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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Somewhat Vintage and Totally Awesome Tunic/Dress/Shirt {A tad pic preggers.} on: July 22, 2008 11:48:25 PM
My newest project and it totally rocks! So, I found this adorable little...jumper [we'll call it]...at goodwill about a year ago. I absolutely fell in love with the fantastic vintage print. At the time I was smaller and less chesty...so it kinda fit but wasn't the greatest. I never really wore it, so I pulled it out of my TBCrafted bin a few days ago.

I chopped it up the sides. Then, I added darts at the bust. I'd never done darts so I had no idea what I was doing. My first attempt was weird and too low. But, my second attempt was perfect so I repeated it on the other side. Then, I added triangles of an old tee-shirt I bought at goodwill to the sides to accomodate my larger bust. Then, I chopped the XL tee-shirt sleeves off and sewed them on with added puffs at the top. I'd never done sleeves either and especially ruffed ones. They came out awesome and I was shocked.

Basically I love it and I'm totally proud and amazed at the awesomeness of it.

The dart and added triangles:

Puff Sleeves


Oh, and I found this while chopping this grand old thing apart and thought it was too adorable not to share.
12  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Can you say RECON? Pink Ickyness to Blue Wonderfulness. on: July 07, 2008 03:44:54 PM
June 3, 2009: Wow!!!! Thank you so much everyone. And thanks craftster...Best of 2008 is such an honor!!!!!!!

So, this is one of my favorite projects ever.

Here was my crazy process:
1)Bleach shoes to see if "cute" splotches are, in fact, cute.
2)Decide that I hate the splotches [and that they don't cover up the grubby stains.]
3)Buy black dye from Walmart to dye shoes with.
4)Shoes come out blue. Shweet. Yea, they actually are blue, the pics just look grey.
5)Leave shoes in closet for about 3 months while I half-finish other projects.
6)Pull them back out two nights ago to chop off the toes.
7)Add ribbon, fabric glue, and buttons. And there you go. I'm actually quite surprised at how even everything is. I was pretty much just choppin' and eyballin' it all.

Before [Pretty hedious medious]:

July 8, 2008: Thanks for all the feedback, you all give me warm fuzzies inside!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP ME FIND... on: July 06, 2008 06:46:54 AM
I would like something that I can use to create a corset effect. I believe it is called lacing tape, however I do not want the kind with eyelets. I want something that I can sew into the side of a dress to give me this type of effect:

Does anyone know A)what this is called and B)where I can get it? Huh Huh Huh
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Giraffe! [Pic Pregnant] on: July 05, 2008 08:12:33 PM
So...today I didn't have to work! How fun. So, I pulled out this awesome [but tiny] child's tee with an awesome stuffed giraffe on it.

Close-up of the awesome giraffe: [I've named him Henry.]

Before: [Along with the plain tan tee I used.]


I added 1 in panels to the sides to make it a bit roomier. And, of course, it was too short, so I added about 3.5 in to the bottom.

Then, I found it was still a tad tight in the bust area, so I added the keyhole back to give it a bit more stretch.

QUESTION: The keyhole is kinda sticky-outy. How can I make it lie flat?

Edit: Side panels are super easy. Just chop off the seam all the way up the side and the sleeves.

15  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The twins. From Juvenile to Kick Ass. on: July 02, 2008 03:07:46 PM
So...I started out with two identical jewelry boxes (why I have two is a long and complicated tale) from my 13th birthday.

However, as I am no longer 13, the juvenile feeling of these babies had to go.

So, I used my trusty Marie Claire and Elle magazines to form these wonderfully preppy jewelry boxes.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Music Notes + Zebra Print = Revamp Love on: June 10, 2008 10:52:55 PM
Sooo...I had this old jewelry box. I love it. However, it wasn't very attractive and the hardware had all broken and fallen off.

[I had already taken off one door and all of the broken hardware.]

[Great shot of the broken junk.]

So, I found some awesome fabric/ribbon at Michael's. My total for this amazing project was about $6.

[Isn't she beautiful?]

[Close-up of the awesome new drawers.]

P.S. There is still a red/gold design on the windows, it's more obvious in the before picture.

What do ya'll think?
17  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / What kind of glue? Does it bleed? on: May 04, 2008 01:29:27 PM
How do you get ribbon and other decorations to stick to shoes. I don't want it to peel at the edges.

And also...if you use acrylics and fabric medium to paint on canvas does it run or bleed?
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / WEEKEND PROJECT! on: April 27, 2008 01:58:45 PM
This is what I did this weekend: Wink

The before materials. I used an XXL yellow shirt, an ugly long sleeved striped shirt, and the too small Gurious George Shirt.

Then, I turned out this. And I must say I'm damned proud of it! (Ignore my horribly messy teenage room.)



Bust (I used this tute http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/cbust.htm):

What do you think?? Grin

P.S. I found some old (we're talkin' wooden spools) but GREAT quality thread at a local thrift store. I think I got like 10 spools for $0.50.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My First Dress Recon on: April 26, 2008 10:30:21 AM
So, it's nothing amazing but I love how it came out.

I got this dress in a swap online but it was too big and too short.

So I added to the bottom, took in the sides, and added some embelishment on the sleeves.
Ignore my messy teenage room.

Yea. Had to get one in there with my tan line. Haha.

What do you think?? (Sorry pic quality is not so great.)
20  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Pink Polka Dots and Houndstooth on: March 29, 2008 10:21:39 PM
So, I bought these flats at Claire's for $3. Grin

Then, I realized they were uncomfy and tacky. (Yes, they're clear.) Sad

So, I found this AWESOME fabric at Walmart for just $1 per yd. Grin

I used my trusty glue-gun and some ribbon to add extra spice! Shocked

What do you think??? Huh
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