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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $5 curtains ---> new skirt! on: October 23, 2008 01:25:08 AM
i particularly love to recon blankets, sheets, table cloths and curtains. they recon fairly easy and all the edges are finished! the big lots near me has kitchen curtains for $5. i fell in love with this tan/cream/black plaid and made a skirt! super easy recon. no buttons, zippers or tricky business. just elastic and et voila!



awkward action shot:

the last pic is the skirt by itself with no belt. i can't decide how i want to wear it but i'm leaning towards the belt because i think a black belt and black heels would work well.
enjoy! critique! be well!  Cheesy

edit: forgot to add a pic of the original curtains. i don't have a shot of them in the package, but i have a pic of the package picture insert. the picture is of 1 valance and 2 curtains. i used both curtains.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $5 big lots blanket--> new fall hoodie! on: September 13, 2008 05:08:28 AM
so i really want to make a fall coat out of a heavy wool or brocade but i decided to start with fleece since i'm *terrified* to cut into nice fabric. fleece fabric by the yard can be kinda expensive, so i brainstormed and remembered i had seen fleece blankets at big lots for pretty cheap. they were only $5!!! woot woot! and fleece is AMAZING because it doesn't need to be hemmed (a lazy crafter's dream). set-in sleeves are still tricky for me, but i'm happy about these. this was also my first foray into buttonholes! they aren't evil, but they are a bit of a hassle because my machine has the whole "ac-b-ac-d" buttonhole function.

oh, also i designed (aka "copied") the hoodie after one from urban. didn't use a pattern, just winged it. i made some modifications as well. i'm slightly obsessed with kimono's so i made kimono-like sleeves instead of a standard long sleeve. i also added epaulets cause i think they're dope. and the best thing about custom made garments is that i finally have a hoodie that fits ALL my hair in it! double woot woot!!! my hair is LARGE and standard hoodies just don't cut it. i'm super happy about this huge hood.

i love the hood! the blanket had decorative stitching around the border so i just used that for my hoodie so it would look more finished:


don't know why this one is blurred:


excuse all the pics. i have a shiny new camera that seems to be attached to my wrist=)

and i almost forgot...here's the ($54) uo hoodie:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how do i incorporate this ribbon neckpiece thing into a garment??? on: September 01, 2008 06:53:53 PM
so i see this as a stunning v-neck of a blouse/dress/etc -or- maybe a back v-neck..either way i have no idea how to sew it on a garment. it's made of shiny/satin-y ribbon sewn in a zig zag-ish design. the ribbon is only sewn on one edge so the whole piece is 3 dimensional. it's sewn onto a matching pink mesh (organza?) which has a pretty wide seam allowance all the way around the ribbon. check the pics because i'm not really explaining it well...

i probably shouldn't have purchased this seeing as how it's beyond a mystery to me, but it was too pretty to leave in the store! please help! any info/links would be uber-helpful!

and a closeup of the backing...

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / paperbag skirt inspired by the honey skirt! on: August 29, 2008 03:02:07 AM
i really liked princessfashionista's "honey skirt"https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265221.10

so i decided to make one! i had a ton of green jersey and do i really need another infinity dress? ...well, maybe i do. but not today. today i need a high-waisted skirt. i wanted a really wide waistband but i didn't have 3 in elastic which would've been what i neeeded..so i got to modifying. i made 2 seams in the waistband creating 3 channels. i put the elastic in the bottom channel, then the middle and then i noticed the lovely ruffle-ing happening to the top of the waistband and decided to leave it as is instead of putting more elastic in. i dig it. and i had been eyeing the paperbag waist skirt on burdastyle for awhile now, so i'm happy to have stumbled on a version of it by accident Smiley  it's not perfect (it's also not hemmed) but i like it. i wore it out today right off the sewing machine, lol.
NOTE: please excuse my crappy phone camera pics. my digital was stolen (stealers suck!) and i haven't replaced it yet. all my extra income seems to go towards my fabric hoarding hobby....lol

here's a few pics including a closeup shot of the waistband. that's also prob the pic truest to color.  the skirt is a bright grass green.

