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21  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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22  soft grey fringe purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: June 10, 2009 10:09:30 AM
This is my first time sewing a real purse so I'm pretty psyched!

It looks like real suede but it's fake (and oh so soft!). I just cut the fringe parts on the bias to prevent fraying.

I made a lot of mistakes-- skipping the interfacing and using a magnet snap instead of a zipper. It's not perfect, but I'm still proud of it, and it still looks hot...

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23  Fringe scarf (no sewing required) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: May 13, 2009 01:51:49 PM
I needed something to cover up my sunburned neck, so I made this little scarf out of an old shirt.

inspired by this scarf at freepeople.com-- http://www.freepeople.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/productID/31683e0d-1025-4a4b-9b8a-41776dc07bfb/categoryID/d7026bad-0904-43cf-a1c9-983cad15b067

Maybe if I find some pretty print jersey I'll make one more like the picture...


It's really easy to make!

1. Cut out a triangle shape from a tshirt. Try to cut it at right angles along the grain sort of so it won't curl all wrong.

2. Cut some strips for the fringe out of leftover fabric. Make sure you cut them in the right direction (across the stretchy part) so that they can curl right. They should be about a half inch in width. You can do them all the same length or increasing lengths like mine. After you cut them, stretch them out so that the edges curl under. I used 19 strips total. nine on each side and one in the middle.

3. Measure and mark to make sure you place each fringe equal lengths apart. Mine are each 4cm apart, though you could make them closer if you want more fringe. Cut a very small hole at each mark and one on the bottom corner.

4. Loop a fringe through the hole. Fold the strip in half, then stick the folded part through the hole from the top. Next slip the ends of the fringe through the loop made by the folded part like this--

5. One side will curl under naturally from the knit of the fabric. You will have to curl the other side under yourself as you tie the fringe on. Just sort of fold it under a little bit and make sure the knots hold it in place. Finish looping all your fringe.

6. Tie it around your neck with the two corners of the triangle. Then take some pictures and show me what it looks like!

Let me know if you have any questions!
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24  adorable navy skirt (from men's slacks) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: April 24, 2009 11:06:29 PM
I got a pair of navy blue men's dress pants at goodwill for $1.50. This is what I turned them into...

I made the bow/sash/belt thing removable, so I can wear it with other belts if I want. I kept the original waistband (just made it smaller) and the same zipper, side pockets, belt loops, etc.

I'll get around to ironing it eventually... Wink
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25  Holga photography in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Miss American Pie on: April 08, 2009 09:42:03 AM
I started shooting film for the first time last summer and it has become kind of an obsession for me. Here are some of my latest photos from the holga 120N. It's a cheap old-fashioned plastic medium format camera.

Thanks for looking!
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26  debonair black & white button top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: April 06, 2009 08:26:08 PM
I gave up buying new clothes and accessories for lent this year. no shirts, pants, jewelry, shoes, purses headbands, scarves. You get the picture. It was actually way easier than I thought. mostly because I have no money, but also because I've been sewing up a storm. I'm thinking about extending the clothing part for the rest of the year... i don't know if i'd be able to pull it off though... anyway here is my latest creation--

It's black and white cotton jersey knit with ten buttons. I had some friends over for cocktails on saturday and I finished sewing this literally 20 minutes before they showed up. I had to clean everything up and do my hair and make-up, get dressed and wash dishes in 20 minutes! Haha oh well, totally worth it. Thanks for looking!

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27  classy black and white dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: April 01, 2009 12:04:44 PM

I needed a dress for a fancy dinner last weekend, but I didn't want to buy any new fabric. So I whipped up this classy little frock in two days out of some plain white cotton and some black satin. I didn't have enough white fabric to line it though, so I had to cut up an old white dress shirt (good thing I kept that around!).

little heart buttons!

sorry about the bright pictures. cell phone. blah. My friends took some pictures at the actual dinner so maybe I'll post some of those when they get around to uploading them...
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28  orange seed bead earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Miss American Pie on: March 17, 2009 03:17:22 PM
Oops, I almost wore these today, but then I remembered you're not supposed to wear orange on St. Patrick's day.  Smiley

(sorry about the blurry cell photos)

I think I might go make some blue ones now...
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29  leather cuff bracelets in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: March 17, 2009 01:15:10 PM
I've been reconstructing old purses lately and I used some of the scraps to make these...

The red and turquoise one was inspired by this bracelet I saw at freepeople.com for $118.00. Here is a link to it-- http://www.freepeople.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/productID/c26a3bd4-4c5b-40c3-892e-978ba1b2eb43/categoryID/3d60b4d1-2fb9-4c11-b046-8ee02a9e28fe

I designed the black and gold rose one on my own and I totally love it. It makes me feel like a rock star. But a classy rock star. Thanks for looking! Rock on!
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30  Ruffle tunic tank in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Miss American Pie on: March 17, 2009 12:45:41 PM

I made this tunic tank top thing out of a big tshirt from goodwill. I used the sleeves to make a neck ruff. At first I meant for it to be worn loose and flowing, but it's more flattering with a belt or ribbon around the waist.

it also looks hot with a high waisted skirt (sorry for the lack of ironing...)

I can't wait to wear it out, too bad it's going to be cold the next few days...
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