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11  Bohemian Headband in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MaxineBrandywine on: April 04, 2007 08:39:24 PM
Hey  Smiley

My newest creation...






Oh god... my roots are showing Tongue It's off to the drugstore with me





This was so easy I can't even tell you. I had the idea for a while and I had this green military cotton mesh stuff that I wanted to use. It's getting warm here so I used t shirt material as a base... then just fabric scraps stitched on in strategic but random lines and hot fix Swarovski crystals and some sewn on trinkets to top it off...
I'm gonna make another one soon in black from some fabric I got in the remnant bin @ the big W today


I save all my small scraps. All the 'just t shirt scraps' are in a whole other bin and both are about to be upgraded to larger bins...

Maxine

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12  TATTOO TOP !!Warning!! R rated in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: March 30, 2007 11:13:41 PM
A while ago there was some discussion regarding those tattoo sleeves and what we could do with them. I ordered some and finally got around to making a top. I said I would post it when I finished one and here is my first attempt... Pretty cool I think...

My BF wants me to wear it to a bike rally we're going to tomorrow. I guess if he can handle it then I can too and if there's one place you can get away with wearing something like this... well, it's a bike rally...









Yah I know they're big and I'm not apologizing  Cool






That's it... I used straps off of an old bra. The tattoo fabric is nylon and pretty easy to sew with a ballpoint needle. I used a zigzag stitch for the assembly and just sewed the two pieces together and then sewed a piece of elastic up the front on the inside then sewed the bottom on. That's an old slip made of that power mesh stuff. It's Nylon with 15%Lycra. I have to pull the whole thing on and off over my head but that's ok...
If anyone wants the link to the site where I got the tattoo arm thingies let me know and I'll post it. I think the only other think I'll do is make the front more gathered in the centre. I think that will look better...

Rock On  Cool
Maxine
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13  Re: Big Baby Butt Pants! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by MaxineBrandywine on: March 22, 2007 10:18:33 PM
Thanks so much, I still can't believe I made a functional clothing item!
I got some more fabric and I'm going to try them again but not quite so wide, he'll be wearing those pants forever, they really are giant!  

It is damn cute though  Wink

And it is damn cute for sure... so I have a idea for ya... I've been practicing with an insert for my pull over shirts for the same reason as your little one... bigness... yes I have that also and even tho it's a blessing in some ways it's hard to find stuff that I like to fit well...
here's a pic of a shirt I tried it on and it worked well...

Here's the insert on the side


Yours would be shaped differently but it will still work. that way you can make the pants out of any fabric you want. even regular woven rather than stretch

I hope you dont mind that I post pics of my stuff on your post. I'll take them off if you want me to... I just wanted to show you what I'm talking about... I'll be happy to help if you need more info. It's really easy...

You got a good lookin boy there  Wink
Maxine
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14  Re: My first real t-shirt recons... Added tut for TIFFANY'S here in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: March 04, 2007 10:08:58 PM
those shirts look great on you. I'd love to know how to make that first one. And that biker on is great. My dad saw it and he loves it, of course hes ex's hells angel that grew up doing hound and hare runs. So he can appreciate the saying lol

I'm honored  Wink hehe
I've had that shirt since the 80's. It's a local club here in the Phx area...

Here's how I did it..

This pic just shows how I cut it off... I forgot to take a complete before pic... I cut it straight across just under the underarm seam. See how it sticks up a little bit there? I had to trim that off straight.

Lay it on the side... like this... and trim the top edge...

The above pic also shows what I do to my shirts so they will fit... I designed that piece and it's been working pretty good. I cut it out of a stretch fabric, the same fabric I cut the top band out of, it's cottom with 5% spandex, that way all my shirts will fit snugly and have some stretch especially if they are regular t shirt fabric which doesn't stretch much...

Next I cut the piece for the top band... Just make a tube. I cut it about 5" to 6" wide and for length I measured around my chest and arms where the band will be... add a half inch or so for screwing up just in case...

Sew right sides together down the long edge and turn inside out... sew the seam to make the band... One thing that I may try next time, I put the long seam in the centre of the tube and it turns out you can kinda see the ridge through on the right side. Next time I'll probably put it on the bottom edge...
Here's what it looks like closer... You can use that last seam to make it fit the way you want... put the band on after you sew it together and see if you want to make it smaller. If so do it now before you attach it to the shirt because that seam is in the centre back and you won't be able to take it in...


This pic shows what it looks like wfter I sewed the band on...


