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1  Yup, it's a Jedi Robe! in Costumes: Completed Projects by CaribouOnTheSea on: September 06, 2012 10:46:53 AM
Hi friends!  I made a multi-purpose Jedi-robe...good for gaming conventions, Halloween, LARPING, day to day life....

I used Simplicity 4450, an OOP pattern a friend lent me.  It called for 6 whole yards of fabric - ugh. 

It was pretty straight forward to make, the only weird thing was pleats on the shoulders and some pleats in the hood (I'm not convinced they were necessary!)

As always, you can read more on my blog.  May the force be with you!  http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/09/jedi-robe.html
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2  Vintage Simplicity 6459: A 1960s Dress with Scalloped Collar in Sewing Pattern Reviews by CaribouOnTheSea on: August 13, 2012 10:08:10 PM
This was my first time sewing from a vintage pattern, and I'm pretty happy with the results!

The pattern itself was fine....but huge.  I got the pattern in my size (lucky me), but made a muslin and still had to take many inches off the sides.  Also, sewing scallops was hard for me. 

I was having a hard time deciding on what fabric to make the collar, so I decided to make it detachable and just make a few different ones!  I was hoping it'd help me to perfect my scallop, but I fear that making more made me rush, which resulted in....bad scallops. 

I don't think I'll make this pattern again, but I might make some more contrasting collars. 

Thanks for reading!  As always, you can read more and more at my blog:  http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/08/a-1960s-scalloped-collar-dress.html
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3  Gigantic Pink Dress into Skirt & Shirt (Where 1 becomes 2) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by CaribouOnTheSea on: August 01, 2012 11:43:05 AM
Hello friends!  I found this dress at Goodwill and it was so big, and long, and made me look like a child:

But I loved the color and the pleated texture of the fabric.  So I cut in half and added a drawstring to the waist and got this........

And THEN I carefully cut the lining out of the top, turned it backwards so the buttons were in the front, and got this!

I'm pretty happy with the results.  As always, you can read more & see more photos on my blog Smiley http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/08/gigantic-pink-dress-upcycle-part-deux.html
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4  Bike Chain Jean Cozy! in Completed Projects by CaribouOnTheSea on: July 26, 2012 12:45:04 PM
Hi crafters! 

I have this huge honkin' bike chain.  Originally, it just had a black poly cover - I understand the practicality of it but it just was not my thing:

So I gave it a little costume change.  I made my chain some jeans out of some old legs I had and lined it with some floral scrap fabric. 

So much better!

Chic floral lining.

What do you think.......don't your chains deserve a pair of comfy jeans?

And as always, more on my blog at http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/07/i-made-bike-chain-jean-cozies.html
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5  Prairie Dress: Meet Scissors & Dye in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by CaribouOnTheSea on: July 23, 2012 09:33:38 PM
Hi all!  I'm happy to share this because it's one of my more experimental ideas, but I love the way it turned out.  This is a dress I found at the thrift store and decided to alter to my liking.  Here's the before (although I had already removed the collar.....got excited!)

I removed the collor, cut the sleeves, cut the hem, and submerged this baby in a blue dye bath. 

After it was done, I reattached the (still white) collar.  Et voila!

Just goes to show that a little DIY can go a long way. 

As always, you can read more (and see an excess of photos) at my blog Smiley  http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/07/vintage-revamp-blue-haze.html
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6  Simplicity 2054: A half review in Sewing Pattern Reviews by CaribouOnTheSea on: July 22, 2012 12:30:46 PM
I guess that ultimately, this is less of a review for this pattern and more of a word of caution: Use a sturdy knit for this dress. 

I used a floaty light-weight knit, and it did just not work.  So I wound up cutting it in half and turning it into a shirt, which I think actually works out better! 

I just finished the edges by surging them. 

And much more detail over at my blog::  http://rtthvintage.blogspot.com/2012/07/i-made-dress-that-wasnt.html
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7  The Easiest Star Trek Costumes! in Costumes: Completed Projects by CaribouOnTheSea on: July 22, 2012 12:25:56 PM
I made these costumes for an opening exhibit at the SciFi Museum out here in Seattle.  I purchased XL mens sweaters from Goodwill, and cut them down/re-sewed to size.  For the insignias, I simply cut out cereal boxes in the right shape, glued on tin foil, and drew on them with Sharpie.  It was simple but it worked and everyone loved our costumes!

The sweaters before: 

Oh and we even met some Klingons!  There costumes were amazzzzing:

As always, more on my blog Smiley at http://rtthvintage.blogspot.com/2012/07/live-long-and-prosper.html
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8  McCall's M6201 : A Rainbow Plaid Dress in Sewing Pattern Reviews by CaribouOnTheSea on: July 22, 2012 12:17:09 PM
I made McCalls M6201 very quickly, so let's just call this a muslin Wink After all this is made with fabric I found from Goodwill.  Overall I would recommend this pattern, but next time I'll either give myself a little more ease or use a more forgiving (less stif) fabric. 

Would definitely make again - this would be a great work staple!  As always, you can read more details of this haphazard dress over at my blog Smileyhttp://rtthvintage.blogspot.com/2012/07/dress-named-shameless.html
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9  Dip-Dyed Patriotic Jeans!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by CaribouOnTheSea on: July 21, 2012 03:20:35 PM
I can't lie, I've been very much into the dip-dyed / ombre trend.  I decided to deck out some cheap jeans in time for the 4th of July...

First I bleached them (this took a long time - like hours.).  I washed them in the washing machine after. 

Then I dip-dyed the lower third in some red RIT dye (this also took a long time!)

Et voila!

Oh yeah, I took off the pockets and I kind of like how that turned out: 

In action:

After making them I realized they look like the French flag more so than the American flag.  Oh well, at least they are patriotic in some country...
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10  Sleeves Make All the Difference! (A 1960s Cocktail Dress) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by CaribouOnTheSea on: July 20, 2012 04:08:12 PM
Hi friends,
It's been a while since I've been on Craftster.  Hard to believe I've been a part of the community off and on since 2005.  O.o

This is one of those examples of an altered dress that just needed the tinest bit of tweaking to make it wearable for summer.  I found this vintage 1960s dress with originally had big, puffy sleeves.  I oh so carefully seam ripped them off and refinished the sleeves with bias tape.  And I think it looks so much more casual for summer! 

Sleeves, removed! 

Bias tape is love!

Overall, I'm very happy with this, though I might reattach the sleeves come winter. 

What do you think - is it awful to alter a vintage 1960s dress? 
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