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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nightwing Tee! [aka Batman's First Robin] on: April 29, 2011 05:55:03 AM
 Grin I haven't even put this on my blog yet because I'm saving it for my Batman Week, BUT I had to show SOMEONE!

I started this originally for the Brisbane Supanova for the little dude to wear [it's an Australian comicon] but I ran out of time and he ended up just wearing his Green Lantern tee. So the week after I finished this off!

I'm so making one for myself once I'm done all the craziness of the next two weeks [self-inflicted Batman Week and my best friend's wedding. Still haven't made the bridesmaid dresses yet] but for now just one Nightwing in the family should do!

FYI Nightwing is Batman's first Robin [Dick Grayson] all grown up and being his OWN superhero. He's pretty amazing. And suave. And a bit delicious. And I MAY be in love with him Smiley

Lollol he's prancing

Anywho, Batman is my son's dad, well that's what I tell everyone although my husband feels a bit put out when I do, and I thought Nightwing would be fitting Smiley

I used one black toddler tee and then with a blue toddler tee I cut out the rad Nightwing insignia and stitched it across the front.

Pretty simple! I made a better version when I was writing the tutorial up for it [shhh that isn't even up on my blog yet either!] even though I used to ugly ugly shirts I kinda don't hate the outcome? Idk.

Here's a hilarious photo I took of my delicious kid sulking in the bushes. Nightwing was so over me taking photos of him!

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nerds on: January 20, 2011 07:56:41 PM
Finally somethings for myself! You may think I was MIA but I totally wasn't. I've been posting stuff on the kids board. It's easier + quicker to make stuff for the little monster than for myself!!

Here's a mishmash of  reconstructed goodness!

Periodic Table of Awesomeness

My dad bought me this shirt because it reminded him of Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. He knows I am SUPER IN LOVE with Sheldon [my facebook name was Ari Sheldon-Cooper for ages before I changed it to Adam West ^_^]. He bought it in super large, which is ideal for t-shirt surgeons - this he knows! I resized it, using a seperate shirt for the sleeves and hood and... wait for it....

Surprise! A keyhole back!

I love how it turned out. A LOT. The trick to making it lie flat is to have the binding a bit shorter than the cirumfr. of the hole in the shirt. Then you're kinda pulling the fabric tighter and when you put it on there is no gapey-horror. Just rad holey-ness!

Close-up of the graphic

obligatory posing with my stormies pic

Hello Sailor mini

I whipped up one of my usual stretch-knit minis and added a big kangaroo pocket to the front. This was annoying because my machine decided it hated zigzag. They'd never gotten along but this skirt was like the ultimatum. They had a fight, things were said, and my sewing machine REFUSED to zigzag any longer. I got mad. I decided to have a vodka and leave my stormies to figure it out.

Turns out a new BALLPOINT needle was all that was needed and I was able to finish the skirt. [Thanks to Hieronimo + Ben! I shared some vodka with them too] You'll be pleased to know that zigzag and my sewing machine are back together and sewing strong ^_^

Pj Pants to frilly mini!
Mum bought me these leopard-print flanno pj pants when I was preggers with Vince to wear in the hospital. Well since having him, losing baby weight and now gaining whatever the frell this weight is called, my butt split the pants! SO EMBARASSING. My husband even stitched them up for me cos he felt bad.

Then they split again.

So instead of staring at them angrily I took to them with my scissors!


Ok looking at those few things, I need to sew more Sad Its hard because I hate looking the way I do now, and I don't want to sew anything in my size because I'm all like "What are you talking about I'm supposed to be skinny! I've always been skinny! I'll be skinny again!" and have great intentions of losing the weight so sewing anything for myself right now is kinda like a waste??? lol I don't know.
I used Thera Joyce's tutorial for turning the pants into a mini. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to link to her blog or not [me + limbo have a love/hate relationship]
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Punk Rock Toddler Couch Recon on: January 06, 2011 08:55:29 PM

I've always wanted to get little Monster a little fold out couch, but I didnt' like the idea of spending $30+ for something. I just, I can't do it!

My mum bought him a couch for her house from Aldi [oh man we LOVE Aldi] for super cheap, but apparently it was the last one so I was like. Hmmph. FINE. I DID see a tutorial for DIYing my own so I should prolly start scouting for foam.

How ironic that the EXACT DAY I woke up deciding to hack into an old foam mattress toget this couch started, I go op-shopping with one of my good friends and I find a toddler sofa for $4. OH YEH.

