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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / dolman sleeves? on: September 03, 2006 01:53:44 PM
Hey craftsters! I was recently in White House, Black Market and saw this really fabulous top with a boat neck and dolman sleeves. I loved it, but not the price ($68- ouch!). I thought "this shirt is rather simple, and I'm sure I could make it!" I was wondering if anyone had any patterns/ideas of where to start on this shirt.

Here is a picture of a similar shirt from WHBM. I would post the original, but it's not online. Basically, it's like the following picture, but with a boatneck instead of a V.

The fabric is a heavier weight rayon/spandex mix. Going by this information, does anyone think it would be do-able to create a pattern, or is there a tried and true pattern I could use?

Thanks in advance for any responses!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cute boys sweat shirt into rad japanese fun! on: May 11, 2006 07:46:20 PM
so i found this sweat shirt on a rack in a far corner of our local salvation army. and i loved it. but i knew it had to be fixed...

here it is before! i'm not sure what it says being that i cannot read japanese. but i guess it's a power rangers-esque cartoon.

and after! (please forgive that wonky loook) i took in and shortened the sleeves, and also created a boat neck.

so, i was originally thinking about cutting it down the middle, then adding like 5 strips of green fabric to the inside with buttons to button the sweatshirt together. i'm not sure if that's clear... like between the two halves of the sweat shirt, i would sew a green strip of fabric  (about 1/2 inch wide) and it would button on the inside.

but i don't know... should i just leave it? please let me know what you think!!! all ideas welcome and appreciated!

xoxo colleen
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / any tips on how to make a dress bigger across the chest? help me please! w/pics! on: March 30, 2006 04:14:43 PM
today at the salvation army i found a fabulous never-been-worn nicole miller dress for $8, and it fit perfectly, except for around the arm holes, sort of.  it's sleeveless by the way. it's a little tight across the chest, and i guess in the arm holes. it's only one size smaller than i normally wear, but it fit so perfectly in the hips. does anyone have any advice on making it bigger in just those areas? i was thinking about adding a wedge of fabric under the arms. i'm just a little afraid of cutting the dress up because it's so lovely and was such a good deal. any help would be greatly, enormously appreciated!!!!!!!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / my bff's birthday party invite. designed by travis and me [pic!!!!] on: March 22, 2006 12:54:11 PM
I'm having a party for my favorite cute girl's birthday  this weekend. I just love the invite so I decided to share! I drew the girl, did the colorization with Illustrator, and my fiance did the layout and also guided the coloring, for i am a lowly pre-med student and he is the fabulous graphic designer. haha i just love it so much i needed to share. i hope someone else likes it!!!

thanks, loves!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / scarf necklace...sort of! (with pics!) on: March 07, 2006 09:31:37 PM
i have been in love with the large scarf necklaces that have been appearing since last spring. i had some extra sculpey and (as always) fabric laying around, and decided i would give it a go! i've seen a bunch of others on craftster, and i don't think that mine is nearly as lovely, but it is still fun!

the necklace on

the necklace with a quarter to show scale

i made the balls out of sculpey. and i had to sew multiple pieces of fabric together to make it long enough. it took about 63 inches of fabric.

comments and constructive criticisms welcome!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / b-day presents for my sister: bedskirt-skirt and revamped polo! [img heavy!] on: March 04, 2006 07:08:16 PM
So my sister's 16th birthday is on the 9th and i decided to whip her up something cute for spring! she's super cute and tall and skinny, and i think this is perfect for her! so, behold, the skirt crafted from a $0.30 bedskirt and an old polo!

the skirt before (as a bedskirt)

the skirt after

(please excuse my duct tape dress form)

my home made label

the shirt before

the shirt after

this was one of the easiest projects ever! the only time consuming part was sewing all of the button holes. i also used an old tee shirt to line the skirt because it was kind of sheer.  the shirt and skirt aren't meant to go together, really. i just wanted to use those scraps. the solid green is felt.

let me know what you think!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / new pants in under 30 mins! [pics] on: February 11, 2006 08:03:38 PM
so i had these grey cords from the gap for a while, but they've gotten a little bit tight. so instead of giving them away or trying to squeeze into them, i added some stretchy fabric and voila!

i just cut the pants in a sort of "u" shape in the front down below the fly. then in the back i just cut right above the pockets. i used an old tank top for the stretchy material.

they fit really nicely, but i'm kind of afraid that they might fall down... we'll see! my finance says they look like maternity pants (in a good way! haha), but considering that i'm jealous of pregnant women who get to wear cute maternity pants, i didn't mind too much! just as long as no one mistakes me for a pregnant woman! so let me know what you think! and any ideas that i could use for holding the pants up would be greatly appreciated!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / my cat's cradle got out of hand. what we like to call "wall art" on: February 09, 2006 07:18:24 PM
my apartment has a number of bare walls. so while i was procrastinating yesterday, i decided to make something...sort of! my fiance and i had this idea for a while. i think we must've got the idea from somewhere, but all i can remember is seeing something similar in some silly action movie from the 60s. anyway! here is the lovely...thing!

It took me about five minutes to do. All you need is string and thumb tacks! I would've liked to use white thumb tacks, but all we had was brass! Let me know what you think!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / button clutch purse! over 250 buttons! on: January 22, 2006 06:18:17 PM
I actually made this for my best friend for christmas, but didn't get around to posting it until now. i took inspiration from https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45211.0 and i'm very pleased with the results.

the clutch before! the leather was ridiculous to sew through. my fingers still hurt!

after (front):

after (back):

It took me about 15 hours to complete. I wish I had enough patients to make one for myself. The best part about this gift is that it only cost me $5.

Enjoy! Comments and criticisms appreciated!!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Sewing darts into vinatage dress! Eeek! on: January 12, 2006 10:24:10 PM
Ok. So I bought an amazing vintage dress from goodwill a few weeks ago. It was only $4, and although it didn't fit perfectly I couldn't pass it up. I really need to sew darts in the back because the fabric gathers above my bum. I've never sewn darts before, and I'm really scared to do it without some knowledge on the subject. Can anyone with some experience give me some tips, hints, or direct me to a thread/tutorial on darts. I would be eternally greatful!

Just to show how much I need this, here are some pictures of my fabulous, but shapeless, dress.

front view:

side view:

back view:

So I hope someone can help me! I love this dress to death and I really don't want to take it to a seamstress! Thanks in advance for any help!!!
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