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1  Two tops and a skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by maleaab on: July 13, 2009 08:55:20 AM
It's summer here and blazing hot!  Seems most of my summer clothes have decided to all die at the same time so I began refashioning some things that I was originally going to just donate.

1:  Poorly fitting Roxy Board Shorts into skirt:

2:  This is a men's t-shirt and a woman's button front top hacked apart and put back together for something new.  I managed to sew through my left pointer finger in the process.  Promise you won't look at the insides of the shirt!  LOL!  The exterior looks ok but from the inside, you can definitely tell no pattern was used and it's a total hack job! LOL!

Close up of the back:

3:  This was a long sleeved woman's button down from American Eagle.  It was super cute on a hanger a the store with rolled up sleeves held in place by buttons and tabs.  Insanely hard to keep cute once home though!  So, I hacked off the sleeves and made cute little ruffled cap sleeves instead.  The sleeves are actually the cuffs from the original sleeves but turned inside out.  I left the buttons on and left the button holes intact too.

Sleeve close up:

Thanks for looking!
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2  Plastic lined swim suit bag... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by maleaab on: September 22, 2007 07:26:14 PM
I sorted through my projects to complete and my mending bag.  I found my favorite t-shirt that I haven't worn in probably six months.  It had a grease stain of some sort front and center thus not fit to wear but I wasn't ready to throw it out!

So, I turned it into a bag! 

I love the quote, which says, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."  The person who said that was Steve Prefontaine who was a runner at University of Oregon quite some time ago.  I find the quote extremely motivating and I love to swim so I put the shirt together with a plastic bag and a drawstring from an old sweatshirt.  This bag is the result!  The liner bag is from the gym and is meant specifically for your wet swim suit after your swim.  I hate carrying around the ugly clear bag with my suit visible to everyone so this is the perfect solution!

Here's an interior shot of the bag:

Sewing a cotton t-shirt and a plastic bag together is by no means easy!  If nothing else I have learned to follow my gut when it comes to sewing projects! 

I had considered fusing the plastic to the shirt material first but decided against it.  I just was feeling lazy and didn't want to get up, drag out the iron and go through the whole plastic fusing process!  So, I just pinned them together and started sewing.  Even with the pins in place, the plastic kept slipping a bit so there are some major flaws.  However, the fact that the closure is a cinch-drawstring you really can't tell.

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3  Under the sea...without Ariel... in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by maleaab on: September 22, 2007 07:21:00 PM
This is a 4 inch by 4 inch pen on canvas drawing for my nephew  His bedroom is slowly being turned into an undersea wonderland.  Sorry it's a bit fuzzy!  I tried several times to get a clearer shot...

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