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1  bubble dress, piecewise tops, and a bit more! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tortellina on: May 14, 2009 10:16:31 AM
Hey everyone,

I finally got off my lazy bum and cleared some space to take self-timer pics against my wall. Then I got off my bum again to make a post Cheesy so here goes!

A gingham bubble dress with red ribbon and red buttons (I'm in love with bubble hems right now!):

A pleated dress made from fabric from Joann's with a cool dark roses velvet pattern thingy:

I've been getting into the whole piece-y quilty deal. I love it because it looks like mosaics! Here's a sleeveless top I made from leftover scraps:

And a long-sleeved top with slight bubble sleeves:

Finally, a t-shirt for my boyfriend, made from this soft stretchy black material and really soft bamboo cotton. (Has anyone else worked with bamboo cotton? This was my first time. It's sooo soft!!) I hand-sewed a little cut-out squirrel, since he is so "nutty" (hahaha) ..here's proof:

Thanks for checking out my stuff. I've been checking out yours too (not meant to be taken wrongly haha). Keep crafting, you guys have been such an inspiration to me! Cheesy

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2  So a black shirt and a grey shirt walk into a pair of scissors... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tortellina on: February 12, 2008 03:29:18 PM
Hello! I have been rather lazy in terms of posting. ^^;
But I assure you that I have been kept in awe by all the ingenious ideas that Craftsters never cease to fail in coming up with. Cheesy

I cut up two over-sized shirts (one black, one grey... no before pics, sorry!) in order to meld them together to form a more interesting t-shirt (or so I think Tongue). I kinda planned on it to look like rays of grey light shooting from a dark corner.. gaha.

Back! The letters were -ahem- "personalized" and sewn on by hand.

Side view

Aaaand unfortunately, Harry Potter rides a broomstick.. not a shovel. Tongue

(The pretty model in the pictures was indeed the recipient of the shirt. Smiley)

Comments are welcome... thanks for taking time to look! Cheesy
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3  cherry blossoms dress =D (pudgy with pictures) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tortellina on: December 16, 2007 01:36:32 PM
Hey guys, just wanted to share this new dress I made! Don't worry, I live in Florida so the weather here is still fairly warm. Eeesh.. I've never seen snow in my life.  Undecided

Anyway, it is my second non-reconned dress. The fabric is shiny and I got 2 yards of it on sale for $2/yard  (Grin). It is verrryyy shiny. In fact, I even considered using the non-shiny reverse side of it because I was afraid that people would get blinded if sunlight reflected on it. I hope I made a moral decision.. ehehe.

So, after hours of work and a nearly-failed chemistry test... Tongue 

There are two ribbons of fabric sewn at the sides, which I can tie either in the back or in the front. But here's something kinda interesting, and rather accidental:

I can either tie those straps to my back to create a sort-of collar effect if you will:

Or, the ties can be tucked in to look like this:

OR, I can turn the dress around and tie those straps up like so:

(Please excuse the blurry bathroom pics >___<)

And ahhhh I was VERY excited when I discovered that I could pull up the bottom part of the dress, and it became a puffy top thingy!

So what do you guys think? Does the collar-ish part look too strange?

Happy holidays! Keep posting all of your awesome things on Craftster, because great projects are always very inspiring to others, including me. Cheesy
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4  first dress from scratch... yay for puffy sleeves! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tortellina on: November 24, 2007 12:45:33 PM
W00t my mom finally came back from her trip with the camera! Sheesh it's been a reeeaally long time since I've posted a project... but I've been looking at everyone else's, and I've seen some really awesome stuff here. Like, not just inspiring, but awe-inspiring.

So I wanted to show you my first real dress, made from one yard of $2 stretchy material (ahh I love cheap stuff). The pattern on the fabric looks like a mosaic!

I pinned up the sides in this picture: (there is a tie in the back, btw)

Without pins:

Puffy sleeve!

Closeup of the top part:

I didn't finish hemming the dress, so some edges are still kinda raw. Also, I think the neckline is way too wide and deep. What do you guys think? Any constructive criticism? Should I change the dress in any way?

