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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Grecian Draped Tank from Skirt (with tutorial). on: February 16, 2005 05:07:34 PM
Wow, thanks for all the positive feedback!  I feel like havin' a Sally Fields moment: "You like my tutorial, you really like it..."

Hah!  Thanks...
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Grecian Draped Tank from Skirt (with tutorial). on: February 12, 2005 08:13:21 PM
Hey, I'm feeling long winded tonight, so I thought I would over-explain something.  Yay!

First off, heres the shirt hanging on my closet door with a monster fur scarf that you can barely see.  (Ah, how my camera sucks...)

Anyway...the trick to this shirt is to use a skirt that really hangs well.  Cotton probably wont work (unless it's cut on the bias) you need something synthetic and stretchy.  I had a polka dot skirt made of stretchy *and* shiny (oi) polka dot fabric, but it was too big so I needed to turn it into something else.

This is what I did...

(Yeah, my tutorial consists of tiny, ghetto, mouse-drawn pictures, and for that I apologize.)

You'll probably want to use a shirt that fits well as a guide, but you guys already knew that.  I used a serger to finish all the edges, but you don't have to do that (particularly if your fabric is knit).

See, it looks all toga-ish, like a Grecian statue.  Only in my case, with polka dots.

Here I am in the bathroom mirror, so you can see the nice draping.

This is my favorite reconstruction so far -- and I can even wear it to work.  Thanks for looking...
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: a pillow case SHIRT not skirt on: February 12, 2005 07:58:21 PM
"contrast binding with bias tape" i'm completely lost

Oopsie...I have a habit of saying things I just assume other people will understand, as if through osmosis -- and not just about sewing, sadly enough. *sheepish grin*

Bias tape is pre-folded cloth edging that a lot of quilters use (and fancy-schmancy sewers use to cover seams inside clothing).  T-shirt ribbing is knit, but bias tape is woven (like pillowcase fabric -- not stretchy).  Although I've mixed stretchy trims with woven fabrics before (and vice versa), you usually get the best results by using stretchy with stretchy, and non-stretchy with the rest.

Anyway, bias tape comes in several sizes, and in lots of colors and even a few patterns (I like the checkeredy kind).  It's just plain and flat, but it's designed to be the bread part of a fabric sandwich, if you know what I mean, so it's good for neck bindings and armholes and stuff.

In short (oh, too late, too late) that's what I meant:
You could use a contrasting color of this trim to finish the neckline instead of a collar.

Man, I just overexplain everything, don't I?  Sheesh.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Gathered T-shirt Reconstruction. on: February 12, 2005 07:30:36 PM
Here is a shirt that I re-made for my best friend for her birthday.  It was one of her favorite shirts a long time ago, but it was just a big boxy T that she never wore.  (It was from a now-defunct radio collective.)  She gave it to me almost a year ago and said, "Make me something cool."  Then she promptly forgot about it, and I did this:

I cut down the sides using a fitted t-shirt that I knew would fit her, and shaped the bottom and sleeves to exaggerate their curves once gathered.  I cut a wide neckline, then sewed it back together.  I took very narrow elastic and sewed it up the sides, keeping it stretched as I sewed to make the gathers.  I did the same thing in the center of each sleeve.

She loved it -- here she is wearing it...

I thought it was sort of elegant punk rock, which made sense with the little punk rock graohic on the t-shirt...

Thanks for looking.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: a pillow case SHIRT not skirt on: February 12, 2005 05:28:09 PM
Wow.  Where do you people find all of the cool pillowcases?  All I ever find are horrible nubbly blue-flowerdy things that I don't even want to sleep on, let alone wear...

That is an excellent shirt, though.  I second the t-shirt ribbing, too, if you want a more finished opening.  You could also do a contrast binding with bias tape, or something like that.

Good job...
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Sorry to be creepy, but any anti-valentine ideas? on: February 03, 2005 02:41:49 PM
How about a variation of this "voodoo heart" graphic?  It's Tim Burton, and anything with pins sticking out of it kind of seems a little non-fluffy to me...

Check it out:

I'm going to do something like this.  I don't do Valentine's Day.  Although I will accept chocolates any day, including February 14th.  *wink*
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Sifl and Olly on: February 01, 2005 11:37:14 AM
Oh, Lordy McGordy!  That's not just crescent fresh -- that's super cres!!  Even Pony Tail Jones would approve...

Keep the love for Sifl & Olly alive -- they were the best thing on TV.  I think I'm going to have to go make a Chester t-shirt now.  "Do you like bubbles, Chester?"

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: duct tape roses on: February 01, 2005 11:34:08 AM
Those are fantastic!  I love the purple one.

You know, if someone gave me a black duct tape rose, I would know that they truly understood the hidden PUNK RAWK of my soul!  Yeah!

But...I am silly.

Duct tape really is the best.  Thanks for posting -- I'm inspired now.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: field o' flowers on my skirt on: January 21, 2005 11:44:21 AM
Wow!  What great work.  Kinda Pennsylvania Dutch, kinda Moroccan, kinda super in every way.

I am inspired...
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My very first tweedy little Jordy Bag on: January 20, 2005 05:44:03 PM
Ooh, the classic choice.  Very nice.

I dig the button, man.  I think I'm gonna do a button on my next little bag.  (I'm just a big ol' copy cat, I guess...)

Nice work!
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