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1  I love wearing important messages! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by all_things_nifty on: July 21, 2006 03:14:04 PM
Once upon a time there was a t-shirt. This t-shirt carried a very important message. However, this t-shirt had a fatal flaw: it was big. And baggy. And yellow, a color which looks horrible on the shirt's owner (that would be me). So the owner took a pair of scissors and began to attack the beloved shirt. Clinging onto life by a thread (pun not intended), the shirt was rescued by a sewing machine, a dead backpack, and some black fabric. And it lives to spread its message yet today.

Sorry about the lack of a before picture, but it was pretty much the same, minus all of the black fabric. It just had normal, boring, short sleeves.

This is the after picture. The zipper is from an old backpack, which is why it's not exactly even. And the sleeves are long because my arms grow about an inch a week.

And this is the hood. Blame the lumpiness on my hair.

It's still yellow, but I think the black makes it a little bit more wearable.

I do have an opinion question: Does the zipper obstruct the words too much? Would it look better if it was just a pullover hoodie? I'm not sure, but I think I could sew the sides back together without the zipper. Let me know, thanks.
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2  Little kid dress into shirt - large pictures in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by all_things_nifty on: June 22, 2006 04:49:53 PM
About a month ago I rescued a bag of clothes my mom was sending to the thrift store. They were mostly clothes from when my sister and I had been about six or seven, I guess. Almost all of them were dresses. And surprisingly, almost all of them fit me. Not well, obviously. They were all short, and they were disgustingly tight around the armpits. But they all had enough fabric to have potential...

And this is one of those dresses, before it met Mr. Seam Ripper. (Sorry that all the pictures are so huge, I don't know why that happens)

Front - Yeah, I just realized that it was inside out. Too late now!

Back (I LOVED the criss-cross straps!)

And after some cutting and sewing, I had a nice stripey shirt.


Back (I even remade the criss-cross straps!)

**Please excuse the bra straps in all pictures**

I'm not sure if I love how drapey and puffy it is in the front, and I was thinking about doing more ruching down the whole front, do you know what I mean? What does anyone think about that? Thanks for looking!
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3  What to do with a discombobulated backpack? (couple of pictures) in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by all_things_nifty on: February 17, 2006 09:19:47 AM
Okay, I put this on the Recons section but I think that this is a better place to have it. I got a new backpack at the beginning of this year, and by October, it was falling apart. I have a different one now, but some of the backpack is in okay shape, and I don't want to waste all that material!

That's the front.

This  is the back.

The inside of one of the pockets.

And this is where it's ripped inside.
The straps are padded and there are a ton of pockets and zippers. Any ideas what I can make with it (besides another backpack)? Thanks.
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4  I guess you would call this a square skirt... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by all_things_nifty on: January 27, 2006 06:38:03 PM
I made this using a tutorial for a circle skirt, but instead of cutting out a circle, I cut out a square. Actually, I cut out two squares and layered them on top of each other.

I made one for my sister too, but the chances of her letting me take her picture are about none.
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5  Re: Wine Bottles (30+ of them) in What the heck can I do with THIS? by all_things_nifty on: January 14, 2006 09:03:52 PM
Clean the bottles out really well (so they don't smell like wine) and layer those shiny bead necklaces that you can get at the dollar store. I think they're called Mardi Gras beads.

I would use the necklaces as opposed to regular beads so that the layers wouldn't melt into each other.
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6  I fixed my broken hoodie! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by all_things_nifty on: January 14, 2006 01:26:36 PM
Okay, well, it wasn't really broken. But it was unwearable. I HATE long-sleeves that aren't really long enough, but I got the biggest size the store had to offer. It was one of those boardwalk shops. Anyway, I ripped everything off (sleeves, zipper, pockets) and took in the sleeves and the body. I added some blue ribbed fabric we had laying around to the ends of the sleeves and the main part. I re-sewed the zipper on - it didn't go all the way to the neck, but that's okay, because I never zip it up that far anyway.


Look how short the sleeves were! Tongue

The after shot

I don't know what possessed me to sew the sleeves on like that, but I didn't feel like re-sewing them on.

The decal is a little too close to the armpit now, but I think I can live with that unless anyone has an idea of how to move it without making it too obvious?
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7  striped halter top and black skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by all_things_nifty on: January 08, 2006 06:12:27 PM
I discovered this website about two days ago and have since spent the entire weekend looking at all the amazing clothes everyone has made! Yesterday I tried to do something myself. I don't have any before pictures, but the shirt started as a cute but ill-fitting pink thing with a green and white diagonal stripe. The skirt was made of a pair of hideous soccer shorts and its waistband is part of a t-shirt (I love the waistband!)
All I did to the shirt was take in the sides a lot and ripped off the bacl of the spaghetti straps to make it a halter. The shorts... I mutilated them and sewed a band of gray t-shirt to the top. The finished skirt is too short, but I don't know what to do about that... Rip up another pair of shorts for a second layer?

front of halter

back of halter

side of halter

front of skirt

back of skirt

Sorry that the pictures are so huge. Please let me know if you have any ideas how to make the skirt a little longer.
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