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1  Get your Apr-on! Old dress into a frilly apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stitchlounge on: September 04, 2008 12:05:04 PM
In Subversive Seamster, we turned an apron into a dress. Now were turning a dress into an apron! The circle of recycling life continues! And looks good doing it...

The dress (before)

The dress (after)

Download the tutorial!
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2  Make a D-ring belt from a vintage neck tie! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stitchlounge on: June 25, 2008 01:48:56 PM
Belts: Theyre functional, fashionable and fabulous!
Belts: Theyre also sometimes ridiculously expensive and not the right size!

Weve all experienced or witnessed that unflattering situation when unbelted jeans slide down, leaving a saggy bottom and visible undergarments. (Or plumbers crack! Even worse!).  And weve all heard that cinching a belt over a dress, blazer, or cardigan creates a slim waist (thanks Tim Gunn!).  Since both of these are excellent reasons to don a belt, we refashionistas have found a way to do so, R.I.Y. (refashion it yourself!) style.

This project uses heavy-weight interfacing to stiffen a d-ring belt made from vintage fabric.  We used a vintage necktie because the fabric is roughly the length we need for our belt (and they are dirt cheap at thrift stores!), but any woven fabric will work with this project.  We purchased the interfacing and the d-rings at our favorite fabric store, but extra credit if you re-use these pieces from an old belt you have lying around!

You can download the pdf of goodness here!

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3  Link to Tutorial: Girl's Gathered Vintage Valance (Curtain) Top in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by stitchlounge on: May 27, 2008 02:01:46 PM
Our newest tutorial brings you something for the lovely little lady in your life - a Girl's Gathered Vintage Valance Top!

We love the fabric in vintage valance curtains and they can be found aplenty at your neighborhood thrift storeor in your grandmas kitchen! Valances (as opposed to longer curtains) are already hemmed on top and bottom, and have a pre-sewn casing in place, making it a super easy, super fast project for a crafty mom on the go!

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4  teeny tiny fold-up reusable shopping tote from a tank in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stitchlounge on: April 15, 2008 02:50:39 PM
Like most refashionistas out there, we try to do our part to recycle, eliminate waste, and reduce consumption. But sometimes, despite our best intentions, we don't remember to bring our reusable totebag to the grocery store. We solved this problem by teaming up with Bernina to create a very memorable reusable shopping tote, made from a recycled tank top! As an added bonus, it folds up super small to fit in your purse so you will always have it with you. Extra credit for the environment!

The tote in use:

The tote rolled up:

You can download the pdf of goodness here!

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5  Refashioned Beefy Tee into Boat Neck Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stitchlounge on: March 27, 2008 09:28:36 AM
In this project we'll show you how to refashion a man's tee into a boat neck top with cap sleeves and a fitted waistband. (Please be sure to check with your beau before snaking his shirt for this project!)

Go to http://www.stitchlounge.com/site/?s=tutorials to download the full tutorial with photos and all...and check out all of the other tutes while you're there!


It's that time of year again, when baseball fans get excited because spring training is under way and a new season is about to begin. Oh boy! Part of the fun of going to baseball games (aside from the hot dogs, peanuts, and ice cold beverages of course) is rooting for your home team. And clearly, rooting for your home team involves wearing the right outfit. Clearly.

If you're a baseball fan (or hang out with one that plies you with icy cold beverages to get you to watch the game) you know that team shirts are usually big, boxy and not flattering on us gals. (There are girl versions that come in pink and fit like a baby doll tee from the nineties. No thanks, we'll make our own!)
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6  Re: Meat Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by stitchlounge on: December 30, 2005 09:19:00 AM
Photos I took before I sent my meat crafts to lexer.

The bacon scarf:

The i [heart/steak] meat tank:

A closeup:

And the stuff I sent in my first mailing (in addition to another i [heart/steak] meat tank):

Meat wine charms

A bbq tank (yes, it was warm in san francisco when i crafting, alas it is warm no more!)

I'm glad the stuff got there! And actually, I like the bacon scarf most of all, so I'm pleased I had to make 2x so I could be inspired! Smiley
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7  I'm a tattoo fabric ho (Western/Cowgirl Shirt) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stitchlounge on: November 01, 2005 07:50:58 AM
With the scraps left from the dress and bag (I'll get pics up soon of me in them), I decided I needed a cowgirl shirt. (Was going to be for Halloween, then there was a change of plans. Every girl still needs a kickin' western shirt, no?) I grabbed a regular stretchy button up shirt and laid the material on the shoulder and traced the shape I wanted. Then I attached some Stitch Witchery, sewed on the piping, ironed the whole things on the shirt, and then finally sewed it into place. Oh, and added the extra piping to the wrists for kicks. I'm sure there is an easier way, I just couldn't think of it...

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8  tattoo fabric sundress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by stitchlounge on: October 31, 2005 05:05:25 PM
This is my second sundress/laundry dress from this pattern. (The first one from flame material that I had cut eleventy million years ago, but never sewn.) I love the material! So girly, but fierce. It was a tumultuous project with bias tape from my mom's supply (aka 1970s) that didn't want to stay put and the bag really wanted to be sewn together upside down, so eventually, I just let it.

Summer may be over, but at least I can wear it for day of the dead or something!

Pattern is lifted from a sundress I already had and ripped apart. Skirt is two identical shapes and the top has darts for better fit.
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9  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by stitchlounge on: September 29, 2005 09:53:08 AM
My favorite of our wedding pics!

The mafia wedding picture

The bright and colorful reception... (yes, those are wagon wheel chandeliers!!!)

And me, asking if I can get a drink already!

And I have lots of DIY projects if anyone is interested... (The crystal bouts that I remembered to bring were a big success!)
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