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21  Sweater scraps into hats!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: October 15, 2007 07:52:00 PM

These are some hats that my daughter and I make out of thrifted sweaters!  One is a cat, one has a white whale, and the last one is an owl! I got the idea from a craftster last year!! 
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22  Thrifted cashmere tunic(s) NOW WITH A SECOND SWEATER!! Warm and snuggly!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: October 12, 2007 08:55:08 PM
I made this for my sister's birthday and it's so sooooooooo soft I wanted to keep it myself!  I took a mens XL mongolian cashmere sweater (price was $4!) and fulled it a bit in the bathroom sink with a wee bit of bath gel, and rinsed in Downey.  I cut off the ribbed trim at the bottom and on the sleeves beforehand which left a pretty ruffled effect.  Lastly, I took the leftover band from the bottom and stitched it onto the collar to make it more feminine.  Since I LOVE my sister, I took some scrap cashmere from another project and placed the heart on the back.  *** Gosh! I thought they were pretty cute, but it's hard to get compliments on these boards!! LOL

Here's another yellow sweater I just completed.  My phone takes terrible pics, this is really beautiful!!

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23  Re: Vintage 60's wrap dress - Simplicity 7572 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by tickleagangster on: March 23, 2007 10:05:47 AM
I picked up this little gem on Ebay and it showed up in the mail last night. It's a 1968 Simplicity one piece dress pattern. I was so excited I went through my sewing stash to make the dress.  It took longer to prewash and dry the material than sew the dress. I'm all for instant gratification.

Here's the picture of the pattern, (I made style number 2) when I get a chance I will post a pic of the dress.

[imgure of width=300 height=400]https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/20816Simplicity7572.jpg[/img]

The dress turned out really cute (I'm wearing it right now). I may add a button for extra security but it's really not needed. I used twill tape instead of braiding. I may make another one with terry  cloth lining as a pool coverup. The options are endless.

This pattern is great for a beginner sewer who likes vintage wear.

How does the dress stay on? Velcro or a button? I remember my mom had a similar dress made from terry cloth and she wore it when we went to the beach.  I'd love to make one. Is it possible that you could scan a pictuur
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24  My first dress of Spring! 99cents pattern plus thrift store fabric find! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tickleagangster on: March 20, 2007 10:59:16 PM
I made this dress in about 2 hours.  It was super easy because you use a stretch fabric (Yeah, no zippers!) I think it's really comfy, fits all body types, and in a solid color I can dress this up for work.  You can't see very well, but it has puff sleeves with a band at the cuff and elastic at the empire waist. 
Do you like? *You should make one! lol

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25  I'm a lil black chicken!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by tickleagangster on: January 29, 2007 02:21:03 AM

I'll have to take a better picture in the morning. But this is a smallish purse made from black wool, lined in a print satin and trimmed with green buttons.  It has pockets that velcro closed on the front and the back of the bag.  The shoulder strap is also out of the black wool. 
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26  Recon'd Cashmere Sweaters to Tie Shrug-Soooo Soft! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: January 29, 2007 02:13:13 AM

I cut up two cashmere sweaters to make this cuddly shrug that ties at the bottom.  I rolled the sleeves up for now, but I'll most likely cut them off to bracelet length.  I put the heart on it just in time for Valentine's Day!!
Comments are always appreciated!!
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27  Too tight skirt to Asian hobo bag with bead trim! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: January 29, 2007 02:01:15 AM
I purchased a beautiful skirt with an Asian print and string beading at the hem, only to discover it was too tight! I loved the print so much that I cut off the top of the skirt and trimmed it down a bit to make this bag.  The lining is another Asian print I had in black satin with little medicine bottles on it.  Although you can't see it, I made pockets on the inside of the bag with a sushi print napkin.  I can't wait to use this one!

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28  How many outfits can you make in one night? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tickleagangster on: January 24, 2007 09:29:48 PM
Well, my daughter sprung her art school project on me at the last possible minute.  Although she was on a "team", they all expected her to complete the project by herself because she was the only one who knew how to sew!!  In addition to sewing, all of the fabric had to be hand dyed, and the garments had to be something made without a commercial pattern!!! Since she was stressed out dealing with her teammates who refused to help, the night before the project was due, Mom (me) came to the rescue.  We washed the fabric, we dyed the fabric, we rinsed the fabric, we dryed the fabric, and THEN, we cut the fabric and sewed these up!! Oh, and each garment had to have a "twin" , so we made a total of six things!! We made two infinity halter tops, two batwing tunics, and something we made up with a tube top attatched to a circle skirt!! Give me my props!! Mama's tired!!! LOL
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29  Super easy sweater recon to Kimono shruggy jacket-y warmnest!!! TUTE too! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: January 17, 2007 10:21:36 PM
This was soooo simple, everyone should make one.  All I did was to take an XL mens wool sweater and washed it in warm water to semi-felt it, the I cut it straight up the middle front.  I then cut off the ribbed band at the bottom of the sweater and folded it in half length-wise to make a collar.  I then pinned and sewed the collar up and around the front and neck of the sweater.  ( I actually stuck the edge of the sweater between the folded collar and sewed through all thicknesses.)
I cut the sleeves to bracelet length and then cuffed them. There's a shell button on there too. I did not need to hem the other edges of this sweater because of the slight felting.  I found some Asian-y looking material and cut out little things to applique, and viola!! I like it! Do you?
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30  NOW W/ACTION SHOTS!!! The Lil Grape Riding-n-da-hood, Cloak!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by tickleagangster on: January 17, 2007 10:09:02 PM
This was made from a vintage 80's velvet gown that had a deep flounce at the bottom.  I cute that off and then cut out a hood from some of the remainder of the dress.  I then cut up another outdated velvet dress by Eileen Fisher for the hoods lining.  This was another request by my crazy daughter!! Oh, and you can't see them very well, but those are vintage buttons off of a sweater I had. I'm trying to get an action shot, but my daughter is not cooperating!
Hope you like???

Just look at my darling little reluctant picture taking sweethart!! LOL
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