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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / naughty naughty Homer! on: August 15, 2008 10:31:50 PM
i was doing this tshirt recon thinking i was just making a cute Simpsons dress. and i ended up loving it! but leave it to my boyfriend to point out the pervasiveness of Homer's hand...hahaha i didnt even think of it that way! but ill never look at this dress the same way again...
oh on a side note: i reconned those jeans as well. the used to be my boyfriend's so i trimmed 'em down a bit and gave them uber skinny legs:)

without straps:

with straps:

shot of the legs:

thanks for looking! what do you think?
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / need help with my zip zip:( on: August 13, 2008 10:26:45 PM
so im still relatively new to sewing, and ive done pretty well with zippers so far but i keep having issues with this one dress. the zipper keeps poofing out like this:

it flattens out if i tug the dress down, but it always ends up poofing out again. ive ripped it out and re-positioned it, but that only helped a little bit. any advice? i love how the dress looks so far and i would hate to toss it due to this zipper problem.
thanks for looking<3
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / uh oh! last minute party dress! on: August 11, 2008 07:35:25 PM
well anyways, this is what i came up with...

it ends right at the knee, but you cant see that in the pics. i intend on replacing those punk pins by sewing the straps on once i get my sewing machine fixed. it broke right after i attached the zipper and im just too lazy to do it by hand haha.
comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated! im still new to the sewing game, so i dont mind constructive criticism hehe
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cute anniversary dress on: August 08, 2008 08:34:47 PM
tomorrow me and my boyfriend are celebrating two years together, so i wanted to make something special for the occasion. its not super dressy, but then again...neither of us are super dressy kinda people. so here it is...

my lame attempt at an action shot in my tiny bedroom

its a lattle loos fitting in the front, but i think ill leave it alone there. my only real concern with it is the zipper showing so much, i may color it read with a sharpie or something to help it blend in. lol. oh yeah, and when i went to the store i got the wrong friggin length zipper so thats why i had to make it a drop into a "V" above the zipper. my baaad. so how is it? it was my first attempt at a dress but i think it turned out really well.

p.s. sorry for hunching my shoulder in the last pic, it made the strap look all distorted...it doesnt usually look that way.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / RAWR GODZILLA RETURNS.... IN HOODIE FORM! now with TUTE! on: August 04, 2008 02:27:56 PM

so im stuck in the house all day because some tropical storm is headed this way.  so whats a girl to do with all this free time on her hands! sew of course! i took this awesome godzilla shirt i found at a comic shop and turned it into a hoodie. i got the idea of the spikes from http://crunchymuffins.livejournal.com/3535.html





i think its a tad bit small:( but hopefully itll hold up when i wear it. i was thinking of adding some pockets to the front. yes? no? any suggestions? it seems like something's missing...

alrighty, i had a request for a tute so i thought i'd throw one together. it's very...thorough, but if you already know how to make a hoody you can skip most of this tutorial until you get to the hood-making part. alright here goes...

so this is what i started out with:
one shirt (XL, i didnt have to trim it down that much and im a size S) tape measure(optional if you like to eyeball things) hood lining, cuffs, and spike material was all done with the same color about 1 yard should do it. and one yard of whatever you want your sleeves to be.

first, i turned the shirt inside out and trimmed it down a little, but i really didnt need to trim much!
then i took the sleeve material and made some sleeves. i used the sleeve of an old t-shirt to guide me with it, then just eyeballed the length i wanted it to be. they should look like this:
then i took the cuff/hood liining material to make cuffs. these are the same length as the narrow part of the sleeve and about 2 inches wide.
so then you fold your cuffs in half and just sew them right onto the end of the sleeve and sew up the sides of the sleeve like so:
now this is the part that takes some patience. attaching the sleeves. make sure the shirt is inside out and tuck the sleeve through one of the arm holes. the sleeve does NOT need to be inside out. it should look like so:
pin the sleeve all the way around the arm hole, if it makes you more comfortable. i didnt use pins, but then again...im crazy. now sew it on. take your time because it can get a little frustrating. if there is any extra room in the arm hole, just sew it up like you did when you resized the shirt earlier.
now do the other sleeve.
turn your shirt right side out and it should look like this:
ok, now cut your shirt right down the center of the front. i wanted my image on the back, so i just flipped the shirt over and used the backside as the front. i also cut off part of the collar in the front for the neckline. now measure the neckline and that will be the length of the base of your hood.
now get out your hood fabric, and hood lining fabric. i used black and the same suede material from the cuffs. put the fabrics on top over one another so the shapes turn out the same size. cut your neckline measurement in half and use that as the length for the bottom of your hood. my neckline was 24 inches, so each piece was 12-13 inches long. make the rest of the hood whatever size you prefer. i like mine big:) you should get something like this:
now place one of the lining pieces ontop of the hood pieces and sew them together so it looks like one pices with a different color on each side like this:
now lay those aside while we make the spikes.
you can make as many spikes as you want and whatever size you want. you'll want to draw them quite a bit bigger than they will look on your hood, because of seam allowance and stuffing. this is the general shape they should be. the big ones are about 4 inches high and the little ones are about 2.5 inches high.
once again, fold the fabric over so the pieces come out the same size and shape when you cut them
cut them all out and sew the angled sides together, leaving the bottom open for stuffing.
stuff it as much as you can so that they dont flop to the side when you're wearing the hood up.
ok, now go back to your two pieces of hood and position the spike how you want them.
sew them on, with the the spike positioned between the two hood pieces.
now just attach the hood to the neckline and add the zipper and you're good to go!
i used a 22 inch sport zipper, it comes with instructions on how to attach it if you havent done zippers before. but they're pretty simple.
i hope this tutorial was helpful to someone and thanks for looking!
if any part of this is unclear or if there are any questions ill be happy to answer.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my vampire can beat up your werewolf! shirt and skirt outfit/recon on: July 31, 2008 12:04:33 PM
hey everyone! so im not sure if anyone here has ever read the twilight series, but the book store i work at is having a midnight release party tomorrow for the final installment of the series.so i decided to whip up a nice little outfit for the event. the skirt turned out pretty well, but...the shirt i ordered online came in the mail today and it was ALL WRONG! so ive been scrambling around all morning trying to recon it into something wearable/work appropriate and this is what i came up with:

the problem? its too small, its SHEER, its supposed to be black, and its too low cut for work.

the solution: cut out the main image of the shirt and embed it into an old red shirt i had(to give it color). but it was still too small so i added some side panels out of scrap fabric from the skirt i made to make it wider.

i think it turned out pretty decent considering the time crunch i was on. what do yall think?

ps-the shirt doesnt usually tug to the right. the fabric was just scrunched when i took the pictures and i didnt notice.

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / summer projects! shirts, skirts, dressed galore! on: July 30, 2008 10:33:35 AM
hey guys! ive been lurking here for a while, getting inspiration from all of yall and i finally took the plunge and joined the forums. so here are a few things ive whipped up over the past two months. im still pretty novice at sewing, so any advice is appreciated! (by the way im a pretty big harry potter nerd, so keep that in mind when you see these pics lol)








I have a couple more outfits i've made but i dont have any good pics of them yet. so let me know what you think!  
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