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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sarong...to so right. on: August 02, 2007 10:15:13 PM
Yup...that was my joke for the day.

Anywhoooo...I haven't posted in what seems like forever. It's a little ridiculous. So, here I am with something simple but oh so comfy.

I guess this could have gone in the general category too, seeing as the sarong was just a big sheet of material...but I'll stick to form and put it here, seeing as it did start it's life as something different.

So...without further ado...my new dress!
(please bear with me while my slowly failing camera tries its hardest to photograph black fabric  Roll Eyes  )



And the bust detail. Yay for useless buttons!

Thanks for looking.  Smiley

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Damnit Jerry, I wanna be a sailor too! on: April 27, 2007 09:28:30 PM
So...here's the story. I picked up this horrible short and shirt set from value village, because I wanted to use the shorts for a sculpture project earlier this year. It's a woman's XL, it's large, boxy, and something you might see an overweight grandma sporting in the summer with some oversized raybans. So, I've had the shirt kicking around for a while, and I knew I wanted to do *something* with it...because the fabric is pretty great. Blue and white stripped seersucker...can't go wrong. So, I teamed it up with some white fabric I had laying around and made my ode to sailor pin-up complete with machine embroidered stars. I'm pleased. Smiley

Here's the fat-grandma before:

And the sailor-girl after:

Oooh! Some side action:

The back:

It brings out the tart in me...I just can't help it...lol.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another men's dress shirt...now a skirt! on: March 26, 2007 03:06:40 PM
So, it seems all I recon lately are men's dress shirts....but I really like working with them, and I find they're quite versitile. I decided to try something new and make a skirt. I had this rather drab beige/grey/silvery shirt that I decided would look much nicer reborn as a skirt. I almost removed the front pockets, but then decided to just work with them...and I'm glad I left them alone. I also replaced all the beige buttons with black ones and added a strip of black binding to the bottom hem....just for a little more interest. I figured if you're going to make a skirt out of a shirt, you either had better make it look like it was never a shirt, or totally play up the fact that it used to be a shirt. So I opted for the latter and played it up.
Anyways...on with the photos!!




Thanks for looking.  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skull Applique t-shirt on: March 15, 2007 11:33:30 PM
So, this started life as a big, boxy men's tshirt. So, I took it in, reattached smaller sleeves with some poof to them and added a cute little skull applique. It's my first go at applique, and I'm pretty pleased.

From the front:

Some side action:

Skull detail:

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly as sin sweatshirt into something super sweet on: March 15, 2007 08:15:19 AM
Okay...so, I got this bag of clothes from a friend of mine after he cleaned out his closet. I've been slowly working my way through it making various things. I had been humming and hawwing about what exactly to do with this ass ugly sweatshirt, because we all had a good laugh about the possiblity of making something wearable out of it. It had a big ugly wolf head embroidered smack in the middle. But, damnit, I was determined! So...this is what I came up with. I'm not sure what to call it...but I think it's cute.

The pitiful before:

And the refreshing after:

A little side action:

Detail of the machine embroidered cherry blossoms:
(don't mind my chalk outlines)

Detail of the slightly poofy sleeves:

So, that's that!
Thanks for looking.  Smiley

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black Pleather Slouchy Purse on: March 08, 2007 11:58:03 PM
I really wanted a slouchy, floppy, roomy leather-look purse. So, I grabbed my old pleather jacket that I was no longer wearing, and started hacking it apart!

I took a chance on my sewing machine's muscle power and did some ruching/gathering at the opening of the purse. Success! Pleather is much more cooperative than the real thing, I imagine.

I used some of the preexisting button holes/buttons from the coat and made a button closure. I added a white liner (I love black and white for spring), and I was set!

I'm happy with it. It's big and roomy, and just what I wanted. I love when that happens.  Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Kimono style shirt....men's dress shirt no more! (EDIT: Now with tutorial!) on: February 11, 2007 10:48:58 PM
So...I got a bag of clothes while visiting a friend last weekend. Among the pile of boy clothes was this black and white paisely dress shirt. It screamed kimono at me...I don't know why...it just did.
So, armed with a little extra black fabric, and a well fitting shirt for a rough pattern, I set to work. I pretty well just made it up as I went along, but it came out fairly close to what I envisioned, so I'm happy! Nothing better than making new clothes instead of doing laundry...haha.  Cheesy
On to the pictures!...

The shirt before

And after!

And on me...

From the side...

And a detail of the fabric

Thanks for looking!  Smiley

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So, I decided to try my hand at drawing my first tutorial. Hopefully it makes sense, and I didn't forget any important steps! Any questions...please feel free to ask.  Smiley  

1. Remove the sleeves of the shirt at their seam...and save for later.
2. Remove the button strips on both sides of the shirt (lay shirt out with remaining sides touching).
3. Remove the front of the collar, leaving the back intact.
4. Using a shirt that fits you well, mark out your cut lines making sure to leave seam allowance. Cut off excess, but do not sew sides back together just yet.

