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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two tops and a skirt 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!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic lined swim suit bag... 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.

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Under the sea...without Ariel... 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...

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Tips for sewing polarfleece? on: August 06, 2007 10:03:16 PM
Hey all...I was wondering if anyone has tips on sewing polarfleece with a sewing machine?  In the past I have had no success...the needles break or the thread breaks or it won't sew through at all.  I am guessing it is in part the needle and maybe the tension but I'm not sure...

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Darts???? on: July 30, 2007 09:10:29 PM
Can anyone share some tips for putting in darts?  My son was nice enough to tell my that my new top makes me look pudgy.  Great....sigh....I thought I had *finally* found a babydoll top that looked decent but, no, I look pudgy in it.  Sad  I think if I can figure out darts I can save it.

Do I just put it on inside out then pinch and pin, remove, sew and then cut off excess fabric?Huh  I don't want to try that and find it ruined!  it was cheap but still...

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