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1  I need help turning my grandmother's cardigan into a cute wrap top in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by woodtart on: April 23, 2011 08:04:43 AM
Ever have one of those moments where you know what you want but not how to get there? Today is that day for me. I want to take my old, baggy cardigan and turn it into a cute, wrap cardigan but I just can't wrap my mind around the "how" of it.

This is the cardigan now:

Way to add 15lbs!

I want to shorten it to just below my natural waist but I also want to make the button placket part of the front crossover.

Like this.... but better. I want the neckline lower too

Any suggestions where to begin? I searched everywhere for some kind of tutorial but I just couldn't find anything.

Thank you so much!
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2  Any suggestions? Revamped Olive & Cocoa storage box in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by woodtart on: December 18, 2010 12:49:03 PM
I just finished painting and sealing the box. Now I need to decide if I should leave her face as is or if I should add some hair? Maybe some feathers for hair would be fun?

I also need to cover the HIDEOUSLY LARGE logos on the sides so I'm thinking handles but I have no idea how or what.

Any suggestions you brilliant people might have would be more than welcome!

Thank you!

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3  boiled wool bolero-ish thing? help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by woodtart on: January 12, 2007 06:32:55 PM
I've had this boiled wool coat that my sister got me at the dump- yes, the dump, we love the exchange center there- but I wasn't overly thrilled with the cut. I had a crap day today and just had to " cut S*** up" so I decided that this coat needed to be a bolero... I think that's what it's called.... Anyway, I also have a 110 lb dog who likes to chase cats and a short attention span... I ended up cutting the bottom uneven and can't for the life of me think what to finish the edges with. I need to make both sides look even too. Here's a really bad webcam picture of it, any ideas?

and an even worse pic of it on :

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4  oh Frye! in Shoes: Discussion and Questions by woodtart on: December 30, 2006 04:34:24 PM
OK,I LOVE these boots.

( not faded at all, bad lighting)

Like most things that I see and love, they don't fit.....  grrrrrrrrrr They're sort of tight around the calves and take about 10 minutes to get on or off , on account of being a little narrow at the base of the shaft. I'm going to try the rubbing alcohol thing tonite and see if that helps.  If that doesn't work, I may consider taking one of the side seams out and adding laces or something..... It's not every day that one is given expensive shoes for nothing ( well, at least not for this girl) and so I'm terrified of mucking them up.

I'd also really like to add something to them to make them a little... prettier. I'd like to eventually wear these to work and they're a little too casual for my work clothes. I'd like to do something subtle, you know just a few small details to spruce them up. I'm also considering just dyeing them a darker brown, maybe that would look a little less casual.  I also just thought about maybe slitting the top and cuffing them down, some fabric on the inside might make that look pretty.

Any brilliant ideas?

PS does anyone else just love the spell check option on here???
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5  My new jumper *sort of IMG heavy* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by woodtart on: September 03, 2006 08:55:34 AM
I used Simplicity #4097. I didn't think to alter the pattern so I ended up having to alter the garment after it was put together. My waist is tiny compared to the rest of me.....

The front:

The back ( which is not as bunchy as it looks, altho I did flub the bottom of the  zipper and the top edges are not lined up):


The front came out looking like a maternity piece. I'm pretty sure it's due to the gathers in the front. Zippers andgathers are not my friends.....Any suggestions on how to fix it?
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6  Flapper in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by woodtart on: August 23, 2006 01:45:48 PM
Now that everything's slowed down, I'm able to start sewing again. YAY ME!!!! So I found this adorable fabric and it just begs to be a flapper style dress. It's completely wrong for the style, which means it will be perfect for me. I want to give it a bit of a fringe detail. Like this:

Any suggestions what to use and how to apply the trim?
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7  opinions wanted in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by woodtart on: June 13, 2006 02:46:47 PM
Ok, so I found the bestest lime green fabric with polka dots at Walmart heeheehee I hate the place but it was the only place locally that had Elvis fabric  Grin. Anyway, I decided to make a dress with it.I tried making a halter style bodice and that was a disaster so I decided to make a tube style instead, mainly because at this point it was 3am and I was seeing double. So I used a pattern i had made previously, but didn't take into consideration that this was intended for knits...... Angry Needless to say, it was TINY and I was out of the polka dot fabric so I decided to use white and make panels up the side.... ok, here's what the top of the dress looks like:


back Sad

What do you all think- will this ruin the whole look of the dress? The skirt is the green w/dots.

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8  hmmm pj pants to dress?? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by woodtart on: June 03, 2006 12:19:45 PM
I found the best pj pants at the dump, yes I'm a dumpster diver, and just HAVE to make a dress out of it. Skirts are fun but with a dress you don't have to worry about a top to go with it and the pattern has this lovely and truly bizarre pin up style girl who's sitting by a fireplace but in the woods....   Grin
 Anyway, they're a super lightweight flannel (brushed on both sides yum!) and HUGE. The tag says L but my sister wears 2X and fits into them so I'm sure I can make some kind of dress. OK, I'll stop spewing and get to the point, I understand how to make a skirt from pants, but I'm not sure how to translate that into a dress. Any suggestions?


I obviously dreamt about this last night because when I woke up this morning, it was the first thing I thought about. So I'm thinking of making the style like this dress from anthropolgie:

and I have a pillowcase (from same dump heehee) with stripes that will coordinate/clash wonderfully. feedback?
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9  makeup case? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by woodtart on: May 11, 2006 04:41:34 PM
ok,I've had this old travel suitcase for ages and decided I MUST do something with it. Here it is:

I would like to add some shelves that fold out, like this:

any ideas/suggestions??

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