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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / High Waisted Vinage inpired Bikini from Tankini on: April 23, 2012 02:32:01 PM
It started with a pretty boring Land's End tankini that I actually sort of liked, it was conservative and simple, but I don't like those high thighs and I've been wanting a vintage-inspired hi-waisted swimsuit, so I thought I'd chop this one up!  Here's the before:

So I started by adding some leg coverage.  I wanted to use some hot pink fabric I had from a skirt whose waistband I'd used to make my space skirt: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402724.msg4736186#msg4736186
I wasn't sure how to go about attaching them but the technique worked well, I just patched on some rectangles, pinned them on, trimmed and sewed!

I then tucked the pink panels under and tried to make it as even as possible while getting some butt coverage.  

To embellish the top, I added some tucks to create a sweetheart neckline and added a pink button I found:

I cut the bottom off the top, and added it to the bottoms to create a high-waist, then addded a couple more buttons for cuteness!  

The finished Product:

The photos would look better if I cleaned the smudges off the mirror instead of crafting! Oh well...
42  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Magnetic Spices! on: March 17, 2012 10:35:25 PM
This is superbly creative and awesome and useful.  You should be very proud of yourself!  I think it's the first thing I've ever bookmarked here and I plan on trying to make something similar!
43  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Adventure Time canvas sneakers- lotsa pics on: March 07, 2012 03:00:03 PM
Thanks! yeah, I was wondering if there was a way I could protect the paint...
Oh well, I made them to enjoy while they last...
44  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Adventure Time canvas sneakers- lotsa pics on: March 07, 2012 09:28:57 AM
These were some old Airwalks that look like classic slip-on Vans basically.  I've been looking everywhere for white canvas shoes I could color on, but I got impatient so I painted these old black ones white with soft fabric paint and then went to town!

Our whole family loves Adventure Time, so I wanted to make shoes to show some love to Finn, Jake, and the Princesses! 

The Shoes


Lumpy Space Princess & Bemo (to whom I added a face after this was taken, oops!)

Lady Rainicorn, Finn & Jake

Marceline the Vampire Queen, and Princess Bubblegum

You can now get plain white canvas shoes at Forever 21 for $6.50.  They're only available this time of year!
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Space Skirt from kids' bedsheets on: January 25, 2012 11:41:12 PM
I hung on to these bed sheets from the thrift store for months, wanting to make a dress, but way too unsure of myself to make one... So finally I decided to make a trendy maxi skirt, using the elastic waistband from a skirt I didn't love.  It was my first time installing a zipper, and gathering.  Two new skills, learned!

46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wool coat recon plans on: January 08, 2012 02:58:47 PM
I'm going to refit my old wool coat to be a bit more flattering. It's a super straight, plain, knee-length wool/cashmere blend with beautiful royal blue satin lining, and I love the quality, But it's getting a little shapeless and needs some modification.

The plan is to remove the lining at the bottom, trim several inches off the bottom, use that to make a belt, add some darts, belt loops, maybe new buttons.

I'd like to know if anyone wants to throw out any advice to me before I get started.  Wondering about things like-- does wool need to be cut in a particular way? (like, do I need to use those zigzag scissors), do I need to use a particular type of stitch in the sewing machine or just the standard? Do I need special thread?
I've added darts to something before... On a coat can I add darts just at the waist or do I need to run them all the way up to the sholders?

And, finally, any suggestions for adding cuteness to a very plain long black coat? I just figure making it a little more fitted and a little shorter, but I'm open to crazy ideas!
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 3 sardines clothing new underwear on: October 14, 2011 11:29:22 AM
Really loving the lingerie... this is the type of stuff I can't ever find in stores (affordably)
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My First Pillowcase dress on: July 01, 2011 09:12:55 PM
That's precious!  I have the same thrift store addiction and would not have left that behind. 
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My First Recon Post on: June 30, 2011 08:25:40 AM
Oh yeah, I watched that shirt for years!  Unfortunately, it got a hole right next to Too bad you can't see Nick Fury.  Which we couldn't figure out what he was so we called him "Man-Man" for a while.  When the shirt got a hole right next to Man-Man I was so bummed he wouldn't make it onto the final product. 
50  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Steampunk Jacket on: June 30, 2011 08:09:19 AM
This is the most beautiful thing I've seen on Craftster, ever.
You've opened my eyes to machine embroidery, yet I don't have a machine, nor artistic talent. 
I can only hope you go into business someday.
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