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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nautical-like vest of pearls! on: August 03, 2006 02:57:02 PM
so i was shopping at the nearby goodwill the other day with my older brother, and among the pile of other wonderful treasures i found was this:


and it was a mixture of laziness and lack of sleep that i chose to leave my pjs (aka old tee and shorts) underneath.

i saw it, thought it was interesting, and took it home to make friends with my other (dust-collecting) thrift store gems.

and then just the other day, i picked it up, took a look at it, and thought "hm... i could make a vest! ha!"

and so, after probably the simplest recon EVER...

ta da!



thanks for looking! any comments or criticism welcome! :]
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / the old yet new blue shrug on: March 19, 2006 05:18:55 PM
this shrug was made a very very long time ago, but it was actually long-sleeved, and i never finished hemming the bottom. so i finally did and shortened the sleeves (making cuffs). here it is:

me wearing it.

close-up of the sleeve.

thanks for looking! please post any comments or criticism.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a v-neck addition! on: March 19, 2006 04:21:00 PM
so i didnt like the original shirt i bought for $5 (i dont remember where.. but it was on the clearance rack. :]) i only didnt like the turtleneck it originally had, so i cut it out and added a v-neck (the craftster tutorial i used i couldnt find again, so i just posted this as a new topic. thanks to whoever posted it anyway though!)

this is the floor view.

this is me wearing it.

and this is the severed turtleneck.

thanks for looking! comments and criticism welcome.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / the suit jacket turned blazer with a bow on: March 19, 2006 04:05:22 PM
*note: this is the same exact post as in the "general" category, because i didnt realize until after i posted that i could have put it in reconstructed. -_-; sorry!*

i had come down with a cold and was too much of a bum to go to school. so, since i had a whole free day to do nothing, i took this chance to craft like theres no tomorrow. and on that day of crafting, i came upon an old suit jacket of my dads in an old bag of throw-aways. i tried it on, hoping it just might fit me, but to my disappointment it was as flattering as a trashbag. i couldnt ignore the call of crafting, so i took out my scissors and turned on my sewing machine and got to work.

i have very poor sewing craftsmanship, so i have to warn you that there are many MANY flaws *sigh*, and i have many regrets after completing this jacket. like the quality of the collar (i just reattached the original one, but did it rather poorly), the should-have-been seam allowances for piping the front flaps, and the list goes on forever.

anyway, what i did with this is i took the lining out, took the jacket apart, and drew out a pattern on the various jacket parts with my own measurements. i put in piping i made myself (without piping cord.. i twisted two pieces of yarn together. ^^; at least i put to use my old yarn remnants. it came out okay i think) and i also made a split in the back and added a nice big bow, just to make it unique. i tried to make the tops of the sleeves bigger than the armholes to create a princess-sleeve effect.. but somehow in the process of making this jacket it was just the opposite. the sleeves were just an inch or so short of the armholes. -_-; so i just pleated the front flaps of the jacket to accomodate, because i was too lazy and short of material to do anything else. this resulted in a tight fit around my armpits, but it was all in the name of a nice new jacket.

so, after much explaining, here is the blazer in all its blazer-like glory.

this is a closeup of me wearing it.

this is the back with a bow! :] (and i realize that its lopsided, but i didnt know this until after i loaded the pictures. so imagine the bow perfectly positioned if you will.) im not sure if you can see it well in the picture, but the bows a burgundyish color.

the jacket lying down and resting.

details of my sad piping job on the pocket. (i wanted to keep the functionality of the original front pocket, so i piped through it and took care not to close the pocket up).

an interior only a mother could love. (i was planning on making a lining, but once again im too lazy. maybe one day in the far future... but until then ill have to live with it.)

and heres the full body picture.

i dont have a before picture of the actual jacket before the operation, but heres a picture of a jacket thats somewhat similar to it. just imagine it maybe five inches wider and seven inches longer with more padding in the shoulders. more box-like i suppose.


thanks muches for looking! please comment, criticize, or give any type of feedback!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my loverly blazer with a big pretty bow. on: March 19, 2006 03:38:17 PM
i had come down with a cold and was too much of a bum to go to school. so, since i had a whole free day to do nothing, i took this chance to craft like theres no tomorrow. and on that day of crafting, i came upon an old suit jacket of my dads in an old bag of throw-aways. i tried it on, hoping it just might fit me, but to my disappointment it was as flattering as a trashbag. i couldnt ignore the call of crafting, so i took out my scissors and turned on my sewing machine and got to work.

