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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From Button down polyester Shirt, to sexy skirt... My first Recon ever! on: May 21, 2007 08:18:44 PM
yeah, i don't think buying nothing is for everyone, but thrift is a nice segue out of consuming as much.  and there's a lot of good history at the thrift store.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Grocery Bag Dress! on: May 19, 2007 01:18:14 PM

back when i was a youngster i made a dress out of bubble wrap.  i got a rash when i took it off.

how does yours breathe?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: From Button down polyester Shirt, to sexy skirt... My first Recon ever! on: May 19, 2007 01:17:02 PM
I know, it broke my heart that my craigslist sewing machine didn't sew the way it should have.  if it's any consulation, polyester doesn't really need much sewing.  it doesn't really "run" like other fabric might.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From Button down polyester Shirt, to sexy skirt... My first Recon ever! on: May 17, 2007 12:57:05 PM
I am in the middle of my own personal "Buy Nothing Year."  The things I'm not buying are new clothes or gifts.  I'm also trying to cut down on buying other unnecessary crap.    Everything has to be made, gifted, traded, etc.  No cash.  The reason is not just to save money, but to be more creative with what I got and reduce what I consume.

So I made this skirt last night.  Unfortunately my sewing machine only sews in reverse, so I was not able to do very clean stitching.

From Shirt to Skirt-- Welcome to Kristina's World of Procrastination!

First I started with this old polyester shirt, that was too big.  My friend Nadia gave it to me because she couldn't sell it at her yard sale.  It's still cute as a shirt, but not form fitting and just cut weird for my body.

Then, I removed the sleeves.

Then, I cut off the collar.

I sewed in a waist and sewed the sides in for my hips.  Turned the buttons so they faced the back of the skirt.

Viola!  a skirt!

I reused the button hole and button from the shirt sleeve to make this tab to keep the waist tight.

Yay!  new skirt!

I'm going to wear this after my show this weekend!
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Bath Mat Crocheted from ex boyfriend boxers, ex boyfriend gifts and old chonies on: May 12, 2007 01:24:46 AM
call it unnecessary, call it taking conservation too far.  but I was cleaning out my underwear drawers and found two pairs of boxers from two ex-bfs.  And then I had a t-shirt that was a gift from another ex.  And a bunch of underwear that I was never going to wear again.

All of it was clean, of course.

I decided to make something useful and that I needed and was inspired by posts of women taking ex-items and turning them into something else.

So I made a bathmat! 

I cut up strips and crocheted in a square round.  I should have worked with a bigger hook.

The symbolism of what was used to make this mat is amazing.

The funniest thing is that when you look upclose, you really notice it's made of underwear from the little elastics!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Yarnholic Seeking to Start a Support Group on: April 22, 2007 01:40:12 PM
aw sherry, don't feel bad.  my stash will be always bigger than yours. I think I break the 600 mark.

btw, i found a great woman with carpal tunnel who frequently puts up huge lots of quality yarn up for less than $200.  She is at www.sharing.etsy.com

i took on three boxes from her.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Twinkle Shopping Tunic on: April 22, 2007 01:28:59 PM
awesome! that's good to know it was only three skeins! i'm a medium normally.  do you think i'd be a small too?

do you know any subs for twinkle yarn? even a three skein project is like $50!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The stupid-ex-boyfriend's-shirt revamp on: November 29, 2006 08:01:56 AM
that's right!  turn that boy's shit into a pansy sissy shirt!  see if he takes it back.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweater-like super-warm legwarmers. on: November 16, 2006 11:56:50 PM
wow!  pattern please!!!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Completely unrelated on: November 10, 2006 08:21:55 PM
thanks k puppy!  i am making a toilet paper roll cozy and will use this wisdom!
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