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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Space Skirt from kids' bedsheets on: January 25, 2012 11:41:12 PM
I hung on to these bed sheets from the thrift store for months, wanting to make a dress, but way too unsure of myself to make one... So finally I decided to make a trendy maxi skirt, using the elastic waistband from a skirt I didn't love.  It was my first time installing a zipper, and gathering.  Two new skills, learned!

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Wool coat recon plans on: January 08, 2012 02:58:47 PM
I'm going to refit my old wool coat to be a bit more flattering. It's a super straight, plain, knee-length wool/cashmere blend with beautiful royal blue satin lining, and I love the quality, But it's getting a little shapeless and needs some modification.

The plan is to remove the lining at the bottom, trim several inches off the bottom, use that to make a belt, add some darts, belt loops, maybe new buttons.

I'd like to know if anyone wants to throw out any advice to me before I get started.  Wondering about things like-- does wool need to be cut in a particular way? (like, do I need to use those zigzag scissors), do I need to use a particular type of stitch in the sewing machine or just the standard? Do I need special thread?
I've added darts to something before... On a coat can I add darts just at the waist or do I need to run them all the way up to the sholders?

And, finally, any suggestions for adding cuteness to a very plain long black coat? I just figure making it a little more fitted and a little shorter, but I'm open to crazy ideas!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My First Recon Post on: June 28, 2011 09:55:13 AM
First of all, thanks to everyone on this board- for several years I've been deriving inspiration and giving nothing back!  So here are my recons, nothing amazing but I'm pretty proud of them, and without Craftsters I never would have tried!

Sorry, these are low-res iphone photos. Still, hope you get some inspiration! No before pict, just imagine everything boy-shaped!

Here is the skirt I made from my 8-yr old stepson's outgrown cargo shorts.  Girl clothes never have these awesome cargo pockets! 

A halter top I made from my husband's superhero shirt that got a hole in it.  (I was coveting the shirt for a long time wanting to do something to it, waiting for it to die!)

Yep that's my toilet in the background. 

Finally, a giant pullover white hoodie, reconned into a fitted, open front jacket.  This was my first time adding darts and it wasn't too hard at all!

Haha my butt is really lumpy in this picture!
Oh well...

Thanks again for the inspiration! 
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Quick n Dirty Romper Recon on: June 28, 2011 09:24:04 AM
Has anyone seen a tutorial here for adding a crotch to a little sundress? Or can anyone offer some advice?  Basically I have a lot of cheap sundresses I've accumulated and I want to convert a couple to rompers, for bike riding etc. 
I don't want to start cutting without knowing what I'm doing so can anyone offer some ideas on how to turn the skirt bottom to bloomers?  Should I maybe put elastic around the legs?  Do I need to cut the bottom in a specific way?  I don't know where to start. 

I'd like to say that I've searched these boards and didn't find anything that worked.  So please no sarcastic replies about using the search button.  Thanks. 

Also I have some rudimentary sewing ability- so when I say quick n dirty I know recons aren't easy but the more steps there are the more likely I'll mess up. 

I guess I should start posting some of my recons!

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me with my Alison Swimsuit!!! on: May 28, 2011 07:51:07 AM
Hi craftsters!  I have posted very little because I have little to offer, being so inexperienced.  I've only made a few pairs of t-shirt panties and I won't be posting those here!  Lol

I'm working on the free vintage swim pattern I have seen recommended here a few times:

The instructions are not as bad as everyone seems to complain but the pattern is missing a lot!  In fact, when I read the blog of a girl who struggled with i (very helpful by the way) she has pattern pieces I don't even see on my printout!  I'm missing a whole piece of the body, not like a crotch or strap where I can wing it. 

On the off chance that it's a corrupted file I'm trying to download, does anyone have a copy of this pattern on their hard drive they could e-mail me?  Has anyone had any experience making this? 

TIA for your help, and I promise, as my projects get going, I'll post them here! 

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