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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Button Clutch on: May 05, 2011 03:15:44 AM
This project is definitely my baby. It took hours buying all the buttons as they're bought in no less than seven different thrift shops in two different cities, and hours stitching them all onto the fabric, but I'm so pleased with the result that I don't care. I counted the buttons before I started and I had, uhm, 214 I think. Only a handful were left when I was finally done.

The base is just a very simple bag made from a sturdy black fabric stitched into a little bag. The buttons are black, grey and metal buttons of various sizes, shapes and kinds and I've stuck religiously to this colorscheme except for the one pink heart-shaped button that I just had to have. After all the buttons had been applied I had to line it in leather to stiffen it and as a finish the zipper and silver lining was added. The lining has a cell phone pocket, but other than that it's pretty simple.

The materials I used for this project:
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Touch Of Circus: A Jacket on: April 28, 2011 05:27:12 AM
My boyfriend said it reminded him of something out of a circus, hence the thread title.

This was my first big sewing project that I've made from scratch. I had some difficulties finding a light jacket for the summer that wasn't black or beige, since that's apparently all they sell this year. Thus the only option left was to make my own - or go without, but I find that a rather chilly alternative. The pattern I used was from a local sewing magazine and was actually for a brocade blazer like jacket, but my mother (who's a sewing whiz) and I tweaked it to make it fit to wear outside too.

The outer jacket is a fine corduroy and the lining is cotton. I used different color buttons that match the dots on the lining. The pink, purple and orange ones are exactly the same kind, the yellow one I couldn't find to match, so I've used a plain yellow button that I gave two layers of mother-of-pearl nailpolish in order to give it the same shining surface as the others. 

The pockets and collar are lined with the same dotted fabric as the lining.



Lining (here I could have the inside edge in corduroy too, but I wanted the lining to show whenever I'm wearing the jacket open):

In action:

And more action:
23  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Ordinary Ballerina Flats Updated With Glitter, Buttons & Bows on: April 15, 2011 02:17:34 AM

I was going to throw these shoes out, because I was never really satisfied with how they looked, but through a random act of craziness I saved them. What I did was basically chopping off the original bows, painting the tips with some silver glitter nailpolish, stitching on the silver ribbon, forcing it through the holes in the black buttons and finishing them off with a nice large bow.

This was how they looked before:
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dress shirt to cute summer shirt on: April 11, 2011 03:01:44 AM
First reconstruction and first post here on the forums (I hope I can make it work!)

I got this shirt from my sister whod gotten it from our grandmother and neither of them had ever actually worn it. So I figured why not do some reconstruction work on it.

I cut it up to make it a size smaller, removed the long sleeves and sewed a couple of shorter, more puffy ones back on and adjusted the neckline to make it more summerly. All done by hand, because I dont have a sewing machine, but it was a fun experience and Im very pleased with the result - in either case it's at least way better than it was before.



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