This pic shows about where to end the stitching so your arm will fit comfortably through there... To judge where that should be I put the shirt on and put the band on and centred everything then made a mark on either side where I thought it should go. Have someone help you with the back two spots... I had to add some elastic along that edge which is now the underarm... It just poked out too much and it needed to be drawn in... I had some lingerie elastic and it was good for that area. Just fold the edge over onto the elastic, stretch the elastic and not the shirt as you sew it on with a zigzag stitch



I can't think of anything else. It was really easy so if you have any questions I'll be happy to help...
Remember you can use any stretch fabric for the band so even another shirt may work if there's enough fabric and it's stretchy enough... If you don't have any stretch fabric you could even add some elastic in that seam in the back... If you actually want to buy some stretch fabric I would get cottom with more than 5% spandex... 10% would be awesome, I'm looking for some now.
Maxine
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15  Re: My first real t-shirt recons ADDED tut upon request for "get pink" in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: March 02, 2007 10:23:35 PM
Thanks you guys... I appreciate it very much...

I'm not sure where my head was when I posted this... I left out a pic and didn't add jack for descriptions... I guess I was tired...

I'll be happy to make tuts for each one. I try to take pics of everything I do now...

I'll start with the pink bike one... of course I did NOT take pics of this one... not sure why so I'll draw
and Kyrie04 don't hesitate to ask me anything. If I can answer I will. I love helping and I love sharing my creative ideas...
And getting a bike! ohh way to go!

Like I said I started the tank I got at a bike rally. It was cute but I didn't like the fit so I never wore it..

I cut it straight across just under the binding edge and just under the armhole edge as shown......



btw... if you have a shirt that you want to cut and add to the tank then by all means get it and cut it to go on the top of the tank cause it will save all this work coming up in the next paragraph... use the bottom of it to go on the bottom of the tank part...

I then took a long sleeve, higher neck pull over stretch t shirt that fit well, layed it on some paper and drew around half of it.... From the centre of the neck opening to the centre of the bottom... on the same side make a line between the sleeve and the body of the shirt... I made my lines right next to the shirt and added a small seam allowance when I cut the fabric out. I think that's easier. Make a small horizontal line at the edge of the pattern where the top edge of the other shirt comes to. That's where you'll cut the top yolk part...

Pick up the shirt... cut out the sleeve apart from the shirt, you only need one... just make sure that when you cut a sleeve out you put the top edge on a fold... get a yard stick and make a straight line from the place where you stopped at the top to the place where you stopped at the bottom. Now fold on that line and mark the other side of the shirt without the sleeve (cause you cut it out already) There's your pattern for a good fitting shirt complete with sleeves and to use with this idea as well...

Now take the pattern and using stretch fabric lay the pattern on the fabric. Make sure you get the pattern going WITH the grain... look at any t shirt and see which way the grain goes... always up and down...
Cut the fabric just below the armhole area of the pattern and it should match up with the tank bottom... Don't cut the pattern tho, save it to cut out other shirts...

Here's what you'll have when the two pieces are ready to sew together


If the top edge of the tank and the bottom edge of the new cut out top don't match simply alter whichever one so they go together... Sew the seams in the top, the shoulder seams first then sew the tank bottom to the new top, then sew in the sleeves... you can make a binding really easy and I'll show you that as well but I would need to take pics first...

If you want it longer like I made mine then just lay the whole shirt on the fabric and cut a piece at a slight angle (at least for me it's an angle cause I have hips) whatever length you want it to be. I didn't put any hem in it... make sure you add a small seam allowance on the sides, sew the two pieces together and then sew the bottom piece on the bottom edge of the tank piece.

Here it is together with the sleeves but without the bottom piece...


I will make a better tut later with real pics next time I do another shirt like this one...

If I think of anything else I'll post it... if you want any other info just ask...
Maxine
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16  My first real t-shirt recons... Added tut for "get pink" and Tiffanys in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: March 01, 2007 09:14:39 PM
ok I said that I just sewed t shirts for the first time and here they are...

This one is a old regular t shirt that a girlfriend gave me a number of years ago...






This one was a tank top that I hated the fit of but love the color and the letters on the back...






I got this one @ goodwill... just had to have it... it was too short so I added the hood, the cuffs and the bottom thing... the bottom thing is from a XXXL wifebeater I got on sale years ago @ K-Mart






Thanks for looking everyone... I have more pics and info if anyone wants to know how I did something...
Maxine

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17  Re: Button hole help in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: February 18, 2007 08:04:05 PM
Hey rowdygirl, I think I can help..

My motto is "keep it simple" so here's my best advice...
Remember that a buttonhole is nothing more than two rows of stitching with a bar tac at either end... a bar tac is a short row of very close satin stitches...

Here's a pic I made to help explain...


