Since I finally got around to joining Craftster after meaning to for over a year, I figured I'd show off some of my past projects. I apologize in advance for crappy photos, but most of these were taken back when I still had a crapola webcam. I actually enjoy doing reconstructions more than sewing from scratch. I like to think that it's more of a challenge, but really I just have a short attention span.
#1: dress to shirt
This I reconstructed out of a giant linen dress that went down to my ankles. Simple enough. I just cut off the bottom and the sleeves. Then I brought it in on the sides and added a cute waistband. Voila.
#2: men's to women's
This one took forever, I wish I had a better picture of it. My boyfriend is a supershopper and has tons of vintage clothes lying around. I reconstructed this out of one of his old shirts. I had to take in everything
, including making the sleeves shorter and the shoulders narrower. Then I embroidered an abstract design on the front. I have actually gotten pretty good at doing this, so I can put up a tutorial if anyone's interested.
#3: plain to pretty
After making this sweater smaller I had lots of leftover fabric, so I decided to make this lovely decoration on the shoulder. I think it came out rather nice.
#4: art shirts
These aren't really reconstructions, although I did resize the shirts before I used them. Both are done with FabricMate fabric markers (which I highly recommend, by the way. I've washed these shirts a million times and they've hardly faded at all!) The dino is expressing my love of daily dinosaur comics (http://www.qwantz.com
). The lettering next to spock says "leonard nimoy for president".
So that's a sampling of what I do. Currently I'm involved in reconstructing a dress back-to-front. It's exciting in a nightmarish way.