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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Post your CRAFTY Tattoos! on: November 25, 2010 09:51:28 PM
I'm new to posting so it wouldn't let me post a photo yet, but here is a link to my tattoo:

I sketched it myself.

I'm a clothing designers, so it's a dress form with stitching around it.  =)

2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / I make T-shirt Ballgowns on: November 25, 2010 09:14:46 PM
Hi everyone!  I am sort of new here.  I am registered, but I'm not that computer literate and don't use forums.  I know my clothing has been featured on here though so I wanted to reach out.  I make ballgowns and other clothing items out of recycled T-shirts.  
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage T-Shirts Gown on: November 22, 2005 05:14:36 PM
Aw, thanks for posting those photos for me.  I'm sometimes technically challenged and I usually have no time to try to figure out how to get over the challenges. 

Re: the poofing question:  There is a crinoline or hoop skirt underneath.  It is made from plastic boning in like a cage shape and there is fabric around it.  I purchase mine already made in Arizona where I live, but I'm sure there has got to be a website where you can get them.  They used to be made out of whalebones a long time ago.  Crazy huh?  They were called Farthingales back then.  Imagine having to carry around a huge cage like contraption made of whalebones all day?  It's funny because you can hide things under there.  I teach fashion classes and once time we did a show with the students and I was the emcee.  At the end of the show, I stood on stage and introduced all of the students.  I was standing by the curtain on the side.  And as each student's name was called, they climed out of my skirt on stage....kind of like the clown car!  HAHA!!!!!  By the end, it looked like I had about 20 students under my skirt.  It was hilarious!

 Cheesy xoxo
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Vintage T-Shirts Gown on: November 22, 2005 11:54:07 AM
I'm Angela Johnson. The T-shirt Ballgown designer that sells them for $200.  Wink
Great job on yours!  Love it!  Thanks for contacting me.  This is a really cool site.  You guys are super enthusiastic and supportive.  I love it!  I really enjoy sharing ideas and supportive environments like this.  Very cool.  

I've got some other cool ideas that you all might be interested in trying out as well.  I do a lot of reconstructions from things I find at thrift stores simply because I am addicted to thrifting and I have to buy everything that catches my eye!  So, I end up with piles of crap that I don't know what to do with and I have to figure out something creative to do with them.  Here are some of the things I've done in the past that you guys might want to try out....

First of all....the T-shirt Ballgown can be done in lots of different silhouettes and themes, etc....  My best sellers are the ones that have the huge hoop skirts under them so they are really big and billowey.  But you can also make them knee length or even make skirts or little girl's dresses.  I would attach a photo, but I'm new here and still have to figure out how.  Oh!  And I recommend serging everything that you make with T-shirts...that way the stitching can stretch with the stretch of the fabric.  If not, you are bound to pop a thread and unravel a seam.  Also, stretching is a problem....not while sewing...but after the garment is complete.  You should hang the garment overnight and the recut the hem to wear it should be because it will have grown a bit.  The cool thing is though, you can wash and dry these dresses, just like T-shirts so they might just shrink right back into place after you dry it.  So, I'd try that first before recutting the hem.  With all of those T-shirts, the dress gets pretty heavy.  Especially those big billowing ones that I do.  It takes a lot of shirts.

Ok, another idea is to take an old sweater and cut off the top part....the arms and the neck, etc... so that all is left is about a foot or a foot and a half of the bottom of it.  Then take some foldover elastic and sew it to the cut edge of the sweater so it doesn't frey.  Then turn it upside down and it's a shrug.  You can put buttons and bows and other embellishments on it and can use the arms as leg warmers.  

Another idea is to take men's button down shirts and turn them into skirts.  I've done this in a few different ways.  One way is to use 4 different shirts and cut the collars off and sew them together like a circle skirt.  You can turn the shirts upsidedown or on the bias or keep them straight or whatever.  Use the collars as the waist band, but be sure to keep one of the skirts verticle and upright so you can use that as the center front and it can be unbuttoned to get into with the collar stand as the top button.    I also use men's button downs for this other skirt where I just use the front of the shirt as the skirt and the back of the skirt is filled with ruffles made from other button downs.  

I've made a lot from men's button down shirts.  Everything from corsets... to bias shirts with ties as the shoulder straps... I save the cuffs and make bracelets out of them.  

The last is the most fun....I call it the tighty whitey skirt.  I go to the dollar store and buy packs of men's breifs...you know...the white tighty whitey underwear!  Then I randomly sew them all together to create a skirt.  The waistband from one of them is used as the waistband for the skirt.  They sell really well.  People love them. And whenever I wear mine, I always hear "hey! I can see your underwear!".

So, I hope there are some fun ideas for you guys in there.  Keep up the good work flickadaisy!   Grin  I love the quilt idea. I might do that as a christmas gift for someone.  So cute!  

Ok! Nice meeting you guys!!!!  xoxo

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