comments/critiques/upgrades always appreciated!!!
and THANKS to for the inspiration princessfashionista!!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / apparently i'm not afraid of patterns. on: August 20, 2008 06:39:31 PM
i heart the 80s. this fabric was only $0.99 a yd so obviously it had to come home with me. it's a crazy black swirl on white background with accents in neon pink, yellow and orange. pretty obnoxious but still loveable. i used a vintage butterick see & sew pattern (i'm still learning and this worked well because there were no zippers or set-in sleeves!!) that i got from a thrift store for 25 cents. score! this dress was a dress of many firsts for me:) i usually just sew elastic right on to things but i encased it in this dress which looks so much more profesh! also, i had never used interfacing or done inseam pockets. the pockets aren't even in the pattern, i added them to challenge myself!! ....and because i think pockets on dresses are fabulous:) i also used hem facing on the hem which looks really nice. all the edges are topstitched with black thread for a little added flair. you can't really see it, but i know it's there and it makes me happy:) oh, and i obviously shortened it to a mini from the pattern...the swirly design felt overwhelming with that much length. it was too much, so i chopped it off. the pattern skirt length was super cute and flattering, though. i'm gonna make it again in a subtler fabric, for sure. maybe something gray for fall....

so, here are pics...i'm still not sure which is the best way to style it (belted? vested? belted and vested??) but i'm really proud and want to wear it out. also... this fabric isn't hideous, is it? i think i've been staring at it for too long because my opinion goes back and forth. lemme know what you think please!!!! thanks!!!!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / maxi evening dress! (pic hefty!) also my 1st post!!! on: August 20, 2008 05:50:33 PM
i've been obsessed with maxi dresses all summer but the ones i have are all very casual (stretch jersey and such) so i decided to make one that could be worn out at night. it was love at first sight when i saw this fabric and i knew it would be perfect for a maxi! i wasn't sure how i was going to do the top part of it but i constructed from the bottom up and worried about that last. the waist band is just super wide elastic. i love that it's striped and decorative so i didn't have to encase it. and i really love the way the stripes and the material contrast yet compliment each other. after i had the waist band on i played around with different styled bust (is that called a bodice?) but decided to leave it backless since that's my preferred body part to "play up". also since the intended use is for evening wear, i just went with it and made the dress cleavage-y, haha. i almost got super lazy and left it a tie halter but i talked myself into making it look more finished and instead added elastic behind the neck and connected both straps. (picture a hair scrunchie laid flat instead of round...that's what i did behind the neck.)

hanging: doesn't do it much justice.
on: it's a little revealing...hopefully not too much.

back view:

another front view:

NOTE: please disregard the blue hair scarf!!! also disregard my unmade-up face. this dress is much better with hair and makeup done, i promise. also the colors are slightly off in the pics. it's gray and black with white splatter and purple and green brush strokes. it looks like a painting:)

all in all, it was super easy and only took 2 evenings, only about an hour or so each. i didn't use a pattern, just eyeballed it, pinned, tried on, adjusted, re-pinned and sewed. the fabric is pretty thick and opaque for a stretch so i didn't have to line or hem it. although, an unfinished hem in stretch material doesn't bother me. plus the design is so busy you can't even tell it's not hemmed.
any feedback is appreciated! thanks for looking!

EDIT: i made two more!

this one has a different bodice. the neckline is asymmetrical and wraps around the neck (name that PR inspiration!) and has an extra strap across the back. I attached all the studs by hand -indivually- a total pain, but so worth it in the end.  Grin

and a close up of the back.

comment and critique away--as always!!!

i know it's been for-eva, but i took pics along the way if anyone is still interested in a tute. Smiley
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