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21  Sox to Sleeves in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: December 12, 2006 09:58:41 PM
I don't know if anyone has done this. I can't imagine that I am the first, but hey, you never know...

I have had this pair of cute little sox for like, 20 years. Seriously since the 80's. And they are LITTLE. But I just could not part with them cause they are so cute. Well recently I had a brainstorm to try to use them as an addition to sleeves for both decoration and length...

Here's what I did...

Here's the soc right after I cut off the toe. I forgot to take a pic before. The heel is underneath

Here's both sox, toes cut off

Grab the heel like this

Now sew across the soc so as to make the heel dissappear making the sock a tube rather than having a heel.

Here's what it looks like right side out.

Here's what it looks like on. As you can see the stitching line is pretty much camoflaged by scrunching the sleeve which is how we wear them anyway lots of times.

I haven't used them on anything yet but I will. AND next time I get into Target I will be looking in the cheap-but-cute-sox isle.
Just thought I'd share...
I hope someone can use this..
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22  Re: Need crafty help: fixing ripped knees for 6 & 7 year old boys in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: December 10, 2006 06:36:08 PM
I saw a tip somewhere a while ago where a Mom took a whole piece out of the centre of the pants leg... like this...

The piece went all the way around because this was for growth purposes... and they were not jeans they were those... ohh what do you call them... like sweat pants I guess. Anyway if you are creative about it I bet this would work and the boys would like it. Perhaps a contrasting fabric or even more denim. It doesn't have to be in that shape either. You can make it any shape you want.

I know! How about camo fabric. You can get that with rip-stop and I bet they will grow taller before those knees wear through again.

I love the idea of keeping the freyed edges where possible. That's ALWAYS cool.

There's a store here that sells all sorts of military stuff. It's been there for ages so they have lots of really old stuff. Perhaps some od green web belts or something else that would accent the camo. It's really in right now too  Wink

Good luck
Hope this helps

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23  The Tropics Placemats in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by MaxineBrandywine on: December 06, 2006 10:40:01 PM
First time posting on this board... I usually hang out in the clothing section.

Here's my latest addition to our home.
I have had this fabric for years and though I always wanted to make something cool from it I just never did. Without any reason what-so-ever these placemats came to me. They turned out quite nice I think..
Thank you all for looking

There are only two because it's just my fiance and I, they're oversized and they are different from each other. I studied the fabric and wanted to make them fit together sort of puzzle-piece-like, but the leaf pattern placement just would not co-operate to my liking. I ended up making the first one looking at the fabric the way it was meant to be, then turning it [the fabric] to make the second one. The second pic is actually the one I made first. I just had to have those leaves as accents on the outer perimeter and that seemed to be the only way.
Also as you can see in the first pic, the bottom edge is shaped like the table. That's not a fisheye effect from my camera, my table is actually shaped that way so I made a pattern from the table and cut the border of the placemat to fit it.

Anyway here's the two of them

For some reason the camera washed out much of the yellow background. It's a bit more colorful than the pics show.

This pic shows some of the leaf detail and the stitching. I left a seam allowance around the leaves when I cut out the two main pieces, folded that under and sewed it before doing the backing. I left the rest of the edges raw then I made the leopard print accent sections. I made the leopard print accents by laying a piece of tissue paper over the raw edge of the main piece. Using a pencil I drew the basic shape I wanted there and then cut it out of the paper. using that as a pattern, I cut the fabric out and added the seam allowance then. It seemed easier that way. I made them one at a time to fit each of those areas. I then folded the seam allowances under all the way around the pieces and sewed them down with an edge overcast stitch. I then sewed those pieces onto the main piece to cover those areas I left raw. They just met the edges of the leaf area

I used 1 layer of wonder under on the back side of the main piece (cut to fit within 1/4" of the edge) and then applied a piece of an old table cloth (also cut to fit) by pressing it on. We'll see how they hold up to a washing.

This pic shows the corner detail and stitching of the border. I used a blanket stitch. I like the way it came out.