Problem. It was GROSS.

Like. This gross..

Not only was it Winnie The Pooh, a children's character I DESPISE, it also wasn't very yummy looking...


I cut the cover off it and use those pieces as pattern pieces. I did it one little section at a time, you do have to go slow with this because it's pretty complex trying to put it all back together!

I took photos while I made it, and it's super complex, but I'll defo be writing a tutorial for it one day.

Not only did I ust recover it, I added a pocket to the back of it so he can put books and toys and most likely food in there. Probably Dad's license too...

I also made a little quilt from cotton and batting and stitched it into the inside so it's got a built in sleeping bag.

Some work in progress pics.

On the front of it I put a Rancid patch from a tee-shirt I also got from the op-shop. I'll update this with pics of the Monster on it laters.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Rain-o-saurus on: November 30, 2010 10:05:31 PM

Happy 1st of December everybody! Last night I was so sad because I was feeling in my innards like I NEEDED to craft, to create, SOMETHING, and I just couldn't. I was uninspired and just miserable. Melodramatic right?

I woke up this morning, the first day of summer and it's raining! YEY! I frelling love the rain!

I knew immediately what I had to do.

I bought this child's raincoat at the op-shop for like a dollar and had every intention of sizing it down, but never got around to it.

This morning I resized it to fit the wee one, snipped up the back and stitched it back together inserting red spikes I made from plastic-coated fabric scraps.


15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Toxic Waist Skirts on: October 02, 2010 04:18:54 PM
My sister came up from Brisbane on Friday, so yesterday we made these skirts. We made some other stuff too, but I don't have photos yet ((we decided to dye our hair)).

I taught her how to make a fold-over band mini. I wrote a tutorial for it, but it's over on my blog.

We stencilled a toxic waste symbol onto them as well. I use just black paint mixed with fabric medium. I have a tonne of medium, and want touse it all up before I actually buy proper fabric paint. Fabric medium makes any paint into fabric paint Smiley I am yet to see if it works with the Glow in the Dark paint I bought last year. Hah.

I just used a piece of thick paper and traced a toxic waste symbol from google images straight from the screen. Then I cut it out and just held it tight while I stabbed the fabric with the paintbrush. A quick n dirty stencil, but it's alright. It still worked Smiley

That's my son taking my skirt off me while I was trying to cut out the bands to match it... He wasn't impressed with me asking for it back!

My sister has just got the internets at her house, and I'm trying really hard to make her join Craftster, and start a blog. I already made her join my DIY community on livejournal, so I think there is hope for her! ((You could always hassle her about it to make her do it! She's a damn good seamstress, she just needs to practice!))
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Black + Grey Striped Tee from a little girl dress! on: August 09, 2010 09:55:55 PM
Last Friday I went for a walk with mum and we found ourselves at the nearest op-shop, that I keep forgetting exists! It's always got really nice stuff. Classy you know?

I snagged a bunch of little girl things, but they weren't like obviously girly - so I could reconstruct them into little boy things! I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before, so now instead of looking everywhere at the op-shop BUT the little girl section, I'll be combing every single rack!


I turned this size 10 little girl's dress into a long-sleeved tee for my son. I had to cut the dress across the underbust seam because it was slightly gathered. I then cut a new bottom part of the shirt from the bottom of the dress, so i could keep the hem. I'm actually pretty impressed with myself because you can't even tell there is a big seam running across tehmiddle of his chest!

I had to cut off the shoulder seams, and reattach the front and back at a new shoulder seam to make the neckhole smaller. The sleeves I took off and made smaller, cutting new sleeves out of the old sleeves starting from the wrist and going up, so it has the existing cuffs.

Then I appliqued a little lightening bolt onto the front and just stitched a few millimetres from the edge to secure it, I left the edge a bit raw because i thought it'd look cute.

What do you think?

Edited::Sorry I had them watermarked. I'm just worried about people stealing his photos. A lady whose blog I follow had that happen to her and it's CREEPY
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Make Your Own Damn Bras on: August 03, 2010 10:23:23 PM
I got sick of waiting to go to Spotlight to buy a good bra pattern, I decided to DIY! This is good if you do not have a very large bust. I'm a 12C-ish, and this tutorial shows you how to make a basic padded bra. You can easily add underwiring, which - when I get some - I will add to this tute on how to put that in as well.

I am going to buy a bra pattern, and give that a test run too, the most widely reviewed one that seems to be good is Kwik Sew 3300, so hopefully I can pick that up tonight as well as some bra-making supplies.

