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1  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
2  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
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Halloween Skirts (new skirt + new pics) 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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