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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Dead Kennedys Costume (aka Bloody Jackie O) on: October 29, 2008 10:18:25 PM
Looks fantastic. I've always loved House of Yes and Parker Posey's line about the "macaroni brains" she used in her costume. Heh heh. I'd love to do this costume but know some peeps get awfully touchy so I wuss out. Props to you!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Kittenshark! Costume on: September 17, 2008 01:26:25 PM
That's the kind of cute that's responsible for accidents. I almost slipped off my chair while excitedly calling my partner to come look at the "suuuuuuper cute kittenshark!!!!1" Dang that's adorable. Thank you for sharing!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Attack of the snazzy blue boutonnière! on: July 07, 2008 03:29:30 PM
Wow, those are lovely! They give me all sorts of ideas for brooches. I'm curious too; how is the wire attached to the fabric?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Glam Rock Wrap Dress! on: July 07, 2008 10:47:22 AM
Wow, that's really cute! Good job! I like how casual and comfy it looks while still being very stylish Cool Very inspiring! I'm just beginning to use the drape method (with my new tape body double, aw yah!) so a picture with the tutorial will be so great.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Adorable painters smock becomes tunic dress, headband & shoe clips 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
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Wiener Dog Portrait on: July 03, 2008 09:47:49 PM
It will make way more than that. It is beautiful work! Plus, IT'S A DACHSHUND! 1 million extra cool points. What is there not to love? You can relax  Cool
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Hat for my two years old on: June 25, 2008 03:06:08 PM
So cute! What do you think made this a better hat-making experience for you? Did you try some new techniques, get lucky...? Making hats seems a bit daunting to me. Any words of encouragement now that you've made such a lovely hat?  Grin
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My brand-new strapless-bkini out of a brand-old shirt ! on: June 24, 2008 04:17:57 PM
That looks SO AWESOME. Fantastic job! Cheesy Great way to reuse an otherwise unworn shirt. Have you gotten it wet yet? If so, did it function like a store-bought bikini? I know reconned swimsuits can be tricky!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Urban Outfitters: Urban Renewal on: June 24, 2008 03:55:57 PM
Awesome! Being one who doesn't go to retail stores I really appreciate those detailed online drawings. Before I'd sort of be able to figure it out from the product shots but those Urban Renewal sketches are very helpful. Haven't been to the site in a long time (too much great inspo on Craftster) so thanks for sharing the link!  Cheesy
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Star Wars shirt recon w/insets & reverse applique 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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