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271  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fabulous Cinderella VHS purse - Tutorial Added! on: March 14, 2006 08:01:18 PM
I made this cute little purse out of the box from an old Cinderella tape. It's lined with material from an old pillowcase and decorated with some old ribbon and lace I had lying around.




There's only enough room for the essentials- phone, keys, duck-tape wallet. It's so cool though, and it was really easy to make.

Can I enter it in the "Nifty Thrifty Challenge" on the completed projects forum even though its a re-con?


I'll try to make this as clear and detailed as I can...

1.) Find a vhs box from an awesome movie (preferably Disney because their boxes are so neat).

2.) Sew a lining. Their are five pieces. The two big rectangles are the same size as the inside of the rim on the box plus an inch or so for the hem on top. The trapazoid-ish pieces are 2 1/2 inches on the bottom and about 5 inches on the top (about 6cm and 12cm for metric craftsers). The angular sides are the same length as the side of the big rectangle (don't forget to leave room for the hem on top). The narrow rectangle on the bottom is 2 1/2 inches wide, and the same length as the side rectangles (about 7 1/2 inches, but you're better off basing your measurements on your box). Hem the top of the two trapezoids and two side rectangles to fit in box. Sew all the pieces right-sides together. Check to make sure your lining fits your box.

3.) Plug in your hot-glue gun (If you don't have a hot glue gun, go buy one cause they rock). While it's warming up, pick out some awesome lace, ribbon, rick-rack, etc. for straps and decoration. Mark where you will put the handles (I measured so they wouldn't be crooked).

4.) When the glue gun is ready (mine takes a long time!) glue your lining in around the edges just inside the rim. Make sure you can still open and close the box, but then leave it open for a minute or so to let it dry.

5.) Keep that glue gun hot though, cause you're still gonna need it! When the lining is dry, close the box and glue your handles on. Next, get all your ribbon, lace and trimmings and just go to town with that hot glue-gun!

6.) Take your purse to parties and let everybody envy your incredible taste in fashion. Don't overestimate how much stuff you can fit in it though. It's quite small. Enjoy! If something's unclear, just ask!
272  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Best pin-cushion ever! on: March 14, 2006 01:43:03 PM
Yay, this little guy is so awesome! Who says beanie-babies are useless?

I got sick of picking up my pins and putting them back in the original plastic package whenever I kicked them over or dropped them. This is so much more fun, and its so much easier.
273  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Easy short-sleeve baseball tees on: March 13, 2006 04:21:20 PM
I made my own pattern for them.

I didn't take any before pictures, but here are some after shots of what's left--

They both might have some re-con potential left, so I didn't throw them away. They're both cotton-polyester blends. The navy one, which I made the main part out of, is large and the light blue one, for the sleeves and collar, in medium, I think. I machine stitched them, but it probably wouldn't be too hard to do by hand either, especially if you cut the pieces on the shirts' original hems.

P.S. Sorry, Rumble Pie, but I'm American. Haha, I was born in Michigan, and I've moved around alot. I spell favourite that way because I lived in Canada for a while. That's where I got the nickname Miss American Pie. It's also one of my favourite songs.
274  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Easy short-sleeve baseball tees - Tutorial added! on: March 13, 2006 03:52:47 PM
I made this cute baseball-ish tee out of two old shirts I didn't wear. It's way simpler and professional looking then the average tee-shirt reconstruction. I love how this style looks on me too.

That one's my favourite, but here are some other attempts and variations-

Both of those already had the print on them. I made the yellow one without the collar-ish thing. The collar is the hardest part, so I just skipped it there. I also used only one shirt for that one.

I made that one out of two "double-knit" type shirts. It didn't work very well because that stuff is so stretchy. the collar was especially screwed up. I love those colours though.

- Tutorial -

Ok, here's a picture of my pattern-

In case you're like me and you can't do anything without measurements of stuff, there you go. Also, in case you're on the metric system and you hate converting, there you go too (I know what it's like!). The red measurements are for the front piece and the blue is for the back piece.

The pattern pieces were made to be cut on the shirts' original hems, so if you're not cutting on the original hem, you need to leave room for that on both the sleeves and the main pieces.

Cut the back peice and the front piece so that they fit together. Cut the sleeves as opposites. There is also another piece I didn't cut a pattern for, and that's the collar piece. It should be about 2" wide and 24 1/2" long (that's 5 by 62 cm) or maybe wider if your material is thicker.

Sew your front and back pieces right-sides together along the sides.

