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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ill-fitting Target dress to a no-sew flowy sundress on: October 01, 2007 07:03:29 PM
I got a dress from Target.com with a really pretty print. The comments suggested it looked awful when put on and it had to be altered, but I had high hopes, since it was like $5 and the print was really nice. It's a cotton/modal fabric, so it's a little stretchy, but very soft and it has a lining.

Here's the before picture:

I'm not a fan of the mushroom-type dresses, and with this type of fabric it just looked a little odd and unflattering.

The straps are sewed to the front and back, but they have knots every inch or so, so I cut the straps and re-tied them into a cross-back so it didn't sit as low at the front neckline. Because they already had knots, the knots I made re-tying it don't look odd. I also cut out the elastic that was at the waist on the inside and it made a nice, calf-length, flowy sundress. I just wear a strapless top under it when I want it to be more modest.

Here are the straps:

And the final product:

I have to thank the comment board on the product page at Target.com for the inspiration and ideas! Unfortunately, I can't find the dress on the site anymore, so their comments are gone. It didn't take any sewing or any time at all. I have more pictures in the Flickr album and where I posted it on my blog: http://fairealamain.blogspot.com/2007/09/when-bad-dresses-become-good.html
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible remnant scarf on: October 01, 2007 06:13:38 PM
I made a scarf/wrap for my mom from a fabric I got in a remnant bundle. It's a Hawaiian print with little pink flowers and different shades of green palm fronds on a black or cream background. I had six of each color, and a scarf seemed like a perfect choice, since I didn't have any other fabrics to coordinate with it.

I sewed all the pieces of one color together, short end to short end, until I had a long strip. I did the same with the other pieces, and then made sure the strips came out to be about the same size. Then I sewed them wrong sides together so that it is a reversible scarf. The trickiest part was sewing it together, because I pressed the edges to the inside and pinned them to give it a nice finish before sewing. That way I didn't have any unfinished edges and I didn't have to turn it right side out after sewing three of the sides right sides together. It's not really a cold weather scarf, though, so it's more of fall or spring scarf or wrap. I've heard them called quilted scarves, but I didn't end up doing any actual quilting to it.

I have more pictures on my blog (http://fairealamain.blogspot.com/2007/10/quilted-non-winter-scarf.html) and my flickr album (see image link), but it's actually really easy to make.  Smiley
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hello from Hawaii on: September 30, 2007 08:26:01 PM
Hi, I'm new to Craftster as a member, but not as a browser. I'm in Hawaii and love to sew, crochet, and craft all sorts of stuff. I have a blog where I post about the stuff I make -- http://fairealamain.blogspot.com -- and I try to post as many pictures from my Flickr as I can with the posts and instructions. Just a few posts for now, but hopefully I'll get more projects done this fall!
This site gives me so many ideas of things I could that I need (and don't need but want to make anyway!). I love it!
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