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1  Adorable painters smock becomes tunic dress, headband & shoe clips in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by the head vampire on: July 06, 2008 04:04:27 PM

My thrift stores are so good. One regularly charges $1 for most of the clothing, and that's where I scored this great painters smock. It was handmade really well from this rad lime green "Farmer Brown" kid's fabric, and only had a few splotches of paint on it. (Which I covered sneakily with matching fabric, but I didn't take pics of that.) I have a weird affinity for clothes that have open backs so between the fabric and comfy, draped cut, all I wanted to do was spruce up the sleeves...

Ta da! Because of the kimono sleeves I didn't have lots of room to fold under the seams, and ended up making my own bias tape. What a simple little trick that is! It was so easy using one of those little metal tools. Oh man, I love the crisp, matching final product. I may finish everything this way from now on.

But wait, there's more!

I had plenty enough fabric from the sleeves to make a matching headband and some shoe clips. I so happy!  Cheesy
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2  Star Wars shirt recon w/insets & reverse applique in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by the head vampire on: June 10, 2008 10:22:56 AM

This swanky new shirt started out as 2 vintage Star Wars shirts, neither of which fit. The blue one was pretty threadbare and had that "if you wear me, I will disintegrate" look to it. So after these shirts stayed hidden in my "to reconstruct" pile for several years I finally had an idea for them. When I was little my mum used to sew strips of fabric along the sides of my shirts when I grew out of them yet refused to part with them. Clever lady. So I did that here, using strips of blue to make the white shirt more roomy. I also used some reverse applique to add the badass blue design onto the back of the white shirt. My partner chose a decorative stitch pattern (sorta visible in the applique detail shot) and is also quite fond of the Sealab 2021 style blue sleeve inset.

BEFORE: Too big & threadbare

BEFORE: Too small and the sleeves get all bunchy under the pit

Hooray for reconstructing! And for Star Wars! And exclamation points!!!1
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3  my version in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by the head vampire on: April 21, 2008 05:31:07 PM
Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial! Making a purse has been on my to-do list forever and your tutorial popped up at exactly the right moment. I just finished sewing this fancy-shmancy top and had about a half yard of scraps leftover and nothing in my closet to match the blouse. Hence, I made a little clutch to match and use up the rest of my fabric and get my butt in gear for making more purses. Here's what I ended up with:

I made it a wee smaller; you can tell because I can only fit 2 pine cones in there!  Wink Also skipped a magnetic snap or closure of any kind because I didn't have any and will barely get to use this purse. Lessons learned: pleats are time consuming (at least for newbies) and require attention to detail, don't hem the top seams before you sew up the sides and bottoms (otherwise you'll get ugly bunched seams staring at you every time you reach into your purse), and 2 layers of stiff interfacing for the outer "handles" was a great idea, too.

Thanks again Underhill!
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4  Halloween Skirts (new skirt + new pics) in Halloween Costumes by the head vampire on: September 20, 2007 02:46:56 PM
How many times have you said to yourself "I really want a cute (fill in the blank) but I can't find one anywhere!". I've wanted a unique Halloween skirt for like, ever, and since no stores in the world (save for Etsy!) have any awesome ones, I just made my own:

UPDATE: Here's the newest skirt I made this year. I finished it on Halloween and wore it out when I visited the haunted Waley House in Old Town San Diego on the big night.

Simplicity 5005 was a good pattern choice, but all those curves were kind of a bear. They can never be too smooth for me, so the few tiny puckers drive me nuts. You have to look up close to see them, though.

This was the skirt I made a couple years ago. I used Simplicity 4705 which was a great pattern. It has a side zip, witch fabric with glow in the dark eyeballs, contrasting green stripe waistband fabric, 2 rows of grosgrain ribbon at the bottom AND some gathered black tulle. Oh how I love this skirt.

My sister and I are huge Halloweenies, so this past May we had "Mini Halloween". We dressed up, put on a little gore makeup, went to the candy store for treats, the grocery store for ingredients, and came home to make Stuffed Intestines and watch The Shining. Best Day Ever. I can't wait for Halloween!

A couple years before that, I made this skirt! This one I did on the fly, no pattern, and adding details as I went on. It was my first experience using interlock as a waistband, and it turned out pretty good. I love the teeny bows and sheer, glittery bat material that's underneath. 

PS- If any of you crafty peeps would like to see your creations featured on my Halloween website, please see this post. Thanks!

PPS- Yep, we got some strange looks that day, but also made a lot of people smile and congratulate us for doing something "so creative". Score.
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