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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Colour Block Tank top/Star Shirt on: September 14, 2012 12:10:38 PM
Another colour block shirt and a Star shirt.

The colour block shirt was inspired by a tank top I saw at Rickis, I knew Immediately that I could make it so I traced a tank top pattern that I had, cut it into several pieces (after labelling them) and sewed it up.  All of the fabric was kicking around in my stash was really simple to make!

The second top was based on a shirt that I own that no longer fits (it's too short, and too tight), I traced it and found some fabric in my stash that I wanted to use.  I didn't have enough to make sleeves/add length so I used black material for the sleeves/bottom band, and white fabric to use for the neckbands/sleeve bands.

*also, as a side note, I apologize for not 'dolling myself up' for the photos, I'm a naptime crafter who is in serious need of a haircut!*
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / refashion of a refashion on: July 20, 2012 08:52:43 PM
I refashioned this top in the winter months from 2 t-shirts and a tank top into a cowl neck shirt.  Since it is now summer in Texas, and I wasn't that fond of the finished top I decided to refashion it again.

The beginning:

The middle:

The End:

While I do realize that the greys are 2 different shades, I sort of like it that way, gives it an interesting look.

Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scoopneck shirt to colour block shirt *now with a link to the tute* on: July 08, 2012 02:00:56 PM
It's been a while since I posted, mostly because I have had it with my sewing machine, and ended  up getting a new one.  Now I am in love, and want to sew as much as I can!

*updated- I posted the tutorial on my blog http://seweffingbored.blogspot.com/2012/07/ruchey-goodness-tutorial.html

I was inspired by this shirt from Rickis http://www.rickis.com/by-category/sale/colour-block-top/prod5101HT169YS5649RM.html.  Since I don't live in Canada at the moment, I figured I would do it myself.

I started with a navy blue shirt (sorry no before picture of the blue shirt, but I have it in black, so this is what it looked like.

I cut the front in half, found a scrap piece of grey fabric and used that.

I want to make this shirt again, next time I am going to make some changes, I am going to add more length to the middle piece of fabric to get more of a ruched look.  I am also going to  cut less fabric from the middle, or not use a light colour because I feel like it draws the eyes a little too wide.
thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Plex! on: March 06, 2012 08:53:36 PM
So after reading this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293030.0
I decided I wanted to make a Plex t-shirt for my sons second birthday.  I know it isn't perfect (the eyes are crooked and wonky) but I am quite proud of it!  I hope my son enjoys wearing it as much as I did making it for him!

Also I made the shirt itself from a scrap t-shirt that i've had since highschool.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Making stuffies from a child's drawing. on: February 28, 2012 07:17:52 AM
Hello out there, my friend posted a link on my Facebook wall today and asked if I knew how to make stuffed toys out of a child's drawing.  Alas I do not, but my first thought was "craftster people would".  I have read a few of this persons blog posts and it looks like they want to make one off toys of drawings that a child has drawn. If there is anyone out there that might be interested, this is the blog http://childsown.wordpress.com/#!/page/1
This blogger is in Canada I believe.  I don't know if they pay or what sort of compensation there might be For it (I only read a few blog posts). If anyone out there is interEsted I just wanted to throw it out there
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What to do with this top on: February 14, 2012 08:02:10 PM
After I failed miserably trying to make a New Look pattern with this material, I tore it apart and tried to make it a different outfit.  While it isn't exactly what I wanted, it isn't horrid either.  My problem is, I feel like there is something not right about it.  At the moment it's too tight (I'm working on weight loss), but I tried adding a white band to the bottom which I feel is too big, and too long for this top.
Any suggestions on what I could do to fix this top? I'm wondering if I should lose the white strip at the bottom and just hem the shirt as it is.

*edit* I Finally got around to my UFO pile for this shirt.  I decided to ditch the white band and neckband, I traded the white for grey and hemmed the top to a less "in between" length.  I saw some awesome suggestions, but at the end of the day, a band around the middle didn't look as good as I thought it would.  I turned the V-neck to the back because it didn't sit right on me and I think at the end of the day, it looks better than if I had left it as it was.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 tops into 1 on: February 14, 2012 07:51:11 PM
So I had 3 Old Navy tops, all were the same charcoal colour  2 were ill fitting and the 3rd was a tank top that had holes in it.  I cut the sleeves off both of tops, and added the 3/4 length sleeves to the top I planned on keeping, cut the 2nd top to make a sort of cowl neck top and used the tank top to add overall length.  I like the results (maybe not the neck, I'm still on the fence about it).  Now I just have to get rid of the grease stain I didn't see until after I took the photo!

First top, I had start unstitching it before thinking I need to take a picture

the second long sleeve top

Final result
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scoopneck to cowl neck. on: February 02, 2012 06:34:53 PM
So i used to have this boring black top (which I regret not taking a picture of), and I also had a tight black jersey knit skirt (which I never wore, not once  Cry ).
I finally find some time in my schedule to do something with this top .  I hemmed the sleeves to 3/4, cut off the waistband on the skirt and attached it to the bottom of the shirt.  I then used most the skirt to make the neck on this.
I know its nothing fancy, but I'm just happy I will be wearing this top again, because frankly I was getting bored with it.  I must also apologize for the rough looking lady in the photos.  My baby is 3 months old and likes to stay up until midnight.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Stash reduction ideas? on: January 29, 2012 07:42:17 PM
I searched the boards for a possible similar subject but didn't come up with anything.  I was wondering if people had good websites, or ideas for trying to reduce my fabric stash (by sewing, not donating).
I have about 3 rubbermaid buckets full of different types of fabrics, and right now I'm trying to take a crack at t-shirt fabrics.  I've looked through a few books (Generation T mostly) and I've googled websites, but haven't found much.
Anything thoughts or websites you can share with what I could do?  There are some full yards, some odds and ends, and some teeny tiny scraps.

10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Recycling old patterns on: September 13, 2011 08:29:25 AM
Maybe someone out there can help me, I was going through all of my sewing patterns last night and I was about to toss them into the recycling bin when I realized that most of them were either uncut, or probably still had all of their pieces.  I was going to try and sell them on eBay, but after I looked at some other sellers, I realized that most of them had zero bids.  Is there anything i could do with these patterns or does good will accept them as donations?  I really don't want to toss them if they are in a good condition
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