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151  Purple Candy Recon Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: April 23, 2010 08:38:20 AM

Because the white printed knit looks like sprinkles or nibblets Cheesy It turned out a bit big, but it's still awesomely cute! It started life as a Calvin Klein size large long sleeve tee and a girl's size 12 hoodie with really gross sleeve-stains and stains on the chest.

I saved just enough of that awesome candy fabric for the upper sleeves, and some of the light violet sleeve fabric for the cuffs. I love the sunny yellow thread I stitched it with Cheesy

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152  Dresses - When you only know one little girl... in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: April 23, 2010 08:22:55 AM
...You tend to make things for them Tongue

My boyfriend's best friend has a 4.5 yr old daughter who is cute as a button! Unfortunately, she's 4 hours away, so no pix of the timbit modeling my creations yet. She's taaaaaaaaall and scrawny, so I hope these will fit ok.

The first is a sky blue child's size 10 shirt featuring a silver guitar and stars. I cut off the bottom, took in the sides, recut the armscyes, made flutter sleeves out of the bottom fabric and then attached most of a women's cerulean tank top as the skirt (and yes, I had to look up what the colour is called Tongue).

Secondly was a pain in the @$$! It took ALLLLLLL day to make because I engineered it as I went. I was super inspired by TeenyBunny's flapper dress:


Things did NOT turn out as planned. I have a rip to somehow repair, a halter to finish off, and hope that it fits remotely the way it should Tongue It's made entirely from a pillowcase plus white 3/4 inch elastic:

It looked terrible on a hanger, but it's slightly less terrible modeled by a speaker, sewing box and apple juice carton Tongue Thank you soooo much TeenyBunny, and I hope I'm not shaming your creative awesomeness Tongue
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153  Re: Recon Question - Covering Logos in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: April 22, 2010 12:51:05 PM
I say replace the logo on the front with something cute like RAWR! or MEOW! or... something Tongue I don't know what colours the shirt is, but make a rectangle out of a complementary colour knit and applique the letters onto the rectangle in a second complementary colour, then stitch the rectangle over the logo. For the thing on the butt, I agree with the others. Cut the bottom off and apply a band in one of the two complementary fabrics.

Like so:

I also like the idea of cutting out the neckline and inserting a false camisole so that it's not too indecent, depending on how low you'd have to cut it.
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154  Red Maple Experiment - Eyeshadow in the Paint in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: April 19, 2010 08:00:16 AM
I don't know what I'm going to do with the shirt, exactly, but I'm REALLY happy with how the stencil turned out! The branches are silver and the leaves are "Country Maple" with a whole bunch of red glittery powder eyeshadow mixed in. It's slightly iridescent and EXACTLY the colour I wanted! I think I'll be adding glitter to my paint on a regular basis Cheesy

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155  First Pin Weaving! Abstract Aquatic Scene in Weaving: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: April 19, 2010 06:54:50 AM
When I saw the article on the Threads website, I burst out with joy for something new and different to try!


I was visiting at my boyfriend's for a couple weeks, so I raided his mom's yarn stash for wool and the recycling bin for a big piece of cardboard (YAY PIZZA HUT!). I chose blue as my colour theme and the aquatic scene simply emerged through organic processes. It was a very intense/relaxing experience. It took sooooo much concentration, it was Zen-like. And yet, I was still able to simultaneously watch many episodes of Doctor Who... Anyways, about three days of work = my boyfriend's plush purple platypus has a blankie (I'm not even kidding, that's the first thing he said and it now resides atop the platypus). It's around 7x7 inches, and those wobbly edges are quite embarrassing Tongue

I would totally recommend this as an activity for those who relax through concentration. I clean when stressed, so I guess that's why I liked it so much Tongue
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156  Scooby Dooby Gamer Hoodie in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: April 19, 2010 06:40:38 AM
This shirt didn't turn out quite the way I'd hoped, but the concept was AWESOME Cheesy I've had the navy long sleeve tee for awhile, courtesy of my boyfriend who hates long sleeve tops. The Scooby Doo shirt was a child's size 6 and the red inside the hood and forming the not-visible front pocket are from an industrial truck supply company, both of which were in a pile of free clothes. I went through two Xena episodes just doing that dang hood, which happens to be quite warm. Enough prattle! The shirt:

You can see what I mean about a crappy hood shape Sad Aw well. I don't care what people think about my clothes whilst I WoW. Not like they can see me Tongue


Can anyone recommend me a good hood shape? The one on BurdaStyle for Lydia was junk (sorry to the drafter, but I hated it), and the Rufio Hearts Lil Snotty space-helmet hood doesn't look quite right to me. If I gotta buy a Kwik Sew or something, I'll do it so long as the hood is EXCELLENT. Oh, and LARGE. I hate that most of my female-gendered hoodies have a tiny little hood, preventing me from wearing my hair in a bun. Thnx Cheesy
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157  Sequin Robot of AWESOMENESS! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: April 19, 2010 06:10:50 AM
So I got a whole whack of clothes for free, some in good shape and some covered in mystery stains. This robot shirt just called out to me, but it stayed in my to-do pile for a long time because I couldn't decide how best to deal with it.

