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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My Latest Project called "I just don't care" MAX photos on: December 05, 2007 11:19:17 PM
These two shirts were taking up space in a drawer like so many of the ones that I haven't taken scissors to yet. I wore the ripped up one around the house sometimes, but the other one was too tight so I never wore it. I kept it cause it was a Harley shirt and I liked the fabric. I wasn't hesitant to take the scissors to either of them cause frankly I don't give a crap about either of them any more... I just don't care.

I cut off the front placket with the hook tape on it. The next pic is of how I cut the placket at the neckline.

Here's the plackets all ready to sew on. I ironed them just to make it easier.

These next 3 pics show how I plan to sew them on. They'll fit nicely. Just overlap and sew.

Now I hooked all the hooks. That way the ends will come out even because even though I dont' care that much... I wanted it to be even, at least sort of, somewhat.

A pin at the top on each side and a pin at the bottom on each side and ... Wait... what color thread? ohh I just don't care...shazam It's done. (when I just don't care it's usually pink)

Now for the other shirt... The one I cut the placket offa. Lay it out flat and even...

Make a straight line

Cut on that straight line

Here it is

And this is what I wanted it for. It seems that it doesn't fit too well, but I just don't care.

Sew it on... uhh sure enough, it doesn't fit too well... but... I just don't care. I'll figure something out.

I'll get back to that later when I think of something. I gotta move on to something else

Does this thing make my Butt look BIG??!!  Holy crap

Well there's not a whole lot I can do about that, not today at least... and frankly, I just don't care.

I know... The neckline. I'm thinking of taking the neckline off the one I'm parting out and putting it on the other. That will make sort of a double neckline.

It worked. It made exactly a double neckline I left the tag in the old one and just sewed it down. It doesn't fit exactly but heck... I just don't care

The sleeves were too short... gotta make them longer.. Cut first.

Then cut a piece of the old one

Then sew them on... they're kinda bunchy I guess but... hell I just don't care.

Oh yah I gotta fix that short place in the front. This blue  flowered cotton looks ok I guess... heck ..I just don't care.

That came out ok... yah, it's ok.

Now about that tightness in the bottom area cause of my big butt. I really don't care about that. Having a big butt I mean.

Measure carefully and cut straight up to the seam. I cut 4 places. Decide what fabric to fill in with... I just don't care...

I decided 'rather uncaringly' on this flowery leafy stuff I've had for centuries. Cut 4 pieces larger than the opening and sew it on freestyle on the inside by stitching on the outside. I left enough fabric for a hem cause that would look better but I didn't trim off any of the access fabric on the inside cause... you guessed it... I just don't care.

Before hemming (inside view)

After hemming (outside view) back and front

I fixed the neckline by sewing some cut cute pieces of cotton tulip fabric on there. I didn't hem it or anything cause... I just don't care

Totally finished front

Totally finished back

It's kinda crooked in some places but... I just don't care
It's a little shorter in the back than in the front cause of my big butt but...  I just don't care
It's too tight to wear alone so I have to wear a shirt or tank under and wear it open except for one or two hooks but... I just don't care...

Making a no care shirt was fun. You dont' worry so much about stuff not coming out too well cause, well... You Just Don't Care.....  take life in stride and above all Have Loads of Fun........

Rock On

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Advice on picture application on: November 29, 2007 08:16:49 PM
Hi Everyone... It's good to be back. I've been away from here and I've missed this place a lot...

You see here a very sweet Back Pack that I made for my BFs grand niece for X-Mas. If I do say so myself, I like the way it came out.  Grin I want to make her little brother one out of recycled jeans/denim. I've got that part covered but I want to add a picture on his of his favorite Disney ride.... see below...

Instead of the butterfly I want to add a picture of an image similar to the following.

I'm thinking that I won't be able to add it to the denim directly but rather to some other lighter fabric and then sew that on. I plan to use iron on since that's all I know to use.

I'm asking if anyone has any suggestions re ways to apply this image. I only have it in my computer so I'll have to print that out.
If I could find a t shirt then I would just cut it up and use that.. I haven't searched for that yet so I guess I should do that...

Oh btw, he's 5 yo.

I would appreciate anyones input.
Ask any questions  Smiley

Thanks a million

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / feather pillow into throw pillows, need advice on: May 27, 2007 01:37:34 PM
Hey everyone...

I have an old feather pillow and want to separate it into at least two pieces to make throw pillows... Any advice anyone can offer I am hoping will help save me from a really huge potential mess...

I did do a search and found nothing


14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Good product, good price, I want to share! on: April 08, 2007 02:44:36 PM
I recently discovered a company called
CTS Wholesale sewing supplies. Anyone can order stuff..

The product I want to share is the thread I tried..

I originally went there to purchase needles and I found a great price...  you do not have to pay retail for needles again.

Look at this price for the needles. I ordered 100 needles for 11.95
(their quote)
This is the standard quality needle with a flat shank and a regular size eye for most home sewing machines and home sewer based embroidery and quilting machines. It is widely available in a large range of sizes with a sharp or ball point, also available with PD.
I have had great luck with these so far. They are great quality and I have not had a single problem with any of them. I use mostly size 9 both sharp and ballpoint, and 10 sharps.

Here's the thread I tried... I recently bought some more expensive thread for 2.60 per spool for 1100 yds. I had to buy 10 spools or more to get that price. It was 2.80 each for under 10. It is great thread but then I saw this... 6000YDS! each spool!

