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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bachelorette Pins on: June 29, 2011 07:02:58 PM
Hello, I havent posted on craftster in forever and i think this might be my first jewelry post . . . .

My totally awesome friend is getting married, and the maid of honor, another totally awesome friend, commissioned me to make these pins for the bridesmaids to commemorate our fabulous bachelorette weekend in las vegas. Her initial is a B, so i made a heart shaped B with a red swarovski crystal because red is her favorite color.

I was really pleased with how they came out - it took two days (literally right before i promised they would be finished) and I spent about $25 for the materials

thanks for looking! c& c welcome
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / addiction to sleeves (many pics) on: March 07, 2011 10:21:18 AM
i actually have a sleeve phobia as well as an addiction.  for awhile i only made sleeveless tops, but sleeves are kind of nice on those cooler days so i forced myself to make sleeved tops and i've been trying to do something a little different each time. 

this one involves sewing, knit (neckline), and crochet (sleeve attachment)
there are parts from about 5 different tshirts in this top, the knitting and crochet was done with tshirt yarn

this one is made with 2 mens xl tshirts. was quick and fun to put together.

this one i made a while ago and use it as a pajama top, hence the wrinkles.  it was an old sweatshirt i had that had gotten too short so i gave it a major overhaul: raglan sleeves, 3/4 length sleeves, slight cowl/mock turtleneck

thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / knitting with t shirts on: December 09, 2010 01:54:54 PM
i recently learned to knit and since i don't have the patience to knit a whole sweater yet, i decided to knit into tshirts. i used tshirt yarn i made from other shirts - chunky yarn + mens xxl tshirts = almost instant gratification.
 here is the first one i did, which has two different sides:

and the second one, which was even faster - i just cut off the sleeves and neckband and did a k1p1 ribbing:

these are my first attempts at (sort of) knitting clothing, i'd love to hear what you guys think. im just figuring this whole knitting thing out as i go, so advice is appreciated.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 smocked tops inspired by craftster on: October 17, 2010 08:35:44 AM
I love learning new things from this site. inspired by the tudor rose purse by pretty little rainbow i decided to give canadian smocking a try and came up with these:

both were made with mens tees i picked up from discount stores and a bit of lace. I used a scrap of white lace to gather the straps on the grey one. the red one has a black lace back - the lace was from an old skirt that last fit me about 12 years ago

thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a tablecloth inspires a dress and a sweater becomes leggings on: May 14, 2010 06:45:48 AM
i keep making clothes out of this embroidered tablecloth i found long ago.  

here, i used it to make a yoke panel for this dress.  i made the piping from a nice satin pillowcase i received in a gift exchange and i could never find pillows that it would fit.

there were some appliques on the tablecloth that inspired me to put appliques on the dress.

and the dress came out a little shorter than i expected so to be practical I made leggings out of a long sleeved sweater. it was so easy i cant wait to make more sweater leggings!

Smiley thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / a few recycled outfits (pic heavy) on: May 13, 2010 05:21:28 PM
i recently had the opportunity to do a fashion show so i made some clothes out of old stuff . . .

a couple of the tops have been posted here before, so im posting these pics to show the skirts i made to go with them

since this is the only totally new outfit I moved it to the top:

the purple corduroy fabric i got from what may have been a maternity muumuu - i love that it is not only purple but printed! i used reclaimed jersey to make the top along with a sash from a pair of shorts and some fabric from one of the shirts i used to make another top in this post.  

this top was handsewn (before i got a machine) from three different button down shirts.

the skirt i made from a large corduroy muumuu/jumper thing from a thrift store.  it reminded me of what my pregnant kindergarten teacher used to wear  Cheesy. there are also neckties decorating the pocket and the waistband - the waist looks kind of like an obi - ill try to post more pics later.here is a more detailed  pic of this skirt. i used a necktie to make the tab closure waist. and another on the pocket. i thought the waist kind of looked like an obi.
and some views of the kickpleat in the back, which uses a cuff from one of the shirts used to make the coordinating top

this top was the first thing i posted on craftster - made out of an old tablecloth and hand sewn

the skirt i made from a favorite pair of jeans and the lace from a large pillow sham. unfortunately, there were no photos taken of the back for most of these - im kinda bummed because there were some cute back details. oh well.

this top is another repeat post and one of my favorites.  

the skirt was a quick recon of a pretty outlandish disco style dress - this outfit is amazingly comfy

thanks for reading this long and  c&c are always welcome!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / fancy pillowcase tote on: September 24, 2009 05:51:54 PM
here is an extremely quick and simple recon that makes a fancy tote bag like this!

i recieved some goregeous decorative pillowcases as a gift but was never able to find pillows that fit them. after sewing two together back to back, I have a fancy new tote bag with built in hidden zipper pockets! (the zippers you're supposed to stuff the pillows through) By far my quickest sewing project ever. I sourced the material for the strap from another pillowcase:

this is a great project if you have extra fancy pillow cases, it probably takes less than 15 min. I'd love to know what you think!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / bias cut dress (built in bra!) on: July 15, 2009 03:14:39 PM
this is my first attempt at bias cut anything.  the bottom of the dress is bias cut silk I scavenged from my mom's decades old fabric stash. the top (and shelf bra) are organic cotton and lycra.

here is the front view of the dress:

and the back view (the fan was kind of blowing the dress to the side)

I'm relatively new to making dresses, and I'd love to hear what you think!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / striped yoke halter top - *updated* fidgeting = chrysanthemum applique on: July 14, 2009 04:20:04 PM

I revistited this recon because I kept fidgeting with the neck.  The original post is below.
Sometimes I tend to get really self concious about flaws in the stuff I make, and the striped neck on this top kept giving me issues because I wanted to keep the stripes horizontal but the knit of the fabric kept making it wonky. I kept altering the neck strap to try to get it right, but eventually I decided to camoflauge the unevenness with a flower applique. Around 2 am, this is what I came up with.  I used leftover tshirt fabric to make the petals, which I stitched onto a circle I cut out of some old jeans. I also used the jeans fabric to make a "pearl" for the center. It was a pretty good way to use up tiny scraps. Thanks for looking!

I got the striped fabric from an old bubble top that wasnt very flattering.  good thing about bubble tops is lots of fabric! i also reconned fabric from an old tank top for a built in bra, using the elastic waistband from a pair of pj pants that i wore threadbare. all put together it makes a really comfy summer top. thanks for looking!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / diagonal stripe top with draped sleeves on: July 03, 2009 11:58:02 AM
i made this top to trade for some jewelry, and i like how it turned out so I might make another for myself. I left alot of the edges raw so it took almost no time to put together.  Thanks for looking, c & c always welcome!

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