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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from boreable to adorable! (UPDATE) on: September 04, 2010 12:12:47 AM
I cut the straps off a gray singlet, took in the sides, made a bow and straps and a band of fabric for the neckline all from material salvaged from a horrific top I loved the material of from the op shop. Sorry you can't see most of the bow but I promise it's there!

This top fit to start with so all I did was cut out hearts, placed them on the top, found a thick yellowish thread in the depths of my sewing box, zigzag stitched around the hearts with my machine and then hand stitched a few sections Id missed  Embarrassed Decided it isn't sloppy stitching, it's charmingly rustic  Wink

Thanks for looking, hope youre all having just as much fun with your own recons!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from jeans to jean skirt and two tops to one *new pics of skirt* on: August 28, 2010 08:34:22 PM
Hello everyone!

Id scored a pair of jeans two sizes too big for me (in my 1.50 bag of bargains) which fit kind of strange and made my bottom area and my  ...ahem... front of my bottom area... look pretty scary. So I started thinking; Ive never had a denim skirt before... why is that? Am I against them? No. Do I like them? Yep. Should I make one? By this time I realised Id already started cutting so I just got on with it. Now Im not someone who measures things, hardly ever pin and my thread is whatever colour I have in the machine so it wont bear close inspection but Im not looking for people to closely inspect my bottom area and...ahem... front of my bottom area too much anyway. The skirt is one pair of jeans with fabric from another pair used for two panels at the sides and a pocket at the front. I love pockets a lot. I thought it needed something else and I came across this dragon iron on transfer at a thrift store for twenty cents and figured hes obviously a lucky dragon so I ironed him on.

The top is the top half of a tee I didnt like the bottom of and the bottom half of a singlet I didnt like the top half of. I covered the joining seam with a strip of burnt orange jumper with the wrong side out for a bit of textural variety then stitched on a few burgundy buttons to the gray sections so that they wouldnt feel too intimidated by the band of colour joining them. If Im going to splice tops together I want them to play nice! Sorry about the twisted top, it isn't twisted I just can't stand still in photos. Actually can't stand still full stop.

As you can see my efforts made me real happy, I hope theyve made you smile too  Grin


Me being appreciative of other people showing an interest in my jeans skirt I have a few more shots that I hope can give other people ideas for their own skirts. I don't mind mine looking unmeasured and homemade but most others would probably want to take a few measurements. Since I posted it I figured my dragon was lonely being silver and black all on it's own so I cut some sections of a silver and black strawberry print top and added a bit on and I expanded the panels on the side because in all honesty I was spending too much time hopping around doing the 'trying-to-fit-into-something-too-small' dance  Embarrassed All better now  Grin

Like it plenty but feel like I want to make one more completely differently one day. You can't have too many!  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from flimsy singlet to sturdier tee on: August 22, 2010 05:42:44 PM
I had a singlet which I loved to bits. Literally. The fabric had become too thin for my liking and the pattern was in peril: holes were bound to appear at any moment  Cry

So I carefully cut around as many of the pretty bits as I could, cut iron on adhesive to size, agonized for a worrisome amount of time over pattern placement then ironed each image onto the a gray tee which I'd brought in a $1.50 bag of clothes. So it probably cost twenty cents. I unpicked a white shirt collar which was sewn onto the tee then stitched up the shoulder seams which I'd accidentally unpicked   Roll Eyes

All done!  Grin

If I were a pattern I'd be this one, so I'm just about crazy with joy that I could salvage it.

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