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1  Polka Dot Mumu Dress to Sundress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: May 04, 2015 09:19:38 PM
This was such a fun project! I'm so happy with the result.

Project details on my blog: http://snipchop.blogspot.com/2015/05/diy-polka-dot-mumu-to-sundress.html

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2  Dead Kennedys halter top recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: March 21, 2015 10:00:47 PM
An old cut up tank top gets a face lift!
I got to play with some new stretch stitches on my sewing machine that I haven't discovered yet!

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3  Serger not stitching properly??? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: January 25, 2015 03:08:17 PM
A few years ago my serger wasn't working so I had it repaired, and when I got it back I threaded it up and tried sewing with it and the stitches weren't right. (I don't know what they fixed or attempted to) I was sure I had it threaded right, but never double checked with the manual and decided to be lazy and leave it in a closet for a few years.
Today I dug it out, found the instruction manual, threaded everything perfectly and it still wouldn't work. I dusted it, changed the needles, messed with the tension and stitch width, and tried to adjust the upper looper (the metal part that passes in front of the needles)… Nothing helped. Looks like the upper threads kept missing stitches, and, well it's all a mess really. Can I fix this?
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4  Re: list your etsy store here! in Selling Crafts on Etsy.com by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: December 01, 2014 02:36:00 PM
Just opened my shop! Check it out for some cute hair accessories!

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5  Business in the front, party in the back shirt. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: May 30, 2014 10:35:48 PM
Anybody else go through periods where it seems like no projects ever go right?? I was ready to gouge my eyeballs out with the seam ripper on this one. The leopard is a lightweight chiffon type fabric that will fray apart if you look at it wrong. Had to go back and reinforce all the seams, the armholes ended up larger than the sleeves, and the bias binding which I took from the original shirt and used to measure the neck hole ended up short. So then I had to make a small section of bias binding and patch it all together. The whole thing ended up pretty jimmy-rigged. I was going for a drapey loose shirt anyway so it didn't feel like it would matter much. It's pretty wonky. And I'm pretty mad about the whole fiasco.

And I'll shut up and move on to pictures:

never done a bias neckline before, probably should've done an easier fabric for a first try.


Shirred ruffle shirt thing

Big thrift store dress
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6  70's high waisted shorts! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: June 14, 2013 08:08:27 PM
I've never made shorts before and didn't use a pattern, I don't recommend doing that.... I sort of used a pair of existing shorts to draw out a pattern, which somehow backfired horribly and I ended up with shorts that were very saggy and large in the crotch. And I have no idea why! It was quite the headache to fix.... this is how much i had to take them in.

So after that disaster I think they turned out quite well!
Also my first time doing pockets!


Also to make them fit right, I had to put darts in the back... I hate making darts... glad they didn't end up pointy!

And action.....

I was very relieved that the fabric was stretchy enough that it didn't need a zipper. I was pretty cross eyed after it was all done!
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7  Summery Pencil Skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: May 08, 2013 04:01:45 PM
I'm in love with this fabric and knew it needed to be a skirt!

The fabric was a little see-through so I lined the inside

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8  High neck to v-neck dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: April 03, 2013 11:09:19 AM
I loved the shape and fabric of this dress but felt like there was too much fabric going on up top but was nervous to ruin it! So after a little research on how to reconstruct it with hemming and interfacing I went for it.
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9  Mumu to vintage style dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: April 03, 2013 10:57:50 AM
I've been away for a long time so I'll try to post what I've been up to!
Had an event to go to and had nothing to wear so I decided to sew something up, using this big red jersey dress from a thrift store

And turned it into this!
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10  Re: Proooom dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: May 20, 2009 06:42:45 PM
Wow, it's gorgeous! Very retro. How on earth did you come up with the pattern?
I was going off inspiration from two dresses:

So it took careful observation of those, taking every single possible measurement of myself and dividing that into how many pieces I wanted with seam allowance around everything.... bit of fudging and adjustment and somehow it worked. As for the bustline, I kinda tried to trace this top I have which was hard because it's three pieces. Tried to hem it which was impossibly hard because it's curvy, forgot seam allowance on the back piece....etc. So after the hemming looked like crap I added black hem tape and it gave the desired effect.
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