More detail

Thanks Everyone for checkin it out..
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24  Yet Another Zipper Tut as Promised HUGE # of pics in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: November 29, 2006 11:59:39 PM
I said I would post a tute of the next zipper I did in a T Shirt so here it is...

Here's the shirt after the zipper... I could not get a good before pic for some reason...
And this one is not too great...

It's just a long sleeve T. Good fabric though. I use a separating zipper. This one is 21" and it's a #3. I get them off the Internet.
I just have to have my riding shirts so that I can get them off or at least unzip them a ways just to be more comfy when I'm walkin around after I get where I'm going.

First cut the shirt up the front. To do this lay the shirt out perfectly flat, get a straight edge, make a line up the centre then cut. This one is off centre to avoid the logo but it doesn't matter, the zipper installation is the same. Don't pick up the shirt. Leave it lay there and go directly to the next step. That way the shirt and the cut is still even.

Cut two pieces of NON bias binding. Non bias because you don't want it to stretch. This way it will stabalize the t shirt fabric as you sew and the zipper doesn't stretch anyway. Avoid using anything slippery, it makes it much harder. I use the selvages I always cut off of fabrics. This proceedure also will ensure that the two sides are the same length

Cut two the EXACT same length with about 1" extra at top and bottom and pin the raw edge of the strip on TOP of the edges of both the cut edges only about 1/4" overlapping, or the aprox width of your stitch. I use a seam overcast stitch or a zig zag stitch if you want. Make sure the top and the bottom of the shirt edges match when you're done pinning. You will be sewing the raw edge of the shirt to the raw edge of the strip.

Now sew the strip on like so, It should look something like the pic below when you're done

As you sew do not remove the pins till you get really close to them. This will ensure that you won't stretch the shirt. Use the strip and the pins as your guide so that you end up with the exact same length that you pinned. Hold the fabric of the shirt and the strip smoothly as  you sew keeping the overlap even. When you get to the last pin resist the temptation to remove it till you get right to it. Otherwise the shirt will stretch and you do not want that.

Here's what it looks like when you flip it over.

Here's what it looks like when you fold those newly sewn edges under. Nice and clean and now it's ready to sew the zipper in.

Fold the extra tab of the strip over then fold the whole strip over all toward the inside of the shirt...

then you're ready to place the zipper and sew it. Open the zipper into two pieces. I leave more at the top than it shows in the pic below cause I like an opening there. I leave some at the bottom too. Using your zipper foot, begin to sew closely and evenly along the edge through the folded over t shirt and the zipper. Don't worry if you don't catch the ends of the strip. You will take care of them later. Try to make sure that the strip is hidden as you sew. Also if you want to, lean the tabs of the zipper, they are at the top, toward the inside and sew them down as you apply the zipper so that they dissappear under the edge of the shirt.

Here's how it will look on the inside when you get one side sewn in. Don't forget that when you get toward the bottom end where the slide is, keeping your needle in the fabric, raise the presser foot and slide the slide up out of the way then drop the presser foot and finish sewing the bottom end of the zipper. That is much easier than trying to sew past it.

Next, zip the zipper back together a few inches or all the way. If you start at the bottom like the pic shows then just a few inches will be fine. If you want to start at the top neck edge close it all the way. Lay the other side against the zipper taking special care to match the bottom, or top, edges. This is why you went to all this trouble to get the top and bottom edges EXACTLY EVEN. Start sewing just a stitch or two below, or above, the zipper tape and don't back stitch. If you get it crooked or uneven it will be easier to pull out and start over. You will go back later to finish all the ends. Sew only about an inch or so and hold it up or lay it flat to check it. If it's even then you can unzip the zipper and continue sewing that side.

Luckily my edges are nice and even. Top and bottom. If you follow these proceedures you simply can't get one side longer than the other.

Finish off the edges and add an extra row of stitching about 1/4" away from the initial row. You can pretty much self explain how to finish the top and bottom edges by the looking at the contrasting stitches in the pic below. I like to lean the tabs of the zipper inward so that they dissappear after it''s sewn and remember to fold over and hide the ends of the strip too. Sometimes they dont get caught when you initially sew the zipper in.

