I'm an interior architecture student, and our studio project this term is to design a retail space that sells only products made from "reclaimed" or recycled materials, so one of our early assignments was to make something that could potentially be sold in our "store".
The dress bodice was made from a vintage wool cardigan that I accidentally sent through the wash some time ago. About a year ago I salvaged the sleeves to make socks (so soft & warm, I definitely recommend doing this if you have old wool sweaters!), and kept the resulting vest in case I could find a use for it. What luck that I came across it as I tried to think of the laziest way possible to make a bodice for this dress! I sewed up the front seam (so it wouldn't pull-- it had shrunk quite a lot!) and redid the sleeves & collar, then attached it to a basic circle skirt cut out of vintage polyester fabric (trimmed in remnants from the coat described below). Oh, and the fabric give enough that there is no need for closure, you can just pull it over your head! It's very comfy.
The cardigan was made from vintage stretch knit fabrics, with an old shoe string and button for closure. (You can't actually see that-- the model is wearing a belt over it that can be worn with the dress, the cardigan, or both, and is also made from leftover coat fabric.)
The coat was actually reconstructed-- it was a floor-length big ugly German coat that I had been meaning to fix up because it was such soft fabric (herringbone corduroy) and had nice pleating & princess seams. I just brought it in, redid the sleeves, trimmed the bottom to a fun new shape, added vintage buttons & moved the closure over to make it asymmetrical (a little modern touch, I suppose). And voila!
This was the board I presented.
And yes, I thought to put this in the reconstructed category, but most of it is just made from recycled fabric, so I figured this would do.
PS - A shout-out to anyone who recognizes this project! It was presented in a mini-gallery walk at my school. Also a shout-out to my roommate, who graciously acted as awkward model.
This is my fourth experiment with knit tops. It's a cropped knit top with constrasting trim and slight puffy sleeves (hard to see in the pic; they're more noticable in real life). I think it looks cute over a looser, longer tank top, but I'd also like to try it over something with a collar. It reminds me of a junior mint because of the chocolate brown and light color for some reason. I don't know, I had to name it something...
I'll try to take better pictures as it's difficult to take them with me as the model and photographer.
(New pic added because I realized I didn't have one that really properly showed off the dress, what with all my posing. The expression? Yeah, I don't know either.)
I'm pretty sure I sew dresses solely for the purpose of getting to pose for pictures of them. This was made after succeeding with this dress. Again, no pattern was used, made it up as I went along, blah blah. Lots better attention to detail on this one, but I ended up liking the bodice a little lower and less fitted because the fabric's so soft and it makes it very comfortable! Got the fabric for $5 at Goodwill! I love it, I wish I could find fabric this flexible and soft (yet the perfect weight for a dress) at Jo-Ann's. It was really a great find. Oh, and this zips on the side instead of in the back because I had seams on the sides. I don't know which I prefer for practicality. Also the pleats are sewed down close to the fold about 2" on this one, so it keeps its shape a lot better than the first one.
I tire myself out.
It actually falls perfectly when I'm standing still, but there are some awkward pooches and such in the photos because I'm moving around. It allows for a lot of mobility; had to make use of that!
PS - Don't even try to deny the awesomeness of my moccasins.
This is my first dress. After watching too much Project Runway, I slipped into my sewing room and started ripping apart an old sheet I'd got at Goodwill because I liked the fabric. Nevermind that I'd never sewn a garment before, didn't have a pattern, and had absolutely no clue where to begin. I just started sewing and eventually ended up with this.
Back & Side
The dress is one piece that zips (actually 5 pieces in its construction), and then I made a little sash to tie around the waist because it looks nicer that way. I fudged up a few areas, but overall it works nicely! I just made it up as I go, because I am decidedly too stupid and lazy for patterns. Who needs them?! Not me, when I can make a fabulous, original dress without! Well, the fabulous part may not be entirely true, though I quite like it Oh and I'm wearing it with a sort of pseudo-petticoat that I cut out of an old Halloween costume.
Here it is without the sash. Very handy for impromptu helicopter impressions! (Note: It's not a real helicopter impression unless you scream while you do it.)
Oh and don't worry. It doesn't stop me from kicking ass pretty much all the time.
I'm not entirely pleased with it. I found the fabric and knew I had to make something, but I didn't have a pattern so I just made it up as I went along. I would have prefered something a little smaller, sturdier and more detailed. I did finally do a zipper pocket nearly perfectly, which was an accomplishment. Oh, and I didn't have any D-rings and thought "well... I can probably make those, right?" I'm not exactly the queen of thinking things through, but it worked out alright. I made rings out of wire and wrapped them in Sculpey and baked. I should have been smarter and actually looked for the color of clay that would have matched (I know I have some), but the blue was sitting right there. Not an entirely great idea, but they work.
On the inside there's just a zipper pocket and a big velcro pouch made out of the outer fabric. Couldn't really get a good picture.
I have no idea how to say cache-coeur in English. Wrap, I guess? The kind where you have long straps at the bottom that you pull through a hole in the other side and then you tie? Something like this or this (do an image search to get a better idea if I'm not making sense)? I was thinking it would be pretty easy to make a nice sleeveless one... but I've almost no real sewing experience. Anybody try? With a design like this?
That's one of the worst diagrams in the history of time, but I hope it gets the point across.
I couldn't think of the word in English so I didn't know how to search for this
I think I have my hole on the wrong side in the picture; I can't think how many times you wrap since I've never actually owned one. Hopefully it still makes some sense.
This was a project for my art class. The assignment was to make a styrofoam sculpture and it had to be an animal or some sort of living creature. I chose a sea monster! I sketched it out (on paper to get the design), carved some styrofoam into a basic head shape and then worked from there until I got this...
Made using styrofoam, clay, colorful sculpting bake at home clay, acrylics, broken CDs, Fix-All, adhesive grout, hot glue and various other things.
Oh, and he's a SEA MONSTER, not an octopus and he's VICIOUS AND TERRIFYING, not cute and adorable! People seem to be getting it all wrong.