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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Mystery Frock from TJMaxx+XXL Men's T from Saver's=High-Waisted Bubble Skirt 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.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hippie skirt --> Petticoat? 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!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Miniature food, anime, aqua teen, spongebob, flower, ducky -stravaganza! 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...
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A stretchy long-sleeved tee(?) becomes a pencil skirt and knee high socks! 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...
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Zipper Resize?? on: October 04, 2009 02:13:47 PM
Okay forgive me if this is a ridiculously stupid question. I desperately need zippers for skirts/pinafores, and as unbelievable as it seems, I don't even have the spare change to be able to afford new ones. I have ones that I could salvage, but here is the problem: they're from sweaters. The kind that come all the way unzipped and open. That means they're too long, and when you unzip them all the way, well the two sides come apart. I've read in more than one place here on craftster of people saying things like, "Just cut the zipper to the length you want." I was wondering how to get around the fact that they come apart when unzipped? I plan to have the zipper set into the skirt, so I'm assuming that I just put the pieces together (as in, start it at least partially zipped), sew it in, and the fabric at the bottom of the zipper will get in the way of them coming undone? And if that's the case, how do I even sew it to the bottom, given that it doesn't have a little fabric tail at the bottom to sew? Or, would it be possible to be really lazy and just line up the top of the zipper with the top of the garment, and just sew over where I want the zipper to end, so the fabric of the skirt prevents the pull from going any farther, even though there's more zip left? I know this is really long-winded, sorry. If this is too confusing I can try to whip up some pictures of what I mean in paint. Thanks in advance!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tank top recon to a dress (shirt?) for my niece 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.

7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Broken Racquetball Ball... on: September 28, 2009 01:38:45 AM
I have a couple of broken (green) racquetballs. They've cracked open, but it would be fairly easy to glue them closed, if any of the ideas I get here involve that. I am really looking for a project that would take advantage of the hollowness. Thanks in advance!
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