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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Frumpy cocktail dress to new end of semester party dress on: November 30, 2009 05:00:45 PM
So I found this dress at a resale shop for $5. It was great, and I thought it'd be perfect for my work's end of semester party... except for the huge bow in the front and the weird short sleeves that looked really frumpy. I got it anyway and took off the sleeves and bow. Here's the result. It actually does look better in person.

And here's a closer view of the top:

This is the original dress. I had already taken the bow off when I took this picture. It was right at the neckline.

This is a close-up of the fabric. The blue is slightly iridescent in real life.

I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on this. I haven't gotten a reaction yet. Do you think the sleeves are still weird?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quick strawberry dress recon from ugly dress recon on: November 18, 2009 05:54:48 PM
Once upon a time I made this dress: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281916.msg3193462#msg3193462. I made it for a party, so I was probably never going to wear it again as it was.

So I decided to make it into a strawberry dress. I know I've seen similar dresses on Craftster before, but I can't remember who I should give credit for the idea.

I took off the trim and halter strap on the dress, sewed on the leaf top for the strawberry and used double stick tape to put the seeds on (I may remake the dress again, so I didn't want to sew on 8 billion seeds and then decide I didn't want to keep them on). Easy peasy.

I hope you like it. I got some compliments when I wore it.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly dress to cute summer top on: May 18, 2009 01:02:41 AM
Hello all.

I whipped this up today. I forgot to take a before picture of the dress, but it had a strange top that didn't work with any bra I owned and made my boobs look weird.

So I let it sit in my project bin for a year and finally decided to just cut the darn top off. What remains in purple is the shirt portion. It was super easy to just add a fabric tie in pink and then some straps.

Here it is. Please note I'm wearing leggings in the photo, you just can't see them very well.

I haven't sewn the straps on yet (or ironed it, as you may have guessed). I'm wondering if they seem to thick or if they're fine the way they are. Please let me know what you think, and any other comments you might have.

I'd really recommend projects like this for beginners virtually no sewing is required, and the hardest part is turning in the seams on the fabric tubes making the tie/straps.

Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A new dress for every party on: May 17, 2009 11:33:02 AM
So as the end of semester rolls around, the college newspaper I work at has an end of semester bash, complete with semiformal wear, a private party at a bar, excessive drunkenness, etc.

And of course I couldn't wear last semester's dress again (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281916.msg3193462#msg3193462). Everyone had seen it already... plus, it sort of fell apart.

The solution? New dress. I finally got a serger, and since my sewing machine is currently out of commission, this dress was constructed entirely on the serger. It's a brown jersey fabric (the color didn't come out so well in the pictures). I didn't use a pattern, nor did I hem the bottom. The blue/green tie was used to cover up my inexpert use of serger tension controls that resulted in a wavy seam on the dress.

Sorry for the awful webcam pictures. I also took those pictures before I cut the bottom straight, and I was too lazy to put on the right bra for the dress.

Here's the front:

And the back:

Comments/criticism appreciated.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Advice on buying a serger on: March 15, 2009 04:48:30 PM
Hi all.

I've recently gotten back into sewing a lot more, and I'm realizing a serger would make my life a lot easier/better.

I don't have all that much to spend ($200 TOPS, though I'd really prefer no more than $100), but I do realize to get a good machine, I may have to spend a little more.

I would use this mainly for sewing knits, and I'm wondering what everyone would suggest I get. I'd prefer one with overstitching capabilities, but I'm not sure if I can get one with that within my price range. I've used sergers a little before, but I'm not too familiar with them. Ideally, I'd like one that is easy to figure out, durable and not finicky. Are somewhat older sergers (10-15 years old) more difficult to work with? Those are the ones I've mostly been seeing.

I guess I'd also like a little advice on where to look for machines. I've been on Craigslist and eBay, but I haven't been to a dealer yet to look at used machines.

What do you think are the best machines for someone in my situation?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plaid button-up shirt recon on: December 22, 2008 11:59:15 AM
Pretty straightforward recon. I took a Big Beautiful Woman (seriously, that was the label name) shirt and took it down to a size I could wear.

Here's the finished product:

And here's what I started with:

Sorry about the low quality photos I'm just using the webcam on my macbook.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / End of Semester Office Party Dress from UUUUGLY Thrift Store Purchase on: December 08, 2008 04:17:26 PM
It came to my attention that I had nothing to wear for my holiday office party, so I decided to remedy this.

I used an old horrible jersey fabric dress I got at a wonderful local thrift store for $1. This was the final product.

...And this was the original dress.

I took off the straps, rounded out the top and ruched it to make the sweetheart neckline, took in the sides and cut it a little shorter and added the trim and halter strap.

Here's a closeup of the top:

And the back:

I didn't hem the bottom, but since it's that wonderful jersey fabric, it just curls up around the edges. There's still a little work to do I need to make the bottom cut a little straighter and mess with the trim to make it a little more even.

But what do you guys think? I'd love some feedback on my little party dress so I can improve my future work.

Thanks for looking!
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