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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mermaid Inspired Retro High Waist Bikini Swimsuit Recon on: September 09, 2010 07:06:23 PM
I couldn't find the perfect swimsuit so I bought a tankini (on sale) and made it into the Retro High Waist Bikini that I wanted!  Now I only have to wait one more month before our beach vacation!

Before:  Ok-ish, but nothing great

The original tied behind the neck which tends to give me a terrible headache.  I crossed the neck straps in the back, stitched 'em down, and tied the dangling ends into a cute knot/bow.  I replaced the original ties at the chest with a bow of the fabric of the skirt.  Obviously, I chopped of the original waist and hemmed to the shorter length.  I attached the chopped off waist from the top to the bottoms to create a flattering high waist bottom.  I pleated and attached the skirt portion, then cut out "scales" and scattered about in a pleasing pattern and stitched on.  I haven't "tested" it in the water yet, but my little boy has been asking to get out the kiddy pool so maybe we can test it then.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wonderland inspired Sundress Recon on: September 02, 2010 02:05:40 PM
My sister and I hosted a Mad Hatter Tea Party. I was inspired to make a wonderland dress. I started with a plain gray sundress from Target. I used 7 different fabrics to make yards and yards of vertical ruffles! The neckline was a bit low and I really didn't want to mess with a strapless bra so i bought a plain nude bra and covered in with a light dusty pink lace from an old lace top I couldn't stand to get rid of. I covered the bra straps in lace ruffles and ruched the center front to make a Cami Bra. I get to use the Cami Bra a lot! Oh yeah, I also whipped up a HUGE bow for the party.

Cami Bra: I sewed a lace panel across a nude bra by machine on the sides, then tucked under and hand stiched the bottom.  Ruffled two strips of lace and machine sewed to straps (I adjusted the strap length before hand, they are no longer adjustable.  I don't like "bra hardware" showing and really wanted it to look like a Cami not a Bra)  I did not cover the back as it did not show and hasn't been visible on anything else I have worn it with.

I didn't want my creation to sit in the closet, so I layered it over a casual tank top to make it more wearable.  I wore it to church this way and everybody liked it (they're used to me dressing a bit "over the top")
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