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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / LOTS of T-shirt reconstructions! on: March 10, 2015 07:16:18 PM
Hello lovelies!

A couple weeks back I did a five-day t-shirt reconstruction series on my blog. Basically I wanted to put together everything I know about reconstructing t-shirts into one place, and I spent a whole weekend making six recons.

I'd love to get your feedback on the series, but in case you're not interested in that, here are the t-shirt recons I did. I'm afraid I don't have before pictures, but all of these were large or extra-large t-shirts to begin with.

For this one, I removed the sleeves, resized the shirt, shortened it, cut a scoop neck, and reattached the sleeves as cap sleeves and made a ruffle for the neckline.

This is a basic tube top - I cut across the top and hemmed it, resized the t-shirt so it fit snugly, and added a lace edging.

For this one, I just cut away the sleeves and the collar, then cut strips into the sides of the shirt and tied them together for a no-sew recon.

This shirt was actually my biggest failure of the weekend, but I included it in the blog anyway. For the braided straps, I just cut away the sleeves and cut a scoop into the neckline, then cut across the shoulder seams and then cut each shoulder section into 3 strips for braiding. I loved the "resizing" part because instead of resizing the whole shirt, I just cut away the bottom six inches, resized THAT to fit, and reattached it to the bottom, pleating the torso of the shirt to fit, so it gives sort of a drop-waist look. But I hated the addition of the dimensional fabric paint to the logo, which was a light blue when I started. I'll figure out how to use dimensional paint one of these days!

This one was resized by running a seam from the bottom of the shirt all the way to the end of the sleeves - no removing the sleeves and reattaching them - then cutting a v-neck into the front and adding some jeweled embellishments in a necklace pattern.

Finally, my very favorite one! After resizing the gray shirt, I used another navy blue shirt to add panels to the sleeves, the torso, and even a hood! I wore this shirt for days. It's so comfy and awesome!!

Anyway, it was a busy weekend and it took a while to recover, and also to clean up the mess. Smiley

Hope you guys like them!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Long Skirt to PALAZZO PANT! on: March 03, 2015 09:13:45 AM
@elderflower - If the waist elastic fits, there's no need to redo it at all. In my case though it was slightly too big, so I took that into account when I was narrowing the pants legs - I just took that seam straight up through the elastic casing and they fit like a dream now!

@jazzminh and Mannon2 - Do it!! I was afraid of pants at first but I kinda already knew how they get put together, and it was really simple! And it has a GREAT outcome. Smiley

What I really wanted to do was add a little bit of elastic around the ankle of the pants, but since the skirt itself started off at mid-calf, it ended up just looking weird and too bunchy - like Hammer pants. So, you know, if you're going for that, that's a good way to do it!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Long Skirt to PALAZZO PANT! on: March 02, 2015 02:38:03 PM
SO COMFY. I actually slept in them one night. I love them!!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Long Skirt to PALAZZO PANT! on: March 02, 2015 09:42:59 AM
Hi all!

Last weekend I tried something new. I've been seeing a lot of stuff on Pinterest where people are taking long skirts and turning them into pants. So I decided to give it a try!

I found this skirt at the thrift store for a mere $2.50:

I folded it in half and laid an existing pajama pant on top:

Then I cut away just the crotch part and cut a straight line up the center of the skirt, both front and back:

Then I sewed up the crotch and the inseams.


There are some more details and pictures of the process on my blog, but I really wanted to show this off to my favorite refashion friends here. Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: made a long dress out of some old jeans on: February 10, 2015 04:55:25 PM

Did you use the pockets from the jeans all the way around that one layer?! Because that. Is. Genius.

Hitting "THIS ROCKS!" Because THIS ROCKS!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Mandala Watercolor Valentines Day Cards on: February 10, 2015 04:52:56 PM
... *creeps in*

Hellooo? I'm new! After spending years and years admiring collage and mixed media art from afar, I've finally decided to dive in and try it out.

