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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my dad's shirt looks better like this on: August 08, 2009 03:52:18 PM
yay! you did a great job!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 1940s style gingham dress from XL dress shirt on: August 05, 2009 11:45:07 AM
thanks y'all! i fixed the seam in the back, but probly won't be posting new pics, cause it looks the same but smooth now. anyway, glad you like!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1940s style gingham dress from XL dress shirt on: August 03, 2009 02:38:30 PM
so honestly, this dress was a pain in the ass. i think it came out alright, but took lots of doing and redoing.and more ironing and pinning than i've ever done before! i don't have the before picture, but it was just a very large men's button-down shirt, with a pretty lavender gingham pattern. sorry, no tutorial on this one, although i'm happy to answer questions and whatnot- i basically took the thing apart at the seams and built the dress almost from scratch, making it up as i went along.
i made the straps from the strip that was the buttonholes, which made them nice and even.

the back took forever, and for some reason wouldn't work as just a zip-up-- so now it zips AND laces and it's a two-person job to get the thing on. oh well.
so that's it! i might make a built-in petticoat thing to hold the skirt out a little. and fix that weird seam in the back. thanks for looking! i think i'm taking a little sewing break now...

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: A Beret! No way! Out of old kids camo pants! Forget it...well I did it anyway on: August 03, 2009 09:55:24 AM
aw, your daughter is so cute! and the hat looks great too!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: XL men's shirt to pinup halter dress on: August 03, 2009 09:49:54 AM
ok, here is more or less how i made it- i'm happy to answer questions if this doesn't make sense.

First, take your shirt and cut it where the red lines are (except less wonky):

You want to cut real close to where the bottom of the arms are, and then cut it straight across the back. Put the shirt on inside out,  pin it so it fits your body loosely, and sew those seams (don't try to make it form-fitting just yet- that comes later).

now, take the collar- just the collar part, detach the excess shirt fabric first- and cut it in half (some of this went beyond my MS Paint skills, so i took a few pictures):

flip it around so that the cut end faces the middle of the dress (where the buttons are) and fold about half your half collar down:

let's all pretend that the scrap of fabric below the collar is actually half of the dress, ok? like this:

except here it's backwards and i can't convince craftster photos to flip it around. sigh.

take your folded collar and fold it over the top of the dress bodice like so:

now unfold the collar, fold a hem in the top of the bodice, pin it down and sew it:

fold the cut edge in:

and sew it down.

Now take some of the excess fabric you cut off the sides, sew a long tube, and cut it in half- that's your halter straps. Attach them them to the top of the bodice.

Ok, so now just put in darts so the thing fits (i put in four in the front and two in the back) and hem the bottom, and yr done! Do not be afraid of darts, they are your flattering friends. There's a little tute on whatthecraft: http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/darts.htm

The darts i put in are shaped like this:

ok, happy sewing! if any of y'all make one, i'd love to see it.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: XL men's shirt to pinup halter dress on: August 02, 2009 03:28:19 PM
thanks! i didn't actually leave the collar- i cut it off, cut it in half, and then attached those pieces to the top of the dress- the seam is hidden underneath where the collar folds over. i might put up some half-assed drawings in a bit.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / XL men's shirt to pinup halter dress- tute on pg 2! on: August 02, 2009 02:41:58 PM
so my inspiration was this dress on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22944370, and for the record, i really believe in supporting independent craftsters such as this talented lady, but i am currently unemployed and can't afford this sort of thing.
so i made this dress:

out of this shirt:

i had to double the number of buttons cause the stress on the individual buttons made it super wrinkly. i just used the extra buttons and the ones from the cuff and the neck. i sewed some of the stiff material from the cuff along the inside of the front to make it a little less wrinkly, but it is very lightweight fabric and thus still quite wrinkly- i'd love to hear suggestions about how to fix that!
i gathered the back with a little bit of scavenged elastic- oh, here's the back:

you can't really see, but the neck strap buttons in the back- i just cut the buttons off the cuff and sewed it to the strap, cause i hate sewing buttons.

much shorter than the original, but that's as long as the shirt was, and i'm lazy. anyway. you like?

Link to post containing tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315641.msg3634537#msg3634537
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: pencil skirt, from stretchy pants - now with tutorial! on: July 31, 2009 12:06:38 PM
Added a tutorial. If the pants you're using are stretchy and/or fit you well-loosely, then just cut as close to the edges as you can and the skirt should fit too. I'd love to see pictures if anyone makes one!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: pinstripe pants --> pinstripe dress on: July 25, 2009 09:35:39 AM
hey thanks everyone, glad you like it! i make everything out of scraps or other things... sewing from scratch just ain't my thing.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pinstripe pants --> pinstripe dress on: July 24, 2009 02:16:15 PM
again, no before pics. *sigh.* basically i had the bottom half of some gray pinstripe pants that i'd shortened into a skirt and and the bottom half of some black pinstripe pants that i'd cut off into shorts, and the top half of a pinstripe skirt that i'd shortened by, um, cutting off the top half, and a little tiny bit of silky fabric that i used as straps and trim- i spliced the pants together into this dress! the gray pants were cuffed at the bottom, so i used that cuff for the top of the bodice. i gathered some lace and sewed it inside the bottom hem to make the skirt a little poofier.
i thought it came out not too bad!

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