It started out as a size 6 little girl's shirt, and as you can see, that's a SEQUINED robot!!! Those sleeves were atrocious triple-petal/flutter sleeve combo things that made no sense (one of which is already dealt with in the before-pic), and it was so tight I barely squeezed into it. With part of a brown tank covered in mystery stains (I think it was cooking oil), I got THIS! YAY!

Easy peasy, and the darker fabric on the sides is oh so slimming *eyebrow wiggle* I used this method:


Do you like my fridge-box room-divider? Tongue
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158  Re: Tee shirt recons for those with flabby arms... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alexus1325 on: March 24, 2010 08:20:57 AM
I've discovered that taking a big men's tee, sizing it to fit me better and then putting the same old sleeves back in but with a gathered sleeve-cap and either a narrowed or gathered sleeve hem is very adorable Cheesy Here's a shirt I did that to:


Alternatively, since you like a faerie-ish sort of styling, you could make a flutter sleeve out of complementary fabric (eg black shirt with red lettering = red sleeves, and that sort of thing). Flutter sleeves are easy peasy! Just measure the arm hole all the way around and then draw a line that length on your fabric ACROSS the grain (look closely at the fabric and make sure the lines of knitting point up-down). Then draw a big swoopy curve that joins those two lines. VOILA! Flutter sleeve Cheesy May or may not look good with your individual proportions, but you never know until you try, right? You can do the same sort of thing with just a square or trapezoidal shape so long as the top edge is the same length as the armhole. You can either hem all the non-armhole edges before you put the sleeve into the armhole, or leave the edges raw as you like.

Maybe bell sleeves are the answer? Here's my favourite-est tee pattern in the world, cuz I use it for all my recons and from-scratch stuff:


Once you figure out which size would fit you best, take the sleeve pattern and COPY IT!!!! Copy the whole darn pattern if you can, cuz then you'll never have to print it out ever again, just trace it over and over. I like wax-paper for that. Anyway, either keep it full length or cut it shorter, then draw new lines to make the pattern look like this:

Hope that helps Cheesy
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159  School Rumble Refashion - Now w/ How-To! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alexus1325 on: January 29, 2010 01:29:45 PM

Well holy camoley. I posted this in January 2010, and only NOW, October, did I find this image of Drape Drape project #3:


Apparently I'm not the only one who thought hip-gathers were awesome! Just blows my mind that Miss Hisako Sato did it the EXACT same way!


I'd wanted to try stenciling on a shirt for a long while, so I made my boyfriend a shirt, as seen here:


He said it was far too silly for him to wear, though Tongue So, being inspired by the many beautiful garments on ModCloth, I refashioned it for my own porpoises. I pondered how to gather in just the hips, did some cutting, some sewing, and redid the shoulder line and armholes. For the sleeves, I just gathered the sleeve cap and used sparkly white elastic around the sleeve hem.


Closer view of the hip gathering:

And from the shoulder, showing off the hilarious quote:

I find the juxtaposition of the the sweet-girl styling and the anime images to be absolutely hilarious Cheesy I feel so ready for a shopping trip 'round Tokyo, despite it being thousands of miles away, haha!


I was hemming and hawing about adding a how-to from the start, so here it is:

You need a shirt that fits well or a pattern. You only need from the waist upwards, because the gathers lie at the waist on the final product. Align the pattern pieces with the neckhole of the big shirt, cut away the armholes and sides down to the waist. At the waist, you'll need to draw a straight line from 2 inches in from the "new" sides out to the side seam of the big shirt. Sew up the new side seams FIRST. Then gather the hip-gathers and sew the gathered edge to the free edge of the upper part. Trim the seams off the original sleeves, gather the sleeve hem however you please (I like elastic cuz it's fast and easy), gather the sleeve cap and reattach to the main body of the shirt.

*PLEASE NOTE* I used BurdaStyle's Lydia pattern in size 34 and generally wear size medium. That BARELY worked out for this men's size medium shirt. I would recommend using a men's size large or extra large if your bust is greater than 34 inches.
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160  DIY School Rumble Shirt in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Alexus1325 on: January 29, 2010 01:17:59 PM
I had been meaning to try stenciling with acrylics and textile medium for quite some time now. So I had this "great" idea to make a School Rumble shirt for my boyfriend. That's a high school dramedy anime that is well worth watching! We recently watched season one and I was in stitches at the quote "Sweet death, come to me..." when poor, poor Harima had to eat the nasty rice balls. Isn't that from Shakespeare??? Anyways, blue and silver paint, the Harima and logo images were found online and the quote made up in Microsoft Word.

Unfortunately, my darling boyfriend thought it was far too silly for him to wear, so see what I did with it here (I didn't want to pile too many photos in both posts):


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