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Topic: oversized *ugly* shirt & dress pants-->glam halter & corset skirt *lots of pics*  (Read 23309 times)
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« on: June 28, 2005 04:55:23 PM »

So, I started off with this *huge* shirt and dress pants that both had potential from the Salvation Army. I really liked the red/gold floral design on the shirt and decided it must come home with me. The dress pants weren't too bad to begin with (really nice fabric with a bit of a sheen) but the waist was a tad tight and the legs tapered *shudders just thinking of them.*

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Huge shirt:
Tight waist and tapered legs:
Pants have bit of sheen:

After:

(Kitties love the dangling lacing...drives me crazy!)

First I made the skirt by ripping open the inseam of both legs. I then opened the "bum" seam and cut off the legs of the pants at the length I wanted my skirt. I inserted a panel of fabric where the open "bum" seam was up the back of the skirt in the appropriate width so the waist wouldn't be so tight on my hips. Before I sewed in the panel, I added ribbon loops. I was inspired by lisatrix's corset t-shirt (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=38788.0) and used the same method for my skirt. After reinforcing the ribbon loops, I finished the front seam and hemmed, added the long ribbon to create a (purely decorative) lacing detail...

Lacing detail:



I was inspired by a halter top that belongs to my sister and came up with this...



I can't quite explain how I managed to make this except that the dress form is my new best friend and she helped alot!!  Wink I really just wanted to make something pretty and sexy out of a shirt that was neither pretty nor sexy when I found it in the S.A. I think I was pretty successful.

Overall I spent, eeep, $11.50 Canadian...I figured with the exchange rate, I could possibly get away with going over by $1.50. (If I'm disqualified, that's okay...I had a blast making this outfitt anyways!!!) The ribbon for the skirt and the cord for the top were items I had at home.

P.S. If you look closely at the skirt you'll notice that I have one of the pocket flaps tucked into the pocket. I'm still trying to decided if I want to keep the pocket flaps on the skirt or make it more streamline and remove the flaps and buttons... Let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2005 05:08:10 PM »

That is  a Hot outfit.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2005 05:13:17 PM »

Wow- I love the way the feathery part on the shirt hangs down a little more.  The halter part looks great too, and I'm not a big fan of halters!  You made the skirt seem really easy to do as well, thanks for the inspiration!  As for the pockets, I would cut off the flaps to made it more streamlined, but I like the button details.  Seriously, I usually get too discouraged to sew, but you made it seem easy!
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2005 05:30:17 PM »

what a fabulous job you did! I am so impressed with your changes!  It's a wonderful outfit all put together like you did, and where it came from makes it even more impressive! BIG KUDOS to you!
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2005 05:34:34 PM »

Now that is just COOL........!  Excellent job!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2005 06:09:15 PM »

Wow that's so GREAT! I love it. Especially the shirt transformation it looks so much better now, sexier!

I think you should remove the pocket flap.
good job!
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2005 08:36:45 AM »

Wow, great job, great idea, great attention to detail.  I think you should leave the pocket flaps on. Looks much better!
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2005 08:46:50 AM »

Any chance we could see YOU model the outfit? The skirt is my favorite.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2005 12:13:22 PM »

 ;)This is HOT!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2005 12:15:42 PM »

I loooooooooooooooooo ve this outfit
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2005 02:53:18 PM »

Any chance we could see YOU model the outfit?

well...i could model the skirt, but unfortunately i still have to tinker with the top. it's a little loose around the bust area...not very safe to wear right now  Wink i'll try to post a pick of me in skirt


thanks to everyone for the awesome comments, and the advice on the pocket issue  Cheesy



eta:
here are some pics of me wearing the skirt...

first, with fancy shoes:


second, with boots (looks better with boots):
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2005 09:54:41 AM »

God, that's awesome. I love grey & black. And lacing.
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2005 10:26:57 AM »

Thank you for complying with the personal modeling request. Just as I had figured you look fantastic in the skirt. And I'm with you...the boots and the skirt are a man-killer combination. Rock it, girl, rock it.
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2005 01:55:00 PM »

Wow...that is truly amazing.  I am in awe!!!

I think you should remove the flaps, but I also think it would be cool if you were to replace the buttons with some shiny black or gunmetal ones, to match the ribbon.

But that's just me loving funky interruptions like that.  Rock on!
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2005 03:59:53 PM »

Mmmm..gun metal buttons...great idea...I like the skirt with and without the flaps but without + the gun metal buttons sound fabulous.
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« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2005 07:17:05 AM »

You did a great job.  I really LOVE the skirt.  I think it looks better with the flaps, it keeps the concept of "this came from dress pants" which is awesome, and it just looks interesting.

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« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2005 08:26:03 AM »

I LOVE the shirt, it is so gorgeous!!!! The outfit looks really professional..nice work!!
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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2005 08:26:23 AM »

Great transformation - I really like the ribbon corseting!
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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2005 03:32:35 PM »

Wow, seriously amazing.  Cute kitty too!
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« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2005 02:33:52 PM »

Wow really pretty, thats a hot outfit. Fabulous, you did an amazing job. =)
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« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2005 01:17:26 PM »

wow, just WOW! that's incredible! wow, i'm still in awe over the oversized shirt turning into a sexy halter! gah! must....attempt! Grin
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« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2005 11:31:47 PM »

HOLY BEEP... if the world was filled w/ u craftsters, there won't be any more "real" clothing lines!!
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2005 03:37:48 PM »

that is a really hot outfit.. well done
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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2005 10:38:32 PM »

thanks everyone, it was really fun just playing around with old clothing and seeing what you can come up with...i definitely suggest heading to your nearest thrift store and seeing what you can create. even if your creation doesn't turn out at least you've (probably) spent under $10.  Wink
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« Reply #25 on: August 29, 2005 07:46:41 PM »

I fricken love that skirt a lot.
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« Reply #26 on: September 20, 2005 08:41:56 PM »

i love your new halter top!!
its so hot! I really want to make a dress with that kind of top!!!--
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« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2005 06:03:13 PM »

glamour... i really just winged it with the halter...but i'll see if i can come up with some sort of tut.  Wink
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« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2005 06:15:40 PM »

I love this outfit...you are so talented!  I would keep the pocket detail in the back...very original "trouser skirt" touch.  Props to you!
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« Reply #29 on: September 23, 2005 07:36:03 PM »

I love LOVE LOVE that halter....if you manage a tut, i will definitely have to try it!
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« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2005 06:23:04 AM »

I love that so much! Wow. It's like, awesome.
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« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2006 05:15:13 PM »

You did a great job on both pieces. One of the most attractive T shirt/halters I have seen. I vote to remove the flaps. You might try laying a couple of black leather buttons on the pockets--or maybe just leave the gray buttons on. Congratulations.
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« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2006 01:27:12 PM »

ooooooooo Ilove this I would actually buy it.
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Way to see potential!
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