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21  Gumball knit mini-dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MissJessica on: February 28, 2009 09:56:24 AM
I have the great fortune to have had a grandma who had an entire room full of sewing stuff. This gumball knit fabric is from her stash, and I used Simplicity pattern 2998 to make this:

Here is the back: (It has a pleat at the top but it is laying funny here)

Here is how it looks from the side, so you can see how long it is and also how messy my house is:

And here is the glorious gumball fabric:

The dress is only slightly see through, but I think I can wear it with a slip. Or not Smiley I am ready for summer, even though there are buckets of snow on the ground in Minnesota.

This pattern is ridiculously easy to follow, and I highly recommend it. Thanks for looking!
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22  Super easy t-shirt to skirt recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MissJessica on: February 26, 2009 05:33:05 PM
Hi! This is a fast, easy t-shirt to skirt transformation I did in about half an hour.

Here it is:

With pockets!

And it's nice and stretchy. It could probably work for maternity use.

Pocket detail from weird angle (the skirt doesn't look this weird):

How it looks:

I made a tutorial but I'm not quite sure how to post it yet.

Basically, I cut the arms from an over-sized t-shirt. (It was a size L and I normally wear a medium or size 8, but a bigger t-shirt would probably work too.) Next I cut a straight line across the top, just below the shirt collar and about half way down the former sleeve area. I flipped the main part of the t upside down. I cut the sleeves on the seam then sewed the sides together to make the waistband. I attached the new waistband to the new top (former bottom) of the t. I also added in "pockets," made from the leftover neck of the t-shirt cut in half from front to back. (So each pocket was a former shoulder of the t.) I put the pockets in between the layer of skirt and waistband and sewed. Then I top-stitched the pockets to the front of the skirt.

I had no leftovers from the t-shirt and the former armholes made perfect slits on the skirt! I like the length because I am tall, but you could also make it shorter.

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