I have a mission - create a new wardrobe for myself before my employer calls me in on August 3rd. There are a few complications. It needs to be practical. I'm a student and I run around campus most of the day, rest of the day I spend working and I plan to devote lots of free time to biking. That last thing kind of kills any hope for skirts or dresses. Short shorts really fall out too, I live in South Carolina where heat is a regular and legs get sweaty and therefore stick to the leather bike seat - in other words, ew! That's not so much of a problem, since I rarely get out of my jeans. I'm more concerned with the tops. My general wear is a whole bunch of wifebeaters. I wear these because they're terribly cheap (men's sell in packs of 3 for $5.00!) and no one is sad when a cheap common thing gets ruined. But they're all mostly same frigging color, white, white, white, gray, white... So I was hoping to recon a whole bunch of my old tees into something crafty and stylish. Heh. Who has a complete list of things that can be done with t-shirts? Not I. Although there are lots and lots of fun ways to do this task, I'm scouting out the unusual ones!
Here's your part, if you're willing: show me your fav recon, yours or someone else's.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the "Mom says I ride the short bus because I'm special" tees/sayings? Well, my step dad decided to be extra helpful and get me one. . . In XL. (This is actually an improvement, he usually picks up the XXL ones!) He's actually the reason why I recon tees, I have so many cool ones that are huge.
A little while ago, I made a beach LOTR dress. One of my friends saw it and wanted one for his girlfriend out of a Coheed and Cambria tee. So I decided to verify my skills in tee-dress making by fixing up this Special Tee.
I know, I know, I ramble. But here are all the cool pictures you wanted to see!
(note the cute side pocket! first time I've tried this!)
Once upon a time there was a sweater! It was made Bangladesh. It was a regular sweater, not special in any way and any regular kid in middle school would love it! But it didn't go to just any kid, it was given by a grandmother to a little girl who was a little crafty. So one day when this little girl grew up an went off to college, she revamped the sweater (because obviously it's cozy and comfy and it's effing cold in the winter). The sweater was way too short at the waist, but way too baggy in the sleeves. So the young recon lover made the sweater even shorter! And gave the sweater slim fitting sleeves and a lower neckline. Such is the story of this sweater.
Now that we all agree that my storytelling ability is way worse then my sewing ability, you can enjoy the sweater that is cute.
I made this dress out of scraps of jean pant legs and an old gypsy skirt made from silk. My boyfriend complains that it ought to be longer. The corset is extra long and it can be worn without the skirt part. I used snaps to fasten the corset, the bubble skirt and the strap together, so that I could have a little more freedom and do combinations. I'm planning to make another skirt for this corset out of baby blue flower material. And I may get adventurous a make another corset out of black jean material. The dress can be worn with or without the strap, just have to adjust the tightness.
ignore the fact that this picture is from 2005 and I'm a teenage mess. I think everyone can imagine a regular pair of jeans for the other part.
Made this costume for my boyfriend. He's the Jester of Death (you can tell because of the skull on the walking stick and if you could see them the little skull bells of the ends of the jester hat). I know, not a kid friendly costume. But I thought it turned great. The shirt and the pants are quilted in diamond pattern, there are three layers to both: the face fabric, a thick puffy non-fabric material, and an inside fabric. (This was to give the pants and shirt volume, like the medieval clothing. Or what he thought medieval clothing was.) The vest is a separate item. You really can't tell what the hat looks like because its tails are all behind him. The little hat for the skull I made as a prototype and he painted the stick in a diamond pattern (it's a table leg from Lowe's).
I call this a gypsy skirt, I'm pretty sure by definition it isn't. What I did was cut at uneven angles and then gather in the corners of the base. Tada, skirt complete. This is not a square skirt though, it's just uneven.
Here be the long promised tutorial!
The Pleated Skirt
Technically I pleated the skirt, but the fabric isn't what you'd usually use for a pleat. It was just a way to gather up the fabric and make one very big sun skirt. There is a hidden belt, it keeps the skirt on my waist instead of my hips, this isn't stretchy fabric. I have to wear a slip or a white under skirt with this because the fabric is see-through. As you can probably tell because I'm not wearing anything like that. lol. I have lots of plans for making a slip... but I haven't yet. I don't want to attach one, in case I might need it for something else.
Thanks for viewing! I'd appreciate comments/criticism/suggestions/endless odes of adoration of my sewing skills *cough cough*
I loved my I <3 NY tee, but it was an XL. I really don't like resizing tees the conventional way, they'll fit, but it makes for an awkward shape. So I tried something new. I checked my regular button up dressy shirt and noticed that it had darts running down the middle. So I copied the design to my tee!
There are darts on the back and front. Only the ones on the front run up to the middle of the bust line, whereas the back has them all the way to the tops of my shoulder blades. I also fitted the sleeves.
The tee has a raw hem - I used the hem-stitch (one that loops), but just a space above where the actual fabric ends. Saw this done on one of the GAP tees.
If anyone wants a tute, I can draw up a quick one, just let me know. This is super easy to do! Especially if your tee is only a size or two too big!
My friend commissioned me to create a costume for her! For a convention! Oh, I was sooooo happy! It's my first commission! Turned out great. This is also the first time I did any sewing for a bigger girl. Since I fluctuate between 1 and 3, it was very difficult for me - I kept thinking it would be too big or too small. So I didn't cut the fabric when I hemmed the seams, instead I gathered it, good thing I did too, because the first time she tried it on it was too small in the bust area. She's also a D or DD, whereas I'm a tiny B. So I resized the dress and woala! This project was a really big adventure! The cape ended up being a piece of cake, took me about two hours to finish it and hem it with the gold liner.
Behold Mary Marvel! No will get away from her!
I made the dress and the cape, she had the boots and ironed on the lightning bolt, the gold belt is just a gold cloth tied around!
Thanks for viewing!
update Yup, I misspelled the name terribly and completely, now it's fixed! Btw, the super girl made her own costume too. But I don't actually know her.