You're probably wondering why on earth I am making my own damn bras? Well part of it is because of the Self-Stitched September pledge I took a few days ago, and part of it was because I was so intimidated by making my own bras I had never attempted it before! Knickers? HA, old hat. Bras? EEK!

Well not anymore!

Please note:: there will be no shots of me actually wearing these bras! I took a few, then decided it looked alot less like me modelling a bra I made, and more homemade sexy photos  Shocked

As you can see, they can be worn as little summer tops if you're super brave ((I dn't want to think about that, it's deadly winter here)). You could also use this tute to make a top that has bustier-type cups on it! Yey!

This is the quick n dirty version. I'm going to do an in-depth tutorial of fold over bands ((because I use them in everything)) and more about the back clasp, but for now, it's not hard to wing it from where I leave off Grin ((sorry!))

Are you ready? What you'll need is::

* A bra you are willing to cut up that fits you well. If you don't want to cut it up, you can make a pattern from it, but it's ten times easier to just cut the sucker up! ((See that ginormous leopard-print bra? yeh that's how big I got when I was breastfeeding Vince. It's like 16DD))
*  Fabric. I used two old singlets. It doesn't NEED to stretch, but it does help!
* Fleece. I used regular ol' fleece to pad my bra! ahah. Did you notice this is a quick n dirty bra tute?
* Bra Straps - I didn't have any of these handy, so I just stitched lace onto regular 1cm wide elastic
* Bra closure - I didn't have any of these handy either, so they don't do up at the back yet! ahah. You could use a snap, or velcro if you really want ((which is probably what I'm going to end up doing. I mean I'm DIYing it anyway, it's not like it needs to be adjustable))

 Now you're going to cut your bra up. The key here is to only cut up ONE HALF of the bra, so that you can see which way the pieces go with the uncut side! I'm using the black bra I already cut up as a guide for you guys. You'll want to cut down the middle of the bra ((centre of your chest)), cut the cup out, cut down the seam in the centre of the cup - if your bra doesn't have this seam, cut a curved line approximately down the middle. Cut the straps off too. If you're using shirts and not one continuous piece of fabric, cut the side seam of the bra as well. Cut the bra closure at the back off also.

This is what your pieces should look like

Now get the shirts you will be working with. Cut up the sideseam and the shoulderseam. If it's a tee, cut off the sleeves.

Ok, here's a good tip. Instead of cutting straight onto fabric, trace around your pieces, adding 1cm on all edges for seam allowance onto paper. This way you can adjust your pattern when you finish your bra - to make it fit better. Now use those pattern pieces and cut out 2 of each pattern piece.

Don't forget that the main part of the bra ((the bit that the cups are stitched onto)) should be cut on the fold ((remember you cut down the centre of this piece and left half of it intact)). Don't add a seam allowance to the centre front like I did. Lol.

If you've got the underpart in two pieces, cut the back pieces out now too. Add seam allowances!

Cut out a pair of the two bra cup pieces out of the fleece. This is going to serve as your padding. Cheesy ((wow.. super blurry photo max...))

Now find on your outside cup section the part where the strap was attached. line this up with the pieces you cut out and do a little snip to mark that point. This is to mark where you will sew your new straps onto.

Do the same for the back

If you havn't bought proper bra straps for this, cut elastic to the length you need. You can use fancy elastic, I just used plain white elastic and...

stitched some red lace onto it! If you stretch the elastic as you sew, it will ruffle up nicely

Ta-Daaaa, pretty bra-strap!

Now we'll do the cup.

Get the inner cups and place them ontop of the outer cups, right-sides together. Use the uncut side of the old bra as a guide.

Stitch 1cm from the edge.

Do the same with the 'padding'

Now lay the cup over the padding, making sure you're matching up the right ones.

Sandwich the bra strap between the padding and the cup.


Then stitch across the top of the cup and the outside.

Clip the corner where the strap is.

Whoops. I had my strap the wrong way! Trusty unpicking time!

Yeh that's better!

Top-Stitch the edges you just stitched.

Get your main bra pieces.If they aren't in one piece, stitch the backs to the front.

Get your cups and line them up

Sandwich the cups between the main pieces and pin

It should look like this.

Stitch from the end of one cup right acrossto the other side. The middle part where the cups do not join should be flat across. Flip it the right way and it should look like this. Now flip it back inside out again!

Pin the ends of the bra straps down to the parts of the bra back where you snipped it earlier. Sandwich the strap between the ends and then stitch.

