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1  My Simplicity 4072 Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ReconstructiveChoice on: November 25, 2008 10:25:04 AM
Some advice for anyone considering this pattern: do not attempt as a beginner!  I started this pattern a couple of years ago with value fabric (thank goodness!), and ended up throwing it out!!!  While the dress is beautiful and very comfy, the pattern instructions are CRAZY and make no sense.  I ended up figuring most of it out on my own because the instructions were just so whack.  (Apparently Butterick has a similar pattern that's easier to figure out... number 5031.) 

But anyway, I think it turned out lovely regardless!  I used a "fall knit" from Joann's (where I work) that was (and is still) 50% off, and a basic interlock knit for the contrast.  Just a word to the wise... avoid Joann's stores on Black Friday because you may not make it out alive!   Cheesy

Excuse the rough look around the neckline... it still needs to be pressed.

Yeah.  Gotta press that neckband.   Sad
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2  Crunchified uniform skirt. (a bit pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ReconstructiveChoice on: May 26, 2008 07:35:57 PM
I bought this khaki uniform skirt at a thrift store (wish I'd taken "before" shots... just imagine a dull, unflattering uniform skirt), and hippified it!!!  At least I *think* it was a uniform skirt... I can't imagine anyone wearing that thing unless they had to! 

Ruffle and side panels are new fabrics, appliqué is done with random other recycled stuff. 

Much better.

...and patchwork for all...

Extra comfy now... it was all starchy and awful.  Had to wash the starch away and use a little (gasp!) fabric softener! (I know, bad for the environment, bad for your fabric, but this thing needed to RELAX.)  There's something about plain khaki that just makes me feel stiff....

Comments appreciated! 
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3  Graduation Dress! (Simplicity 4119) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ReconstructiveChoice on: May 14, 2008 09:55:46 AM
Hey ya'll!  After spending a total of five years in college, I figured obtaining my dual degrees in dance and women's studies would require a new dress.  Here's my graduation dress, made from Simplicity 4119 and some lovely cotton fabric I found on clearance at Joann's (it was seriously $3 a yard and amazing quality!).

The lighting is crap I know... midday in my apartment doesn't offer much natural light unfortunately. 
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4  Desert Patchwork Skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ReconstructiveChoice on: May 10, 2008 08:17:49 PM
It started as a plain, kinda ugly sheath-cut Cato brand skirt I found at a thrift store.  It needed patchwork.  So I gave it some!!! Smiley

(It looks kinda pucker-y here because the skirt had some spandex in it.  But I actually washed it and ironed them out and it did away with the puckers!  I was unaware that would work.  Horrah!)

Thanks for looking!!!!
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5  Lotus Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ReconstructiveChoice on: April 23, 2008 03:29:15 PM
I love how this turned out, thought I'd share.

That's a pocket with the lotus appliqué on it.  The appliqué was so easy.  Just 7 of the same pointy oval shapes.  Took a while, but overall it was really simple.  And actually really fun.  I get so bogged down with appliqués sometimes, but this one was easy with stunning results!

And as always, the patchwork was amazingly fun.  I love patchwork... I plot out the pattern then I just sorta zone out!

The back (not pictured in full) looks like the front except without the pocket.

Anyway, thought I'd share my latest!
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6  How I Love Spring!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ReconstructiveChoice on: April 11, 2008 01:47:02 PM
I made a new dress for the warmer weather... thought I'd share!

Thanks for looking!
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7  Reconstructed Empire Waist top -- a bit pic heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ReconstructiveChoice on: March 29, 2008 05:54:01 PM
I made this top out of a tank top and an old panel of those "circle skirt" patterns they used to sell at Joann's (I bought the panel on clearance and realized later I'd bought the size for TINY people... the "large" was for a 32" waist!!!).  So I decided to make it a part of a top instead.  Looks kinda like a maternity top, but no I'm not pregnant Smiley 

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8  Dancing Flowers!! (patchwork skirt) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ReconstructiveChoice on: March 03, 2008 02:44:37 PM
I love love love how this turned out... patchwork skirt w/ 2 floral fabrics and a pink swirly one.  All three were on clearance at Joann's, yay!!! 

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9  Applique: what am I doing wrong? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ReconstructiveChoice on: February 29, 2008 03:13:37 PM
Hey there---
This is the first time I've attempted a complex appliqué, and the fabric I'm appliqué'ing on is getting "puckered" around the sharper edges of the pattern.  I've taken a picture to better explain it...

Am I doing something wrong? 
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10  Re: Patchwork Skirt made from Tee shirts! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ReconstructiveChoice on: February 20, 2008 07:57:41 PM
Hurry up and post the tute -- I want one!

LOL... okay I read yer message when I got on to post it, so here ya go!!! Smiley

Let me know if I'm too vague or confusing, I'm not an experienced tutorial poster. 

Let me know if you have any questions!
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