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indiepopstatic
« on: April 13, 2005 10:05:14 AM »

Here's my idea: We send our swapee a random article of clothing that they have to reconstruct (or incorporate into a current project). We post before-and-after pictures in a month or so.

Is this something anyone would like to participate in? I've never organized (or even participated!) in a swap before, and I'm kind of scared/intimidated to do it. If anyone is willing to organize this one, I'd be happy to join.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2005 08:43:57 AM »

I would do this.. but you'd hafta be sure your guidelines including what to send or else have people post their sizes... wouldn't want to get shoes that don't fit to begin with. I mean, part of the point of recon is to make it fit right (or often anyhow) but somethings, like shoes, are hard to reconstruct reasonably. Maybe limit the things that can be sent to pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, and shirts?

Anyhow, don't mean to sound like I'm picking on the idea, I love it; I found this thread cuz I was looking to see if anyone was planning a recon type swap. Just trying to help make it work as a swap.

Cheers!
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indiepopstatic
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2005 09:36:02 AM »

I would do this.. but you'd hafta be sure your guidelines including what to send or else have people post their sizes... wouldn't want to get shoes that don't fit to begin with. I mean, part of the point of recon is to make it fit right (or often anyhow) but somethings, like shoes, are hard to reconstruct reasonably. Maybe limit the things that can be sent to pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, and shirts?

Anyhow, don't mean to sound like I'm picking on the idea, I love it; I found this thread cuz I was looking to see if anyone was planning a recon type swap. Just trying to help make it work as a swap.

Cheers!

Good points! I'm actually new at this and was hoping someone else would organize the swap.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2005 01:12:32 PM »

..or... (because this is what I was initially thinking when I read the title)... what if you sent your partner something to re-construct FOR YOU! Like, say I had a pair of old jeans that were my husbands and they fit me around the waist, but were too long, ugly, etc. I'd send those off and my partner would turn them into a work of art that I could wear (like a funky skirt) and send it back to me!

So if you sent a pair of shoes, they'd be your size already. Yeah?

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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2005 11:07:54 PM »

I'd be game for joining in on this. I think it would work best if we turned what we were sending into something for urs ourselves though. Otherwise, if anybody were to send me a garment to send back to them as something else that was wearable, they would get a drawstring spinner skirt, end of story. If they'd be willing to except a wallet/bag/purse, then I'd let out a sigh of relief.

I don't know about anybody else, but when I recon I basically sit around in my underwear (or less, depending on the project) and keep trying it on and adjusting it to fit me how I want it. Seriously. My best friend asked me if I'd make her a pair of altered jeans with patchwork like I made for myself and I said yes but only if you'll come sit around in your underwear as I sew them, so that's what we're doing! Unless you're exactly the same size as me, I wouldn't be able to sew for you unless it was something forgiving.  And I'd feel so bad if I sent something back to somebody and it didn't fit them.

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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2005 12:25:03 AM »

what about reconstructing old clothes/shoes as bits of art? Blanket patches, handbags, murals....who says it needs to come back wearable???
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2007 08:24:40 AM »

I'd love to see a refashion swap where you'd send one or 2 items to your partner along with your measurements and comments about what you didn't like about the item(s) sent (i.e. it was too long, short, tight, loose, etc.). Then they use that info and their imagination to come up with something either by combining the items sent to them or incorporating their own supplies from stash. Then they send your stuff back to you.

Personally, I know I am capable of reconstructing my own clothes, but when it is for myself I have trouble deciding what I want the finished item to look like. I don't usually have that much trouble when I'm crafting for others.
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