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1  Re: Red Cross-Over Tank from Men's T-shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 09, 2012 01:33:50 PM
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I got too little on purpose. I'm glad you like my posts, too. Grin

I gathered that pretty early on.  Grin

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Oh gosh, you'll have to bear with me - I made this over three years ago.

From what I remember, I measured from underbust to hip to get the bodice length and I gave it that "hourglass" shape by putting my waist measurement in the middle of the bodice and drawing a curve based on that measurement being the highest point in the curve.

Here's a diagram:


Don't forget to add seam allowance, of course.
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2  Red Cross-Over Tank from Men's T-shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 08, 2012 05:50:40 PM
Stats
Started Life As:
A Size M Men's T-shirt (from Jeans West, I'm pretty sure)
Is Now:


It doesn't fit me terribly well any more, since I made it when I was bigger. I still love it and think it's one of the best things I've made.

Tutorial / Pattern Used:
"Surplice / Cross-Over Bust Tank Top Tutorial" from What The Craft

What I Learned:
 - I've shrunk since making this, yaaay
 - Sometimes, cotton garments need ironing. This is one of those cases
 - How to make straps and use them to finish off armholes
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3  "Tats on Black" Mock-layer Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 08, 2012 05:36:57 PM
Stats
Started Life As:
Size S Men's T-shirt (from Jeans West I think...?)
Became:
A Boob-tube, sort-of.
Then Added:
Size S Women's tank top
And Now It's:


A mock-layered top. Very teenage, I think. X3

As you can see, it was originally made into a boob tube thing, but I always wore it under the same tank top. One day, I just thought "stuff it" and combined the two. I cut away the straps and some of the bottom and just sewed it to the tube.

I cut the top part intending to fold it over and sew it down (I tucked in the hanging bits for the photo). I think I'll just sew it together the way it is in the photo instead.

Tutorial / Pattern Used:
(Originally) "Rollover" from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay.

What I Learned:
 - Always keep room for modification.
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4  Fail Capoeria Recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 08, 2012 05:17:02 PM
My second-ever recon didn't go as swimmingly as the first. RIP Batizado T-shirt, we hardly knew thee.

Stats
Started Life As:
- A Size M Ladies T-shirt (Acquired at my first and only batizado. I only got as far as Branca/Amarella)
Is Now:



A monstrosity! Ugh!

Tutorial / Pattern Used:
- "Shoulder Chic" from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay.
 - "Outer Lace" also from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay.

Followed them to the letter. Now I look at it, I probably should've just used "Outer Lace" on it's own or even tried "Fermez la Ruche".

What I Learned:
 - Sleeveless things look crummy on the Captain.
 - Next time, try to get rid of the bleach stain.
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5  Okami Tank Top from Men's Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 08, 2012 04:43:44 PM
Stats
Started Life As:
 - Size L Men's T-shirt (Acquired when I pre-ordered Okami for PS2... man that was a while ago)
Is Now:


A tank top, with cross-over straps and fake buttonholes. Yay!

I made it WAY too short. It barely skims my hips. And it looks really weird on. Sad
I think I might make it into a little girl's dress for my cousin's kid... might as well get her into video games early. Maybe I should give it to her along with a CD of DOS games for her 2nd birthday. She can be like me! Mu ha ha ha!

What I Learned:
 - How to make fake buttonholes
 - How to make thick straps
 - Measure twice, cut once NOT measure once, cut a few times. X3
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6  Halter from Men's Shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 08, 2012 04:24:50 PM
My first project. Made it about 3 years ago. Ah, how time goes by. <3

Stats
Started Life As:
 - Size M Men's T-Shirt
Is Now:


A halter top. If I had put a shelf bra in it, it would be great for exercising...

Tutorial / Pattern Used:
"T-bird" from Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt by Megan Nicolay. However, I added elastic to the back and hemmed the whole thing. I wanted to have it for the long term, after all.

What I Learned:
 - How to use a sewing machine
 - How to do a straight stitch
 - How to insert an elastic band
 - How to do a hem
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7  Two-Layer Draped Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 08, 2012 04:11:05 PM
Guh. I hate this one. I made it when I thought I was all goffik and stuff. I was a stupid little kid... >C

Stats
Started Life As:
- Polyester maxi skirt
- Cotton (?) skirt
- Old, faded t-shirt
Is Now:


A double-layered maxi skirt. Bottom layer's the polyester skirt with two slits in it (because I couldn't walk in it otherwise). Top layer's the cotton skirt with a ruffle made from an old t-shirt. It's heavy.

It was my first attempt at putting in an elastic waistband (which I did quite well, if I do say so myself. ha ha ha). It was also my first time using elastic thread.

Why is it sitting so high on my dressform? Because the dressform's waist is where my hips should be and I can't adjust it any higher.  Cry

What I Learned:
 - Cotton top layer + Polyester bottom layer = tacky and heavy.
 - How to put in an elastic waistband
 - How to use elastic thread
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8  Turtleneck Shift Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 08, 2012 04:00:12 PM
We'll start with the statistics for this one, shall we?

Stats
Started Life As:
- Size 14 turtleneck jumper
- Size 14 Skirt
Is Now:


A lovely Size 8 - 10 shift dress! Great for parties and drag shows! (wait what)

It's been shaped in a little at the waist, but that's about it. It was also my second attempt at sewing on bias tape (which I failed miserably at, gaping holes everywhere >C). Even though it looks like one armhole is enormous in comparison to the other, they're both the same size. It just sits funny on my disjointed dressform.

What I Learned:
 - Bias tape still hates me.
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9  Handcuff Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Captain Slow on: February 08, 2012 03:48:30 PM
A few years ago when I still in high school, I made this handcuff necklace:


It was dead simple to make, too. I basically used this tutorial on Cut Out + Keep but kept the final larger loop on each end of the cuff. It looks less professional this way, but I still like it. Smiley
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