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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Striped and Stenciled Shirt on: June 16, 2007 02:08:39 PM
I made a simple striped shirt several years ago, but only recently realized how boring and poorly fitting (not to mention poorly constructed) it was. So I just added black bands at the arms, waist and neckline, puffed up the sleeves a little and added a smidgen of Elvis Costello (stencil).  It's still poorly constructed, but it now has Elvis Costello! Hooray!

And now pictures:

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ...And now for something completely different on: June 16, 2007 01:50:25 PM
Sorry, the title is the only thing Pythonesque about this. I got this devastatingly unflattering dress for 25 cents (there were even velcro strips for removable shoulder pads. yeesh.):

I chopped it to bits, turned it around, added a bit of puffiness and now it's kind of like a sack. Also, if I stand in a certain way, it also makes me look like I have a huge ass. But I can live with that. It's the most comfortuhbuhlest dress ever, I'm pretty sure. I love it.

A belt for a little shape, but I honestly prefer it without because then I feel like I'm wearing a tent (in a good way).

And with pockets! And the most accurate color:

Thanks for looking, everyone!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Blue Heart Summer Dress on: June 03, 2007 11:13:28 PM
I know, hearts are a terribly original theme. Meh. 
This was such a simple recon I ought to be ashamed posting it. It was a very long skirt several sizes too large. I just gathered the excess in the middle, twisted the top part into submission, then added a button and (nearly matching) straps.

It's oh-so-summery and is clamoring to be worn every day. I have to politely refuse. Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purple, Plaid and...Polyester (pics fixed) on: June 02, 2007 06:58:00 PM
This is my first time posting pictures, so I'm positive I'll do something wrong...So apologies first off!

This is the dress I reconned for my college graduation the night before the ceremony, a trend that characterized my entire college career. Now pictures! (Hopefully)
Before - one sleeve had already been sacrificed:


Close-up of bodice (but not too close, I am a sloppy sewer.)

It is made of some awful polyester-like material, but luckily quite stretchy as I realized after completing the upper part that I apparently forgot I have breasts... I meant to reattach the sleeves, as well, but lack of time and rare foresight made me reconsider polyester sleeves under a nylon gown in an 800 degree room for 6 hours. Approximately. Thanks for looking!

Pics should be working now - sorry! I am what appears to be a bonehead. Thanks for the heads up, WIPs! !
5  UNITED STATES / Iowa / Cotton yarn in IC? on: February 11, 2007 03:41:29 PM
Does anyone know of any good craft stores that carry cotton yarn in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area? It seems that all I can ever find is wool (which I'm allergic to, sadly) and acrylic (which can be awfully tiring, as that's all I can ever knit with). Thanks so much for any suggestions!!
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