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1  Mens Hypnotoad tshirt recon and bonus girls dress to skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sxyskeksis on: October 17, 2012 09:33:31 PM

I have been researching and sketching ideas for upsizing tshirts for a very long time. I even have boxes of shirts waiting to be made big enough to be worn. I also just bought a book to learn more about my serger. This challenge was the impetus I needed.

Introducing my Bonkee (this is our mutual term of endearment... it's a long story) in a shirt that, like many others, is way too tight on him.

He has lots of these awesome tshirts from sizes gone by. It's hard to find fun shirts in a 4-5X and even shirts that do fit tend to do this!

So I took another shirt that was too small for him and had holes all over but he refused to part with (why do men get so emotionally attached to their clothing?) and chopped them both up into a FRANKENSHIRT!! And doesn't he look dapper?

It's hard to see here but Hypnotoads eyes are very close in color to the tiedye.

Like a lot of fun shirts the hypnotoad shirt had twisted significantly. I laid my clear ruler straight across the words and used my ruled cutting pad to cut it into a straight rectangle. I then cut off the arms and down the remaining seams.

For the tiedye I had to deal with a large hole and a handfull of smaller ones. I put a safety pin at every hole on the same side of the fabric so that I could easily see where they all were while I planned out how to chop it up.

Deciding how to cut these up was really really hard for my OCD brain. Finally I just dived in. I must have done something right because I ended up with very little scrap and NO large pieces. I sewed everything with the serger. I left the neckline and the bottom hem as serged edges (I moved the cutting blade and let the extra fabric roll over to give a rolled hem type finish without changing my serger settings). This isn't very professional looking but neither my Bonkee nor I care. And I didn't have enough fabric left to make a neckline without lots of piecing. I actually reused the hems from the arms to become the new arm hems! That worked OK but again, not professional looking.

I loved:
That I finished it!!!
The fact that the swirls on the front two pieces match up.
Proof of concept for male tshirt alterations. Sewing for men can be difficult and this has been in my head for a while. It's great to see that it works!!

Next time:
Alter the shirt pattern to fit him better around the shoulders.
Use 3 shirts or 1 shirt and fabric. Even 2 3X shirts barely had enough to make this one and it was rough planning it out.
I should have cut the shirt close to the edge of hypnotoad vertically to make the close top horizontal cut look better. I really wish shirt printers would realize they have to position the shirt differently on the platter to screen print large sizes. The image also ends up way up by the neckline and looks weird.
Try a real neck binding.

My daughters wanted in on the action too! Unfortunately my eldest had too much homework (Freshman year of highschool is a toughie!!) but we plan to finish hers soon. So I helped my 9 year old alter this dress which she refused to stop wearing for the past 3 years at least, even during the summer. I forgot to note the size but those arms are at least 4 inches too short. I'm guessing a 5?

I showed her how to do things and I did the machine sewing because it was stretch velvet which is painful to sew even without a big organza skirt attached to it and my Singer 99K is FAST. She picked the seams to detach the zipper, and cut the bodice off just under the arms. After turning that under and sewing to form a casing I had her run the elastic and finish it up. And now, a still somewhat too short skirt that she will probably wear until she busts the seams!!

We hope you like our projects! If you want more information ask away!!
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2  Re: The Science IS Art! swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by sxyskeksis on: May 21, 2008 01:55:06 PM
I'm going to post more pictures of my fabulous booty tomorrow when I have more time to describe and gush, but here's the box, which my non mathy friends mulled over, trying to figure out what shapes the formulas referred to.

And a group of shot of my goodies!!

I am so excited about everything I received!! More info to come!
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3  Re: The Science IS Art! swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by sxyskeksis on: May 16, 2008 11:15:21 AM
I'm so glad you, Raindancing, and everyone likes it!! I had no idea how hard it would be to find math craft ideas!

I don't know if you've put batteries in it yet, but the Unit Circle Clock runs backwards! Since the Unit Circle is defined counterclockwise I thought it would be appropriate. Not as useful, but more fun!! (I can tell you how to reverse it if you would like).

The ants were based on this MC Escher drawing, Red Ants.

Here is my photo of it.

It sits in a few different positions, and it should be possible to mount it on a wall pretty easily. It's made out of wooden beads, chopsticks, copper wire, and vinyl covered wire hardware cloth. The hardware cloth was a great find! I was trying to use plastic cross stitch sheets but they didn't work nearly was well and the holes were way too small.

I debated on writing "Warning, Instruments of Math Instruction" on the bag. I just opened my calc book and randomly wrote equations, formulas, and identities on it with a fabric ink pen. It probably would have worked out MUCH better on a smoother fabric; this is made of rough duck cloth. But I definately want to make myself one now! In fact, I'll probably be making myself all of these things!  Smiley

I also included an awesome Math Calendar that I bought for myself but never ever have time to look at. I hope that Raindancing will have some fun with it.
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4  I'm such a tease in The Swap Gallery by sxyskeksis on: May 13, 2008 02:45:27 PM
Sending out today raindancing!!

All my projects ended up as larges in terms of time, so I didn't have any time to make little things sadly.
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5  Masquerade Christmas Wreath in Winter Holidays by sxyskeksis on: January 12, 2008 02:34:56 PM
My mother and I decided to revamp my roommates christmas wreath one night because I could not stand the evil tinsel garland on it. There were these pretty teal and green tassels on it already so I made a search of the house trying to find something to match. I pulled out a masquerade mask I had feathered and the Classy Chicks Wreath was born.

This is a leather half face mask I purchased and then tacked a piece of felt to the back with the feather arrangement so it's removable.


The ribbon was purchased last year during after christmas sales. The opera gloves I wore with the mask to a masquerade ball 2 years ago. The tassels were after christmas sale purchases from years back. The beaded trim was leftover from a wedding at the hotel where my roommate works. We pulled back the pieces of the wreath and laid the wire beaded trim through of the middle of them, then pulled the branches back to hold it in place and make it look "random". I added an awesome chain choker of mine to finish it off.

Until I found a hideous plastic wreath star thing in the christmas decorations for my office. My roommate took it apart and found that it was a ring of christmas lights! And the perfect size to fit our wreath.


Friends don't let friends use tinsel garland!

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