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1  Re: Pirate-y Corset-ish Top Help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: July 15, 2008 03:22:07 AM
okay, here's the basic idea of how I would do the panels:

In my experience, corsets don't really work out without pinning. But the measurements to draw the pattern would be chest under the breasts, stomach, hips at the point where you want the corset to end. The width of the front panel at the top would be the width of the opening. Subtract this width from the measurement, divide the rest by 3 to get the widths of the other panels in that area. The other measurements get simply divided by 4. If you want an actual corset, you'll need to add boning - I'd add it near where the panels come together.

I actually intend to make a shirt like this when I return to the states. So if you want a full fledged out tutorial, I can put one together after the 21st.

Hope you find this helpful, good luck with your project!
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2  my SPECIAL tee dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: February 04, 2008 06:42:32 PM
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the "Mom says I ride the short bus because I'm special" tees/sayings? Well, my step dad decided to be extra helpful and get me one. . . In XL. (This is actually an improvement, he usually picks up the XXL ones!) He's actually the reason why I recon tees, I have so many cool ones that are huge.

A little while ago, I made a beach LOTR dress. One of my friends saw it and wanted one for his girlfriend out of a Coheed and Cambria tee. So I decided to verify my skills in tee-dress making by fixing up this Special Tee.

I know, I know, I ramble. But here are all the cool pictures you wanted to see!


(note the cute side pocket! first time I've tried this!)



Thanks for viewing and/or commenting!

<3, Tatiana

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3  What do u do w/ all those old sweaters u love that no longer fit properly? THIS! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: February 02, 2008 09:35:47 PM

Once upon a time there was a sweater! It was made Bangladesh. It was a regular sweater, not special in any way and any regular kid in middle school would love it! But it didn't go to just any kid, it was given by a grandmother to a little girl who was a little crafty. So one day when this little girl grew up an went off to college, she revamped the sweater (because obviously it's cozy and comfy and it's effing cold in the winter). The sweater was way too short at the waist, but way too baggy in the sleeves. So the young recon lover made the sweater even shorter! And gave the sweater slim fitting sleeves and a lower neckline.  Such is the story of this sweater. Tongue

Now that we all agree that my storytelling ability is way worse then my sewing ability, you can enjoy the sweater that is cute.

Thanks for looking/reading/commenting. Cheesy

<3, Tatiana
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4  BabyBlue Flowers Top with an open back!!! Plus a jumper and pants! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: January 27, 2008 12:29:24 AM
Hello hello! Tongue

First thing up is my skirt recon that I completely messed up and ended up with only enough material to patch together this top. But what do you know? It rocks!

this is the before:

Now here's a jumper that I made from a pair of overalls in August. (Same time I did a whole bunch of jeans to minis recons.)

Last and actually probably least reconed - the dancing pants. Here's the surprise: they're my boyfriend's dancing pants. hehe. I fixed them up to fit me, mostly just editing the length.

Sorry, no before pictures of my bf wearing this pair - he's camera shy. Cheesy

So, I appreciate everyones comments, advise, critique, etc. Tongue Thanks for checking out my post!

<3, Tatiana
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5  Re: jean mini with stars -> used the pant leg to make up length :D lots of pictu in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: January 03, 2008 11:36:48 AM
little update. I made another one of these. Here's a pic:

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6  DRESS: jean corset and silk ruffles (from jean scraps and a gypsy skirt) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: January 03, 2008 11:28:13 AM
I made this dress out of scraps of jean pant legs and an old gypsy skirt made from silk.  My boyfriend complains that it ought to be longer. The corset is extra long and it can be worn without the skirt part. I used snaps to fasten the corset, the bubble skirt and the strap together, so that I could have a little more freedom and do combinations. I'm planning to make another skirt for this corset out of baby blue flower material. And I may get adventurous a make another corset out of black jean material. The dress can be worn with or without the strap, just have to adjust the tightness.


ignore the fact that this picture is from 2005 and I'm a teenage mess. Smiley I think everyone can imagine a regular pair of jeans for the other part. Cheesy

who doesn't love a bunny? (random)
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7  Jester of Death (costume w/ pics) in Halloween Costumes by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: November 22, 2007 10:29:18 AM
Made this costume for my boyfriend. He's the Jester of Death (you can tell because of the skull on the walking stick and if you could see them the little skull bells of the ends of the jester hat). I know, not a kid friendly costume. But I thought it turned great. The shirt and the pants are quilted in diamond pattern, there are three layers to both: the face fabric, a thick puffy non-fabric material, and an inside fabric. (This was to give the pants and shirt volume, like the medieval clothing. Or what he thought medieval clothing was.) The vest is a separate item. You really can't tell what the hat looks like because its tails are all behind him. The little hat for the skull I made as a prototype and he painted the stick in a diamond pattern (it's a table leg from Lowe's).

(that's me, guess what I am...)
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8  TUTE: Gypsy Skirt (and a Hawaiian pleated skirt) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: August 01, 2007 07:40:40 PM

I call this a gypsy skirt, I'm pretty sure by definition it isn't. What I did was cut at uneven angles and then gather in the corners of the base. Tada, skirt complete. This is not a square skirt though, it's just uneven.

Here be the long promised tutorial! Tongue

The Pleated Skirt

Technically I pleated the skirt, but the fabric isn't what you'd usually use for a pleat. It was just a way to gather up the fabric and make one very big sun skirt. There is a hidden belt, it keeps the skirt on my waist instead of my hips, this isn't stretchy fabric. I have to wear a slip or a white under skirt with this because the fabric is see-through. As you can probably tell because I'm not wearing anything like that. lol. I have lots of plans for making a slip... but I haven't yet. I don't want to attach one, in case I might need it for something else.

Thanks for viewing! I'd appreciate comments/criticism/suggestions/endless odes of adoration of my sewing skills *cough cough* Cheesy
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9  Fitted Tee Recon - > Using DARTS in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: August 01, 2007 09:03:21 AM
I loved my I <3 NY tee, but it was an XL. I really don't like resizing tees the conventional way, they'll fit, but it makes for an awkward shape. So I tried something new. I checked my regular button up dressy shirt and noticed that it had darts running down the middle. So I copied the design to my tee!

There are darts on the back and front. Only the ones on the front run up to the middle of the bust line, whereas the back has them all the way to the tops of my shoulder blades. I also fitted the sleeves.

The tee has a raw hem - I used the hem-stitch (one that loops), but just a space above where the actual fabric ends. Saw this done on one of the GAP tees.

If anyone wants a tute, I can draw up a quick one, just let me know. This is super easy to do! Especially if your tee is only a size or two too big!

Thanks for viewing, I appreciate any comments!
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10  Help with Need a Tute/Pattern for a fitted cami top. Pic referance inside! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by smotheredsleepingbeauty on: August 01, 2007 06:45:29 AM
Saw this a long time on Urban Outfitters:

I have an old Wall-Mart pencil skirt from about 8th grade that uses see through fabric and an under-layer. I want to use the fabric and recon the skirt into a top like the one above.

I've been looking around for a tute, but I'm not really sure what to call this type of shirt. I'm just looking for a pattern or a tute. Cheesy

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