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1781  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Too-short jeans into skirt! <Pic works now> on: July 09, 2004 01:03:54 PM
By the way, does anyone know of a way to stop sewing machine needles from breaking when you sew through thick fabric like denim  (short of buying heavier needles)?  I think I broke about four doing that skirt.  If you know of any, please, do tell! 
1782  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: knee-length pleated skirt on: July 01, 2004 01:03:26 PM
I love the bow.  Was that on the original skirt, or did you put it on yourself?
1783  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Too-short jeans into skirt! <Pic works now> on: July 01, 2004 12:47:43 PM
Thanks for the compliments!  One tip:  Make sure you cut off the legs EXACTLY halfway down (or you could do it shorter, I guess) or it comes out unevenly.  I found this out the hard way, but luckily had not cut the fabric off before I discovered my mistake.  Good luck and I'd like to see your results if anyone tries this out.
1784  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Too-short jeans into skirt! on: June 27, 2004 10:09:44 AM
OK, so the pic is working now (or at least for me  Smiley  )    If you still can't see it, it's Photobucket's fault.

1785  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Too-short jeans into skirt! <Pic works now> on: June 24, 2004 12:17:39 PM

The original jeans were too short for me, but I didn't want to cut them off into capris because I would lose the embroidery detail that was on the bottoms of the legs (now seen on the front panel of the skirt).

So I ripped out the seams on the inside of the legs (longest part of the project, took about an hour and a half), and cut the fabric of both legs off at the knee.  After that, all I had to do was cut two triangular panels with the embroidery on them (the back of the skirt is the same as the front) and sew them into place. 

The shape of the skirt is really neat when I've got it on, it fits snug on my hips and the tops of my legs (they were stretch jeans) and then flares out.  Because of the seams (from the original jeans) on the front and back panels, the bottom of the skirt assumes a shapea little like a lily, or a curved four-pointed star.

Not bad for my first sewing project ever, eh?  And if I can do this, anyone can.
1786  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Neon Green Cardigan! on: April 29, 2004 02:42:43 PM
Yes!  It's a neon green cardigan!!!  The very color presented here.  The knit is really chunky with fat yarn - sorry I don't know the specs.  The cut is square, with long, chunky sleeves.  Goes down to my waist - not close fitting at all.  There are some chunky knit buttons as well.  All told, it's about 20"x36", plus the sleeves.
So yeah, any suggestions?  I already have plenty of legwarmers and purses - my original ideas for it.

I believe I have the exact same sweater.   I chopped mine up and managed to get a (semishort) skirt AND a beret out of it.  I bet I'm the only girl in the world with a hairy green outfit.
1787  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Guitar Picks.... on: April 29, 2004 02:39:34 PM
A friend of mine ises the picks as buttons on shirts.  He buys cheap black silk shirts at thrift shops, pulls off the old-man buttons, and sews picks on.  Or if you were lazy, you could glue the picks to the existing buttons!
1788  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Reemember pogs?! on: April 29, 2004 02:33:23 PM
Punch little holes (two, on opposite edges) in them and string them together with yarn (or jump rings, if you can get the holes really small).  I did this and made a really rad belt!
1789  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old CDs / AOL CDs / AOL CD Cases on: April 29, 2004 02:17:20 PM
The best thing I've maid is a CD purse:
Thread some sort of strap (I used an old wallet chain, and it looks awesome) through the holes in the CDs and glue the ends to the nonprinted sides (make sure the printed sides both face out!).  Hot-glue some sort of weight (I used washers) to the bottom halves (on the back sides) of the CDs, because if you don't, the purse will flup over when you carry it.  Hot-glue a little drawstring bag (you can get them for free with makeup purchases sometimes) in between the two CDs, and voila!  A purse!

They're pretty small, they don't hold much.  If you want a bigger one, you can make it out of two records and just use a bigger bag inside.
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