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71  Heinous 80's sweatshirts have their uses, too! in CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES by shesxautomatic on: December 01, 2007 02:13:26 PM
God. I love the 80's, and everything tacky that is included with the decade.

That being said, at first I wasn't so sure about this particular artifact. I bought it for a dollar at the local Goodwill outlet the day that I heard about this challenge... I really didn't have any intentions on entering it (and after seeing Jayne's contribution, I'm REALLY thinking that I have no chance!), but I am really excited about the outcome. This is a really simple recon - and I like it that way. I like that it didn't take too much to re-vamp it, yet it looks completely different. All I did was remove the sleeves and make new ones - I used a tshirt for the black base, and the binding came from the enormous sleeves that I cut off. Then I took the whole thing in and gave it a feminine shape. That's it!

Anyway! On to the pictures! No action shots - it's a couple sizes too big for me. Sorry!


Here she is in all her glory. All my friends laughed hysterically when they saw this picture.

On my dressform.

CHECK OUT THIS FREAKING ARMPIT! I swear, the hole started somewhere around my bellybutton.
Sorry about the overabundance of befores... I really couldn't get over the ugliness, though.


Minidress!! It's still got that deliciously tacky 80's color scheme, but it actually fits.

In case anyone was wondering, those snaps don't actually unsnap. They are purely for decoration.

Binding! I tried to incorporate at least 2 different colors on each sleeve. I wanted some of that stained glass action in there.

Thanks for looking! And remember - there is no such thing as "too ugly"!!
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72  are you sick of me yet?? more jersey dresses - img. hvy. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: November 19, 2007 11:39:47 AM
i know, i know, i've been busting these out left and right. i don't think i've ever made so many clothes in such a short time... and believe me, this is NOT all of it. but, it is what happens when your boyfriend is 3000 miles away and no one is throwing any sweet parties.

everything is sewn on my sweet lover, i mean serger. and the patterns are all my own.

my ode to winter. technically, this is a partial recon... because the yoke fabric is from an itty-bitty boy's tshirt. i'm talking like size 2-4. but the fabric is new, so whatevs.

some yoke footage. those buttons... yeah, they shouldn't be red, should they? i wanted them to be gold, but they were too heavy on the sweet stretchiness of the jersey knit. alas. and them little pleats by the collar are supposed to be there. this is me trying to be experimental.

sleeeeeves! i putt little pleats in them because, well, i liked the way it looked.

and here's my favorite brown dress in action:

that brown jersey? a dollar a yard. that goldbrown stretch lace? a dollar a yard. i don't care how corrupt it is, I LOVE WAL-MART, HOME OF THE TWO DOLLAR DRESS, Y'ALL!

this is me, workin' it by the front door. work it work it.

ps - my great-grandmother painted that matador picture behind me. haha! love it!

proclamations of love are appreciated.
i'm sick and all.

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73  AWWWW!!!! blue/gray jersey dress with buttons in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: November 17, 2007 11:08:10 AM
well, i think this dress is cute. it makes me smile.

i used a soft gray jersey for the base and made MY VERY FIRST YOKE with some stretchy blue ribbed whatever. the buttons are completely non-functional, i just liked the way they looked. the bottom is a little tighter so that it gives a nice shape. i like slinky clothes, can you tell?

oh, and that huge wrinkle in the middle? that's just because the dress is longer than the form. it's not really wrinkled on a human. but when i pull it all the way down on the form, it shapes funny due to the absence of legs.

carry on!

banding banding banding i love you.

i know the yoke should sit higher, but other than that, is there anything else i should be concerned about? i'm trying to perfect my technique here.

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74  judy jetson shops at american apparel?! (img. hvy.) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: October 25, 2007 11:38:27 AM
i love the fact that american apparel clothes can be copied with very little effort. especially since i can't really afford to spend $50 on a tube with arm and neckholes. but i CAN afford $1/yard jersey knit (i swear, that was a once-in-a-lifetime deal, and i am so sad that i didn't buy more).

all patterns drafted by me, because i'm awesome.

the initial inspiration. actually, i think this is a shirt. but i really do wear my dresses that short (with tights - shh!).

... and here's what i came up with. obviously, there is a collar - i wasn't a big fan of the vneck - and i shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length. eh? the bottom is wrinkly because i stretched it as i sewed the binding on. when i'm actually wearing it, it has a nice tight shape... and does not ride up over my boo-tay.
the black band is not actually part of the dress - it's just a little belt thing i made with some cotton fabric and velcro. i've been obsessed with these things lately.

here's a close-up of the sweet collar. it was my first one ever!

and another. that's not a hole; it's a wrinkle from me not pressing correctly.

i also made my very own little black dress with some lightweight jersey. it's a tiny bit longer than the red one, and has the same binding at the bottom (hence why it looks so weird on the dressform). hard to see, but the sleeves also have black binding.

close-up of the turtleneck/cowlneck hybrid... thing.

so... what do you think?

