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1  betsey-inspired skirt recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by curbside prophet on: April 18, 2009 04:40:40 PM
i love betsey johnson, as i'm sure some of you do as well.
i was looking through her site and i found this skirt.
and then i found this skirt at goodwill that needed some sort of recon; it was a little small and i wasn't a huge fan of the button-up part.

so i put two and two together and got.....

i added floral panels on the side and bigger buttons in between the existing buttons to remove the pulling that was happening in the original skirt.
i also removed the waistband and belt loops. i might add a drawstring to prevent wardrobe malfunctions since i don't need to undo the buttons to get in/out of the skirt anymore.

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2  simplicity 2956 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by curbside prophet on: April 17, 2009 05:51:07 PM
first time i've used a store-bought pattern in a while...
simplicity 2956, it's a project runway edition.
i did the "surplice bodice" and "tunic skirt"
but i changed the straps because two straps of braided jersey were wayyyy too thick.
so i used lime green bias tape instead.

the fabric is a nice medium-weight green knit from joann fabrics; it was on sale. woo.

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3  what do you get when you mix snow white with anchors? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by curbside prophet on: April 14, 2009 01:23:51 PM
a new shirt and dress!

i forgot to mention in my last post that i got a new sewing machine the other day; a Singer Advance 7422 and i'm in love with it, so far.

today we have a tunic/dress [that sadly won't fit me unless i make it shorter] and another party-like dress.

blue cotton bodice. pink anchor-printed jersey ruffle. elastic neckline.

this dress makes me feel like snow white because of the colors.

red/blue/yellow jersey sweetheart bodice. yellow cotton skirt. elastic waist.

(gosh darn i love elastic!)

i have yet another item to add to this post; i thought you guys would hate me if i posted another separate one.  Tongue

i started this hoodie a while ago; it's based on madpimp's kimono hoodie tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177160.0), but i changed the sleeves and length.
all seams and edges are finished with my serger, but not hemmed. i used the awesome settings on my wonderful new machine to sew buttonholes and buttons!

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4  the craziest party dress you've ever seen! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by curbside prophet on: April 13, 2009 01:33:26 PM
okay, maybe it's not that crazy.. but the pattern sure is!

i had this left over from a pencil skirt is, so i figured i'd make a party dress from it.
even though i don't have parties to wear it to and will therefore wear it whenever i feel like it.

*click the pictures to make them bigger*

the pink top and black sash are super stretchy jersey; the skirt is stiff cotton so it poofs out without any tulle.

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5  look what the cat dragged in... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by curbside prophet on: April 07, 2009 12:28:16 PM
...or ripped up?

i have tickets for the Def Leppard/Poison/Cheap Trick concert this summer.. and i'm RIDICULOUSLY excited.

but i wasn't even born when they were touring, so i don't have any cool shirts.. until i got one on ebay.
so i decided to rip it up and make it even more rock & roll, and sexy.. duhh.

don't mind my tank underneath; i have a backless/strapless bra to wear under it. woo!

oh yeah, this was a recon from generation t, if you have the book.
it was simple, but took forever handsewing the little straps back on.

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6  perfect chaos pencil skirt. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by curbside prophet on: March 18, 2009 05:07:46 PM
i must be butter, 'cause i'm on a ROLL this week. haha.

you would think that having finals next week and having to pack to move home next thursday would prevent me from having free time to sew... but you'd be wrong.

i bring you my chaos pencil skirt. i found this fabric on sale at joann yesterday.

it's a little tighter than expected because the black jersey panels don't stretch as much as the fabric did before i sewed it into the skirt.. but it's all goooood.

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7  "It would be so nice if something would make sense for a change" in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by curbside prophet on: March 16, 2009 04:52:22 PM
alice in wonderland. gotta love it =)

i found this robe at goodwill yesterday for about $5 or so. i fell in love with the fabric, especially because it reminds me of alice in wonderland. but of course i'm not going to wear a huge robe out in public, or for my fashion design presentation, which is of a collection i designed based on alice in wonderland. duhhh.



(half of my excited face)

the back is wonky, and it's quite difficult to get on and off because my zipper should have been at least an inch longer... but i'll fix that at some later point.

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8  a recon for fashion school.. sort of. (5 pictures) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by curbside prophet on: March 13, 2009 04:42:06 PM
so i go to the Art Institute in Miami; it's real name is Miami International University of Art and Design.
as fashion students, we're given the opportunity to work backstage at fashion shows in the area.
the only requirement is black pants and a specific shirt from the fashion department.
to make a long story short, i worked at one back in october, and the only size shirt left was a large.
we're not actually allowed to alter the shirts, per the head of the department.
but since i'm transferring to the Art Institute of NYC in two weeks, i figured i might as well make it nicer.

have a look-see...

before (don't mind the holes; i had put a temporary drawstring in there once but it didn't work out as planned.)


it's a little short to be a dress; i realized that once i took my after pictures.
for now i'll probably just wear leggings with it, since it's too long to be a shirt.
and maybe later i'll add another layer of the printed fabric or regular black jersey to the bottom to make it longer.

oh, and it's all hand-stitched because i didn't feel like setting up my sewing machine. quite ironic, i think.
i hand-sewed an entire recon for a few hours instead of setting up a machine for 5 minutes.
but the hand stitches give it more stretch to get it on and off, anyway.

let me know what you think!
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9  grandma tunic? [picture heavy] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by curbside prophet on: February 14, 2009 05:28:20 PM
long time no post!
fashion school has kept me busier than I could imagine, but since I don't have any love interests or many friends at school, Valentine's Day gave me time to make a shirt.

The pattern is Simplicity 3535... JSYK: Joann Fabrics are having an AMAZING sale on Simplicity patterns until the 16th: 5 for $5! so I absolutely snapped those up. It's done in a clearance fabric from Joann as well.

The back pleats are extremely off center (and so is the picture); I would've fixed it but I didn't realize how off they were until I had already topstitched, and I didn't feel like undoing and redoing it all.


Me trying to be cute; and to show it belted.

Let me know what you think!
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10  Plastic Bag Wristlet [4 pics] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by curbside prophet on: September 24, 2008 03:15:28 PM
So I used jamiewatchthestars 's plastic bag "fabric" tutorial [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178442.0] to make this wristlet out of JCPenney bags.

One suggestion if you try this.. make sure your iron isn't too hot or you will make holes in your bags.. you can see a few in mine.

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