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21  Fit into a skirt half your size in an hour! 2 epic tutorials in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cxcaitlyn on: March 26, 2010 07:50:20 PM
So I dont know if anyones done this at home before, but I didnt find a tutorial, so I decided to make one.

 How to make a Skirt AND a tote bag, out of a skirt thats half your size:
(This could probably work for a skirt thats too big for you as well with your own modifications.)

You will need:

One thrift store full length skirt in a pattern you like, size doesnt really matter as long as it widens towards the bottom.
One coordinating t-shirt-size depends on you. I used a mans XL, needs to be long enough to be your hips measurement from above bottom hem to below neckline.
Small amount of coordinating fabric you could easily use scraps; need less than a yard.
Interfacing (if desired)
General sewing supplies

To start, hold the skirt up to your body to decide where you would like the new waistline to start. Make sure the new section will be wide enough to fit around your hips if it is a smaller size; too large is ok. Mark the section, and lay flat on the ground.

Cut the skirt in two horizontally, cutting through both layers.

The top half becomes the bag, and the bottom the skirt.

Tote Tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342542.0

Skirt tutorial:
Before I begin, Id like to mention that as the fabric used to make the new skirt is already in the shape of a skirt, you can easily modify this idea as you see fit. What I made is simply a very easy way to make a skirt with having to fuss with zippers, and you can change the length at whim! But you get the picture, just be creative!
Lay T-shirt flat, and cut off sleeves. Cut vertically as close to the midpoint as possible.
Cut off bottom hem and across neckline, and the outsides if necessary. Basically, make them as close to perfect rectangles as you can.

You should now have 4 even sized rectangles. Pin them together in pairs across one long side, with the side you want showing inside. As you can see from my example, I didnt want the mangled Hooters logo on the outside of my skirt (I totally bought that from Goodwill for crafting purposes only! Dont think Im an avid Hooters-goer, or anything:p), so its on the outside of the pinned section. If you want the design to show which could be cool in some cases, go for it. Its your call.

When both rectangle pairs are sewn together, turn them right-side out. Lay one on top of the other, making them as even as possible. Mine is all black, so it didnt matter which side I choose, but if you prefer a design make sure the right-sides are facing. Sew them together in a slight taper. Starting from the top, the new line you are making may start a inch from the side edge, and end at about 1 to 1 inches from the side. Remember its inside out so the top part will be closer to the edge, not the other way around! (Because I definitely did not make that mistake the first time :p)

The top is on the right in this image. Feel free to do a better job at pinning than I have here.

The tricky part comes next. Keeping it inside out, hold the piece around your hips where you want it. It is ok if it seems really wide, because thats how you can adjust the length. Pin the fabric TIGHTLY on the opposite side. You want it to be tight so that when you wear it, the shirt will stretch and not fall off. It doesnt have to be suffocating-ly tight, but make sure it will stay on your hips if youre not holding on to it.
[Dont have a pic of this one, so if this is confusing (I hope not!) feel free to PM me ]

Carefully remove the part you pinned, and mark the approximate line youve created with fabric pencil or whatever you care to use. If you have an ample backside such as I do, you may have a bigger section in the back than the front, but thats ok too; it is made to fit you so it wont look strange when its on.  Sew this together like you did the other side, cut off the excess (after checking to make sure it fits and making proper adjustments, of course).
Perhaps the hardest part of this whole thing is fitting the waist piece to the skirt. Pin the pieces together to see if they are the same circumference. If you would prefer to figure this out mathematically, thats probably easier, but Im terrible at it. If theyre the same, great! Attach the edges right-side in, and have a more hidden seem, or you can fold the top edge over and top stitch it with matching thread. I did the latter.

If it doesnt fit perfectly, you have a couple of options. You can use darts, pleats, or just cut and sew new seams that fit. Not terribly hard to fix.

If you were wondering what I was talking about with the adjustable length, heres what I mean:


Rolled under, it still fits the same but is much shorter:

Forgive me for the uninspiring bathroom photos!

These were my first tutorials, I hope they made sense! I really like this idea because now I no longer have to pass up a great skirt just because its half my size or way to matronly. If you use this, let me know and post some pics!

Comments appreciated Wink
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22  Re: Reduce Reuse Recycle Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: March 25, 2010 01:29:00 PM
I received from Gammykatie yesterday and I'm so pleased with everything I got!  Grin I would have posted yesterday but it was raining all day, so no chance at good pictures....

I mentioned that I wanted help with organizing, especially in the tiny area delegated to crafting in my apartment, and she delivered!

First, she made this pin cushion/storage vessel out of a marmalade jar and corduroy. As of yet it is unfilled, but that will soon change!

On its side so you can see the shape:

Pen holder made from a can, cardboard, and scrap fabric

Action shot:

Action shot of both on my tiny sewing table:

(The spice rack is full of buttons if you were wondering.)

Wall Art/Organizer, made from recycled jeans and scrap lace:

This thing has so many pockets!


I don't have any action shots for this yet, but I will upload when I do!

Then, she made me a set of cloth napkins that I wanted made from an old shirt:

I can never get edges like that! Any secrets?  Wink

She also sent me a couple extras, which makes me wish I had thought to do the same!

