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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / When one is at a loose end...make a curtain into a dress. :) on: October 05, 2010 09:49:05 AM
I took a gander at the local charity shop this morning to see what kind of stuff they had - lo and behold, I found the most AMAZING Laura Ashley red checkered curtain for, like, 5. BARGAIN. Snatched the beast up and started to get to work on it when I got home. Took me a good few hours to cut the pattern, stitch, and hem. I wubs it - then again, I'm partial to halterneck dresses anyway. Smiley



The curtain also had a white cotton lining that was stitched in it, so I used that as a FULL lining for the dress. I never tackled a skirt lining in my life, so I might as well give it a go. And it turned out amazing. It gives the dress a bit more of a professional look. Wink



*don't mind the band-aid - it's trying to heal a drumming blister from a few days ago.* Smiley
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22  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Ugmo blue Underground shoes...into leopard print badasses!! **Pic heavy** on: September 27, 2010 11:02:49 AM
I bought a pair of these bright blue Underground boots from good old Ebay...because they were stupid cheap and it's a bit difficult to find them in my size. Smiley *got pretty big feet for a lady* Wore them out a few times and realised how gawd-awful the colour was. Sad



URGH!!

So I was debating what to do with them - sell them (the buyer gave me grief and never paid for them), dye them (too messy), or just paint on them (nope). So a fellow Craftster pointed me in the direction of a 'fabric swap' tutorial for Converse-styled shoes.....and this is the end result. I am WELL pleased with the result. Cheesy





It took, in total, a couple of hours to get it all done...not counting the overnight glue dryage....and waiting for my eyelets/shoe glue to arrive in the post. I was surprised how easy it was to do - I think another chuck recon is on it's way. Wink My boyfriend kindly asked me to pimp his chucks out with some tattoo print fabric. Smiley

The eyelets are a bit off and I had to add a bit extra fabric at the toecap, but who cares?! They're allllll mine. Smiley

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23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Credit card wallets for poorly friends....I'm too nice sometimes. :p on: September 26, 2010 07:41:21 AM
A couple of my really close friends aren't feeling the love recently for numerous personal reasons, so I thought I would make them something to cheer them up.

So I found this awesome tute recently for credit card wallets: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101026.0 - and decided to give it a go. It was super easy and fun to do. I literally went 'Yay!' after making them. Tongue

Here is my Batman one - who is, indeed, the ultimate superhero:

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OPEN, WITH CONTRASTING ORANGE LINING -


Here is a purple leopard print one:

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I need to work on centering the pop buttons, but that's no biggie. Considering these are my first wallets EVER, I think they came out all right. Smiley Just hope my friends like them. Cheesy

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24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From old bedsheet to cutesy pinafore.... 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!

Front:



Back:



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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25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stupidly small shirts into stupidly comfy cushions!! :D 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

Enjoy!

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26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bryan Ferry's military shirt...but for a girl. :) *a bit pic hefty* 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



27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Leopard print hat....a homage. :) 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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28  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Hi-Top Refurb - advice?! 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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29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt at making a hoodie. WHOOO!!! 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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30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Nautical Gypsy Dress...ahoy, sailor!! 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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