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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first t-shirt recon! on: June 26, 2010 06:34:39 PM
Alright, this was my first attempt at a t-shirt recon. I got this shirt at a Panic! At The Disco concert several years ago, and I've never been able to wear it, because it's so short. I work with t-shirts every day (at a screenprinting shop), so I know that occasionally, one gets cut too short. Of course, I got that one. And I'm not a short gal (5'10), so if I wore it, not only did it not flatter, but when I sat down, the shirt came up. Also not flattering, because I'm not a dainty gal, either.
  I didn't use a tutorial for this, I just cut the sleeves and the neckline off. I rolled a hem a few times, to give it a tank top look. And then I pieced some fabric and sewed it to the bottom of the shirt.

So, here are the pictures....

  Before:


Fabric pieced together:

(Sorry for the bad pic. I had my camera on the wrong setting.)

And the finished product, with the obligatory mirror pic. The hubbs wasn't home to take my picture, and I wanted to get it done.



Please ignore the messy background. My hubby's computer set-up has invaded my craft space, during some home renovations.

I think next time I'm going to cut off more of the shirt. I originally wanted a lower cut neckline, but the print on the shirt went up kind of high, so I couldn't.
Comments, criticism, and suggestions always welcome.
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / My first flower pressing attempt! on: June 05, 2010 09:28:20 AM
 Alright, this is my first post on Craftster, so if it's not right, I apologize in advance....

 For Mother's Day, my hubby got me some gorgeous flowers. And I wanted to save them. So, I had him make me a flower press out of some wood, bolts, and wingnuts. I read a few tutorials on pressing flowers, and I gave it a shot. I left the flowers in the press for one week. And here's what I got...

There's a rosebud at the top, which I thought turned out alright.
In the middle are petals from what I think was a daisy, which also turned out okay.
And the bottom petals are rose petals, which also weren't too bad.


Again, this is what I think is a daisy. It was one of the ones that they dyed an unnatural color. The picture doesn't show it very well, but they're a gorgeous puple-ish/pink-ish color.

And lastly, the sunflower. I don't think this one turned out very well, which is a shame, because sunflowers are my favorites.



So I have a few questions: A: Did I do this right? 2: Is there a way to press a sunflower and have it turn out looking nice? C: How should I store these pressed flowers until I'm ready to use them on something? 4: Is there anything I should do differently next time?
   I really like the look of pressed flowers, and would like to try this again. Even if they don't turn out right, it's an excuse for my hubby to buy me flowers.  Smiley
  Any help, comments, and criticism would be greatly appreciated.
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