Then top-stitch.

And this is where I cleverly forgot to take more pictures! I'll give you a wordy tute now, and add photos for ya'll later! If you're stuck on anything, let me know!

After you've top-stitched, cut a piece of fabric 2x as wide as you want the little band at the bottom ((don't forget to add seam allowances)). The piece of fabric is going to be as long as the bottom. Fold it in half lengthways and stitch it the bottom of the bra. Topstitch the seam allowance down.


You're done, now just DIY some sort of bra clasp if you havn't bought one. Velcro? Press-studs? Mine have pins in them, ahahahah. So rock n roll...

Any questions? Let me know!
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18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Batman + Superman! on: July 29, 2010 03:01:17 AM
We're going to Movieworld on Saturday to just catch the last day of the 75th Anniversary special of DC Comics. There's a long story, but that's on my blog; to cut it short we're dressing up!


I made the boy's outfits first. Batman ((my kid)) and Superman ((my friend's kid))

Lol Superhero poses ((they are both 14 months))

With Superman's shirt, I reconstructed an old blue shirt of my mum's, with Batman's, everything is from scratch.

Their capes are detachable

Sometimes, being the Dark Knight is lonely.

Batman's cape has the batman-ish edge to the bottom. It was a real pain to sew! Superman's is just straight across

Batman helps out around the Batcave


World's Greatest Detective? Where?

Their leggings and Superman's pilchers were purchased. Everything else was made by me this afternoon. Their logos i did with felt ((WONDERFUL INVENTION)) and their capes clip onto their shoulders with press-studs. Their utility belts are just yellow stretchknit stitched to the bottom of the shirts with a yellow felt oval in the middle for a buckle.  I did it all freehand, drawing the emblems onto paper to use a stencil. Let me tell you I am keeping those patterns for EVER. They were so crazy to get perfect, but I think I did a damn good job!

Batman's hood is lined, and I cut two holes in the outer hood to stitch his little bat ears into. I love it, so cute. I was kinda bummed Superman didn't need some sort of disguise to protect his superheroism because I think the hood looks great!


Superman has little red boots to wear on Saturday. Vince will prolly wear skate shoes, because he's cool like that! hha. I also need to make him gauntlets!

Now I'm off to make mine, my husband's and my sister's outfits! YEY ((i.e. stay tuned!))
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mohawk Hat on: March 10, 2010 06:42:49 PM
This probably could have gone with my other round-up post, but I think it deserves a post of it's own!

I made this mohawk hat for Vinnie when it was raining for a few weeks here in Queensland. It's made from wool tartan and is lined in red broadcloth. I used red short pile faux fur for the mohawk, but next time I'll get longerpile stuff. It does up with a chinstrap but I havn't put a snap on it yet!

20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Clothes for My Psychobilly Son on: March 10, 2010 06:35:53 PM
Did you miss this little face?

It's Vincent! All grown up! Well. He's 9.5 months now, so that's pretty big!

Anyway, here he is modelling his brand new clothes!

He doesn't look too impressed, but trust me, he LOVES that Rocking Moose, AND his guitar shirt. I drafted the pattern from scratch using one of his old button-ups shirts as a guide. I am so proud, it looks so professional!

It has a collar, and a back yoke with a little lopp in the centre back ((ya know, like Daddy's business shirts)) and the front does up with snaps.

This one is made from the same pattern. I used black and white gingham fabric to make the shirt up in, and did real buttons + buttonholes! The buttonholes look like squashed flies, but I'm getting better. It has red ricrac on the pocket and across the back to look like a little western shirt!

That's the back and he's wearing his skinny leg jeans I made him Smiley

I made his pj pants too from a pattern I made myself. It's a size too big, which is good because he has about a thousand size 0 clothes!

More pyjamas! Like a grown-up! I used an Enid Gilchrist book to help draft the pyjama top. I Did an applique on his pocket too. I havn't done applique's in a long time.

I made a red tee for him from scratch and added an old tie of my father's ((that I found out was from my Opa!)) to the front and sleeves. I had previously used the skinny end bit as a mini tie for Vin ((pics soon!))

The pants I reconstructed from a pair of shorts my mum donated to the snip snip cause! I kept the waistband the same and the front + back centre seams. They are so long and baggy but I think he looks adorable in them!

I made this waistcoat from scratch too! It's lined and has faux welt pockets and big silver buttons down the front! It does up with velcro! I made a TUTORIAL for this too. You can find it in my blog Smiley

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