5. Measure an even v-neck shape and cut away, making sure to leave the back collar ridge.
6. Using extra material in a complimenting colour, make a wide binding tape. Pin around the collar and down either sides of the front opening in one continuous strip. A small dart will be necessary where the tape bends into the v-neck. Sew in place. Now sew the front of the shirt together (right sides together).
7. Measure a wide strip of fabric for the front of the "belt". Iron the edges over, as if for a hem, and sew the panel directly onto the shirt. (Slip the shirt over your head and mark where you want the "belt" panel to start). Now sew up the sides of the shirt, and hem the bottom.
8. Measure around your waist and add to that enough length to make your tie. Cut two long strips of your extra fabric the same width of your front panel (have them narrow toward the ends). Sew them right sides together and turn inside out; finish the open end to make a belt. Centre the belt on the back of the shirt and pin in place. Sew onto the shirt, just until the side seams of the shirt.

(If you wanted your shirt to tie in the back, reverse steps 7 and 8 from front to back)

9. Now, grab your original sleeves, and turn them upside down so the cuffs are at your sleeve openings and the wide shoulder part is now your new cuff.
10. Trace out the shape of your sleeve opening onto your sleeves and cut away the excess.
11. Cut the sleeves straight across the bottom and add a strip of your wide binding tape to finish the hem.
12. Attach your sleeves.

13. Put on your shirt, tie it up, and voila!  Cheesy

Hopefully that was helpful. If there is anything confusing, please let me know and I'll try my best to clarify.  Thank you for all the great comments!  Smiley

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Boyfriend's dress shirt = kickin shirtdress on: January 22, 2007 01:53:03 PM
I've been wanting a shirt dress for so very long...so finally, I just decided to jump on that ball. One of my bf's favourite shirts got a tear in the arm that just couldn't be repaired, so I scooped it up!

The shirt is originally a men's medium, which even at 4'11" wasn't quite as long as I would have liked it to be...so I had to improvise.

First I removed the sleeves from the shirt. Then I cut the shirt in half just under my bustline. I took in the top half to fit. The bottom half of the shirt I took in to fit at my waist, like a skirt. Then I opened up the original sleeves of the shirt and created a middle panel for my dress. On the front waist panel I added some rouching.
With the left over material I added some cap sleeves. And voila...my kickin shirt dress.

I may add a zipper, as it's a bit of a wiggle to get on...but otherwise, it fits like a glove.

(please ignore my somewhat drunken appearance...I wasn't drunk...really)




Detail of rouching.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse with ruching! (IMG heavy) on: September 18, 2006 12:49:27 PM
So, this is my first time actually posting any of my craftiness. I guess I've just never quite gotten around to it before. But this time...oh yes...I will show off my wares.  Tongue

This is my second attempt at purse making. After the first one my boyfriend's sister requested one for her birthday, and seeing as that is on wednesday, I decided to get busy this weekend.
I wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge to make this purse really special...so as a result this was my first stab at ruching, using a magnetic snap, and installing a zippered pocket. I'm pretty happy with the results.

White fabric with striped lining. Ruching panel in the front.

This is the back of the purse, with lined open pocket.

Here is a detail of the strap ring I used.

Here's the inside with magnet snap and pocket.

And here's the lined pocket.

So, that's that. I'm happy with it, I hope my boyfriend's sister will be too. Any suggestion, comments would be appreciated! Thanks for looking.   Cheesy
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Mac and Cheese on: November 21, 2005 10:46:27 PM
This was the only cheesy food I really missed when I went vegan. I've spent a good long time coming up with a kick ass recipe to satisfy my craving for this yummy comfort food. It's so good, and all the omi's in my life love it too. It's a great potluck dish that everyone can enjoy. *drool*  I just had to share!

*Vegan Mac and Cheese*

•   3 cups dry macaroni
•   1 ½ Tbsp margarine
•   3 Tbsp flour
•   3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
•   2 ½ cups plain soy milk
•   ½ a block of VeganRella “cheddar” cheese, or 4 oz. of your favourite vegan cheese
•   1 clove garlic, minced
•   1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
•   1 Tbsp minced dry parsley
•   1 tsp salt
•   pepper to taste
•   paprika to taste (optional)

Cook pasta until just tender; drain and set aside.

Melt margarine in a saucepan and add onions and garlic. Sautee for one minute. Slowly add the soy milk, constantly whisking the mixture. Add flour and nutritional yeast. Meanwhile, continue whisking. Add cheese, parsley, and salt. Whisk until sauce is thick and smooth.
Combine sauce and pasta, in a lightly greased casserole dish and sprinkle with paprika and pepper. Bake at 375F degrees for 30 minutes. If you like a crusty top you can add breadcrumbs on top before going in the oven.

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