 'wardrobe malfunction'. :|

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29  Happy Floral Burfday Dress *pic hefty* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: August 20, 2010 04:39:24 AM
I am a picky soul when it comes to dresses (usually can't find one I like in shops), so I decided to throw one together for my birthday. Smiley *although my actual b-day was a week ago and I didn't get a decent picture of it on the day!!* I bought some fab emerald green floral fabric at a bargain price and thought that it would be awesome as a sundress. Smiley

Seeing how my previous attempts to make ANYTHING with armholes usually goes awry, I had to man up and try for this one. Smiley I used and altered a very old 1950's sundress dress pattern (which was literally falling apart and about 2 sizes too small!)....and the end result was pretty much I how imagined it would look like.

That hardly ever happens. Cheesy

Finished result. No faffing about with lining, a basic three-piece bodice with folded hems, and a full circle skirt:

Action shot:

I have to say, it's comfortable as!! Cheesy Cheesy It held up during my b-day festivities...and didn't spill anything on it! Always a bonus. Smiley
*sorry about the blurriness....my camera was going mental. :s*

I consider it a success, so maybe go on a bit of a fabric plundering spree at my local shop soon to crank out some more, perhaps? Smiley


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30  Le Chat Noir Tube Top Pour Moi? OUI!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by TeenageRebelOfTheWeek on: August 04, 2010 09:32:04 AM
My mom-in-law bought me this fab when the in-laws took a trip to France about a year ago. Unfortunately, it's, like, a million sizes too small for me....so back to the wardrobe it went. It wasn't until today I looked at it and thought I really I need to do something with it.

Luckily, I got some leopard print stretchy fabric today and added two side panels and a thick top trim to hold the 'girls' in.

Lyrca is a bee-otch to work with - the amount of pins to keep the hem down was ridiculous. :| I might add some straps later, as I might use it a gig top....my band's name is Le Chat Noir, after all. Wink -x-
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