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11  Thrifted & tiedied lace tablecloth = new bell sleeved empire waist dress! W/Tute in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: May 24, 2008 10:07:42 PM
This dress started as a beautiful lace tablecloth from my favorite thrift store, but when I got it home, it was too small for my dining table. The fabric was more of a knit or crochet with some give, so I decided to make a dress.    First the 70's child in me dip dyed the fabric a vibrant pink! Wanting to use as much of the cloth as possible, I decided to make a bell sleeved empire/float style dress that would still be cool and comfortable when it heats up outside. 
So, I first folded the oval shaped tablecloth in half length wise and then again vertically.  I freehanded the outline of the bell sleeve and cut around to allow the dress to sort of fan out in an A line shape.  I cut the neckline fairly wide, not quite off the shoulder, but enough to give it a nice neck for jewelry.  After sewing up the sides of the dress, all that was left was to add a thin elastic just under the bust and at the neckline.  The sleeves and hem have the scalloped edge from the tablecloth.  I need to make a simple cotton slip to go under it, or I think I might wear it over a bathing suit!   It looks really nice on so I'll add an action shot later! What'da ya think???
Update now with action shots! Sorry for no makeup, it's midnite here and 48 ain't too cute with without foundation, eyeliner and gloss! LOL

This shows the color best

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12  Blue Mayle box-style dress, looks so simple, any ideas? in Designer Clothing Homage by tickleagangster on: May 21, 2008 10:52:54 PM

Ok, looks pretty easy but I'm ridiculously lazy! Anyone care to give it a go with a how-to?? I'd be evvvvvvvvvver so grateful!!
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13  Re: Pillowcase Dress NOW WITH TUTE - PG 2!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: May 21, 2008 09:56:27 PM
Hey! I just realized that the dress I just made and posted was a grown up version of the kid versions you posted here! Everyone loves them for kids, but they didn't take much of an interest in my version. I personally LOVE them now because of the endless possibilities for fabric choice and how nice and breezy they feel on! 

Here's mine again,,
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14  Save ur money for great shoes! Vintage/thrift fabric easssssssy dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tickleagangster on: May 20, 2008 01:48:02 AM
I've had this fabric now for a while and I've been eyeballing some new dresses lately with a drawstring or ribbon neckline.  They look to be the grown-up version of the kids pillowcase dresses except I gave my rectangle of fabric a slight shape after I tried it on in the last pic and it literally LOOKED like a pillowcase! LOL  This fabric is a beautiful sateen type that feels wonderful on. The dress sort of "floats" and feels nice and breezy. (It's been well into the 90's and above lately here) Once you cut out the arm holes, this stitches up in less than 30 minutes. I'm going to wear this one with a great Cynthia Vincent chunky belt and some hand sewn Cole Hahn sandals.  (I also scored those at the thrift!)  I'm pretty short at 5'3 so I can actually take a yard of thrifted fabric to make this dress.  On some folks it will just be shorter. I'll post others when I can, I'm swimming in vintage fabric! Comments please! 

Here is a close up of the fabric 

This is the actual dress, hard to tell but the straps are just red ribbon,,

Hanging dress (not great pic)

And finally, me trying on the dress before I took it in some more.  I'll take another pic when I'm actually awake,,yikes! 
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15  Need help with this simple Anthropologie dress! in Designer Clothing Homage by tickleagangster on: May 04, 2008 06:45:57 AM
This looks really simple, therefore it's too hard for me to figure out! lol
I'm not a very good pattern maker, but this looks like it would have no more than three to five pieces.  Has anyone seen a similar pattern out there? Thanks so much.

Here's a bigger picture. There is no detail to the dress. It has a simple empire top, probably zips at the side or back, has straps and an A line skirt. That's it!

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16  Look at my garden? The bestest thing i can do,, in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by tickleagangster on: April 21, 2008 09:35:01 PM
I live in California where I'm fortunate to have a really large yard, by our standards anyway. So, I've tried to put a plant in every nook and cranny.  It's not a manicured yard for sure, but it gives me so much enjoyment it's priceless to me. 

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17  Holiday top from Anna Sui pattern with sparkly surprise in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: November 25, 2007 12:00:50 AM
I made this from an Anna Sui Vogue pattern using Micheal Miller's chandelier fabric in black and white.  For the actual sparkle, I found a vintage brooch to place front and center. I can't wait to wear it, it came out really nicer than I thought, 
***better picture added****

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18  Hot Cocoa Sweater w/Dark and White Chocolate accents! MMMMM!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: November 21, 2007 08:58:38 PM
Delicious hot cocoa felted cardigan remixed from an Armani Exchange wool pullover! It's accented with a dark chocolate corsage, and lacy white cream drips down the front.  The sweater closes at the neck with a vintage button.  Oh, so Anthropologie! 

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19  Rocking chair ready, Anthropologie style mohair sweater, easiest recon ever!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: October 19, 2007 10:32:59 PM
I actually got the idea from a sweater I bought from Anthro last year.  It's a beautiful robin blue vintage mohair with a newly attached vintage crochet doily collar!! Less than $5!!  I got so excited I posted before I ironed the doily! Also, the color is a really pure sky-ish blue, not dingy like my camera phone makes it look.  What do you think? 

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20  Re: Sweater scraps into hats!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: October 16, 2007 09:07:14 PM
  This is how they look on your head.  They sort of have "ears" that peak because of the squareness.
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