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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: non-stretchy lace t-shirt? on: November 21, 2012 02:44:57 AM
I always try to avoid zippers if i can, because.. well.. I'm lazy  Roll Eyes
But to tie it back from the side seams is a great idea! That might look really cute!
Thank you!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / non-stretchy lace t-shirt? on: November 20, 2012 11:57:32 AM
I've bought a piece of beautiful black lace on discount and would like to make a simple t-shirt out of it (for wearing over tanks etc.)
The lace has only a very small amount of stretch, so I'm afraid that if i use a regular knit shirt pattern I won't be able to put it on (without breaking it). Do you think it would work if I used a bigger size? Huh
I've found this t-shirt pattern for woven fabrics, but I don't like it's square-y fit. I'd like it to be as fitted as possible.
I thought about putting a keyhole opening in the back with a little button closure (like here). Do you think this would help?
Do you have any tips or ideas on how to make this work? Or maybe another woven t-shirt pattern with a nicer fit?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dress for a wedding! on: July 05, 2012 07:59:34 AM
this is really beautiful! I love the blue fabric of the skirt!
I've also made the spray starch from this recipe and i absolutely love it!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Zebra burn-out jersey maxi dress. on: July 05, 2012 07:54:12 AM
oh, i love this so much! I've already downloaded the patten and gonna try this soon! Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Blue Floral reverse tie-dye dress on: June 30, 2012 11:15:44 AM
this is really cute! I especially like the pattern, that came out. it looks so summery!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: two tank tops (img heavy) on: June 29, 2012 12:18:50 PM
Oh, thanks so much! You're so nice (and not at all creepy, i think)!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: yoga pants on: June 27, 2012 06:17:04 AM
thanks Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: old frumpy to new cute summer dress on: June 22, 2012 03:24:40 AM
Thank you both!  Smiley

A pale color is a good idea!
I think i'm just gonna try it out with some leftover srap and see how it turns out.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old frumpy to new cute summer dress on: June 21, 2012 02:55:56 PM
Hello everyone!

This was an old dress of my Mom's, that I discovered in her closet (no! I would never dig through other people's closets to find something I could refashion! this was only by accident! Wink). She hadn't worn it in years and actually was on the verge of throwing it away.
It is made of a wonderfully light fabric and I actually liked the floral print. So I decided to save it and try to give it a new life.
And this is what I came up with:

(this cute tie thing in the back had already been there)

Here's a close up of the gathered sleeves/straps:

And this is what it looked like before (sorry for the mess in the background):

It was really weirdly fitted: too wide around the waist and belly and to tight around my hips.

So, I chopped off quite a bit of the length. Then I ripped the side seams open from the (new) hem up to the waist and sewed in a long triangle on each side, which I had cut out from the chopped off bottom fabric. This made the skirt part wider and created more like an A-shape. Then I cut off the sleeves and gathered the fabric between the neckline and the armholes.

As I'm as white as a sheet most of the year, I'm thinking of dying it a new color to make it a bit more flattering. But I'm not sure of how the print would turn out. Or maybe i should just try to get a good tan  Cool.
What do you think?

Comments/criticism/advise are appreciated!
Thanks for watching!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / two tank tops (img heavy) on: June 17, 2012 09:45:48 AM
The first top is made from an old white skirt with a beautiful teal embroidery with beads on the bottom. I had this for years but never wore it because it was a tick too long for my style and the color was just too light for my pale skin tone. I probably just bought it for the embroidery. (Sorry, I don't have any "before" pictures. My dad accidentally deleted them from the camera.)
I more or less followed this tutorial from Martha Stewart to make a dress: http://www.marthastewart.com/267528/diy-shift-dress  (My skirt just wasn't long enough to be a dress.)
In the end I dyed the whole thing red. Now it has a much more exciting and flattering color. The teal embroidery came out in a beautiful dark purple, while the beads, of course, remained teal. I like the contrast this creates. I also sewed a sash out of some left over stretchy fabric in the exact same color as the embroidery!

It has kind of a Jane Austen flair to it. I love that!  Smiley

The second top is made from a plain old white men's XL t-shirt. (Here's the awesome tutorial: http://www.crafterhoursblog.com/2011/08/tee-to-tank-tutorial-by-jen-from.html)
After sewing, I dip dyed it in the same dye bath as the first one. this was so much fun! And I love how the gradient turned out. I'm definitely gonna try this again with another color.
I braided the straps and belt with some t-shirt yarn that also took a nice long dye bath Wink.

Thanks for reading! Smiley
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