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1  simple brown skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by melanie rose on: January 21, 2007 02:20:04 PM
i made this skirt a couple days ago and then wore it to church today. it is left over liripipe material from my friends peasant outfit. sorry the picture isn't great...
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2  peasant garb in Costumes: Completed Projects by melanie rose on: January 21, 2007 02:15:16 PM
my husband and i have this friend noah who was invited to this dinner on saturday.  i am still not sure exactly what the dinner is for or all about, but apparently it is held every year and it is themed. this year it has a peasant theme. here is what i made him:

(notice the hand sewn shoes, courtesy of my husband)

i used one of his t-shirts to make a pattern:

then i just looked online for a pattern of a liripipe.
oh, and the shoes were made from an old leather jacket.
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3  Re: tablecloth dress (my first project i've posted, be kind) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melanie rose on: January 09, 2007 12:57:31 PM
i don't really know how to read patterns, but this is the one i used (newlook 6557). it is less than five dollar at wally*mart. thanks again to everyone for their positive feedback. whenever i am having a bad day i can look through your comments and it makes me feel better. xo.
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4  purple dove shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melanie rose on: December 18, 2006 09:04:22 AM
i did this one a month or so ago. ignore the purple square of fabric in the first pic.

this shirt never fit right, so i cut 'er up. here is how it turned out:

i used some little purple buttons to connect the waist band, sewed a button hole and made a cord out of extra material for the neck, and put some elastic in the back to make the top band fitted.
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5  Re: late night shirt concocting (2am) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melanie rose on: November 19, 2006 09:26:14 PM
ask and you shall receive....

excuse the wrinkles... i had to pull it out of the clothes hamper. my husband didn't like the front, so i changed it...

he thought i should change the back too, but i'm too lazy.
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6  Re: a couple button-up shirt recons (or, darts are my friend) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melanie rose on: November 19, 2006 04:50:09 PM
i did end up adding the before mentioned darts, re-did the sleeves in a slightly shorter fashion and with better cuffs (i was sleepy when i made the first cuffs so they weren't very well done), and made a little tie to go around the middle. the tie isn't attached. i made it out of the extra sleeve material and just wrapped it around a few time, tying it in the back with a bow. i liked the shirt the first time, but now i think i love it. what do you guys think? improvement?

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7  Re: don't make me go zelda on you in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melanie rose on: November 19, 2006 12:50:14 AM

Oh yes, I just had some girls from the uni over who have never been here before... the kind of boring folk who have never even laid eyes on a game console, let alone old NESsie. Then one of them went to use the toilet and came back looking really, really confused Cheesy Priceless. /o/

awesome. that is simply awesome.

(post script: i just had to explain to a friend what a nessie is.)
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8  ***TUTORIAL *** in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melanie rose on: November 15, 2006 07:44:16 PM
the first thing i normally do is take out the side seems and remove the sleeves. with the pink shirt, i didn't need to remove the sleeves, with the black shirt, i removed the sleeves and* i also removed the upper-back seem.
next, i cut my fabric down to the size i wanted it (making sure to leave extra room for the darts).
here are where i put my darts:

the orange darts i did on both shirts. the green, i only did on the black shirt.
after the darts where in place, i made my new side seems (and also re-sew the upper back seem of the black shirt).


the reason i didn't take the sleeves off the pink shirt was that they were already puffy. they were also very wide, so when i sowed up the side, i continued that seem to make the sleeves narrower.
with the black shirt, i removed the sleeves. to make them puffy, i stitched the shoulder area and then gathered my stitch to make a bunch. after that, i simply refitted the sleeves back into their new sleeve holes.

to make the sleeves shorter i just cut them off, and then either re-put the old cuffs back on, or just make new ones. i also gather the seem a little around the bottom of the sleeves before attaching the cuffs for extra poof.
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9  don't make me go zelda on you in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melanie rose on: November 15, 2006 06:04:32 PM
i am a total old school video game nerd, so when i saw this shirt, i had to have it...

i wasn't thrilled with the color, so i decided to incorporate some other fabric...

i am the first to admit that putting a large, horizontal box over your belly isn't the most flattering thing to do, but my love for zelda overruled...
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10  a couple button-up shirt recons (or, darts are my friend) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by melanie rose on: November 15, 2006 05:29:38 PM
it is amazing what taking in a seam or two and adding some darts will do for an old thrift bought shirt.

this one was an oversized mens button up...

i love polka dots...

here is how it ended up...

after the last picture, i decided to change out the buttons for something a little more modern...

i wore it to work today and got lots of complements.

this one looked like something i used to see my great grandma wear, but i loved the fabric and the details in the front...

my main issue with this shirt (other than it being too large) was that it had long sleeves. i am a hairstylist and long sleeves make for a difficult time at work.

finished project:
i took the top two buttons and a button form either sleeve (each sleeve originally had two buttons), then placed them between the already existing buttons in the front to counteract separation...

this is how i envisioned wearing it...
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