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1  Mystery Frock from TJMaxx+XXL Men's T from Saver's=High-Waisted Bubble Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by madisonpeach on: January 24, 2010 11:31:41 AM
I made this a while ago.  Having wanted to make a high-waisted skirt for a while, but not wanting to tackle a zipper, I was psyched to find a clearance...thing...at TJMaxx.  It was like, a black playsuit but not, it had a ruched top that was probably supposed to over the bust of a much shorter person, and a weird harem pants type bottom that reached about to mid-calf on me.  I'm honestly not even sure how it was supposed to be worn, maybe it was just pants; I didn't take a before picture, and apparently Craftster photo hosting hates me right now and won't let me upload my crappy paint rendition. Anyways, it was $3, which since I worked there was $2.70 and I figured I can use the bottoms for puff sleeves.  Then I took a walk next door to Saver's and got an XXL black men's tee for either $1.99 or $2.99.  I cut from below the sleeves, using the bottom of the t-shirt for the hem 'cause I'm lazy, and attached it to the ruching. I tried it on and it was a tad long for my tastes, so I cut little holes and inserted elastic, making it bubbly.  Anyways, if you read this far, congratulations, you deserve to see pics now. And if you just skipped over, then here's the pics anyways.

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2  Hippie skirt --> Petticoat? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by madisonpeach on: November 25, 2009 09:57:38 AM
Okay, so I have a White Stag hippie skirt, that looks something like this:

Mine has six tiers instead of five, a less fancy waistband(simple drawstring) and it looks to me (though my eyes could be deceiving me, or it could be because I have more tiers) as though they have more gathering between each tier than I do, meaning they have more fabric.

So here's my idea, and I want to know if the knowledgeable people here think it's crazy/possible. If I rip the seams between each tier, then fold every tier but the top in half and sew them back together at the folds, wouldn't that make it poofy like a petticoat? Here's a picture of what I had in mind:

The top layer is the one with the drawstring, which is why it's not folded. The next layer would be folded, and sewn on the fold to the bottom of the top layer (those red zigzags are sewing lines), and so on and so forth until they're all sewn back together. Doable? Impossible? A waste of time and effort? Thanks in advance for any and all advice!
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3  Miniature food, anime, aqua teen, spongebob, flower, ducky -stravaganza! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by madisonpeach on: November 13, 2009 08:38:16 PM
Here are some things I made about 4-5 years ago. All the pictures with a finger in them, that's my pinkie, included for perspective size... Oh, and they were taken with a crappy webcam, sorry about the fuzziness!

From left to right, starting at the top they are:

Gaara from Naruto; Gaara from behind; Gaara's tattoo; the tattoo with my pinkie (Japanese for "love");

Spongebob Squarepants (AFTER his legs broke off; yes he did have legs!); Master Shake; Frylock; Frylock from behind; Frylock again, with pinkie!

Meatwad; "Rubber" ducky profile; Ducky with pinkie from the front; a practice rose I made (first try) with a bunch of scraps--every color together=brown

Donut with frosting AND sprinkles; a mug of coffee to wash it down (with a tribal-y rose thing on it); chicken drumstick(which you can't see but the bone goes all the way through), mashed potatoes with gravy, sliced carrots, and a hearty whole wheat crown roll lol (I used to work in a bakery--and sorry this is the fuzziest pic!); Spaghetti with sauce and meatballs and garlic bread on which you can't see the subtle browning (also, the crust is really a layer of brown outside the lighter inside bread color);

Cheeseburger with pickle slices( which you can't see actually have skin), lettuce (which you can't see has veins), and a tomato slice on a sesame seed bun (which also has a realistic crust)--there's also fries and ketchup; Finally, breakfast!! Fried eggs, bacon (which you can't see actually has stripes of fat and lean), sausage links, a slice of ham (which you can't see has skin), pancakes, and toast (which you can't see is subtly browned, and of course has crust).

Oh and I almost forgot to add: I do not use paint. This was all made with different colors of polymer clay. If I'd had paint these would probably be much better...
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4  A stretchy long-sleeved tee(?) becomes a pencil skirt and knee high socks! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by madisonpeach on: October 17, 2009 04:18:54 PM
So, I did this a while ago but just got around to hosting the pics on craftster. I don't have any before pics, but it was pretty much this pattern, in a long-sleeved tee-shirt that had no shape.

First, I cut off the sleeves to make spats. But when I slipped them over my legs to (kind of) measure, I realized that these sleeves were MADE to be socks lol. I'm sure there is a better way to make these foot/leg-shaped, but I just sewed the contour of my ankle and folded the ends to close. If you are bothered by the seam on your socks just not feeling right, don't do it this way, lol.

Then, I was left with the body of the shirt. I had originally planned to make it into a tank top, but I am beyond obsessed with pencil skirts. The stretch of this material meant that I didn't have to do a closure either, YAY! I also didn't make a pleat/slit since the stretch does allow me to walk in it too, just not very fast; but the way I see it, it's not ladylike to be in a rush, and to me pencil skirts are ladylike, lol. (I realize the EXTREME snugness of this might qualify it as a wiggle skirt, not a pencil skirt...whichever pleases you.)

And yes, I realize that the back is a touch see-through. It shows up more in photos than in real life, and I'm just not very concerned about it, lol...
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5  Re: Zipper Resize?? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by madisonpeach on: October 04, 2009 04:35:59 PM
Put your machine on the zig zag, set it to the widest zig zag and the stitch length down to 0. Put your zipper under the presser foot and zig zag on either side of the teeth, then cut.
Umm thanks, but that's not the answer to my question. The way you describe it, am I starting from the top of the zipper and cutting off the bottom, or starting at the bottom and cutting off the top? Also, if I am cutting off the top, what's to stop the pull from just coming off when I zip it all the way up?  And if I'm cutting off the bottom, what's to stop the two sides from coming apart when it's UNzipped? (Is it like I described above, with the fabric at the bottom of the zip preventing the pull going down farther?)

My main issue here, to summarize, is to transform a long sweater zipper, with two sides that come apart when unzipped, into a short one, which stays together at the bottom, suitable for a skirt.

I've come up with a plan that I THINK would work:

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6  Tank top recon to a dress (shirt?) for my niece in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by madisonpeach on: September 28, 2009 04:36:56 AM
Okay so this isn't my first recon, but it's the first one I'm posting here... I was inspired by the handkerchief dress tutorials (which I can't find right now!) but didn't have any handkerchiefs! So, I used a tank top (didn't have to sew the side seams!), freehand-drew a flower onto it, and used a shoelace because I didn't have any pretty ribbon. I only hope it will still fit her as a dress because I am not up for making bottoms, lol.

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