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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for those cheesy camp tees you can't throw away? on: July 22, 2011 06:49:49 PM
By this I mean the cheesy, out-of-date type tshirts from school, camps, and after-school programs that you don't really want but can't throw away. For example these are some of the old shirts I found in my closet today:

"5th Grade Homeroom Spelling Bee Champ" still three sizes too big 5 years later

"Vet Camp 2008" in violently orange bubble letters

"2010 4-H Day" very green Iowa State tshirt. their team colors are red and yellow. not a good combo

"Always Honorable, Always TRRFCC" Cheesy "Character Counts!" school tshirt

"Girls Rock! Making Good Decisions"

"You heard it from the horse's mouth" 4-H horse project tshirt, accompanied by a very ugly horse head. tshirt is gray, words are maroon. also not the best combo


Don't get me wrong, I loved going to (almost) all of those functions. But I don't like the shirts anymore. Anyone have any good ideas for them, or are they destined to be scraps and stuffing?
22  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Kick Ass Reconned Converse One Star on: July 20, 2011 09:55:16 AM
So when I told my mom I wanted Converse, I was thinking something along the lines of black Chuck Taylors. She took it as cheap, white One Stars. Three sizes two big, no less. So I decides to add some style to them. I have to give credit for the design to Corinne Leigh of Craftovision. It was the sign in this video that gave me the idea:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWNlpAVepio&feature=player_profilepage#t=15s (look above her to the left) I loved the irony of a no-walking sign on a pair of shoes, plus with the quote on the dog tag--- "You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and falling over." -R. Branson ---really brings the whole idea together. Here's the finished shoe:

Outer side:


Inner side:


Front view:


Back view:


The black paint is shoe paint and the red is fabric spray paint. I made my own stencils for the no walking sign. I made the dogtag on a machine in our local Hy-vee and added studs to the tongue and heel. I stitched the corners on the tongue to the body of the shoe so it didn't fold up when tied tightly. The laces are laced in an inside-out train track patternhttp://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/traintracklacing.htm and the chain is your basic cross lacing.

The shoes are great now and totally fit my style. The paint got a little out of hand, as you can see above the star, but it just adds to the uniqueness of it. The pictures really don't do it justice. Tell me what you think!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lace and Knit Tank Top on: July 20, 2011 09:30:58 AM
Here we have my first attempt at drafting my own pattern! Shocked I used this tutorial: http://www.threadbanger.com/secretlife/episode/SLB_20100902/how-to-make-a-custom-tank-top-pattern-secretlifeofabionerd . I meant it to look like your basic, low-cut racerback style tank top, which didn't exactly happen but I'm okay with that. The pattern would have been fine except the lace didn't stretch well enough and my measurements were not accurate enough, so I had to add side panels and a wide band at the bottom. All in all, its pretty cool.



Again, my mismatched hat rather than my messy hair.



These pictures are so difficult. Here is what goes through my head in the 10 seconds of self-timer:

Brain: Look natural! Look natural!
Hands: What do I do? WHAT DO I DO???
Brain: I don't care , just get out of the way of the shirt and LOOK NATURAL!!!
Mouth: Is it okay if my smile feels fake? Does it LOOK fake? Oh god, think of something funny....
Camera: *click*
My Body: slumps in relief and exhaustion

So looking over that small lapse of concentration, tell me what you think of my shirt!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two Reconstructed Indie Rocker t-shirt Flannels on: July 20, 2011 09:16:11 AM
I have what I like to think is an Indie rocker type style. These two recons were made by cutting apart two large men's flannels I found on the cheap and two clearance tshirts, a size smaller than my usual medium, and sewing parts of them back together.

The first used a really cool tshirt with a girl on the front. I used a heavy wool-type flannel and cut off the buttons, cuffs and collar. I added the bottom of the strip of buttons to the collar to make it longer to fit the neckline of the tshirt.



You all get to see my new hat because no one gets to see my messy hair Tongue



Lookie at the BEAutiful Iowa corn... Psh, yeah right.


This one is using a lighter purple flannel. It uses the same concept but with the whole sleeve and the back of the shirt made into a hood.





That's my gangsta look

Tell me what you think. The purple one is going to state fair in 4-H because it has cleaner seams. On the red one I surged all the edges with black thread and topstiched with lime green (to match the girl's eyeshadow) and the judge wasn't too into it. And it's really crooked because I like to go fast:D I also made a lace tank top and a kick ass pair of converse, but those go into other categories.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old jeans into new shorts on: June 03, 2011 07:13:52 AM
So I bought these jeans at Goodwill, loved them, wore them, and finally had to come to terms with the fact that they were now too short. So I made them into shorts! I cut them to about 2 inches longer than I wanted (one inch of fray and the other inch to fold up). I cut slits by the side seams and used a needle to pull the white threads out to fray the edges. I folded the edges up and voila! new shorts just in time for summer.


The shorts on me (sorry for the quality. Gotta love those crappy cell phone pics)


Front


Back



I just love the pocket details

So thats what I spent the day yesterday doing. Hope you like em.
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