So I hate Valentine's Day. I mean, I like sharing a special day with my loved ones and I really like the February 15th "50% off chocolate" holiday, but I am not really big on hearts and little candies and teddy bears holding hearts that look like little candies...it just all seems to blah and the same to me.

But I wanted to do something nice for my two kids and my boyfriend, so I made these:

I did watercolor backgrounds on heavy paper (I didn't have watercolor paper, which may have been a mistake):

See that faint owl in the background of that one? That was from the blank card I glued my watercolor background to. I didn't intend for the watercolor sheet to be translucent, but I kind of like the effect!

Then I printed out and colored in some mandalas like this one:

Then I glued them all together with some words and phrases and stuff:

There are some more pictures and a little more of a step-by-step on my blog (http://myhandmadehell.blogspot.com/2015/02/mandala-watercolor-valentines-tutorial.html) if you want to see more, but I just wanted to see if I'm on the right track. You guys have been doing this longer than me. Any tips based on what you see here?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / No-Sew Jacket Recon! on: February 04, 2015 07:19:08 AM
Hi everybody! I made a thing I wanted to share with you. Smiley

So I had this jean jacket...which was fine. It fit and it was good for cool days and whatever. But plain old jean jackets depress me. It's like every jean jacket is the same. And I only was ever kind of interested in wearing it. Like, "I guess I'll just wear my jean jacket today."

But not to worry, I fixed it!

I just used some fabric glue and scraps of fabric I couldn't bear to throw away, and it went from this:

To this!

Anyway, it was pretty easy and I didn't do much of a tutorial, but basically I just laid the fabric on top of the panels on the back of the jacket (after making sure the jacket was nice and smoothly laying flat) and sort of traced around it with a pen. Then I cut it out, trimmed it to fit, and used E6000 FabriFuse to glue it down in place. Pretty simple stuff! I know it's not like a groundbreaking idea, but I sure do love this jacket now, so I'm pleased with it. Cheesy

There are some more photos and a brief description of what I did on my blog here: http://myhandmadehell.blogspot.com/2015/02/no-sew-jacket-recon.html
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Giant Sweatshirt to Adorable Cardigan (Tutorial on Post 3) on: February 04, 2015 05:41:53 AM
YESSS!!! I'm so glad you followed the tutorial and had success with it! PLEASE post a picture. Actually, if you wanted to send it to me, I can PM you my email address and feature it on my blog if you want!!!

(I'm overexcited, but this is the first time I know of that someone has actually made something that I made a tutorial for, so I'm way excited!)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Watercolor Dress Re-Size!! on: November 17, 2014 09:32:00 AM
Thank you!

I actually kind of felt like the dress was yelling at me as I walked farther away from it. It was such a sad little thing with so much potential! I was THAT close to passing it up, but I would probably have kept thinking about it afterwards...
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Watercolor Dress Re-Size!! on: November 17, 2014 07:28:45 AM
Hi all!

I resized a pretty wild dress this weekend and wanted to show it off here. Smiley

At the Goodwill a couple weeks ago, I found this dress and my friend and I laughed and laughed at it because it was so ridiculous.

Then I ran back and snatched it up before anybody else could take it. Tongue

It was...pretty bad. Hahaha.

But, I snipped off the sleeves so they're more cap-sleeved:

Took in the sides of the dress by about 2 inches:

And then took the bottom hem up a few inches so it didn't have that frumpy just-below-the-knee look (which I love normally but always manages to look awful on me).

And here is the final product!!

I don't know that I would ever have bought this dress if I didn't see that it had potential. The colors and pattern is something I would never have worn a couple of years ago. But lately I've really been expanding my horizons as far as general "wildness" of clothing, and I really think I'll be able to get some use out of this dress now!

Here is a link to the full blog post which has some more pictures: http://myhandmadehell.blogspot.com/2014/11/watercolor-dress-re-size.html

Hope you like it!! Happy Monday everybody!
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