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61  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / cute blue smock top - TUTORIAL ADDED! on: June 18, 2007 02:02:39 PM
I wanted to make a cute top I could wear with shorts and stuff, but I didn't want to deal with button holes, zippers, elastic or stretchy fabric. So here's what I came up with (please excuse the wrinkles, I haven't ironed it yet) ---

It ties in the back-

So what do you think?

---Tutorial Time!----

Sorry the drawings are kind of bad. Let me know if you're confused about anything...

I hope it makes sense, despite my bad drawings. You should post pictures if you make one so I can see how it turns out! And if something is unclear just ask and I'll try to explain.
62  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sassy shirred sundresssss on: May 20, 2007 06:23:45 PM
I want to wear this dress every day! It's comfy, casual and just fun to wear...

This was my second attempt at shirring. I love how easy it is and how it fits so well. Much easier than a zipper.

Close up-

I'm wondering if I should add some pockets on the sides or something. What do you think? I have some material left. Would that make it look bad?

Thanks for looking!
63  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Make dresses, not war: hippie pillowcase dress on: May 12, 2007 07:44:48 PM

I tie-dyed my pillowcase one summer at camp because I didn't have any white shirts. I saved it for a couple years, and today I turned it into a dress!

Side views:


I shirred the top of it and put some beads on the straps for cuteness. I'm not sure when or where I will wear it. It's kind of tight in the derrire, so I can't wear it with jeans like I had intended. Oh well, it's cute on it's own too.

Close up:

Thanks for taking a look! Let me know what you think!

64  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shag-tastic multicolor scarf from SCRAP YARN (pic abundant) on: October 17, 2006 09:19:58 PM
I'm not a very good knitter, so I have lots of scraps from projects I've given up on and unraveled. Haha, this scarf is made of failures...

It was really fast and easy to make because I used big needles, it's thin, and I just had to tie a knot to change colors. It only took one day, and I used up all my otherwise useless scraps. Yay.

Yeah, it's hard to take a close-up picture.

Model time.

Yeah, the colorful skinny scarf might be out of style by now, and it might be useless in the frozen windy wasteland where I decided to go to college, but screw fashion and warmth. Haha. If anyone wants a tutorial don't hesitate to ask.
65  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Grey top with gathered waist on: October 15, 2006 05:06:15 PM
Well, I don't have a before picture. As it too often turns out, I was too excited to get started and I forgot to take one. Just picture a worn out, shrunk up, stretched out, too short, shapeless shirt with 3/4 sleeves. I'd had it for about five years. I liked the color on me, but I hated the way it fit. Or didn't fit rather.

I cut the sleeves short and hemmed them. Then I cut the shirt off under the bust and took the material from the sleeves to make the detail at the waist. My original plan was to just have a straight band there, but there wasn't enough sleeve material, so I had to redesign. I cut four smaller pieces from the sleeves and sewed them together. Then I gathered them with elastic and a zig-zag stitch and sewed it between the two pieces. There was some tapering and resizing involved as well.

I'm so glad my original plan didn't work out. This is so much better. Oh, and I re-conned the necklace and earrings in the pictures out of some old jewelry. Yay for recycling, eh?
66  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Skinny green corduroys - with BUTTONS! on: August 16, 2006 01:00:22 PM
Haha, I leave for college tomorrow morning, and I haven't quite finished packing yet, but since I'm not taking my sewing machine to school (for now at least), I had to make these babies last minute. They're surprisingly comfy, considering how tight they are. I made them out of stretch corduroys from old navy. The buttons are mismatched because I just used those cheap ones you get in a tube of 30 or so for $1.50. Anyway, here are the pictures--

I don't really think these are the right kind of pants for my butt, but I love how my legs look in them. Maybe I could wear a short black dress or a tunic with them to hide the posterior.

I have some great black square-toe flats with gold buckles, which would look great with them, and some pumps too, but all my fall clothes and good shoes are packed already, so I just modeled them with winter boots and a coat, haha. Well, time to pack these up with the rest of my stuff.

Thanks for looking. As always, questions and comments welcome.
67  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Scrap Challenge on: July 27, 2006 05:46:31 PM
It seems us craftsters are always searching for new projects to make with our leftovers. My own bag of fabric scraps ripped today because it's so full. Haha. I hate throwing stuff away, and so I love finding new ways to use up my stash. We should have a craft challenge to make something out of our scraps and leftovers. It wouldn't have to be just fabric scraps though- it could be yarn scraps, paper scraps, jewlery scraps, wood scaps, or whatever medium you seem to have alot of leftovers from.

And I'll admit it, I'm not only suggesting this so I can have an excuse to use up my stash. I also want to see what everybody else comes up with. Teehee, I'm not ashamed to borrow ideas...haha.

Anyway, what do you think?
68  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flag shirt for the fourth on: July 04, 2006 03:34:11 PM
I made this shirt for a patriotic picnic today. I made it out of two old t-shirts I never wear.

It was really easy, and it only took an hour or so to make since I used the shirts' original hems.

Questions and comments welcome, of course! Thanks for looking!
69  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Luau dress from huge Hawaiian shirt on: June 28, 2006 03:43:29 PM
I found this ridiculously huge hawaiian shirt on sale at Goodwill and just had to buy it. The tag says 6XB. Yeah. Huge. Here's what I made it into--

I actually laid an old shirt pattern on top of it to resize it, which made fitting the waist, bust and darts much faster and easier. I lost the sleeve part of the pattern though, so I had to experiment there. Then I used the extra material from the sides and sleeves to add a flounce at the bottom. I also added two little pockets on the front to cover up a stain on one side and a hole on the other.

And here's the before picture. Yikes. Huge.

Questions and comments welcome, of course! Thanks for looking!
70  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Colorful collage shoes on: June 19, 2006 03:48:08 PM
Inspired, of course, by this post - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=75191.0

I love these babies and they match with so much of my stuff. I've worn them a couple times and I've gotten so many complements. I've even gotten complements from people I don't know.

Hopefully those aren't too big. I didn't resize them. Anyway, I bought the shoes at Goodwill for $4 and then I cut out the sides to make them sandals. I cut the sides out because the shoes were made of plastic, so my feet were sweating like crazy in them. Then I mod-podged the magazine clippings on and gave it a bunch more coats of mod-podge and Tada! Totally sweet awesome footwear. Thanks for looking.
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