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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jeans into Skirts (Sadly, No Photos ... Yet) on: August 04, 2004 12:50:50 AM
I'm posting this message without photos for ... well, two reasons: no camera and to thank everyone for the massive boost of inspiration.

I got together with one of my crafty band mates and reconstructed a couple of pairs of jeans. We experienced some delays -- lost seam ripper, sliow to rip with the scissors, discussions about waiting v. going to the fabric store, etc.

Wound up going to the fabric store and lo and behold, they had this cool suede-like fabric on sale. It was ligiht fawn-colored  with these flowers embroidered on it. So, I decided to make that an inset panel for the front of one of the skirts thanks to the support of my friend. She found some fake fur. It was supposed to line her car header, but when she was looking around, I sabotaged her by finding this RAD pattern for fake fur legwarmers and other important fur-like accessories. : )   That, a few yards of ribbom, snaps, a spool of thread, some bubbles, and we were good to go. Priorities.

I got most of one skirt completed. It's looking ok. It's diffifult to get the seam on the back to lie properly without puckering. I am fairly happy this far. I'm a slow goer. It took time to get some of the seams clean and looking good. Alas, there were some seams my machine refused to try to get over.  I have yet  to hem and trim the fabric in the inset so it doesn't look bad. The pair of jeans was nice and worn. A little stained, but no one can tell.

$10 (not including notions and labor) for an amazing skirt.

What I wanted to write most is simply how everyone here, esp. jumiper, has really inspired me and gotten my creative chutz-pahing. THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH!

sleepy ldp
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Qs & Ideas: Altering Henley on: July 23, 2004 03:40:22 PM

I'm curious to know if anyone has altered one of those waffley Henley shirts that are typically sort of ugly and white with a placket and three buttons? They're typically winter underwear. The coolish weather is coming up and I'm thinking about the following. If anyone has other ideas, jump in.

Cutting off the sleeves to 3/4 or 1/2 sleeves.

Taking in the sides to be more fitted, if needed.

Stamping geometric designs with fabric paint in dark brown and rust, possibly one other color (what!).

Dying with tea/coffee mixture.

Finding a more decorative binding tape or using fabric scraps to rebind the neck and sleeves.

New buttons.

Other ideas? Or which of these sounds most promising? I must admit ... I haven't tried fabric painting or stamping and I don't know how it would look on a textured fabric.

This has to look rad and be VERY comfortable. I play in a band. Long flowy sleeves won't cut it. Even long, fitted sleeves often get caught or snagged on the tailpiece. Can't get gummed up in the middle of a break! Ack! We play roots music. As for our collective look think cowpunk just this side of rockabilly and not quite Gillian Welch. Lots of denim -- skirts and jeans mostly. Everyone has their own look, but I know everyone is sick of the current rotating wardrobe I have. Time to spiff it up!

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