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11  Senior formal gown (made from bedsheets!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: January 16, 2012 08:00:12 PM

(the blue one)

I really wanted to make a long gown for senior formal, even though all my friends planned on wearing short party dresses. So to make it a little more casual, I used a plain cotton fabric. And by fabric, I mean bedsheets. Target was closer than the fabric store, and the set was half off. I thought I was really smart, but all the time I saved skipping the fabric store was spent steam ironing the fold marks out... and I didn't have an ironing board, so I did the whole thing on my wood floor. It took me about two days to make. And one of those days was the day of the dance... It was crazy, but the dress turned out stunning. I felt really pretty in it, and had such a memorable time.

Oh, and it has pockets! (cause I needed to carry some tampons... shhh!) Although, I don't know why I carried that gold clutch bag if I had pockets. That doesn't match at all. Silly younger me...
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12  fabulous feather wreath in Winter Holidays by Miss American Pie on: December 05, 2010 08:46:50 AM

I made this wreath for my college dorm room out of a feather boa and some glittery christmas ornaments. My dorm isn't allowed to have "greenery" because it's a fire hazard? or because it's messy? I don't know, but this was my way of getting around it while also being totally glam.
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13  fringe scarves (from scrap fabric!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: August 10, 2010 07:51:49 PM

I've been really into scarves lately, especially fringy ones, so I whipped up these triangle fringe scarves out of scrap fabric and embroidery thread. They are perfect for dressing up a simple tee or tank and they are really easy to make!

The navy floral one is two triangle pieces sewn right sides together, and the brown paisley-ish one is just a square folded in half and sewn across the bottom. I also sewed some little handle-type ties to the ends to make it easier to tie, since my scraps weren't long enough. The fringe is made from embroidery thread which I tied into tassels and attached by hand. I'd be happy to make a tutorial, but only if you promise to post pictures of the ones you make!

Thanks for looking!
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14  bag from pants, bag from coat in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: June 22, 2010 02:05:47 PM

I made this bag out of a pair of men's cargo pants. It has the original pockets from the pants, but everything else is my own design.

This bag is made from a vintage leather coat. I kept the original pockets for this one too. It has a trendy metal zipper and metal rings.

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15  floral sundress and rose-embellishment top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: April 01, 2010 01:36:33 PM

I made this sundress out of a big, old, shapeless dress I got at salvation army. I keep playing around with different belts and scarves, cardigans, jackets, jewelry, etc. I feel like a little girl playing dress up... anyway, it has elastic in the waist and side seam pockets (my favorite!)

back view--


I also made this blue top out of some old silk pajamas I never wear.

Close up of the roses--

another unflattering picture. sigh.

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16  dancing dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: April 01, 2010 01:24:58 PM

I made this dress for a dance last semester. I added the bow after a Summer Finn moment (and to cover up some flawed stitching... shhhh). It zips up the back and it has a full circle skirt-- perfect for dancing!

Back view--

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17  one outfit per week: skirt and tank top (#2) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: July 14, 2009 01:29:31 AM
This summer I'm sewing a new outfit every week and writing about it on my blog. This week I made a skirt and a tank top out of recycled clothes. I made the tank top from my dad's old turtle-neck sweater, and I made the skirt from an XXL men's button down shirt I got at goodwill. I made that necklace too.

For the skirt, instead of sewing up the armholes, I turned them into the pockets. I just sewed some lining out of material from the sleeves. It closes with a zipper in the back, where the buttons used to be.

Let me know if you have any questions. Here's a link to the specific blog post where I discuss this outfit -- http://makeshiftchic.blogspot.com/2009/07/recycled-plaid.html. Thanks for looking!
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18  one outfit per week: sundress and purse in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: June 29, 2009 10:00:08 PM
I challenged myself to sew one outfit every week for the rest of the summer and write about it on my blog (http://makeshiftchic.blogspot.com/2009/06/roses-studs.html). This is my first one--

The dress has two pockets and it ties in back with a bow. The top part is cotton jersey-knit, reconned from an old tee, and the waistband and skirt part are woven poly-cotton.


I guess my post will get deleted if I don't post a link to the exact entry where I discuss this dress. http://makeshiftchic.blogspot.com/2009/06/roses-studs.html --that doesn't really have any more info about this dress though, just personal stuff. I just talk about how I hurt my finger sewing the purse and how I'm sad that I don't have many occasions to wear pretty dresses. There's even a poem. Another entry has more information about the challenge I decided to do-- http://makeshiftchic.blogspot.com/2009/06/summer-challenge.html I answered some questions about construction later in the comments. How do I repost my project without deleting those details?
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19  bubble skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: June 20, 2009 07:47:41 PM

I finished sewing it just in time for my date today, annnnd then my boyfriend broke up with me. kinda sad.

Anyway, I made it out of a long, frumpy, elastic-waist skirt I picked up at goodwill earlier this week. I cut off some of the length to make the belt/sash/bow, and I added a lining with some scrap fabric. The best part is the pockets. Thanks for looking.
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20  yellow fever skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: June 10, 2009 10:55:00 AM

I used some $1 fabric from walmart. It has a cool home-spun texture. The only downside is it gets kinda wrinkly.

It looks like a dress when I wear it with this top I got at plato's closet--

What do you think? is that too tacky, to wear a skirt and shirt the same color? Or can I pull it off?
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