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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Impulse buys are only ever trouble... Help with reconstructing! on: May 11, 2009 11:00:37 AM
I hope this is the right place to put this???

I bought this shirt on impulse because I really liked the graphic and was going to reconstruct it (into another shirt)-http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10937342
But I have no idea how I should reconstruct it, because the graphic is quite large. (It is a large boy's shirt, so the graphic takes up over 2/3 of my front.) I've tried thinking of ways to avoid cutting into the graphic, but the only things I could think of were tube tops and tube-top like tanktops, which I don't like. So I am looking for other top designs where I can preserve the graphic. I am pretty confident in my sewing skills, so I am up to tackling anything.

Also, the color of the t-shirt is hard to compliment. I've tried pulling colors from the graphic, but they never seemed to look right.

So... Help in any way?
Impulse buys really are only trouble sometimes...
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / DIY Knee-high chucks? on: April 08, 2009 08:22:39 AM
I want to make my own knee-high chuck-style shoes, since I can't possibly pay $40-$60 for a pair. I plan on doing this by re-covering some old chuck knockoffs (low top) I've got that have seen better days.
The only problem is...

1. I have no clue what I can make the pattern off of since I don't own anything that high.
2. No clue what kind of fabric I should use
3. I've got only one tutorial for re-covering low tops to help me- http://www.chezlin.com/2008/09/oh-my-god-shoes/

Ok, so that's three problems... But you get the idea.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Go go, Power Rangers! on: November 15, 2008 08:23:33 AM
I just love little boys' shirts. <3
They have such nice graphics on them! =3

Ok now this started out as a little boys' graphic t-shirt. Nothing special.
I don't have any before pictures because I'm an idiot when it comes to before pictures. xD (I always forget!) But anyway, after taking off the neckline and sleeves, adding triangular bra-strap hiding tank straps, and pleating fabric for a skirt for the very first time...
Here is my ultra rad Power rangers shirt into dress, recon!

(Please excuse the blurry pictures + dirty mirror + bathtub background. ^^; It's the best place I can get a good picture, aaaand I'm terrible at taking pictures. )

From the side

The front

(Go, dino warriors! LOL )

From the side with my sweater (Excuse the pants!)

And... With pants!!!

If it looks like I have a muffin top- I swear it's the skirt. I bunched it up underneath my sweater! xD
I made the skirt super easy to sew onto the shirt, so if I ever want to take that off I can just seam rip the sucker, then add it back on whenever I want. ^_~ Hooray!

Detail of the skirt

(Oh no! The pleat went wonky when I took a picture of it! D= )

WOW pleating the skirt was a pain in the arse! *gasp*
I actually burned myself with the iron by accident when I was pleating. =\
Ohwell... It was worth it!!!

I'd have liked an original power rangers shirt, but hey- Dino warriors is alright when you get thrift clothes at $3 a bag!
Besides, the fabric (the one I used on the skirt) I had been hoarding away for a shirt-dress went AMAZING with the patterns on the Dino uniforms!

The red tank-straps I made out of one of my dad's old uniform shirts. It was already cut up, so... *shrugs* 'Yay fabric!' Right?

I'm sooooo happy about how this turned out! (Even though I don't normally wear dresses. But then again, maybe it's because no one sells boss dresses like this???)

Feel free to comment. =]


Extra photo, just because I got my hair cut that same day xD

Wheee~!!!! It has MANY layers. o.o I lurv eet!
<3 <3 <3

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My Mr. Tumnus and Lucy painting (img heavy) on: June 21, 2008 09:59:45 AM
Alright, so I'm not much for painting myself. I'm a drawer, not a painter, so I find it difficult to work with media I can't just erase every time I make a mistake, or have to wait to dry. -_-;; Anyway, last Christmas I made/gave all my friends a watercolor painting or ink drawing except one, who I instead gave a backpack with a unicorn on it(she loves unicorns). I felt so bad for not making her something personal that I vowed I'd make her something for her graduation this year.

Unfortunately, I never got 'on the ball' until the night before last. -_-;; Her grad party is today.
So, after a night of agonizing over what I'd paint her and a day devoted
to nothing but painting, (and buying a fedora... Different story.) I give you my Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Mr. Tumnus and Lucy painting!



Closeup of Tumnus and Lucy's heads-

Closeup of Tumnus' bottom half-

Closeup of Tumnus' tail-

Closeup of Lucy-

Closeup of Tumnus-

Closeup of the snow-

More snow, and part of the umbrella-

She and I love the thought of Mr. Tumnus and Lucy being together. It's just so cute. So I decided that's what I'd give her. I chose paints because it was the only way I knew how to spatter the media to make it look like snow. Though I eventually added in some bigger flakes. I also chose it because I wanted to make it BIG, and I had these HUGE canvases that my grandma gave me this past winter. I really hope she likes it. I hope you all enjoyed it as well! ^^
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / What would you pay? (And other assorted questions) on: June 13, 2008 09:50:50 AM
Over the years I had been thinking about making and selling my fleece hats online for a little extra money.
So far I've sold two hats to two very good friends of mine in person. ( I sold a black and white 'checkered' rabbit hat, and an orange kitty hat for $15 each.)
Here's some photos of my hats(mind the boxes in the background and total lack of proper presentation)-

I'd post a picture of my panda hat, but I vowed never to do earflaps again! XD Otherwise, I do bear hats aswell.

So, my main questions are 'what would YOU pay?' and 'how could I get started?'
I'm looking for all tips and suggestions having to do with prices and selling online, so please- help a newbie out? ^_^;

New questions-
'What/Who do you use for shipping your products?' and 'Should I add the price of shipping to the product when I sell it?'
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / What's that thing on your head?! (Cutesy animal hats, now with actual pictures) on: June 10, 2008 08:15:46 PM
This is my first post on craftster! Hooray!

I saw the most adorable hats a few years ago, only to have their cuteness points drop down 90% after looking at the prices.
After much thought, I decided to make my own about 2 years ago by altering a pattern via adding ears and such. (I can't remember the brand or number, it seems to have disappeared on me...) I'm happy that they're now picture-worthy. Here are my most recent hats:

Please tell me your thoughts on it! =]
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