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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / vaugley tacky cat shirt on: October 22, 2008 04:29:52 PM
i found this tee shirt at buffalo exhange, i fairly awesome store. (grey knit is a goodwill-found tee) i always found this type of animal shirt somewhat tacky and mostly suitable for an old lady living alone who plays bridge every weekend or something like that. my goal was to update it and make it something cute that i could wear.

the sleeves don't really hang right because this dressform lacks shoulders. :/

thanks for looking!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / the little black dress design contest on: October 11, 2008 07:16:07 PM
I entered a contest for a local boutique in which I had to design and produce a little black dress in about a month's time. (or if you are me you will cram most of the work into a week or less) I didn't win, but I did do the best of everyone close to my age, which was encouraging. Also encouraging was the fact my dress was in the shop window when I walked by this after noon.

My vision: black on black plaid with a silk dupioni collar.

if you'd like to see more/detailed/bigger photos (i've tried to make this post load fast for you) and read more about the contest etc:

thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What are the standard measurements for a size 2 dress? help!!! on: August 24, 2008 12:04:52 PM
I'm entering a dress design contest and the final result needs to be a size 2. (Well, it could be 4, 6 or 8 also, but I am closest to a 2, so I thought it would be easier to fit and I can use less fabric.)

I've found 536363221 different, conflicting measurements via google, so I'm really confused a to what my dress should be. I'm something like a 31, 24, 32.. could I just make it fit me?

Thanks for your help! Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / big polo + big tee shirt from vegas = the much cuter hoodie shirt! on: August 20, 2008 08:02:56 PM
i went on a closet raid and absconded with a serious haul! well actually it wasn't that exciting, i helped my boyfriend pack for college and i got all the things he was going to get rid of, which turned out to fill a huge trashbag! Cheesy (i also got more alterations to do for him! woo!)

i'm really proud of how this turned out, i think my design/sewing/pattern-making/etc skills are really improving, despite the fact i make lots of stupid mistakes like sewing things on backward. thanks for looking, your comments/criticism are appreciated. Smiley

MOAR PICTURES http://tildesnyder.blogspot.com/
yay i have a blog!!

special thanks to my sister for modeling. we do photo shoots with all the new things i make, it's fun. Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple batik shorts, a long time in the making. on: August 13, 2008 08:27:10 PM

it took me a really long time to finish these shorts (not actual working time, just lots of putting them off and moving across the state, etc), but i am quite proud of them now they are done.
this was (one of) the first patterns i made myself, first time i ever did pockets, second time i ever put in a zipper.
thanks to my sister for looking cute and modeling.

they are missing a button on the back, it got lost on my sewing table some how. Sad

a few more pictures: http://tildesnyder.blogspot.com/

p.s. the shirt is one i hand screen printed and recon'd into a tank, if you were wondering.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / 2 Elna sergers on Craigslist, I need your HELP! *UPDATED* on: August 04, 2008 06:02:30 PM
I've found two Elna sergers on craigslist.. one just described as a "5-thread Serger" for $250 obo and 704 Dex Plus for $225.

I'm contacting the sellers for more information, but I'd like to know if Elna makes good machines in general and if the prices seem right. Essentially, would I be getting a good deal here? Thanks so much for your help.


The 704 was purchased in '99, wasn't used much and is in "excellent" condition. Do you think it warrents a look?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Tell me about your sergers so I know what to buy! on: July 20, 2008 11:56:44 AM
I am in the market to purchase my first serger. I'd like to know about your's...

What model do you own?
How much was it?
What do you use it for?
What do you like/dislike about it?

...So I can decided what I want for myself. Thanks for your help!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The classic Starburst Wrapper Braclet on: August 19, 2007 08:28:09 PM
I was working as a couselor at freshman orentation at my highschool. We had a break, so a friend and  I decided to go buy a big bag of startbursts so i could make a braclet. I am now officialy sick of eating Berries and Cream Starburts but I have two very cute braclets now.

Link to tutorial that inspired me:http://fluffyland.com/blog/?page_id=50
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Large men's polo shirt to cute babydoll top. NOW WITH TUTE :) on: August 19, 2007 08:20:27 PM
I've been raiding my dad's clothes for recon pieces. I'm especially proud of this..
It started life as a large polo shirt and now is a babydoll empire waist top. It's so cute. I can't wait to wear it out.

The sleeves look kind of wonky on my dress form.. haha.


1. Cut the sleeves off, making sure you completley remove the shoulder seam. Next cut the shirt in half, below the armpits. The best place to cut varies from person to person, so hold up the shirt and make a mark at the wait line. Cut about 3/4 of an inch down from the mark. (This gives you enough seam allowance to gather and sew comfortably)

2. Fit the "bodice" to yourself. Turn it inside out and put it on, pin down the side seams. Sew along your pin line with a stretch stich. Trim excess

OPTIONAL: sew two small pleats or darts where marked for a more tailored fit.

3. Fit your sleeve length by cutting off excess fabric from the raw edge where it used to be joined to the shirt. When you are satisfied with your sleeve length gather about 4 inches along the top to make the puff sleeve.

Gathering: Sew close to the raw edge using the longest straight stich on your machine. Pull/hold the thread to gather as show above.

5. Attach the sleeves. If you don't know how check out:


6. Gather the "skirt" using the same technique as shown above. Don't make one continuous line of stiches, instead break it up into 2-4 sections around the skirt. It's much easier to pull the threads that way.

7. Attach the skirt to the bodice. Turn the bodice upside down, right side out. Turn the skirt inside out. Put the bodice inside the skirt. Pin the skirt to the bodice and sew below where you sewed gathering stitches using a stretch stich.

8. Remove the gathering stitches and trim/press all seams.

You should now have something that looks a little like mine! Thanks for reading , good luck and let me know if you need any clarifications.

I'd love to see pictures of your finished products!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled-Material Unicorn Wallet on: July 16, 2007 01:41:57 PM
I'm at home recovering aka bored out of my mind. So I decided to make a wallet using a children's book I picked up at the used bookstore a while ago.

I made a base from fused plastic shopping bags and then used packing tape to secure the pictures I cut out of the book. Added some stitching to reinforce and voila it's done!

What do you think??

[note: i'm adding some kind of closure soon.]

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