Not too bad a result. I hope someone gets some use from this..

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25  Sexy Black Riding Gloves With Added Pics of My Other Favorite Revamped Gloves in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: November 26, 2006 10:41:18 PM
and Yes... I will wear them...

My latest project is a pair of boreing HD riding gloves desparately needing to be recharged...

Here's what they looked like before

and here's what they look like now

A few details...

The things with the rhinestone H's are garter belt thingies..

I opened up the sides so that I could work on them easier halfway intending to sew them back together then decided to put eyelets in. I laced them up with small satin ribbon. Not sure how long that's gonna hold up..

The lining is a remnant I got a JoAnns... I fell in love with it and intend to get more. It says JoAnns Exclusive on the selvage...

The fabric of the cuff is cut from a blouse I got resale. It is... or was... a BeBe shirt that's why the tag laying there. I was debating weather or not to put in on one of the gloves somewhere but I have not done that yet.. It's a stretch fabric and has a very odd raised mosaic pattern that seems almost like rubber. I'm guessing it's supposed to resemble something reptilian. But it's black and grey so it's very faux...

I used a layer of Wonder Under on both the upper and under layer and a layer of med weight interfacing in between both... Worked great. I may decide to make the next ones a bit thicker...


I used an old pair of cheap leather gauntlet gloves that had a really lame gauntlet that didn't even cover my jacket cuffs.

The basis of the new guntlet is black denim.

The bands with the metal buckles are off  of a bikini Shocked that I couldn't wear anymore, need I say more?  

The tan edging is an old pair of fredericks stockings...

And the leopard print is just something that I had taken apart. I can't even remember what it was now.

They are very comfortable and I wear them just about every day.

Here's the next pair to go under the knife/scisors... The pic is of the way I start a project. I collect things based on color first, then texture, then the trinkets and etc... I have that pile of stuff to the side as I'm working on other stuff. Sometimes I have several piles because I think of things to start and add to their piles as I think of stuff I have stashed... I usually don't use all of it but have to try everything "on" as I create/recon it... Just sharing how I do that.

These were quite easy actually. Much easier than I thought. I have more pics than this if anyone is interested. For those of you who live in colder climates and wear gloves more often there may be some possibilities for you to spruce up some boreing gloves to look hot hot hot!


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26  Re: Need to make a WELDING CAP. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: November 20, 2006 09:55:49 PM
I think you are right jitka... all you have to do is take them in (the seams) to be little 'tighter'... 'closer in' I think you have answered your own question as you were asking it... be careful to go only a little... just enough to take those bumps out otherwise you will end up with a cone-head hat...

BUT Remember... the welding hat has room in the top. IT doesn't fit tight to the head.

You see... it has lots of room. It has roundness. Remember also that this one is old... Before you change your hat make sure that it is not making those bumps maybe only because it's newly sewen...  Perhaps you should try pressing it. Even washing it and drying it.
Being brand new may be the only reason it looks like that... I'm not so sure that it's ok... Make sure before you change it...

It's lookin good!
Let us know what you do!

btw: I didn't get to start mine today  Undecided... Perhaps this weekend I will..
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27  Re: Help for a newbie? How to go about making this top (photo)... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: November 19, 2006 11:07:11 AM
Hey s0g1rl1e...

I'm not sure how much help this is... I made this drawing of what I think they must have done to make this blouse. It looks so simple. I wish we could get a back view but that's ok...

please excuse my crude drawing with the crooked lines..

It looks like just two panels, straight ones of course... or 4 really... two for the front and two for the back. If you don't want shoulder seams just make 2 long panels that would start at the bottom edge of the front all the way to the bottom edge of the back... leave the top front open to the drawstring. sew the back together to the neckline. make a casing for a drawstring in about the angle shown. Make sideseams... I can't see the back but I'm guessing the same angle would apply for the casing.

After that all you have to do is finish the edges, make a hem, etc.