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75  pink placemat purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: October 08, 2007 01:40:10 PM
... thank god for alliteration!!

so anyway. i found this placemat on the clearance rack for $1. i like the fact that it's made out of pink suede, and all the neat little seam lines running across it. plus, it's a placemat, so i didn't have to use interfacing  Grin. all fabric and notions came from massive stash, so total cost = $1.00.

sorry the pictures are huge!


show me yo' boxed corners:

lining. wow. that lining application looks awful. i swear it's not that wonky in non-picture existence.

the end!
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76  ready for fall: brown herringbone miniskirt (6 pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: September 19, 2007 04:45:44 PM
let me start off by saying that i love autumn. i love the smells, the chills, the holidays, the lack of humidity (i live in the deep south!), and the CLOTHES!!

i bought this herringbone fabric earlier this summer but never bothered with it because i was unsure what to execute. i was mostly worried about messing up what little fabric i bought, which was already pretty expensive (but not as expensive as the wool - i had no idea wool costs so much).

anyway, i'm really happy with how it turned out. the pattern was inspired by a similar skirt i bought from american eagle a couple years ago, although i did change a couple things that i didn't feel like messing with (front zippers -HAHAHA LIKE I CAN DO THOSE!!! HAHAHA!!!). all seams are serged - with this type of fabric, it's absolutely necessary. there is a side zip and the waistband closes with a couple flat hook&eyes. oh, and there are a couple darts in the waistband because i was too stupid to realize the original pattern pieces required a slight curve to actually fit. whatever.

without further ado:

here it is, as posed by my ladyfriend

this is the side, not the back. i just realized how silly this picture looks, but you get a good idea of the pleats. and just for the record: my butt looks way better in that skirt than my friend's does. trust me.

and here it is on meeee. that guinness shirt is recon from about a hundred years (ok, two months) ago.

here are what the pleats look like. i tried taking this picture about a dozen times, and each one came out either blurry or ghostie. sorry about that. i told the ghost to stay out of the picture, but she wouldn't listen.

the inside, because i'm a real snob about having pretty seams

here's the skirt with her cousin, the inspiration. oh, and my kitten, who diligently helped throughout the entire process by losing my seam ripper, basting thread, various pins, and the screwdriver that lets you change out the needles in the serger.

thanks for looking!
comments? questions? marriage proposals?
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77  Re: a tale of two floors - IMAGE HEAVYHEAVYHEAVY in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by shesxautomatic on: September 06, 2007 11:09:38 AM
thanks for the feedback guys! amelia says thank you as well.

the kitchen has been an ongoing work-in-progress for the past year or so... small bits done at a time because A. i'm on a budget; and B. my ex didn't like a lot of my crafty ideas (what the hey, he's gone now. good riddance). to give you an idea of what i started with, here's how it was set up when i first moved in:


and, yes, that IS a hello kitty toaster. it puts her face on the toast, haha.
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78  a tale of two floors - IMAGE HEAVYHEAVYHEAVY in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by shesxautomatic on: August 31, 2007 08:35:29 PM
i got this sweet little apartment about a year and a half ago. my landlord is neat in the sense that he lets us paint and rip everything apart, but when it's repair time, it's very hard to get him to do anything. i've been asking him to replace the floors in my kitchen since i moved in, but nothing's come of it. so, today, i took matters into my own hands.

here is what the floor looked like to begin with. not too bad, right?

... until you get a closer look. ugh. someone needs to teach that man what a straight line is.

the area in front of the fridge was the grossest part.

i start ripping, and i'm suddenly having second thoughts. hm. maybe this wasn't such a great idea?

and that HOLE under the sink??? WTF dude?!

no more floor! whee!

take two!

i'm pretty sure this is what the original hardwood looked like (FYI: the rest of the house has hardwoods, except the bathroom, which is black and white checkered tile. yes, real tile. not ugly vinyl). i have no idea why he covered it; it was pretty. unfortunately, i couldn't salvage it - there were too many stains and too much gunk stuck to it. maybe if i owned the place, but heck, this is a rental.

cleaning sort of helped.

my kitten, amelia earhart, helped me lay the "tiles" (ugly vinyl).

almost done...

I RULE AT LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

this is my kitchen. she is happy to no longer be scattered through out the apartment.

now i'm just showing off my sweet blue cabinets, which i did last night.

and again.

this is me proving that i rule at life...

... and amelia asking if she can have a pabst.

thanks for acknowledging!
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79  tennessee pride hoodie (we do love our state) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: August 29, 2007 04:37:44 PM
i picked this sweatshirt up at music city thrift a few months back - it was an XL and BRAND SPANKIN' NEW. i like it because it says tennessee and has what look like converse on it.


this project took a lot longer than i anticipated, mostly because i always wonk up my zippers. the hood is made from sweatshirt material i bought by the yard, and lined with some bangin' lace i found for $1. for some reason, the sleeves were too short upon removing the ribbing (FYI - i am a short, petite person. with short arms. Huh), so i put some fold-back cuff action on them. the hood, cuffs, and bottom band are all trimmed by my serger.

 i'm debating whether or not to put some pockets on the front, because i love pockets (my hands are always trying to find them, regardless of whether or not they actually exist), but i'm not sure if that would be too much clutter.

on my dressform

v. blurry close-up of the lace

i'm so tough

comments? suggestions? proclamations of love for tennessee?
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80  dino mini in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: August 26, 2007 06:03:19 PM
i found this pillowcase (along with it's twin and mama bedsheet) at a thrift store a couple weeks ago... i suppose it's never even been used, as the material was extremely stiff. i hope it loosens up upon it's first wash.

anyway, this is the first piece of clothing i've managed with ONLY measurements... usually i rip off of existing clothing and/or patterns. the waistband was a bit of a drag; there are actually a few darts in it because i forgot that my waist is not a perfect rectangle. this is also the first time i've done pleating.

anyway. my boyfriend likes it. he's begging me for the other pillowcase.

full-on shot

aw! aren't they cute?

thanks for looking
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