So I decided that I was going to make a zip-up vest out of an old ugly pullover hoodie, and I have everything cut, sewed (by hand, no less), and pinned, and what do I discover?
That I bought the wrong kind of zipper. After twenty minutes of sticking pins into my fingers trying to pin it where it should be (this is my first zipper attempt, too), I discovered that instead of the zipper that...unzips...it's one of the ones that stays attatched to the bottom. And I have no way to get to a craft store for a while.
I think I'm gonna give it a go anyways and hope nobody notices, but I am SO MAD!!!!!!!!!!!! AGHHHHHHHHHHHHH. stupidstupidstupid
I started off with these ugly too-stretchy jeans from Pac Sun that fit terribly, and figured that since they were a little awkward to wear anyway, they'd be the perfect victim for my first attempt at skinnifying my jeans (I'd have done it long ago if I didn't have to handsew everything. That's part of the hazard, is that if I spend hours upon hours sewing something and I don't like how it sits, I'm not redoing it).
Since the only part of the original shirts that I kept is the collar bit (the ribbed part on tshirt collars, I don't know what it's called), I finally get to post something in here!
A while ago I destroyed my favorite perfectly-worn-in Nirvana shirt (I have a massive collection of them for some unknown reason) in a botched recon, but I couldn't bring myself to throw it out. Unfortunately, it left me with only the front part of the shirt, and with a bunch of holes in it.
But after having it sit in my pile of things to sew, an idea finally came to me. The fabric was worn in to the point that it was about the same softness as the mens undershirt I'd bought at the thrift store the previous week, so I combined them and made this:
man I love those boots. in fact, they inspired my thread choice for the entire project...since I have to handsew everything, I've found it's a lot more convenient to use contrasting thread so I can actually see what I'm doing, so I decided to use bright yellow, just like my docs!
I bought this shirt at Hot Topic on clearance awhile ago, and discovered the reason behind putting it in clearance - the design on the shirt was REALLY unflattering. It was a plain white shirt with a giant rectangle right in the middle...well, at any rate, it wasn't pretty, but it was too cool to pass up.
I don't have any before pictures, but here's what it looks like now!
This was also my first shot at re-doing a neckline past removing the collar thing. I did it by tracing the neckline on another shirt and then cutting it out, but somehow in the process, the neck on this became MUCH lower...and a little too tight. So pardon the super-cleavage, that doesn't normally happen (sadly).
Also, on my way home from senior trip last night we watched the 40 Year Old Virgin on the bus (*gag*), and I noticed that one of the guys in it had the same shirt! With the ugly unflattering rectangle smack dab in the middle of it. It made me giggle a little bit, and also feel a little bit proud.
I bought this MASSIVE Janes Addiction shirt for 5 bucks at a flea market in New York last spring. It was about four bajillion times my size and stretched out in a rather bizarre manner, but it was super soft and the graphics were so busy and ridiculous that I just had to have it.
Over the summer I decided to take it in and make it into a long shirt with medium length sleeves (so pretty much just slimming it down). I'm debating adding a little more fabric to the bottom and making it a dress, any thoughts on that one?
I also realized the other day when I walked into French (I'm the only senior in a class full of freshmen because I decided to add an extra foreign language class this year just for the hell of it) that my shirt was older then all of the other kids in class. First that made me giggle, then I felt really old.
i took in the sides so it would bit a little less like a bag, then i freehanded the logo using some old eyeliner to draw the outline and fabric paint to fill it in.
for the face, i McGyvvered (how do you spell that???) some carbon paper out of some charcoal and a printed copy of the face, then i traced it over on my shirt and filled in the outlines with more fabric paint.
please excuse my "please do not take this picture or i'll stab you in the face" face. i really do not take kindly to being photographed in the mornings before i have had my coffee and while it is still dark outside.
also, what kind of fabric paint have you had the best luck with on tshirts? the white paint was the tulip brand in the little squeeze-y tube, but that always feels all stiff when you put it on shirts, even if you put it on with a paintbrush. the black stuff came out of a jar and it feels much better on the shirt, but it looks like it's fading a tad bit. any recommendations?
i'm taking in the flares on a pair of jeans to make them more straight-leg, and to do so without making the seams all twisty i've been told i have to take in the seams on both sides - but when i do, the outside seams look all funny around the knees.