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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 40s retro swimsuit from stretch pants on: November 06, 2011 03:20:08 AM
I didn't have a pattern. I just cut the pants into shorts. It has a side zipper and button already. Then I used the rest of the legs for the top. I used the front picture of a pattern at sovintagepatterns.com (the Glam 1940s Bathing Suit pattern http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/catalog/item/2871951/8807586.htm).

That gave me the basic idea for the top. Each cup and strap that goes to the back is the front of one leg of the pants. The strap that borders the bottom of the halter is one leg back. But I ran out of fabric to border the entire top and go around the neck from one end to the other. I did it on the bottom edge of the halter, just not the top. The halter strap is a smaller piece that goes from the top of each cup around the neck.

Then I had trouble with the cups. They totally flatten my already A-sized breasts. I tried to put some extra darts in, but I'm going to get an old bra and insert cups. Since it's stretchy fabric, it ought to mold around it. I hope.

The back closes with a bra closure I bought at a fabric store. I was going to repurpose an old bra, but I've just moved to Australia in the last few months and still don't drive here (wrong side of the road!) and new hubby and I happened to pass a craft store this weekend so I bought the fixture new so I could finish the suit enough to try it.

The point was - other than I love 40s clothing - to cover my stretch marks. I don't have money for a new suit and all I can find are one piece suits that show too much bottom (mine anyway) or bikini bottoms with nice tops like babydolls, but those float up and you can see my baby pouch and stretch marks.

Thanks for the nice words. It looks much nicer in person and the gingham print doesn't really show up here.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Size 14 dress into a vest on: November 05, 2011 09:29:05 PM
this is so cute! love it. nice job.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 40s retro swimsuit from stretch pants on: November 05, 2011 09:22:39 PM
My MIL gave me a pair of yellow gingham stretch pants from the 90s. I wanted to make a swimsuit to cover my baby-having bag and stretch marks so I made this suit. Not a great picture. I look like I peed in them but I was just wet from sitting by the pool. And I need to insert a t-shirt fabric panty liner and you can see I'm wearing underwear right now. And I want to embellish them with embroidered cherries. No more apologies...on to the show -

Oh yes, and it's completely handstitched since I don't have a sewing machine right now.






4  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Fans of Spotlight on Facebook on: October 04, 2011 12:27:50 AM
Oh waaaah! I missed your post for this. I'll have to Like Spotlight on FB so I can keep up. Had no idea they were on there. Good to know.

Did you win?
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Tent and Fly Material on: October 04, 2011 12:25:00 AM
I've seen ripstop nylon made into produce bags online. They are just produce bag sized with a tie sewn on so you can fill with apples for example and then tie shut.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Towels of all sizes and colors on: October 02, 2011 11:48:49 PM
patchwork bathrobe?
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Paper shopping bags. on: October 02, 2011 11:47:30 PM
I've seen people use the lighter colored paper bags to make blank books for sketchbooks (a kind of poor man's sketchbook), but those colors sound great for pages for photo albums or a natural scrapbook. They also sound really good for tearing into bits and blending and either mixing colors or using each color separately to make recycled paper gift cards - like for Christmas - but with flowers seeds mixed in. I see those 'preseeded" gift cards selling for $6 or more and they make such cool gifts. The recipient just plants the card and the flowers sprout and grow.
8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / chenille bedspread - bath towels? on: October 02, 2011 11:42:09 PM
I was just given a Kermit-colored green chenille bedspread about 70x96 inches. It has the fluffy, terry-like side and the cotton weave, non-fluffy side. It's a bit thin, not thick, but I was wondering if anyone has ever repurposed anything like this into bath towels. And if so, did you double it up so it's fluffy on both sides?

Any other ideas are welcome. Already thought of the usual: pillows, bathmat, robe...but not only do I need bath towels, I'm looking for new ideas before I cut this baby up!

Is chenille absorbent or better used for decorative purposes?

Thanks!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: T-Shirt Undies on: September 11, 2011 12:16:18 AM
i may never buy undies again. LOVE what you did with that T.
10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Hancocks free international shipping on: July 29, 2011 04:14:07 PM
Did you try the code? I'm looking through the catalog now and thinking of trying. It's 30% of order or $20 minimum shipping charge normally. Hancock's was never my favorite fabric store, but US prices are much less on everything I've encountered since moving here.
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