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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / wooden buttons? on: August 16, 2009 08:38:24 PM
Can you use wood on clothing that you want to wash? I have these wooden circle cutouts which would make adorable oversized buttons, but I'm not sure how they would hold up in the washer.

Would the wood rot if it got wet? Should I try making them or should I just stick with the normal buttons from the store?
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / one outfit per week: skirt and tank top (#2) 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!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / one outfit per week: sundress and purse 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?
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bubble skirt 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.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / yellow fever skirt 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?
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / soft grey fringe purse 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...

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Fringe scarf (no sewing required) 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!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / adorable navy skirt (from men's slacks) 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
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Holga photography 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!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / debonair black & white button top 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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