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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help please! I need to figure out how to make a dress like this! on: October 22, 2013 08:14:45 AM
Hello everyone, and please help if you can! I love this style of dress, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make the peek-hole style (I don't even know what to call it!) on the chest. I have tried multiple times to make something similar, but I just can't seem to get it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

(The original dress is called "Big Band Singer" from ModCloth)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / One Tutorial, Two Dresses on: October 12, 2013 06:15:09 AM
Hello everyone! I wanted to share the two dresses I made from one (very old) tutorial I found online. Here's the dresses I made:

...from this old 1930's dress tutorial I found online:

The tutorial is great! It's basic, so you can add a lot to the dresses you make from it. I plan on making at least one more dress from this tutorial.

(This is also why I need a dress form. Ugh, they look so terrible just hanging out on my bed and I can't take a proper picture of myself in one of them... ugh.)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycle: Turn old Jeans or Pants into a Vest!!! on: October 11, 2013 06:04:27 AM
Hello everyone. I'm here again with my second tutorial! This one is for turning an old pair of jeans/pants into a cool looking, backless vest. Please excuse my terrible MSPaint skills. If you have any questions about the diagram below, please let me know!

Okay, here's what you'll need:

--A Sewing Machine (unless you want to do this all by hand)
--Matching Thread (or not, if you want it to look funky and unique)
--Grommets/Eyelets or buttons--your choice!
--A pair of old pants
--Pattern (see below to draft your own!)

Okay, here's how we are going to draft the pattern:

You'll need to measure your bust, your waist, your hips, your neck width, and the length between each of these, as well as the full length of the vest.

When finished, my drafted pattern looks like this:
(You'll notice that I have a dart cut out. That's because when I held the pattern up to me, I fitted it to my body a little bit in the bust area. I needed that dart to shape the garment. To do this, hold the pattern up to your body and fold wherever there is extra paper. Later, cut it out to form the dart.)

Next, you'll want to take your old pants:
...And cut them up!

Start by removing the legs right below the crotch, and then remove the seams on one side. This will give you two pieces of fabric for the front, and what was the top of the jeans for the back. It should look like this:

Now, cut out the front pattern x2 we made using the two larger pieces of denim/fabric. This will give you the front of the vest. For the back of the vest, cut the tops of the jeans in half by cutting away the zipper and button portion. This should give you enough room to cut out x2 of the back pattern.

Sew all of the pieces together, leaving the two front pieces open. Now you can either add lining from an old t-shirt or fabric, or just use bias tape to finish the edges.

Add grommets/buttons, and you're done! Your vest should look something like this **NOTE: I haven't added the grommets yet. I want a sort of corset-ish look for the front**: [img width=500 http://imageshack.us/a/img716/1183/w2np.jpg
...and the back:http://imageshack.us/a/img28/1676/6xd3.jpg

Sorry this wasn't such a picture heavy tutorial. My phone didn't save most of the pictures while I was making this! If I make another one, I'll be sure to update the tute.

Happy vest making everyone!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The "HECK YES!" Sweater and T-Shirt into a Hoodie Reconstruction Project Tute! on: September 26, 2013 12:18:59 PM
Hello Everyone! I'm brand-spanking new here, and to commemorate my tenth post, I would like to offer up a sort of lame little tutorial! This can be done with any old sweater and t-shirt.

So, um...let's begin!

What You'll Need:

*An old t-shirt you love but want to do something new with
*A sweater, just your size, possibly from your local thrift shop
*Matching thread
*A zipper as long as your shirt (mine was a little too short, but that's okay--it allowed room for my wide hips)
*A sewing machine (unless you are awesome and can hand stitch. I can't.)
*A seam ripper (just in case!)


Once you have all of your items together, it's time to begin! As as side note, if you don't understand my tutorial or I've blown it and it's impossible to understand, please let me know and I'll try to clean it up as best as possible. As I said, this is my very first tutorial!

Okay! So the first thing you want to do is find the middle of your t-shirt and CUT IT IN A STRAIGHT LINE.
As you can see, I cut as straight as I possibly could. A little uneven is okay, but you want it as straight as possible. Use a ruler if you have to!

Repeat this step with the sweater, BUT cut TWO strips of fabric from it on either side of the first cut, like so:
Set these aside for now.

Next, cut off the SLEEVES of both the T-shirt and the sweater.

Alrighty! Now, you want to take the two pieces of fabric you cut from the sweater and fold them both in half, attaching each one to the cut on the T-shirt. It should look something like this:

Look! It's starting to slowly take shape! Now it's time to attach the zipper.

I'm not sure how to explain putting a zipper in. I learned at a very young age, so I've known how to do it most of my life. It's a lot easier than people make it out to be. Anyway, attach the zipper to the WRONG side of the little sweater parts you just attached.

It will look like this:
Be careful when attaching the zipper not to stretch out the sweater material too much, or else the zipper is going to come out all wibbly-wobbly.

Okay! Time for the sleeves! Match up the sweater sleeves to the place where you cut off the sleeves from your T-shirt. If they don't match up width-wise, don't worry! All you have to do is dart the sweater sleeve to make it fit. (I forgot to take a picture of this, but if you don't get it I can draw a picture later to clarify. Sorry!)

Next, turn your T-shirt (it should look sort of like a vest at this point) inside out. DO NOT TURN YOUR SLEEVES INSIDE OUT. Leave them be.

Take one sleeve and match the edge to the edge of the T-shirt by putting the sleeve all of the way through the sleeve hole. The sweater sleeve and the hole from the T-shirt sleeve should match up now. Pin in place, like so:

Sew, then turn right side out. Yay! You have a sleeve now! Repeat on the other side until you have two sleeves!

Now, here's the thing; you can STOP RIGHT THERE if you would like, and be done with the project, or you can continue on for the full look. That's completely up to you! As it is, There would be enough material in the sweater left over for a scarf that you could totally make and wear with this and it would be super cute/cool. HOWEVER, if you wanted to take it a few steps further, read on!

If you're still with me, here's what is next: The hem along the bottom. All you have to do is take the hem of the sweater and attach it to the T-shirt part. Done.!

Pockets. Mine came out looking really derpy, so if you can figure out a way to make them better GO WITH IT. I'm serious. Mine look just...stupid.

Basically, I cut out four pieces of the sweater material in the shape of a pocket. I sewed two of them together, leaving one side open to turn it inside out, then sewed it onto the front. I don't support this method, unless you do it a little larger than I did. I was running out of material, and i still wanted to add....



From what is left of the sweater material (I had to use the back of the dearly departed sweater), fold it in half and cut out the basic shape of a hood. DO NOT USE THE FOLD for any part of the hood. Sew the rounded part of the hood together. This gives the hood shape. Next, hem the hood's outer edge and attach to the back of the shirt. You will want to pin it so that the back of the shirt is pinned to the back of the hood, so right sides together. If you want to get fancy, you can add a little extra fabric to the sides and front so it doesn't just look like a hood randomly hanging off of your back, but I didn't have the extra fabric.


Trim up any extra thread and...OMG you're done! Cheesy Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!

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