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Topic: Heinous 80's sweatshirts have their uses, too!  (Read 17297 times)
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« on: December 01, 2007 02:13:26 PM »

God. I love the 80's, and everything tacky that is included with the decade.

That being said, at first I wasn't so sure about this particular artifact. I bought it for a dollar at the local Goodwill outlet the day that I heard about this challenge... I really didn't have any intentions on entering it (and after seeing Jayne's contribution, I'm REALLY thinking that I have no chance!), but I am really excited about the outcome. This is a really simple recon - and I like it that way. I like that it didn't take too much to re-vamp it, yet it looks completely different. All I did was remove the sleeves and make new ones - I used a tshirt for the black base, and the binding came from the enormous sleeves that I cut off. Then I took the whole thing in and gave it a feminine shape. That's it!

Anyway! On to the pictures! No action shots - it's a couple sizes too big for me. Sorry!


BEFORE

Here she is in all her glory. All my friends laughed hysterically when they saw this picture.


On my dressform.


CHECK OUT THIS FREAKING ARMPIT! I swear, the hole started somewhere around my bellybutton.
Sorry about the overabundance of befores... I really couldn't get over the ugliness, though.


AFTER

Minidress!! It's still got that deliciously tacky 80's color scheme, but it actually fits.


In case anyone was wondering, those snaps don't actually unsnap. They are purely for decoration.


Binding! I tried to incorporate at least 2 different colors on each sleeve. I wanted some of that stained glass action in there.



Thanks for looking! And remember - there is no such thing as "too ugly"!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2007 02:18:13 PM »

is it bad that i really really liked it beforehand?  Embarrassed

love the recon Smiley i bet it looks great belted with some skinny jeans. and biiiig earrings.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2007 02:25:04 PM »

ah the 80's gotta love 'em. You did a great job on fixing it up. It reminds me a bit of those star trek uniforms from next generation. Good job Smiley



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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2007 02:30:23 PM »

Your end result turned out very very nice.
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2007 02:58:56 PM »

wow that was way ugly before .. it looks great now ! I love the new sleeves . what was with that whole giant armpit thing in the 80s ..?? so many shirts had that ... it looks infinitely better now  Smiley nice job !
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007 04:45:43 PM »

Oooh... 80's sleeves!  It's like everyone wanted to be flying squirrels. Grin

I love what you've done with it.  Great job!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007 06:15:18 PM »

Your dress is adorable! and I agree it was a great plus that you had to only do a little - you're an inspiration to us all, yep yep!
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2007 08:00:13 PM »

that is dang cool
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2007 08:53:12 PM »

awesome! you took it in really well. have you had anyone wear it? it be neat to see how it looks on a person.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2007 08:58:27 PM »

Oooh... 80's sleeves!  It's like everyone wanted to be flying squirrels. Grin
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It's so awesome-like now! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2007 09:38:08 PM »

This is my fave. Great job seeing the beauty in the before!
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2007 10:38:40 PM »

Lord what a difference short sleeves make! I love it! Somehow it still has that retro feel, but with a modern aesthetic. Way to go.
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« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2007 01:40:47 AM »

haha. the befores.. gahh. they were acceptable in the 80s?

yet again I also still love the era and all it's tackyness.


love the result! I want to see it on someone too! It looks amazing and totally wearable.
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2007 05:34:30 AM »

I love that re-con!  Wish we could see action shots *hint, hint*
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2007 09:14:05 AM »

I really like it, I would definatley wear that :]
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« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2007 09:57:01 AM »

It's funny, I feel like you took the design full circle back to a fitted 60's mod color blocked tunic that was probably somewhere behind the idea for original garment. Great work.
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« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2007 11:14:33 AM »

rad!
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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2007 11:17:30 AM »

this makes me wish i kept all the sweaters i wore in grade 4 hahaha
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2007 05:11:20 PM »

looooove it!  i'm in an eighties scene in our school fashion show, and this has definately inspired me!
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2007 08:12:39 AM »

Great recon!  This would look so cute with some jeans. But hey, give that before shirt a little credit.  I remember when I had several shirts with wings like that for sleeves.  That was a huge thing! Quite literally, huh? lol
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« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2007 01:57:22 PM »

Great job on fixing it up! It looks really lovely. Smiley
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