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1  blue summer dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cait on: June 20, 2006 07:32:29 PM
I made this dress from a giant button down dress I picked up at a thrift store. I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I haven't worn it yet (except for in this picture where I'm trying it on) and I'm not so sure I will. Its not exactly finished in the picture, I need to add the bias tape to the bottom, but I want to know that I'll wear it before I put any more effort into it!
I'd greatly appreciate any comments/criticism.
Also, please ignore my weird face!


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2  Re: How can I fix this chair?? Please help! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by cait on: May 23, 2006 07:00:36 PM
Thanks for the replies!
Peariso: I took your advice and removed the skirt. Oh my god! it made so much of a difference. I like it so much better now. It has small wooden legs that it sits on and they just make it look so much cleaner and nicer looking. Honestly, I was so shocked at what a simple solution that was! Turns out the skirt was only held on by a couple staples and some loose stitching, so it came off really clean and quickly. I was thinking I might recover the front section with the fabric from the skirt, but like you said theres not quite enough, so I'm considering maybe attatching it as sort of a panel on the bottom, right on top of the holes.
Like in this picture, but it would end where the arms connect to the chair (where you can see the seams) and the bottom would be much cleaner looking and not have all those loose threads. Also, obviously it would be much more flush with the chair, since I won't just be holding it on there.
Would that look really weird?

This is how it looks without the skirt. Do you think I'd be better off just patching the holes somehow, or stitching them up?

Thanks again for all the great suggestions. I would just take it somewhere to have fixed like hercuteness said, but its not quite in the budget.
And I dont really want to completely reupholster it because I love the fabric and the antique look of it.
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3  jacket for my boyfriend in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cait on: May 23, 2006 01:07:53 PM
I made this jacket for my boyfriend for Christmas, but just now got around to taking pictures and posting it because we lived in separate states for a while (but not anymore!)
I kind of loosly used a pattern, but expanded on it a lot. I made the collar a little bigger, the body and sleeves longer and thinner (since he's so skinny!) and made it button pea coat style instead of zipper.The pictures dont really have the color right, its more of a greyish green, not just green. It doesnt fit exactly how I wanted it to, its hard to tailer something to someones size when theyre states away, and I didnt want to ask his measurements and ruin the surprise!
I dont know how he feels about it, he doesnt wear it that often, although we do live in texas so theres not much need for it.
Let me know what you guys think and thanks for looking!

buttoned: (his shoulders (or the jackets) arent that weirdly wide, I dont know why it looks like that in the picture!)

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4  How can I fix this chair?? Please help! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by cait on: May 23, 2006 12:59:23 PM
Hello everyone,
   My boyfriend bought this chair at a resale shop a while ago, and has been in love with it ever since. I like it too, but when he first got it it only had a small tear, but its gotten much bigger. We're moving into an apartment together in about a week and he demands that the chair comes with us. I actually really like it so I dont mind, but I hate how torn up it is. Does anyone have any suggesions of how to fix it? Especially the large rip in the bottom right.
I really appreciate any advice I get
Thanks a lot,

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5  3 small notepads in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cait on: April 18, 2006 02:16:41 PM
I found these notepads at a resale shop for 40 cents for all 3. I think this counts as reconstructed- I didn't do much, just made some covers since they didn't have any. I wasn't planning on having them go together, but I like them as a set.
 Let me know what you think, and thanks for looking!

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6  First Completed Project Post!!! 3 shirts TUTORIAL ADDED (image heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by cait on: March 05, 2006 11:25:35 AM

This is the first time I've posted anything I've made. These three shirts were made from things I bought at resale shops. The yoked ones are from an XL men's shirt combined with a dress shirt (inspired by many a post here) and the blue one was made from a large button down. The green and white yoked shirt was my practice so its a little shaky. Also, please excuse the crappy pictures and un-ironed material. Any comments are greatly appreciated!!
Thanks for looking!




Tutorial Added:
OK, please excuse the terrible paint tutorial. I think I can explain it better in words than the pictures.
You'll need a shirt with those long things on the collar that you tie in a bow. I think another kind would work though, as long as you have a strip to put in the middle. Make sure the shirt is too big for you so there's enough fabric to gather on the bottom.

Step 1: cut off the collar things, leaving about half an inch on the still-attached part so that you can fold it in and have a clean edge (sorry if that doesnt make  sense...) Sew along that folded edge, and if the collar is wide enough, fold it in half length wise and sew to make a maderin collar.

Step2: Cut along all of the red dotted lines in the picture

Step 3: Sew one of the collar bands onto the bottom of the top half of the shirt.

Step 4: Sew the bottom of the shirt onto the bottom of the band, gathering the material as you go.

Step5: Re-attach sleaves at whatever length you want

Step 6: Sew edges of shirt along red dotted lines in order to fit as you like.

Alright, I hope that was clear! feel free to ask any questions!
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7  Re: Share your hand made Valentne's card ideas. in Valentine's Day by cait on: February 08, 2006 06:29:32 PM
here are some cards I made. sorry the pictures are so orange. I love valentines day for the sole purpose that I get to play with paper.
everyone elses look great!

-this is the first time i've posted something I've made!

inside the envelope on the last one is a little heart and a slip of paper that says happy valentine's day
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8  how should i wrap this? in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by cait on: February 08, 2006 05:27:08 PM
I found this (its called a polk-a-lay-lee) at an antique store, and got it to give to my boyfriend for his birthday. We live in different states, and he's coming to visit for a few days, but he'll get here 2 days before his actual birthday. I want to give him his presents on the actual day, so I want them to be wrapped and waiting, but I'm stuck on how to wrap this! its about 4 or 5 feet tall, and fairly thin. I'd really like it to be completely covered so I can set it out with the others and have it look all cute (I'm really anal about gift wrapping and arranging, I spend more time on that then the actual gift!)
anyone have any ideas? I dont really have time to find a box for it, plus its such an akward shape i dont think i could.
thanks in advance!
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