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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tie-neck blouse (IMG heavy) on: September 14, 2008 12:22:59 AM
I had some time on my hands last night and an urge to sew.... so I stayed up most of the night reconning this.
I've been lusting after a tie-neck blouse (kind of secretary-ish, but less poofy, more simple), like one I saw on sale at oldnavy.com, but since I'm broke, and it had a floral pattern I didn't love, I couldn't get it. I thought it would be simple enough to make my own, and so the adventure began...
This blouse started its life as a v-neck collared blouse with long sleeves, loaned or given to me by a friend... something like that... anywho, I've been thinking about donating it for a while 'cuz I didn't like the style, and it's dry-clean only. It's silky smooth ivory half rayon and half acetate fabric, with a little sheen to it. It had potential. I didn't know how much, but I found out last night. I'm thinking about lengthening the ties, maybe adding a bit of black to the tips, and perhaps putting some ivory satin binding around the armholes.
Sorry if the images aren't awesome. Let me know what you think! Thanks for reading! If you like, I can tell you how to make this.
In a bow.


Just looped.

(sorry, the one below is yellow-y...

Untied, loose.

The original blouse (minus its long sleeves... just imagine it with long, plain-looking sleeves... it did have nifty mother-of-pearl buttons on the cuffs, though... I saved those.  Cheesy)
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / I made flowers from fabric softener sheets and fabric. (IMG heavy) on: February 14, 2008 12:58:33 PM
I made these flowers before (my friend wanted to do something for his girlfriend, so we made a bunch of different kinds of flowers). This was a project featured in Teen Vogue magazine, except they pinned their finished project to an article of clothing, while I made mine into "stemmed flowers." The turquoise-y one, which I gave to mi madre, is made from a stretch knit and chiffon, while the white one (went to a female friend of mine) is made from used fabric softener sheets... My dad likes to keep them around, says they pick up dust well. I used them because I ran out of chiffon.  Tongue They're basically bunches of layers of whatever material cut out and folded, then sewn together and onto the "stem." The "stems" are yarn-wrapped bamboo skewers; the "leaves" are scraps of gingham that I starched and stitched on. I think they turned out pretty well, I really like the fullness of them. I hope you like them, too. Sorry 'bout the image quality; good lighting was hard to find today. Thanks for listening to me babble, and Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

The one below shows the print on the stretch knit

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First recon! Tunic length plaid sweater on: January 22, 2008 10:14:51 PM
You could call me a lurker, though I've posted a couple times before... this forum and the general finished clothing projects forum are my favorite forums on this site. Everyone does such great work, it makes me both envious and proud, in a weird way. Wink I'm a bit of a chicken; haven't had the guts to post much of what I've sewn thus far. Thanks for the ideas, guys!
My dad gave me a heavy cotton sweater with a dark green plaid that was much too big for him, but very comfortable. (I slept in it on cold nights.) Now, it's a little more flattering. It hits about four to six inches below my hip, making it tunic length-ish. I added a single pocket on my right hip out of extra sleeve material. I left the sleeves kind of wide and flappy because I think they're cute that way... they remind me of kimono styled tops. (I haven't hemmed the sleeves yet...  Embarrassed) I cut off the knit collar and make my own... uh... more daring neckline. I'm not sure if I like it. It feels a little bare.
This is my first real recon, so please, be gentle.  Smiley Any comments, criticism, or suggestions are welcome. Sorry if the pictures suck. Thanks for reading!
From this... (Before)

To this (After)


The difficult-to-see pocket
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Felted-sweater throw blanket (pic heavy) on: January 04, 2008 01:50:29 AM
I'm not sure if this is in the right category, so bear with me and please, correct me if I'm wrong.  Smiley
As the title says, I made a throw blanket sort of thing from felted sweaters (I tried to make as many Christmas presents as I could this year) for my brother. It measures roughly four feet by five feet (48 in. X 60 in.), big enough for one person' enjoyment. (I'm thinking about making it bigger, too) The squares I used were approx. 8 1/2 in. by 8 1/2 in.; I zig-zag stitched them together where the edges met. I used about four sweaters, getting roughly three to ten squares out of each sweater, depending on the size post-wash. This was actually very quick and easy... getting the sweaters to felt as much as they could so they wouldn't unravel was the most difficult thing about this project, and that wasn't even that bad.
 I've been experimenting with felting (or is it fulling?) sweaters by machine-washing them, and this is the first thing I really like enough to post. The felting/fulling/reconned clothing boards/forums really helped, so thank you guys!!! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go to the Salvation Army and get another pile of XXL wool sweaters... I hope you all had great holidays!!  Sorry for the kind of bad pictures!!! (My brother and his bed are modeling the blanket.) Thanks for looking!!  Wink

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Really, really simple embellished scarf on: September 17, 2007 12:59:52 PM
... So my friend is moving to New York soon, and given that the Midwest, where we currently live, is pretty cold as it is, I figured New York may be just as chilly come winter, if not chillier. (I was thinking this in the middle of summer, planning ahead for the winter months, mind you.) I picked up maybe four skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn (not as much wool in it as I would've liked, but I made myself a scarf out of it last winter and it was pretty good), and started. My friend is a theatre major, musical theatre actually, so I added a little embellishment to the scarf--a crocheted flower, crocheted into the existing stitches. (I got that idea from this summer's Adorn, I think.)
Sorry the pictures are kind of bad... the flower is almost the same color as the main yarn of the scarf, except that it's a metallic red, and the main yarn is just a nice cranberry/cherry-ish red.

Thanks for listening to me babble, and for looking at my work!  Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pretty green Vogue 8294 (somewhat picture-laden) on: August 21, 2007 12:15:43 AM
Once upon a time, I worked at JoAnn Fabrics. I'd pick up random patterns here and there, as well as fabric, but because I was too scared to mess up the beautiful fabrics and patterns I'd accumulated, I rarely touched them. So, this past Easter, I was inspired to make myself something to wear... and what did I pick? I picked view A of the Vogue pattern #8294. It took me a little over four hours of fairly laid-back sewing, and except for the lining of the yoke, it was as easy as the pattern itself promised. I loved the green fabric I made it with--it was a bright green suiting I happened upon while putting out newly recieved fabrics. I'm not much of a bright colors sort of person, but I fell hard for this fabric. I'm still a newbie to sewing, so bear with me. Any suggestions or comments are welcomed. Thanks again for looking!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Boredom=new necklace! on: February 24, 2007 04:24:36 PM
Made this necklace out of beads I've had for a very long time, since I was a child... I used two strands of elasticized thread to support the weight of the beads, and for easy on-and-off. Hope you like it!

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