Thank you for looking!
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5  old bedsheets -> dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tortellina on: September 29, 2007 03:08:10 PM
Hello, I've jumped onto the bed sheet recon wagon! Not exactly a recon, since I started with a rectangle of material but heck, I turned something into something else so it's still a recon right? =P

Eeeep it needs a little ironing.. >___<

Here is a closeup of the material, showing the actual color:

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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6  XXL long-sleeved t-shirt -> long-sleeved dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tortellina on: September 20, 2007 02:46:42 PM
Soooo... I found this big old t-shirt with long sleeves, and I really liked the picture on the front so I decided to alter it a bit. ^__^

This is what it looked like before:

It was a pretty basic reconstruction. I simply cut all the pieces down to the right size and then sewed them back together again. I wanted to make the sleeves puff out at the end, but I guess I didn't plan very well for it since I didn't leave enough fabric in the sleeves to bunch up.  Oh well.. I've learned my lesson!  Cheesy

Anyway, I've talked enough! Tongue Here is the result:

What do you think? Thank you so much for looking!  ^___^
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7  oh boy another pants recon! pants -> cute top =D in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tortellina on: September 05, 2007 10:19:03 PM
EDIT: MyWitsAnd4, thank you for your input! Unfortunately, I don't have enough material leftover... but a faux corset on the back would be very cool! It was very nice of you to illustrate it so well too.  Cheesy

Also, I did not make the plaid skirt that I'm wearing in the picture... -hangs head dejectedly- But Maronne, you have inspired me, because now I am dead set on making a new skirt for myself. =D

To everyone else, thank you! </EDIT>

Hello! As always, thank you guys for all the supportive comments!
...here is another one of my victims.. >=D
These pants were a hand-me-down from a cousin. They were nice pants, but unfortunately they were too short for me. However, I did like the details at the bottom!

So... like always, I cut it up and prayed to the gods of crafting that I'd be able to make something decent and wearable. >__<

Here is the result! (The straps weren't sewn on yet so I used safety pins and tied it as a halter top. Safety pins = t3h awesomeness.)

I don't have a body form to fit material (until I get my hands on duct tape, that is), so I kind of measured as I went along. In the end, it came out so that it'd be impossible to get into, so I sewed a triangle-ish of stretchy material to the back. Stretchy material is tricky (to me at least  Tongue), but I'm learning a lot from each experience so I'm hoping I will get better with practice!  Cheesy

The back:

Any comments or suggestions? Thanks for looking! ^__^

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8  two pairs of pants -> another dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tortellina on: September 03, 2007 03:06:50 PM
Hello there!

I was very happy to see all of the great feedback from people on my last post!  Cheesy Thank you!!
So.. onwards!

I took two pairs of pants (orange and white), and came up with this:


I sewed the pant legs together to make the skirt, and the back pockets to make the top part. The pockets made for an interesting and different shape.. hehe. Ahh and I don't think I got the straps quite right. >__< But heck, I'm still experimenting.   Smiley

Oh yes, and much of it was made possible by the sewing machine!  Hoorayyy!

Thank you so much for looking, and I'd love to hear what you think!

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9  yellow pants -> cute dress! =D in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tortellina on: August 12, 2007 05:45:35 PM
Hello! I've been lurking around here for about a month now and I must say, I was really inspired by all of the things that people made!

So, I took this pair of pants:

Cut it up, and hand-sewed for two days straight. I did it by hand because the sewing machine was totally out of wack! Okay it wasn't really, I just didn't know how to use it.. >_>

Then my mom walked in right when I was about done and offered to teach me how to use the sewing machine.. T___T Oh well, I kinda think hand-stitches look better anyway, just time-consuming and it gets painful after a while... heh.

So I speedily hemmed the bottom with the help of a sewing machine and serger, sewed on some pockets and VOILA!

(Excuse my hostile look.. I guess it IS better to smile. >___<)

It's a bit asymmetrical, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out, especially since this is my first time reconstructing something wearable!

Thanks for looking! =D
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