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131  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My version of t-shirt underwear on: May 02, 2005 09:38:31 AM
No underwear modeling for me. I'm not as brave as some of you. Also, my husband said no. Grin



the bow is a drawstring. It goes all the way through the string.
I made it completely out of the t-shirt. No elastic or other waistband. the hem of the shirt is now the part that goes around the legs. I just stretched it as I sewed, and made sure the t-shirt didn't stretch while I was sewing.
And the "string" (the part that goes around the waist) is made from folding a 2-in wide strip of shirt twice to make binding.
I'm very happy with them!
132  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / flirty tied-straps tank top on: April 29, 2005 11:35:36 AM
I got a cute t-shirt from Japan a few years ago, and like all my whites, it got stains in the pits. I used to wear it under a floppy light blue zip hoodie to hide them, but I wanted to be able to wear it alone again (plus it's sort of a guinea pig for another recon I'm afraid to try). So I made this:

Here's the shoulder tie:

The back looks just like the front except without the picture.
I used a package of double-fold fleece blanket binding for the trim. It was the easiest thing I've ever made. It looks terrible up close because I wasn't careful and I was distracted because my husband wasn't home when he said he'd be.
133  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / raWr! monster pants! tutorial! on: April 21, 2005 12:06:57 PM
My favorite jeans got a hole in the knee, and I didn't fix it right away, so it got worse and worse until it was all the way across the knee, almost from seam to seam. I didn't want it to keep getting worse, and I didn't want to recon my jeans into a skirt or anything else. They fit so perfectly! So...

Now I have monster pants.
And here's how to do it:
134  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Next time I'll use a pattern on: April 15, 2005 08:10:17 AM
My husband and I found some fun Spiderman material, so I decided to make PJ pants for him, since he works third shift and spends a lot of his home time in pajama pants. I figured I'd just trace a pair of his existing pants and work from that. So I finished them except for hemming, had him try them on, and they barely covered his buttcrack! It was horrible. I attached a black fleece waistband, and they don't look too too bad, but he has yet to wear them. Next time I spring for licensed fabric, I'll use a pattern.
135  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crisscross strap tank - tutorial now, img heavy on: April 13, 2005 08:07:25 AM
I made this from a size L t-shirt that I loved but never wore. Five Iron Frenzy was my favorite band, and I missed a concert but gave somebody money to buy me a shirt. They came back with this (I never remember to take pictures before I start), but it was too big.

I traced an American Eagle tank I liked, and came up with this:

and here's the back:

start with a t-shirt (obviously)
do this kind of thing to it:
If the sides fit you fine, then you don't have to mess with re-sewing them, but what I did is cut the shape I wanted out of the front and a wide rectangle out of the back, the height of one side of the front:
I sewed them together on one side, put it on and figured out where to sew the other side. I then had a fitted tube-ish thing:
Cut two strips about 2" wide out of the rest of the shirt for the trim. Cut all the way through the shirt, the trim piece needs to be long.
Put the ends of the two pieces together (right sides facing) and sew to make one LOOOONG strip. Doesn't matter how long, just LONG.
I'm sure there's an easier way to do this (and I'd love to hear it), but fold the strip in half (right sides facing) the long way and sew to make a tube. Trim the excess material and turn it right side out. Fold this strip in half with the sewn part in the middle and iron it flat. Basically, you've just made your own bias tape. Sorry I don't have pictures for that step.
Now add the trim to just the very top part:
I cheated at this part and used fabric glue with my pins, since I neglected the ironing part. To add the trim, put the edge of the fabric inside the fold and pin. Then sew across it. I did mine twice because the first time, some of the trim came out from under the needle in the back and didn't get sewn down. I was tired because my neighbors woke me up with their stupid party, and I didn't know what else to do since I couldn't sleep. But in the end, I liked having the two lines there, it looks more professional.
Next you're going to find the seam of the long trim piece, where you sewed the two strips together. Start pinning that dead center of the back, and use up all your pins as you continue pinning the trim piece to the tank.
(Make sure you have enough bobbin thread) Start sewing at the end of one strap and go all the way to the end of the other strap.
Next, put on the shirt. You could even cut the straps and leave it as a halter top, or you could have someone safety pin the straps where they look good and carefully take the shirt off and sew the straps to the back.

I thought about using a snap or button to make it into a 3-in-one deal: tie the straps behind your neck, attach them straight to the back, or criss-cross. You might want to try that... who knows?
136  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / leg=new pincushion on: April 12, 2005 07:09:16 AM
Back story: I recently inherited a sewing machine from my great-grandma, and I had already set aside a sewing area, but now it's full of boxes and stuff. Rather than clean it off, I set my sewing machine (sans table) on the floor in front of the tv, and that's where I do my stuff. The foot pedal became the "knee pedal," etc.

So... The other night, I was sewing the strap of a tank top I'm reconstructing and pinned it like crazy because the material is a pain and likes to move on me. I set all this to the side as I worked on the other end of the tank. I just happened to move my leg, and set it on the strap as about six pins jabbed into my leg in a nice neat row.  Cry
137  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purse from hoodie on: April 08, 2005 12:59:24 PM

I bought this hoodie off ebay, but it was too tight for me. I didn't want to sell it again, so I made it into a purse. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be (especially for me - a brand-new sewer at the time) but one thing I would change is that I used fleece for the lining, which made it hard for my mom's old sewing machine. I ended up doing a LOT of it by hand. I bled a lot  Undecided

I was going to cut the hood off, but my mom's friend suggested I keep it, and I'm glad I did. I bought a zipper and sewed it so I could close the hood. I like to keep keys in there, it's easier than digging through the whole thing.

The main compartment is basically just the bottom half of the hoodie, and the flap/hood are still intact. I didn't have to do much in the way of cutting/reconstructing. I used extra material from the back of the hoodie to make pockets inside the purse.

I couldn't figure out how to attach a zipper to the main compartment. My mom suggested Velcro, which I used, and I hated it. I ripped one part off, but I can't get the other side off - I used hot glue.  Sad fortunately it's the loop (soft) side.

Later, I bought some magnetic snaps, which I'm planning on attaching, but I'll have to un-stitch a part of the flap to do it.

The strap, obviously, is made from the sleeves. They were a little wide at the top, so I sewed them narrower. They are attached to the main compartment.

I'm working on an Old Navy purse with gray t-shirt lining, which I'm finding is too flimsy.

I'd like to see other people try this, and hear their ideas.
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