i have very poor sewing craftsmanship, so i have to warn you that there are many MANY flaws *sigh*, and i have many regrets after completing this jacket. like the quality of the collar (i just reattached the original one, but did it rather poorly), the should-have-been seam allowances for piping the front flaps, and the list goes on forever.

anyway, what i did with this is i took the lining out, took the jacket apart, and drew out a pattern on the various jacket parts with my own measurements. i put in piping i made myself (without piping cord.. i twisted two pieces of yarn together. ^^; at least i put to use my old yarn remnants. it came out okay i think) and i also made a split in the back and added a nice big bow, just to make it unique. i tried to make the tops of the sleeves bigger than the armholes to create a princess-sleeve effect.. but somehow in the process of making this jacket it was just the opposite. the sleeves were just an inch or so short of the armholes. -_-; so i just pleated the front flaps of the jacket to accomodate, because i was too lazy and short of material to do anything else. this resulted in a tight fit around my armpits, but it was all in the name of a nice new jacket.

so, after much explaining, here is the blazer in all its blazer-like glory.

this is a closeup of me wearing it.

this is the back with a bow! :] (and i realize that its lopsided, but i didnt know this until after i loaded the pictures. so imagine the bow perfectly positioned if you will.) im not sure if you can see it well in the picture, but the bows a burgundyish color.

the jacket lying down and resting.

details of my sad piping job on the pocket. (i wanted to keep the functionality of the original front pocket, so i piped through it and took care not to close the pocket up).

an interior only a mother could love. (i was planning on making a lining, but once again im too lazy. maybe one day in the far future... but until then ill have to live with it.)

and heres the full body picture.

i dont have a before picture of the actual jacket before the operation, but heres a picture of a jacket thats somewhat similar to it. just imagine it maybe five inches wider and seven inches longer with more padding in the shoulders. more box-like i suppose.


thanks muches for looking! please comment, criticize, or give any type of feedback!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / teal-ish long and skinny scarf with pom poms! :D on: August 17, 2005 03:51:01 PM
hi hi!~
well, i finished this scarf some time ago... its this teal ish color knitted in the lion brand mohair-look yarn, and has pom poms on the ends! please id like some criticism / comments! thanks much! cheers!
~amy~

oh im really sorry about the darkness of the picture... but if you stand up a bit and look at your monitor that way, you can see the pom poms at the bottom better. sorry for the inconvenience! >.< i didnt notice how dark it was until now!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / lime green scarf ^_^ on: August 17, 2005 03:25:19 PM
hi hi!~
yayee so i finished this really limey greenie scarf... ^_^ you cant really tell how limey it is in the photo (my closet light isnt exactly the greatest) but... the scarfs pretty bright. my friends claim it can be seen a mile away. ^_^;

anyway, i got the pattern a long time ago... i forgot which site tho. but i think it came out pretty good! thanks for looking, and constructive criticism please! cheers!
~amy~

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / dead kitty cat hat! :D on: August 17, 2005 02:58:39 PM
hi hi!~
okay so this is my first post... well, on this account anyway. ^_^;

welps, heres a hat i made for a friend of my brothers. we were browsing through the yarn selection at michaels (because i wanted to find yarn for a jacket, thus adding to my mountain of a collection of yarn... >.<) he spotted a really obnoxious looking orange yarn (it looks a lot brighter in the store) and fell in love. Cheesy so i offered to make a hat for him.

he requested cat ears, stripes on back (sorry you cant see it in the picture), a brim, and to have x's for the eyes. so, being the coolest lil sister i am Cheesy i knitted it up for him. hope you guys enjoy!


he looks sorta constipated in that picture... ^_^; heres another one:

ha ha. i told him to strike a pose...its a lil brighter, so you can see the hat a lil clearer.
so sorry that i couldnt have gotten a better view of the hat in both pics tho! >.< you can sorta see the eyes and stuff on it... ill post up a pic of the detailing soon.

thank you so much for looking! Cheesy
~amy~
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