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51  3/4 sleeve flower print jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by -zoma- on: June 28, 2006 05:30:58 AM
I can't believe I actually did this myself....
This is my first jacket, actually, my first anything other than skirts. I'm amazed it turned out as well as it did - I was expecting utter disaster.

The pattern is from the spring? issue of Burda World of Fashion. They did it in a much much nicer fabric. I got this fabric for $3/m, I was afraid to get anything nicer 'cause I was sure I was going to botch it. Maybe now that I'm more confident I'll try again with something nicer.

Here's the front, where I'm cleverly hiding the lack of button with my hands. I picked out one I liked in the store, and got home and realized it wasn't right, but am way too excited to post to wait till I can get back out for a new button.

And here's the back, where if you look closely you can see the huge pucker which I tried to hide with the collar, 'cause I have no idea how to fix it.

I've got a question for you folk: when putting the collar/bottom band on, it's a curved seam all the way around - but the bottom is a really tight curve. It took a LOT of pinning and easing and I found it quite difficult. Is there a trick to it? I don't think I did it wrong, but there's got to be an easier way. Anyone got any tips for me?
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52  polka dots & a circle skirt - two things that belong together in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by -zoma- on: June 22, 2006 01:44:12 PM
So I was feeling pretty blue yesterday; my grandparents had been visiting from overseas, and they left on Tuesday night. SO to cheer myself up, I made this skirt out of some sliky/slinky fabric I got out of the bargain bin at Walmart - gotta love the bargain bin. My Grandma helped me pick it out, so now I will be reminded of her when I wear it.

The background is a dark purple (almost brown in some lights) with bright red polka dots. It looks a little washed out in this pic.

I just noticed that the hem is a little uneven.... I guess I should go fix that.  Undecided
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53  Re: my "i love a challenge" jeans-to-box-pleat-skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -zoma- on: June 19, 2006 07:52:16 PM
Thanks everyone for the positive feedback - it really brightened my day! Smiley

ok... so it looks a little small, but if you download the file and print it I think it'll be readable.
If anyone makes one, please post a pic!


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54  my "i love a challenge" jeans-to-box-pleat-skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -zoma- on: June 18, 2006 10:23:44 AM
So my last jeans to skirt recon involved using scraps from 3 seperate pairs of jeans, so I challenged myself to make a skirt from just one pair of jeans. And I've also never done box pleats.... it got a little wonky in the back, but overall I'm pretty pleased.

I'm gonna go twirl around in front of the mirror some more... Grin
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55  Re: Baby summer hats? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by -zoma- on: June 13, 2006 07:10:30 AM
I just did a baseball cap for my son using Wild Things (see below for download). It's supposed to be for adults, but you can customize the measurements to make it baby sized.  I made this one using scraps of denim and a bit of interfacing. The oversized brim looks cute when he's wearing it and it keeps the sun off his face. (for reference, I used 18" circ and a 5" brim depth) And instead of a tie in the back I put a bit of elastic, much easier to get on.


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56  NXNE shirt and a little pair of pants in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -zoma- on: June 09, 2006 03:17:23 PM
My sister is volunteering for the North by Northeast music festival this weekend, and they give you these huge tees to wear that say staff on the back. So I snatched it from her this morning and set to work making it a little more rock-festival appropriate. I intended to put sleeves on it but she had to leave to go to work, so maybe I'll finish tomorrow. I made her the pants last night out of an old long sleeved ribby shirt of my hubby's. They're clingy so they show off her bum nicely (she'll kill me if she reads this  Grin) I drew the design on with a Sharpie, I hope it stands up to the wash.

What do you think?
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57  handpainted t-shirt pants, i love you. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -zoma- on: June 06, 2006 07:16:46 PM
SO I've been so inspired by all the awesome t-shirt pants I've been seeing... and I've also been drooling over in the stencil forum... so this is what I came up with to satisfy my desire...

From men's XXL t-shirt to the most comfortable pants that have ever touched my bottom.

Here's a detail of the design on the leg. It's not really my own, I borrowed it from a t-shirt that I bought at Old Navy... modified of course.

My hubby better put a lock on his dresser drawer or there will be no t-shirts left in there by the end of the week.
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58  jeans-to-flared skirt, my first (edit: and my second too! pg 3) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by -zoma- on: May 29, 2006 07:56:16 AM
I'm very excited about how this turned out, and I really wanted to share... just discovered craftster a few days ago, and I'm addicted.

I had an ugly tapered pair of jeans that spent more time at the bottom of my drawer than on my legs, so i cut 'em up. Nothing more satisfying. I didn't have enough material left from the legs, so i added some scraps from 2 other pairs of jeans-turned-shorts to make up the difference.

Here's me and my new skirt:

This is it flat on my desk:

And this is the inside:

I really like the inside, and am going to make another skirt for my sister, but this time leave the seams exposed on the outside, and NOT overlock the edges so they fray. I think it'll be cool... That will also solve my hem problem.

I'm hoping one of you super-creative people out there will have an idea for me. Apparently I didn't think this through all the way before I started. Because of the flare, i can't just turn the hem up, and I don't think it looks quite right the way it is. Any ideas for how to finish the hem without turning it? I considered bias tape or ribbon or something, but it doesn't seem right. I have a piece of tulle that I've been dying to use, but denim and tulle is a bit of a wacky combination... I just don't know. Help? Undecided

ps. I'd love to see someone else's take on this, so if anyone is interested, I could post the pattern.

Edit: Here's the pattern. I had to shrink it, so blow it up to the appropriate size (the top (minus seam allowance) should equal the measurement of your cutoffs /12) cut 12 pieces, and go! If you want to lengthen or shorten, do it above the dotted line to preserve the flare.
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