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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Wine Faux Swede Dress on: August 10, 2015 04:25:56 PM
This took me two days to sew. Based this on another dress.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Peso Coin Necklace on: September 09, 2013 03:45:19 PM

I remember seeing this coin, the 200 Colombian peso, with a Quimbaya tribal symbol.

Here's what I did: I found a keyring that just a bit larger than the coin.
The coin stays in with tension.
Used a knot tie for the rope yarn (to keep within the theme).

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycle Bras turned into Reconstitued Thongs on: April 26, 2012 04:36:37 PM

So I had these old bras and wanted some new thongs. I used everything except the cups. The shoulder straps make for a great waist adjusters. The black thongs has straps that are interchangeable.

Update: Tutorial http://biothief.deviantart.com/gallery/26949296#/d50zypv
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Blue Versace Mini Top Hat on: February 20, 2012 04:41:07 PM

I saw a Mini Top Hat tutorial by Thread Banger and just had to try it. Mostly hot glue with very little sewing, fabric/bias tape/wiring for the brim/cardboard for the body. The button is a Medusa Head by Versace; I glued some crystals around the buttons.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Royal Crest Button Pendent necklace on: February 20, 2012 03:38:30 PM

I like buttons but the problem is when they hung on a chain, the button would tilt forward and down. By taking, from an old watch, the latch that is inserted into the hole, I placed it into the hoop in the back of the button. It's held by tension so I didn't have to solder but I did put a little glue. Now I have an attachment hoop at the top of the button so it won't flip over.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pants to Baby Doll's skirt reconstruct on: April 06, 2011 01:44:15 PM
After seeing the Thread Banger's Baby Doll's Sucker Punch Box Pleat Skirt With Yoke tutorial http://www.youtube.com/user/ThreadBanger#p/a/u/1/MzebksedZAo I decided to give this a go. I saw Sucker Punch and loved the wardrobes of each of the characters. So I had a pair of gray pants that was too small for me and couldn't think of what to do with this. Saw the tutorial and decided why not.

I deconstructed the pants to see how much material I could use

Usually you want to just box pleat (fold & iron) the fabric until you have enough, and then some, to go around you. However, since the scraps I was working with were already cut to a certain length, I had to improvise. From each side of each leg, I cut out 9 9"x9" squares (1 & 1/2 legs back & front) and folded/ironed flat the 2"s on 2 sides of the squares, giving me a folded 4"x9" rectangle. Then, using the rest of the pant leg, I cut 9 4"x9" rectangles. So with the cut 4"x9" rectangles laying between and underneath each folded 4"x9" rectangle, I stitched all the ends together. I hemmed one side, to be the bottom, and ran a straight stitch on top to hold the pleats together. The rest of the pants I used for the yoke. I didn't use any zippers or actual closure but that's my choice. Below is the result:

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Photo Studio Backdrop on: January 18, 2011 02:54:38 PM

Since I do sew a lot, I thought it would be cool to try some photography to show off some of my wares. I don't have a lot of money to buy professional photography backdrop etc. So what I did was I piece together some velcro to some home decor hooks (the adhesives on the hooks can be a bit damaging to the walls) and measured both about 8 ft high on the wall. I then took two bathroom curtains and taped them end to end, giving me about 70"W x 140"L (5'10"W x 11'8"L) to work with. Using some duct tape, create a sleeve at one end to slide a curtain rod. Hang on wall hooks and there ya go...instant photo backdrop.

Update: poster shout4joy made a wonderful suggestion of using Command hooks in place of velcro. That totally slipped my mind and would be a great substitute. Thank you.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Laundry bag turned into cargo pants on: January 18, 2011 02:01:06 PM

I found that some $1.50 laundry bags (unused or washed) can be a great source of fabric. I stand at 5'5" and this just about my pant length. The zippers are from another upcycle but I took my other cargo pants, fold them in half length wise and use that as my pattern. For me, the difficult part was the zipper flap and instead of using a button at the waist, I used a piece of velcro.

Oh, I also stenciled the gray strips onto the turtle neck sleeves. I love the end look.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Winter/Snow/Ushanka hat on: November 18, 2010 08:26:48 PM
I always wanted a Ushanka hat. I had some fur in my inventory and decided to use them. The white-ish fur is imitation yack fur (in NYC fabric destrict, only one store sells it and it cost me $40/yd) and the other fur is some sort of nice thick black fake fur. Both soft and of great quality.

Unfortunately I pulled this together during the NYC heatwave during July.

Pattern Download: http://th09.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2010/209/e/8/Ushanka_Pattern_by_Biothief.jpg

It's basically done in 2 pieces, the outter shell (the black fur) and the inner lining (imitation yack fur). After measuring out the fur (about the size of my head), I placed the layers together (right sides facing each other), fold & pinned, placed the pattern on top and cut.

When working with fur, keep in mind two things
1: Wear protective googles cause the little pieces of fur will get into unprotective eyes
2: While sewing (easier to start along the ear flaps), pinch the edges so that the grain of the fur lays sideways and flat, to lessen the bulk on the seam.

I left the top unsewn to fit the depth. After I flipped the piece right side out, I placed the hat on my head, sized the depth and pinned a separate round piece(measured to the circumference of my head), then sewn closed. Also did the latter for the outter shell but hand sewn.

I think I made the flaps too long, though.

Can't wait for it to really snow and freeze. Enjoy!!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Halo ODST messenger bag on: November 06, 2010 01:12:21 PM

I had to make this. I'm a big Red vs Blue fan; hell, Halo in general (although I don't get to play very often). Anyways, I constructed this out of a $15 pair of size 9 jeans, mesh is left overs from my upcycled inFamous jacket (get that up here soon) and a $.99 thermal shirt for the inside. I wanted "water-proofed" so I lined the inner "inside" of the 2 bag pockets with duct tape. Then some stenciling; I can't say enough for contact paper for stencilling.

I'm very particular with seams; I try and hide them. So trying to sew up the inner bag (2 zippers, 2 pockets to hold books, laptop, etc.) and the sides proved a bit difficult with this first trial run.

I was lucky to fine the zippers from an old CD storage case I nearly chucked into the garbage. In keeping with down-sizing while upcycling, dismantled the CD case and saved the parts for supplies.

I have recently been commissioned to make 2 of these bags. I have been able to make 2 of these messenger bags out of a one yard of fabric (outer shell, $3 yd), one laundry bag (enough to divide the inside into 2 pockets per bag, $1.50), the strap adjuster and buckles ($10). Total: $14.50 for 2 bags.
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