Practice on scrap material of the same type that you want the buttonhole to be in...
The hardest part should be getting the finished buttonhole the correct size for your button.
I would measure the button then draw a line a little longer where you want the buttonhole to be. Remember, we're on practice material now. You want the button to fit snugly through the hole. Look at some of the buttons on a shirt, do some measureing and go from there...
Set your machine on zig-zag and set the stitch to both smaller width and smaller length. This will be the two rows of long stitches you see in the pic above...
Practice sewing them closely together side by side. Leave enough space in between to cut it apart later. Don't get too close and overlap any stitches or you will cut through them when you cut the opening.
Now set your stitch width bigger and leave the length the same. This is where you will stitch the bar tac on either end of those two rows of stitches. Make sure you overlap 'onto' the two rows just a tiny bit so you 'lock' then into place.
When you feel that you have the stitching done to your satisfaction get a single edge razor blade, a utility knife or maybe even a pair of tiny sharp pointed nail scisors. I use the razor blade. Lay the fabric on a flat firm surface that you can cut and not care about. The buttonhole should be facing up and down, not sideways. Start to cut from the top end of the buttonhole. Go slowly and firmly and only go to the centre. Turn the work around so  you can cut the other end the same way meeting in the middle. If you do it this way you are less likely to accidently cut through the bar tac stitches at the ends of the buttonhole.

I'm longwinded when it comes to advice... hope you don't mind.
I hope it helps
Let me know if there's anything you don't understand, I will be very happy to clear things up or answer any other questions..

Good Luck
Maxine

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18  Re: DKNY/Victoria's Secret/Abercrombie TRIBUTE to CRAFTSTER recon (Image Heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: February 17, 2007 09:34:41 PM
now that's a recon!  love the multi-label idea.  
i have a question about your stand-in maxine.  heidi, my dressform, is also in need of a boob job.  how did you do maxine's?

I LOVE SHAPRIES! I'm shopping for new colors tomorrow...

As for Maxine... I bought a pair of funky cheap panties at Walmart and stuffed them with batting... but I had to give here a butt crack by running a piece of elastic around the inside and up the back.
For the top I used one of my old bras and did the same. I extended the batting up a ways to give her some cleavage... Poor thing she looks so frompy but she does the job well...

Here's a couple of pics of Maxine



Thanks all you guys for your support and positive comments...
Maxine

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19  DKNY/Victoria's Secret/Abercrombie TRIBUTE to CRAFTSTER recon (Image Heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: February 16, 2007 09:30:52 PM
I'm proud to post the coolest thing I have done to date. Thanks to this site, everyone here and all their input and everything I've learned since I've been here... well this is a product of all of the above and I have all of the above to thank...

Newly added photos...
Here's the action shot... me wearing it and after taking off the beaded trim and adding the closures in front.


There's more at the bottom,, details of the hook closures, the labels and other views of it on me...

so here it is...


I added some big hooks and eyes down the front later and ended up taking off the beaded trim. It didn't work out because I could tell it wasn't going to hold up.

The pink is a poly/cotton remnant and the leopard is a furry remnant also...





More pics of how it went together...

These are pics of all the components...





This pic shows the color of the sweater best. It's the most beautiful green I've ever seen. It's the first time I've cut and sewn a sweater.


These are extra pics...





It fits so well... I've worn it numerous times... my fiance loves it and is as proud of me as I am of myself Grin
All I have left to do is add the labels from all 3 garments. I'll probably put them in the back on the inside of the peplum. I will also make my own label and add that.

ADDED PICS HERE...




Here's the hooks and eyes... I got them from a company called ATS. Atlanta Thread Company. They are an awesome company... They came in white only so I colored them with sharpies. It was between the green and the orange. It was a hard decision...


Here's the tags/labels...


Thanks everyone, both for all I've learned here and for looking..
Maxine
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20  Is there any fix-up/spruce-up for this worn fluffy stuff? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: December 13, 2006 03:38:24 PM
I recently bought this rather worn cute swing coat in a girl's size for a recon. I should have looked closer because today as I went to start cutting I noticed that the edges are pretty icky. It's made of that stuff they make stuffed animals from. I'm sure it's polyester but the tag is too worn to read. It's stretch if that is any help. I haven't washed it yet and I probably will do that.

This is the worst button. I'm thinking I should replace them all...


I'm hoping that someone might know of a way to make those flattened out places shown in the pics look better. I realize that it won't look like new again, I just want to make it look acceptable. The rest of the garment looks pretty good and I will see how it looks after I wash it.

This is the flattened/matted area...


Also I'm thinking of putting a complete border around the edge. This will eliminate that particular spot but I still need help making the rest look good...

Here's a pic of the whole thing


Any help would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks
Maxine
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