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« on: March 06, 2005 03:21:54 PM »

Hey everyone! Here are the most recent experiments.
This was a $4 old man sweater, which i cut up, sewed back together and resized. There are exposed seams on the front and sleeves and cuffs.
on the floor

on me- not a very flattering pic. it looks better in person, not so chunky-ifying.

detail of exposed seams

here's a skirt made from a pair of tan cords that i cut up and put in this velvety fabric with roses.


detail of inset

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Hey guys! I had to resurrect this post to make the tutorial for the skirt maybe someone will still be interested. Anyway, hope this makes some kind of sense. .. Im horrible at tutorials.

1. Using an old pair of pants, make the basic jeans-to-skirt reconstruction. (If you haven't done this before, there are tons of tutorials on craftster or at www.ohmystars.net) However, DON'T make the triangles to fill in the front and back center-seam gaps. You don't need to hem it either.

2. Now figure out what size you want your little inset triangles to be. These have a name, I'm sure, but I don't know it. Mine were 3 1/4 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide. To figure out how tall these should be, just go with how long the triangle to fill in the front and back gap triangles of your basic recon skirt would be. To figure out the widths you just have to guess and check a little to see what will look good- err on the side of being too big. Your back and front center triangles will have different widths because they have to follow the shape of the skirt.

3. Cut the triangle inset pieces from your contrasting fabric in this shape, leaving room for hem and seam allowances (about 1/2 inch all around):

4. Rip the side seams of the pants about 1/2 inch further than the height of the inset. Then cut the 4 slits where you're putting the insets in the front and back, up to about an inch above the height of your insets. Now you should have 8 places for the inset triangles (including the front and back center triangles, the split side seams, and the four new splits.)

5. Turn the skirt inside out. Fold at the blue center line, so that the right sides of the fabric are together, with the slit on the folded edge. On each of the slits, sew a dart-like little line (the pink line) to make it possible to fold over and sew the fabric on either side of the slit so it won't fray. Umm, see diagram, i hope it clears this up.

4. With the skirt still inside out, fold over the two flaps (shown in yellow). Sew these down using a matching thread. Then whip out your inset and pin it in place in the triangular, hemmed slit that you have made. Pin it down and sew around the edges. Repeat with other insets until all of them are inserted.

5. Hem the bottom and youre done!

This is probably a confusing tutorial. I had trouble trying to express what I did since I dont really know sewing terms if you have questions, ask away, Ill try to clear up any confusion.
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2005 04:26:05 PM »

I LOVE THAT SKIRT!!!!!!! the shirts cute too, though. you've inspired me. how did you know how much to cut so id didnt flip out too much? Its amazing.

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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2005 08:57:21 PM »

I LOVE THE SWEATER! i think it looks fine on you! ohh its so cute! <3

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2005 09:01:42 PM »

how did you do the skirt? tutorial? I have some cords that look wierd on me and I would like to make into a skirt.
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2005 06:51:16 AM »

love love the sweater too !...  urban outfitters would sell something like that for $50 (probably more) !!  good job !

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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2005 10:02:53 AM »

sexy sexy sexy SEXY!! I  L-O-V-E it!!!! that serousely looks like something you could find a urban outfitters or other cool stors like that. But the fact that you made it makes it all the more awsome!!!! I love the color of the sweater, and I know that it sounds weird, but the insert fabric of the skirt remids me of my cats fav toy.
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2005 12:37:17 PM »

i love the sweater, my dad has a bunch of cool sweaters he never wears i'll go cut them up now.
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2005 01:30:19 PM »

nice job on that sweater!! really like it! and as mentioned before, it does look good on you!

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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2005 01:47:43 PM »

i really love your sweater! and it really looks great on you too!

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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2005 01:32:27 PM »

thanks everyone! you guys are so nice.
actually the sweater was modeled after this shirt i saw on the Urban Outfitters website...

when I went back to look at it after i finished this i realized they are totally different, but oh well.
as for the skirt, I cut little slits for the insert and stretched to fabric to see how wide the triangles should be without looking wierd... i just kind of played around, pinning them first to see if it looked ok. i can't wait to wear it but it snowed last night, so i guess i'll have to wait a bit longer. i'll try to post a tute for the skirt later if people are interested.

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