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291  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: attack of the t-shirt dresses on: October 11, 2008 07:01:16 AM
Why didn't this website exist when I was young enough to wear stuff like this?   Angry

Great dresses!  At least I have daughters so I can still appreciate how cool your stuff is!
292  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Glamorous....but temporary on: October 11, 2008 06:55:55 AM
Every year I like to do really unusual photos for our Christmas cards, I start planning for next year as soon as I've sent them out!

This year, my idea involves "formal wear".  I have the outfits for the kids and hubby, but I need a dress for myself.  I'm thinking something along the lines of like how a royal family's mom would dress...you know all flowing and velvet or satin or something super formal and long.  I'll be sitting down with everyone else standing around.

However, I obviously don't want to buy something like this and I've had no luck at the thrift stores (they are charging WAY too much for old gowns!!!).

Any ideas on a cheap, fast way to make a gown like this.  It doesn't even have to be something I could actually like, wear, as long as it looks like I'm wearing it.

And if it made me look thinner, that would be a bonus-lol!  I hate the way my upper arms look, so it does need to have sleeves that go at least to my elbow.

Yeah, I'm weird.  But that's why my kids love me.  I think. Shocked
293  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: WHERE TO GET SOLES on: October 11, 2008 06:47:17 AM
Maybe you could check at a local thrift store for old leather shirts or jackets and make the new soles out of them?  I'm assuming that the soles you have now are the same leather as the rest of the moccasin like the pair I used to have.  Then you could just remove the old worn out sole, make a pattern from it and then sew on your new soles...and keep the extra leather for the next time!
294  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Empire cut blouse , My Firts T Shirt Recon. Tutorial added in page 2 on: October 11, 2008 06:37:39 AM
Wow, this looks professional, great job!  I have kidney disease so I completely "get" the whole looking pregnant when you're not feeling, this style of shirt is perfect.  Thanks for posting!
295  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: t-shirt to yoga pants copy on: October 11, 2008 06:31:19 AM
What a great idea!

*thinking about all of Dh's giant tshirts*

*thinking about my 3 big boys and their enormous collection of tshirts*

muwhahahahahah  Grin

BTW, how did you make your personalized clothing tag?  I've been wanting to do that for a long time.  I've tried printing them and heat setting, but it all washes out eventually.  I've tried drawing them with fabric markers but they either bleed or wash out as well.  And I do not want to spend the big $$$ to have them professionally made.  Yours look great!
296  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater...Tutorial added per request on: October 11, 2008 06:17:44 AM
*falls over*

This is GENIUS!  Seriously, what an awesome idea, you have NO idea how much this is going to help me in my quest to have a few shirts/sweaters that I love AND look nice in.  THANK YOU!!!!!
297  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress shirts-was his now mine-help? on: October 11, 2008 06:03:12 AM
I finally had to force my husband to clean out his side of the closet as I was afraid the hanging bar was going to collapse from the weight of all of the (mostly unworn) clothes!  Now it's all nice and organized and only has stuff he actually wears!  Wink

Anyway, I on the other hand, barely have anything to wear and no funds to buy new clothes for myself.  I don't work outside the home, so I don't need professional clothes, but I still want to look nice.  I kept about 9 of his dress shirts (the typical cotton, button down type) because I LOVE the super soft cotton fabric.  But I don't want to wear them "as is" because it just makes me look fat, something I do NOT want.

I've looked all over the internet for some sort of tutorial on reconstructing a man's dress shirt but I can't find anything at all.  Plenty of stuff on reconstructing t-shirts.  Maybe I'm not using the correct search terms or something, but I know there has to be something about this out there.

I have a curvy shape and ummm, I wear a BIG bra size, so I was hoping to do something that would make my breasts look smaller and give my waist more definition so I don't walk around all day with an overwhelming urge to moo.  Wink
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