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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: t shirt dress, with tutorial on: October 08, 2016 07:58:54 PM
This is a really great idea and a technique I have used on a sweatshirt, front zip hoodie once. I have a couple tips for anyone interested.

1. Often when you lay a t-shirt flat it doesn't want to lay flat due to a manufactured in wonky-ness. To remedy this lay it as flat as you can get it then cut all the way up both side where a side seam would be including the sleeves. Now you have it attached only at the neck and the front and back can be laid perfectly flat to each other and as you may notice with a wonky, off centre shirt, the two pieces will not match exactly. But, you will be able to flatten them perfectly and get a good, even cut.

2. Panty Elastic, the lacy decorative kind, makes a really great edging for t shirt garments unless you want the rough edge look. Let's say you took a bit too much at the neck and it sags down too far (showing too much cleavage?) Panty elastic can be sewn on very easily to the cut neck edge of the shirt/dress by the flat edge of the lace leaving the decorative edge to show. Be careful not to pull on the shirt edge or the elastic. Lay both flat and sew a few inches to see how it lays. You may have to tug just a tad on the elastic. Sew your few inches with a simple zig-zag stitch then when you have the tightness you are comfortable with change to the triple zig-zag. It's more durable and allows for more stretch. The regular zig-zag is way easier to rip out if you need to re-do that few inches.
The panty elastic looks really good on the edges of the sleeves as well. Hopefully you can get it at one of the discount bulk fabric places like SAS for cheap. I got a bunch of whole rolls really cheap.

Didn't mean to hijack your post... I just like to share tips based on my experiences

Again... beautiful job!
Love the simplicity of it

MaxineBrandywine
(my old profile)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Thrifted & tiedied lace tablecloth = new bell sleeved empire waist dress! W/Tute on: October 08, 2016 07:24:26 PM
You did great on this. I love the styling. I could never wear it but you pull it off great.

BTW you don't look "almost 50" my friend.

Great Job
MaxineBrandywine
(my old profile)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reunited with my dress form and my sewing machine+ life story and pics on: October 08, 2016 07:13:37 PM
This is stunning... chic...
I hope you sold it and didn't starve that summer

Great job
MaxineBrandywine
(my old profile)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wonderland inspired Sundress Recon on: October 08, 2016 06:48:34 PM
This is a wonderful dress. I love the ruffled front and I don't ordinarily like ruffles.

The fit is lovely as well and although I'm not into grey, this is stunning. Grey and brown are colors I almost always pass up. I must learn to consider them in the future.

Great job!
MaxineBrandywine
(my old profile)
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: DKNY/Victoria's Secret/Abercrombie TRIBUTE to CRAFTSTER recon (Image Heavy) on: October 08, 2016 06:26:23 PM
This was me in 2007... I just got back after a very long break and I have to say, it's great to be here.

I have a lot of things to post but there's this dumb rule about having to have 10 posts b 4 being able to
upload any pics.  Huh Guess I can't use smiley/frowny faces either.  Undecided never mind

Anyway... things are lookin good here and I'm anxious to reconnect.

Rock On
MaxineBrandywine

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dress from tent (heavy pic-s!) on: October 08, 2016 05:53:34 PM
This dress is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!

I am very impressed and you should be very proud.

I hope you got that night on the town... you deserved it.

Great job!
Maxine Brandywine
(my old profile)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Leaf Dress (Lots of Pics) on: October 08, 2016 05:34:02 PM
This dress is amazing!!!
Haven't been to gibbous years but now am inspired to get back there.

I know the feeling of letting go of something that you create. It becomes a part of you.

Great job!


Maxine Brandywine
(my old profile)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Denim maxi skirt on: October 08, 2016 10:36:23 AM
This is Great!. Love the stripes. Love the way you salvaged the comforter. It's sooo me. I once had a flea market booth and when another vendor pulled out after a rain she threw a big bundle of denim in the dumpster. I dug it out. It was really really nasty with dust and it was wet and yucky. Turned out to be 2 duvet covers in perfect condition. I still have one intact and used the other to cut up.

There's no shame in salvage!!

Good job
Maxine Brandywine
(my old profile from 10 years ago)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pin-up girl peplum top on: October 08, 2016 10:17:40 AM
Really Really cute.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: made a long dress out of some old jeans on: October 08, 2016 10:14:55 AM
Awesome... so its now a "cargo dress" lol Good job, very creative!
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