Next, sew the short side of one of the sleeves to the front of the shirt, right-sides together. There will be an extra inch or so of sleeve; leave that at the arm-pit. Sew the long part to the back, r-s-t, with that extra inch or so in the arm-pit.

Check and make sure that looks right. It seems simple, but it can be tricky because the sleeves are opposites. Ok, now do the same thing for the opposite sleeve.

For that extra inch of sleeve, I know the pattern is pointy, but ignore that and sew the armpit part like this-

Now comes the collar. I've tried a couple different methods, so I'll try to explain the one that worked best. Since pictures say a thousand words, here's what it looks like in back-

and inside-

See how it has that little vertical seam? You have to pin the whole collar into place to measure exactly where that little seam will be. Then unpin everything and sew that seam. Then open that seam so it lies flatter. Then pin everything up again and stitch the whole collar on.

Oh, I never explained how to actually put the collar on. It's pretty self-explanatory though. Just fold it in half over the shirt, and then fold half of each half underneath. Make sense?

And yay, you have a cute shirt! If you have any questions, just ask.
275  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: the perfect prom dress for dress blues on: March 13, 2006 12:04:09 PM
I'd suggest going after a dress that complements your best features. A dress that is pretty by itself isn't necessarily going to be "stunning" on you. You don't want to your statement to be "look at this stunning dress". You want your dress's statement to be "look at this stunning girl". Make sense? So if you have gorgeous shoulders and a gorgeous neck, go with a strapless stlye. If you're legs aren't your best feature, go with a long dress or gown style. If your legs are hot, go short. It's all about you. What looks great on you? What makes you feel pretty? That's how you find the perfect prom dress.
276  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wrinkled satin! Help! on: March 13, 2006 11:52:50 AM
I just bought a whole bunch of gorgeous light blue satin for my prom dress. It's the perfect colour to bring out my eyes and complement my hair and it has a lovely luster and it wasn't TOO expensive, and it was perfect in every way except... it has some hideous-looking wrinkles and I have no idea how to get rid of them. I didn't see the wrinkles at the store because the bolt was wrapped wrong-side out, and it was folded with the shiny-side in, so I didn't even notice while it was being measured and cut.

It's only bad on the areas that were on the inside of the bolt. The fabric toward the outside is pretty smooth and wrinkle-free. Still, the wrinkles are ugly and most of them go against the grain, which makes it look even uglier.

I tried ironing and pressing on some of the material toward the end. Low settings don't do anything. High settings get the wrinkles out, but they ruin the fabric. Pressing makes awful discoloured iron-prints on the satin, but moving the iron back and forth stretches and warps it. Of course, I'm doing all of this on the wrong side of the fabric. I tried putting a cheese-cloth towel on top of the fabric when I ironed and pressed. It helped some with protecting the fabric, but it made it harder to get the wrinkles out. Help!

If anyone knows how to deal with this, please help me. My prom is two months away so I have some time, but I need to get started soon. Please post any tidbit of advice you can think of. I'd be so thankful, and I promise I'll post lots of pictures when its finished. Any other advice about working with satin would be appreciated as well. Thanks.
277  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: March 10, 2006 06:18:59 PM
For the top, I just used regular 5/8" elastic and a zig-zag stitch. I stretched the elastic evenly as I fed it through the machine so when the elastic sprung back it formed the pretty wrinkles. Does that make sense? And yeah, I made some thin, pink piping to accent the waist. That's exactly why I added the pink, Randommarble. I really wanted to wear white, but I didn't want it to look like a wedding dress. I love how it turned out. Thanks.
278  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jones label wallet on: March 09, 2006 07:28:30 PM
Aw, the picture's not working! I really want to see it. I love Jones soda, and I got one of my photos selected for labels in January. Can you fix the picture somehow? Please?
279  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Music Notes Purse on: March 09, 2006 07:21:38 PM
Wow, that's gorgeous. It's so creative too. Very nice job.

Just wondering, what song is it?
280  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: March 09, 2006 05:04:50 PM
Yes, there's a zipper in the back and a hook and eye thingy at the top.

As for my size, I usually wear mediums. Sometimes I buy smalls if I can trust that it won't shrink, but shrunken smalls don't fit me very well. Ha, I guess that's how I'd describe my shirt size. I'm usually an 8 in dress sizes. Sometimes 6. I guess I'm an in-between-er.

Socomfyhere, did you want a full description of the process? Let me know if you do. I'll try to explain how I did it.

And thanks, Marie Antoinette, I liked the colours on your dress too. Bold, contrasting colours don't look very good on me, but you looked great.
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