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41  altering a small dressform to plus size-with tutorial in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by in2vintage on: June 07, 2008 05:06:46 AM
I wanted to make a duct tape dressform, but my non-crafty friends were afraid to help.  I came up with my own solution.

broken dressform free (way too small-missing knobs, etc)
duct tape $6
fabric free
sale synthetic quilt batting $3
hot glue leftover from other projects free  

Total cost $ 9

start with a broken small size dress form.  expand to largest size. Heavy duty black duct tape adds stability and covers the gaps.

layer synthetic batting to each section. continue until each area matches your true measurements.  I used dots of hot glue to hold the batting in place.  The hips required three layers of batting, and most of it in the back.  I did want it to be lifelike.

I cut darts in the batting to shape around bust and neck areas. Add more duct tape to smooth out some of the areas

basic sheath pattern pinned inside out on dressform. Basted, then removed for machine sewing.  one section will need to be handsewn after turning right side out.  

gathered the bottom for a quick finish.  added contrasting fabric for the neck and upper shoulders (so it would look more like a dress than a dress form)  Just for fun I left the knob on top.

The only down side is the dog keeps barking at it.

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42  The 20 minute fleece shrug or baby it's cold out there in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by in2vintage on: June 04, 2008 05:39:04 PM
Needed:    some quick and easy gifts. 

Purchased: one yard of fleece.

Solution:    This simple fleece shrug. 

I couldn't find a pattern, so I made my own.  The body is just one piece of fabric with rectangles for the cuffs.

I added cuffs for a little interest and finished it with lettuce edging.

Just two of the many variations I made. 

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43  recon4 t-shirt and floral curtain sheers in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by in2vintage on: June 02, 2008 04:21:02 AM
This is my first recon on my revamped dressform. 

Take a simple boring t-shirt.  cut sheer fabric slightly larger than front of shirt.  zig zag on front close to seams.  trim off excess fabric. 

I still have 1/2 yard left of the sheer fabric.  Any ideas for something else? 

curtain sheers

sheer fabric sewn directly on green t-shirt.  pink thread for contrast.  trimmed very close to stitching.
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44  old ladies need style too-my first three recons! image heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by in2vintage on: May 25, 2008 01:38:14 PM
fabric sewn right side up underneath the tee. snipped butterfly outline allows the fabric to roll after washing.  I had planned to create several smaller butterflies, but decided to quit while I was ahead. 

butterfly detail

ill-fitting yellow t-shirt, now woven tank top.  The bottom of the tee was cut into strips and woven. Sleeves didn't look right, so I cut them off. 

too short top with two layers of curtain sheers sewn to bottom.  I used a serger for a quick finish

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