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1  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Call for help! on: November 13, 2006 01:36:17 PM
I hope it's okay to post this...if not, I apologize in advance. 

I never would have had this idea if not for this group!

I am making a blanket/quilt for a special needs child.  On one side will be fleece.  On the other I'm going to applique t-shirt cut-outs of his favoite things (sort of crazy-quilt fashion.)  He is 12 years old, so his interests are widely varied.  I've been scouring the garage sales and thrift stores, but I still am in need of the following t-shirts.  If you can help please email me!

Subjects:
The Wiggles (any or all characters)
Barney
Winnie the Pooh (especially Eeyore)
Godzilla
Bears (all kinds)
TIGERS!!!
Turtles
POWER RANGERS
wolves
National Monuments
Presidents
Spiderman
The Three Stooges
Don Knotts
Ray Ramano (Everybody Loves Raymond)
Michael Jordan
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Big ugly tiered skirt recon on: September 09, 2006 02:07:11 PM
So I found this tiered skirt, a la 1980, at a garage sale for $1. 


It was too bunchy around the waist, too wide everywhere and too long.  So after some cutting, some rearranging and a zipper, here's what I ended up with:

(Don't mind the pooch in the front!)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bottoms Up! A different take on the jeans to skirt thingy on: September 05, 2006 08:36:03 PM
Okay, so I've been wanting a jean skirt to wear to work, but I didn't want to pay $6 a yard for the denim and I didn't think my boss would go for the cut-offs that everyone has been posting, but when I saw this big pair of men's jeans at the thrift store I thought surely I could do something with them.  Right next to those jeans were a pair of ladies jeans in sort of a stretchy tan, although not as big.  I bought them both, took them home, ripped out the inseam and realized that upside down they formed the perfect a-line skirt!  So, this is what I came up with:
First, the before pic:


And the after:


Back view (that's smudges on my mirror, not dirt on the skirt.)  I left off the hem and just did a row of stitching around the bottom to let the hem fray a little.


Then tan pants were shorter, so I had to do that skirt a little different:


This one had to get a side zipper instead of the back.  I guess b/c the material was stretchy it gave me this funky dip right at the crotch.  Moving the zipper to the side fixed it--all I did was turn the skirt so the zipper lay across my hip.   Wink



So, tell me what you think.  I know they're a little on the plain side. 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I made a "real" t-shirt! Thank you catladysarah! on: August 03, 2006 07:54:13 PM
I've been lurking a bit, getting great ideas and using a few tutorials.  I've made the pants and a bunch of halters. I've been wanting something with sleeves, but I have a phobia about putting in sleeves.  But tonight I bit the bullet and, using catladysarah's tutorial (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22889.0) I finally did it!  I even broke out the double needle for the first time for the hem.

This used to be a man's XL t-shirt I got just for practice.  One of the shoulders turned out a little shorter than the other, but otherwise I really like the shape.

http://web.mac.com/lcmiller461/iWeb/Miller/mini%20tarantella_files/DSC04968.jpg
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / Mini Tarantella Beaded Lady on: August 03, 2006 04:01:14 PM
http://web.mac.com/lcmiller461/iWeb/Miller/mini%20tarantella_files/DSC04960.jpg

http://web.mac.com/lcmiller461/iWeb/Miller/mini%20tarantella_files/DSC04961.jpg

http://web.mac.com/lcmiller461/iWeb/Miller/mini%20tarantella_files/DSC04962.jpg

http://web.mac.com/lcmiller461/iWeb/Miller/mini%20tarantella_files/DSC04963.jpg

I am very proud of my beaded little lady!  I made one of these for a friend a while back, and this was the best opportunity to make one for myself!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to "stretch out" clothing? on: July 12, 2006 01:06:45 PM
I don't know if this is the place for this question or not, but here goes:

I received a couple of items from a friend that are really cute:  a shirt made of t-shirt material and a sweater.  I really like them and want to keep them, but the shirt is a little snug around the waist and the sweater sleeves are just a tad too tight to be comfortable.  Is there any way to stretch out material? Huh
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