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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Wild wild western shirt ... well, it will be on: October 06, 2008 05:53:09 AM
So the DH is always asking when I'm going to make him something, so I finally whipped him up a western shirt. I used a pattern (western shirts are nothing but confusing) and I messed up a couple of times, but I think all the mistakes are hidden on the inside.

He wanted me to embroider a cow skull (he calls his music Cowpunk) on the back yoke, but my embroidery skills are nonexistent. I might try and screenprint it on there tho. You can barely see a chalk outline of the skull on the back. I really want to add some studs and rhinestones (Conway Twitty or Unknown Hinson style), but he's a little wary of that.

Excuse the plaid pajamas, but it was Sunday. It's a day pjs are made for. Also, sorry the pics are blurry -- they looked fine on the camera. But on a good note, I've finally posted enough that I don't have to link the photos!

Using piping (for the first time) wasn't as complicated as I thought I might be, although I skipped it on the collar.

Cute plaid cowpunk butt! If you look in the right corner, you can see part of an antique Singer sewing machine table (c. 1908) that I made into my desk. Got it at a yard sale for $50.

He's got a show on Wednesday with the Koffin Kats (Detroit psychobilly), so I'll add some action shots if I get some. Oh yeah, if you want to check out the band: www.myspace.com/mcphersonstruts

Any comments, suggestions, etc. are very much appreciated!!!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ruffle skirt recon on: September 09, 2008 09:06:59 PM
I found this gem at the Salvation Army thrift store ... sorry it's not a very good "before" pic:

I'm always in desperate need of business-y work clothes, so I cut it up, added some ruffles and came up with this:

This is my first successful (as in I can wear it out in public) pattern-less creation. The plaid is some old fabric I "borrowed" from my mom a couple of years ago. I think I'll use what's left to make a couple of flower pins to go with it.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pretty in pink -- an ugly shirt to a work shirt on: September 02, 2008 07:08:49 PM
I'm a longtime lurker, and I want to say thanks to everyone on here. You've all inspired me to get my butt back in the craft room and get to work!

I have to dress business/casual for work, but I refuse to buy new clothes. Here's a $3 shirt I picked up at Salvation Army.

The old shirt:

I loved the fabric, so I turned it into a pretty pink camisole I can wear alone (during the hot Alabama summers) and under a jacket or sweater in the winter.  

The front:
The back:

This is a slightly modified Simplicity Threads collection pattern 4500. What was the front of the old shirt is the back of the new one. I switched out the pink buttons for some ones I recycled of a decorative pillow (and there's still about 100 buttons left on the pillow ... for a later project, I believe).

There are a couple of mistakes, mainly that my buttons are crooked. I'm the worst button sewer ever. Only a couple of them are working buttons ... there's no way I'd make the DH button me up that much in the morning.

Any comments/suggestions welcome!
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