First I got a great tote bag with a ton of pockets made out of a curtain and fabric scraps.

This is something that I didn't know I always wanted until I got it. Seriously. Even though you didn't like the way it turned out, I'm very glad you decided to send it to me! Now I can craft while I travel without jumbling all my supplies together in a tangled mess as usual...Seriously this is great.

Inside view:

Guess what, there are pockets here too! And I love this fabric.

She also sent these earrings (how did you know I've always wanted some?  Grin) :

(My initials)

Here is a picture of the card and what I believe to be little soaps that were also sent. Any story on those?

Detail on the stitching:

Thank you so much for everything!! Trust me, I was not in the least disappointed!

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23  Man's Sweater Re-con, first attempt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cxcaitlyn on: February 20, 2010 08:53:33 PM
Hi all!

This is my first attempt at a recon of a man's sweater, formerly my boyfriend's (It was buried in the closet so it's fair game!  Tongue )

I was inspired by MrsBowles' recon here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224654.0


Ugly, Boxy...

...basically like wearing a sack


Fitted and Cute!

(Don't ask about my face in either of the pictures lol Lips sealed )

I kept most of the design the same, but changed the neckline and made shorter sleeves...I always push up my sleeves anyway so I decided to save myself some trouble.

Comments appreciated!
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24  Simple, Free, and Very Effective! in CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES by cxcaitlyn on: February 05, 2010 08:30:43 PM
This idea isn't nearly as creative as some of the others on this board already, but sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be the best  Wink !

I present to you, the T-shirt Shopping bag:


You can make this 100% out of materials ANYBODY has, and with a sewing machine you can make one in about five minutes. Basically, use the bottom hem of the T-shirt as the top edge of the bag, and then cut horizontally across the shirt as deep as you'd like. Use the excess fabric from the sleeves and shoulders as a strap, and the collar is cut to form the ties. I boxed the bottom, but it isn't really necessary.

(Moderately full of random things from my apartment  Tongue)

T-shirt fabric is generally super stretchy, but it retains its shape when not fully stretched. Thus, it is the perfect grocery bag, because you can carry a little or a lot with one amazing bag! As an added bonus, you won't need to take a million bags if you make one or two of these. I live alone so I fit 95% of my purchases in this one bag.

If you were wondering, I HATE carrying things around in my hands if not necessary (this is what bags are for!) which is why I made a shoulder strap. I think it would be just as easy to make handles if that is what you prefer. To solve the problem of the strap stretching along with the rest of the bag, I simply lined it with a non-stretchy fabric I had around.

With a bag this easy, there's no excuse not to be GREEN!

(If anyone else has thought of this before, great minds think alike <3 - I didn't see anything similar when I searched, so I just had to share!)
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25  Re: Craft for my Other or Another - Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: November 12, 2009 07:05:11 PM
We received today from Emily_Rohr!  My bf had no clue what was coming, so when the mailman dropped the package off at our door he handed it to me without looking. So then I told him to check the name on the package again (meanwhile, I'm like  Grin because I know what it is) and he was absolutely thrilled because he never gets mail of any sort, let alone a package. So without further ado, here's some pics minus the action shots, which will be posted when I take them after he's home from work.

So that's everything together (clearly he was spoiled Wink )

He's a big Lakers fan, so Emily made this sweet shirt



And I mentioned that he likes to make mixed drinks, hence the following:

Tornado drink mixer (sure to be used frequently - no more pesky shaking by hand!) Also, there was a great multi-purpose bar tool!

An awesome mixed drink recipe book, with a tasty example page shown (I love the puking pumpkin!)

Will loves going out for sushi, so Emily made him a personalized chopstick holder:

For the next portion of crafts, Emily got REALLY creative, and combined themes - very impressive!

Coasters/Bf's favorite cars

Chess-themed stirrers (How did you know we needed those? Wink )

Going along with the chess theme, Emily made these:

His and Her Keychains! They're so cute what a great idea!

Also, if anyone was wondering about the Lady Gaga and Rihanna pics, Will's a huge fan of both so Emily used them to make cards!

Thank you so much Emily for an awesome swap, Will loves everything! I still can't believe how creative crafts are, wow these are amazing!

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26  Re: Yet Another Tattoo Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by cxcaitlyn on: September 26, 2009 01:16:55 PM
I got my package yesterday from insane_aktor, it was full of good stuff! I was afraid at first that everything was broken because the mailman stuffed it into my tiny apartment mailbox instead of taking it to the office, but mostly everything was soft so all is well.

Here's a shot of everything:

Some action shots of the scarf and headband:

(apparently I was going with the 'fleeing from paparazzi look with that one Cheesy )

Action shot of the thermos sleeve (I love the colors!)

A sweet sparrow necklace - surprisingly similar to one of the patterns I sent lol

Also some shrinky-dink keychains

And it all came in this great bag

Thank you for everything!
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27  Re: Yet Another Tattoo Swap (Sign-ups CLOSED, Send-outs September 18th) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cxcaitlyn on: August 21, 2009 11:23:56 AM
I don't have any tattoos yet, but I'll probably end up getting something either like this (on my foot):

Or this

or this

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