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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Get your Apr-on! Old dress into a frilly apron 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!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Make a D-ring belt from a vintage neck tie! 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!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Link to Tutorial: Girl's Gathered Vintage Valance (Curtain) Top 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!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / teeny tiny fold-up reusable shopping tote from a tank 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!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Beefy Tee into Boat Neck Top 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!)
6  California / California: South / Crafty San Diego Locations for a party on: July 28, 2006 09:37:18 AM
Hey craftsters!
We're looking for a place to have a crafty party in San Diego. I know Leah did her book signing at the Grove... (Hurray! I hope it went well and people bought many many copies of your fabulous book!) Any other suggestions for crafty locales in San Diego?

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / I'm a tattoo fabric ho (Western/Cowgirl Shirt) 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...

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / tattoo fabric sundress 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.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Boozy, ridiculous rehearsal dinner bouts & bouquets (with pics) on: July 08, 2005 10:48:39 AM
I just made these last night for the groomsmen and the bridal party for the rehearsal ceremony thingy. It's supposed to be a surprise (although I'm sure one of them will see before then-- I'm not so good with secrets), but hopefully the good people of craftster will appreciate it! (You all have been so inspiring to me! I hope to give a little back.) And much more fun that a bouquet of tootsie pops...

Airplane bottles of Jack boutonierres for the boys... (Hot glued backing to bottle -- v. easy)

I tried them on a regular men's shirt, and it kinda flopped to the side, so there is probably a better way, but I'm hoping on a sturdier fabric, they will stand straight. But really, it's the rehearsal and I think they are ridiculous enough not to be executed perfectly. They have a bottle of LIQUOR pinned to their shirt! It's funny.

Champagne bouquets for the ladies...

These are fake flowers (on sale for $.60!) hot glued to mini champagne splits, tied with a ribbon from my presents from a wedding shower. Something to hold while they practice walking down the aisle.

Now to find a way to keep it all chilled without getting wet... Yay for crafting!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Anyone make a scooter rain skirt (aka lap apron)? on: March 02, 2005 04:46:15 PM
Hello! My crafty scooter gang and I are trying to make our own rain solution. (I've searched around and haven't seen any threads on it.) 

So, basically, we live in San Francisco and it rains a lot, but we all still want to ride our scooters without getting drenched to the core. We are trying to devise a way to make either a rain skirt, rain chaps or even a lap apron (it sits on your lap and attaches to the front of the scooter so your legs get wet). We've thought about using a shower curtain or other waterproof vinyl. Anyone have suggestions how we can make something to stay dry?

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