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« on: August 10, 2010 05:15:57 PM »

I've been in a sewing funk lately, not wanting anything to do with my sewing machine and having all these ideas in my head but just unable to get them out. I was hoping that by doing this project it would get me out of this blah mood.

So, background story...my mom had this two piece suit from the 80's. It was a pair of navy capri pants with an attached white t-shirt, then it came with a matching vest. I found it in my mom's closet when I was looking for a Moaning Myrtle costume for a Harry Potter party a few years ago (it worked perfectly). Eventually, I got rid of the pants and top but I fell in love with the vest. The problem? It was a 4 petite, and I don't even fit in a 2 petite. I was only going to make it smaller but decided that I could do more with it.

This is what the vest turned into:



The before image:



and the back:



At first I cut the back open down the center and brought the front of the vest up But the back was so bad (it didn't iron right and the cheap fabric was a pain to work with) that I just decided to make another back:



I decided that I wanted a pencil skirt with the vest, so I got the pattern from Diana Rupp's book "S.E.W.: Sew Everything Workshop". (Good book, I recommend it). After the dress was finished, I remembered a belt I saw somewhere..and decided to make a similar belt:



This is my first real reconstruction, and I'm really proud of myself with this. And I think I got some of my motivation back! Thanks for looking!!! And one more picture just 'cause.  Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010 05:22:25 PM »

 Cheesy awesomely great! i love it!
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010 05:26:15 PM »

This is absolutely fantastic. The style, the colors, the belt, the fit! If this were hanging on a rack at my local dept store I would pick it up SO quickly and wear it tomorrow!

Great job! I'm so happy that you got your mojo back - I can't wait to see more of your pieces!
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2010 06:04:48 PM »

That's beautiful, I wish I could raid my moms closet and find things to work with(she's a clothes purger so no luck there) I hope you make more recons, you have a real talent for it.
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2010 11:25:47 AM »

Thank you guys so much! =]
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2010 05:46:26 PM »

Very nicely done!
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2010 04:23:16 PM »

So pretty! I never would have thought of making a vest into a dress! Cheesy  Love it!
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010 12:51:30 AM »

That looks really awesome! I know that feeling of funk. I think its our brain telling us we need a break!
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