I would suggest making a 'prototype' out of something cheap like an old sheet or something... that way you can test the design... you will need to know what size to make the panels both width and length, how far up to sew the sideseams, where to put the drawstring casing, where to stop sewing up the back to form the neckline. All of that can be established when you make the cheap one out of old fabric. When you get that one to fit you you can tear it apart and make a pattern or just use it as a pattern to make more of them.

If you don't get any other responses let me know and we'll get that blouse made. It looks like it's really easy to figure out. The possibilities are endless as far as decoration/variation in color and embellishments, etc..

Hope this helps..
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28  Sleeve advice on recon in progress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: November 19, 2006 10:39:19 AM
hi all...

Hoping someone can offer some advice on weather or not these sheer sleeves will look ok on this dress.

I'm making a tunic out of the above tube dress. There's no armhole shape to speak of because the shoulder is a straight piece of felt-lined elastic. It meets the yellow 'yolk' that I added. I want to add those sheer sleeves. They came off of something else. They fit perfectly and there's no problem sewing them on, I just wonder how they will look sewn into a square sort of armhole.

If anyone has had any experience with this I would appreciate feedback.

Thanks in advance
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29  Re: Need to make a WELDING CAP. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: November 13, 2006 10:25:53 PM
I can't help it... I have to post these... I sniched one of my baby's hats to make the pattern. While I had it I took these... He's had these a LONG time... You can't see the falling apart part cause it's on the inside.

And this one I took to show you how the top panels are put together... They sewed the 3 sections together for each side to make two sections then sewed those two sections together... I have other close up pics of some of the other areas too. I picked the one in the worst shape cause you can see where it's falling apart and it's easy to see how it's put together...

I will have to see if I can put that pattern together for you but I don't know if I can e mail it. I'm not sure how to do that... if you send me a mailing address I'll drop it in the mail...

Have good luck with your pattern...
Keep us posted... I can't wait to see it..

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30  Re: need ideas for old stuff!!! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: October 29, 2006 03:26:41 PM
Hey Kittty...

You are in the same boat as me when it comes to reconning your clothes, only I'm just launching a personal project to do everything in my closet [and drawers] that I don't wear. If I can't or don't wear it, it either gets reconned or I get rid of it... my mission for at least the next year! anyway...

I love challenges. Since I can't see the pants/stain I can't judge well but I bet here's something that I picture just off the top of my head. Make your pants into a cute mini like you want to. When it's all finished get or make something to applique along the lower edge that covers the stain. I'm picturing a border of flowers. Even a wide border like 4" or so wide. Very colorful with leaves and such. Other borders would work too. If the stain is up higher than the border then place some of the flowers from the same border up where it is to cover it.

Like this... kinda like they are traveling up there, if that makes sense.

This is ever-so-slightly overkill ... lol  but I did it to give you an idea of what I might try if I had the same delima...
I guess there would be other things you could applique also it's just that nothing is coming to mind just now. With bright orange I think flowers would be great.

I'm pretty good at applique so if you decide you want to try this I'll be happy to help in any way I can. The finished product is impressive and looks like a lot more work than it really is. You can get some thing cheap if money is a factor and cut the flowers out or cut a border out and then applique it on.

As for the shoes...
There's another forum here just for the shoes you could probably get better ideas there...

I just saw somebody post something where they made a top out of a pair of weird tights... I can't remember where I saw it and now I can't find it... They turned them upside down, legs up, cut out the crotch part and then cut off the feet. They suddenly became a long sleeved top.... that's all I can think of for those...
I know they will be seethru but maybe you can wear them over or under something...

Sox... no clue

The vest would probably make a great hoodie. Especially since it's black which is my fav. T shirt material would work but you would need to make it long sleeved also so you would need more fabric than an averaged sized shirt. Perhaps you have some cool fabric that you could make a neat hoodie and sleeves out of. I'm picturing a cool closure of some sort in the front. Not a zipper but rather two or three buckles or even ties. Oh and maybe add some pockets.

If you are new here it pays to just read. I spend weeks reading posts old and new before I actually attempted a full on recon. I'm about to post it and thanks to everything I learned here it came out really well..

I hope some of this helps...
Good luck
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