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51  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / you're a winner! on: September 12, 2005 09:43:45 AM

I made one of these for my friend, and it turned out so beautifully I made one for myself, too.  Now I can be a winner everyday!
52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / the motherload! (img heavy) on: September 12, 2005 09:41:27 AM
Since I finally got around to joining Craftster after meaning to for over a year, I figured I'd show off some of my past projects.  I apologize in advance for crappy photos, but most of these were taken back when I still had a crapola webcam.  I actually enjoy doing reconstructions more than sewing from scratch.  I like to think that it's more of a challenge, but really I just have a short attention span.

#1: dress to shirt

This I reconstructed out of a giant linen dress that went down to my ankles.  Simple enough.  I just cut off the bottom and the sleeves.  Then I brought it in on the sides and added a cute waistband.  Voila.

#2: men's to women's

This one took forever, I wish I had a better picture of it.  My boyfriend is a supershopper and has tons of vintage clothes lying around.  I reconstructed this out of one of his old shirts.  I had to take in everything, including making the sleeves shorter and the shoulders narrower.  Then I embroidered an abstract design on the front.  I have actually gotten pretty good at doing this, so I can put up a tutorial if anyone's interested.

#3: plain to pretty

After making this sweater smaller I had lots of leftover fabric, so I decided to make this lovely decoration on the shoulder.  I think it came out rather nice.

#4: art shirts

These aren't really reconstructions, although I did resize the shirts before I used them.  Both are done with FabricMate fabric markers (which I highly recommend, by the way.  I've washed these shirts a million times and they've hardly faded at all!)  The dino is expressing my love of daily dinosaur comics (http://www.qwantz.com).  The lettering next to spock says "leonard nimoy for president".

So that's a sampling of what I do.  Currently I'm involved in reconstructing a dress back-to-front.  It's exciting in a nightmarish way.
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