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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Button cover on skirtall recon, tute, pic heavy on: January 23, 2010 05:31:25 PM
I'm sorry , if this belongs in kids section please let me know.

Sometimes you get a dress or something and it comes with buttons that have an unwanted logo or picture on them or maybe they are the wrong color. Such is the case with this Maternity shortall set that I am reconstructing into a girls disney princess skirtall. (post on that soon) The pleated front works great for the design and helps with sizing a heavier girl, however, the last thing she needs is for there to be Planet Motherhood logos on her dress.

I tried a few new methods for covering these but came back to the simplest, which works best and looks nicest too. You start by marking out a circle of fabric in the color you want to use. 2 times the diameter of the button is good. In this case it was a piece cut from other details on the dress. I used an iron on adhesive called Heat-n-Bond on the back side and bonded a section of the fabric to a piece of heavy duty fusible interfacing. Then I cut out the circle I marked.

Next I use a matching color dual duty thread on a hand needle. Be sure to make your thread long enough to leave doubled over in the needle and still have length to work with. Thread is cheep enough; you might as well be comfortable. Start your sewing by looping 3 times to lock off the stitch in the same place. I dont like making knots so this is how I secure my thread. Then go around the fabric circle about 1/8 inch from the edge in a basting stitch.

When all the way around then go 2 stitches past the starting point, and pull the thread gently while holding the circle center between your finger and thumb. You will create a little cap shape.

Place the little cap over your button

Holding the cap in the center on the button and gently but firmly pulling your double threaded needle you can cinch up the cap. Then go around the button twice holding the thread taught and tie off by looping over the button with 2 half hitches, or a clove hitch for the scouts in the group.

Then sew the little flaps together in pairs, alternating from one side of the button to the other until all flaps are captured and cap is snug to button. Go around the button 2 more times holding taught, and secure thread with a triple stitch into cap. Trim thread close to finish

And there you are. Pretty buttons for pretty little girls.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Naked Buttons on: August 01, 2009 03:44:59 PM

Eeek, bare metal buttons. At least i think they are called buttons, but they are so much more industrial then that. On coveralls or short-alls you can find them fastening the straps and sides. Big, shiny, riveted on , not particularly girly, heavy looking button thingys.

On a past conversion commission for a certain railroad baby girl i came up with a way to cover the buttons with hand embroidered fabric. This project is best done with a fabric that doesnt unravel too easily on its own

This is how it was done.

First i cut out and completed a sample cover, and used that as a pattern for the remaining pieces.

The fabric is 2 layers thick, one piece folded and baste stitched along rough edge just to hold it together. I marked each one individually with my disappearing ink.

I used 3 pieces of floss in the needle. Tied off on the back side and used a buttonhole stitch starting outside the circle and passing under the thread.

Once around from outside in and then back from inside the circle out, aligning the stitches. End by tying off on back side again.

Cut close to the thread, not too close.

Carefully cut a slit, only through the back layer. Try to make it as small as possible. Just big enough to slip the button in.

Sew the back hole closed after slipping the button in

All done. Railroad, but Girly.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Alice in Denimland on: July 18, 2009 03:43:52 AM
wow, that is so pretty.

Awesome. Proof denim can be elegant

Long live poufy skirts

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Yoga Pants - Tute w/pics [Edit, more pics] on: July 02, 2009 11:46:05 AM
This is really a great inspiration, thank you. I dont really need pants, but i do like cute bloomers and so do alot of my friends, now i have a reason to be checking out the pretty pattern Ts at the thrift.

Handsewn is awesome.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: pinafores, boob tubes and mohawks, OH MY! on: July 02, 2009 11:31:15 AM
If only i had a brother to take clothes from. Seems a common practice amoung the recon girls.

I like the pinnafore, suprise suprise i know. Exzellent work.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pretty Patterned Pieces on: June 30, 2009 11:07:46 AM
OOHH, Love the Plaid one.

Big bow and angel sleeves. So Kawaii (japanese for cute)

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Corset Minidress from 2 shirts (Pic Heavy) on: June 29, 2009 09:38:57 PM
Excellent first effort.

Taking the plunge into sewing is a big step, and deciding to do it by hand is a bold move indeed. For me it all about the craft, process over production, so hand sewing is a labor of love. Hand sewing isnt really a complicated thing to learn on your own, you have to practice alot, but it does get better the more you do it  I can see alot of my first efforts mirrored in yours. Perhaps i can offer a couple of Tips.

Good idea using the factory hem at the top, heres a tip. Try to sew the straps on by only piercing the needle through the inside layer of the hem so threads dont show, unless you want them too that is. Alternatly you could keep the stiches small and close to the edge along top of hem, and for more strength and to avoid stretch add some more along the factory stitch line for the hem. Either only piercing the inside layer, or going all the way through but using a matching color.

The ribbon for the corset work is a nice touch. If you would like to avoid having to make all those holes you can actually use a large needle to pull the ribbon right through the fabric like it was a piece of thread(ribbon embroidery). The sissor slits are likely to get much bigger once your project goes through the wash.  You might even try using the ribbon for the verticle stitches where you folded back the shirt.

You did a great job, keep on trying new things, all learning builds knowledge and is therefor good


8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jack's got style, a nightmare before christmas inspired outfit on: June 29, 2009 06:19:10 AM
Very kewl. So wishing i could draw things out like that before i make them. All my pictures are in my head.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Grown up kid, pic heavy, tute on: June 28, 2009 01:33:25 PM
So there i was in a real store instead of my usual thrift shop foraging when i happen upon a super duper sale. New clothes dont typically fall into my self imposed $5 budget for project pieces, besides who wants to cut up something brand new.

So thats the dress, $44.00 marked down 90% to $4.40. I think maybe it was because there was one sash belt loop missing on the back, and as luck would have it they had 2 identical, little girls size 5. Yeah, i shop in the girls department, its a style not an age.

Recon algebra g5+g5 = W14

So i took the liner skirt out of both dresses and sewed one petticoat out of it so i can wear it with other skirts too, that was really easy

So then split the dresses at side seams, sew 2 backs and one front together, shorten zippers, cut off bodice, and i got a skirt,

Then i realized i could make an actual dress with the front panel i had left. Turned upside down, cut in half and rectangle moved to back to fill in, maybe the pictures make more sense.

Now there is a problem, and i bet a lot of you can see it too, but took sewing it together for me to figure out that i had now closed the zippers off and was stuck with a fitted waist i couldnt open. Hey i am learning as i go here, and since i really like to fix mistakes more then plan ahead, i am suited to the process of recon as you go, or reconing a recon in progress. I decided to run the shoulder straps to the waistline in back and open the dress behind the straps enough to provide ease of entry and use snaps to close it up again. I lined up the dot pattern to help conceal the oops and will add some bows or something at the waist to conceal zipper tops. Lesson learned, dont cut zippers short till you have the project done.


Once i got the straps on it was nearly finished. All thats left is to attach assorted details. I liked it so much i had to take it out for a stroll and shopping trip even without the details. Hope you like it. It makes me feel like skipping.

as usual, all hand sewn

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Little girls' dress into Skirt for the SEAS! PICTURESSSS!!!! on: June 13, 2009 09:50:49 PM
I Love sailor theme dresses and adore hearts as well so your recon is just the sort of thing i would have done myself, tho i am sure not nearly as well.

Stuck in a little girl dress is someplace i have been as well, but those are stories for other web sites. The only worry i have now is there will be more competition at the thrift shops, Guess i will have to go more often, such a sacrifice(not).

Great job on the recon.

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