I think to myself "self, you got to be kidding. This is probably a wasted 4 bucks and I'll probably have 12,000yds of useless thread on my hands but, what the hell, it's a small loss just to try it." I ordered black and white one spool each. I've been using it for a few weeks and I'm tellin ya it is good thread. The Guterman is better, but not that much better. This is 100% polyester all purpose thread just like the Guterman I've been using for many years. It does not break in the machine and has very few knots. NO MORE THAN THE GUTERMAN or any other thread I've used. It's strong and I have washed garments I've used it on and I see no difference than any other quality thread...

I'm going to order some colors now. How can you beat 2.00 for 6000YDS!

I've been looking for a great price on needles and thread for quite some time. Wholesale good prices I mean. I knew the importance of changing needles frequently but who can afford it at 5 measly needles per pack @ 3.99 or so and if you're not a business you are the victim of standard retail prices...

I hope someone gets some use from this post.

Happy Easter Everyone Grin
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bohemian Headband on: April 04, 2007 08:39:24 PM
Hey  Smiley

My newest creation...

Oh god... my roots are showing Tongue It's off to the drugstore with me

This was so easy I can't even tell you. I had the idea for a while and I had this green military cotton mesh stuff that I wanted to use. It's getting warm here so I used t shirt material as a base... then just fabric scraps stitched on in strategic but random lines and hot fix Swarovski crystals and some sewn on trinkets to top it off...
I'm gonna make another one soon in black from some fabric I got in the remnant bin @ the big W today

I save all my small scraps. All the 'just t shirt scraps' are in a whole other bin and both are about to be upgraded to larger bins...


16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / TATTOO TOP !!Warning!! R rated on: March 30, 2007 11:13:41 PM
A while ago there was some discussion regarding those tattoo sleeves and what we could do with them. I ordered some and finally got around to making a top. I said I would post it when I finished one and here is my first attempt... Pretty cool I think...

My BF wants me to wear it to a bike rally we're going to tomorrow. I guess if he can handle it then I can too and if there's one place you can get away with wearing something like this... well, it's a bike rally...

Yah I know they're big and I'm not apologizing  Cool

That's it... I used straps off of an old bra. The tattoo fabric is nylon and pretty easy to sew with a ballpoint needle. I used a zigzag stitch for the assembly and just sewed the two pieces together and then sewed a piece of elastic up the front on the inside then sewed the bottom on. That's an old slip made of that power mesh stuff. It's Nylon with 15%Lycra. I have to pull the whole thing on and off over my head but that's ok...
If anyone wants the link to the site where I got the tattoo arm thingies let me know and I'll post it. I think the only other think I'll do is make the front more gathered in the centre. I think that will look better...

Rock On  Cool
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / That stuff that is on the inside of Thigh-Highs on: March 30, 2007 10:55:38 PM
Does anyone know where, or if, I can buy that stuff that is drizzled on the inside of thigh hi stockings to keep them from slipping? It makes them cling to your skin and sweat a lot hehe

I need some to put on a garment...

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first real t-shirt recons... Added tut for "get pink" and Tiffanys on: March 01, 2007 09:14:39 PM
ok I said that I just sewed t shirts for the first time and here they are...

This one is a old regular t shirt that a girlfriend gave me a number of years ago...

This one was a tank top that I hated the fit of but love the color and the letters on the back...

I got this one @ goodwill... just had to have it... it was too short so I added the hood, the cuffs and the bottom thing... the bottom thing is from a XXXL wifebeater I got on sale years ago @ K-Mart

Thanks for looking everyone... I have more pics and info if anyone wants to know how I did something...

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Amateur Hour/Day/Week @ Maxine's! Advice for noobs on: February 24, 2007 04:34:36 PM
I'm not a newbie... I swear, I've been sewing since I'm a kid and I'm 55...

But today it was Amateur hour @ Maxine's for sure

I bought some yardage of cotton with... I think it was 5% lycra. I needed it to put into the side seams of shirts so that they would have more stretch for a good fit and to make more room for my rather large breasts... Also to make sleeves and neck bands and bands for the bottom of shirts, etc etc. I bought black and white. About 4 yards of each.

Sooo... I cut and sew and things are lookin just GRAND. I like the material and it's working just the way I wanted. It sews beautifully and I made my first neck band on a t and it came out really good...

So what's missing from the above story. Can anyone guess?

Clearing throat... PREWASHING!

So this morning (days after the cutting and sewing part) I say to myself... self... perhaps just for fun you should wash a hunk of that cool new cotton w/ 5% lycra and dry it too just... you know... for the fuck of it... to see what it does... heck what's the worst that can happen?!?

It shrank 4 inches... yah you read that right.. I measured it before and after and it shrank from 24 1/2" to 20 1/2"

If I could kick my own ass trust me I'd be doing that right now..
Just please remember when you buy new fabric almost always prewash and dry it and press it if it's wrinkled... I fully expected a little shrinkage but jeeezzeee 4 inches... this means the sleeves which I cut extra long probably will be just ... regular length... ugh fixable but more importantly preventable

Anyway I am washing one of the shirts that I used it on and when it's dried I'll let you know how it came out... It was a regular t shirt with gussets in the sideseams and long sleeves both made from the new fabric

Thanks for joining me today on "Amateur Hour @ Maxine's"
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / DKNY/Victoria's Secret/Abercrombie TRIBUTE to CRAFTSTER recon (Image Heavy) on: February 16, 2007 09:30:52 PM
I'm proud to post the coolest thing I have done to date. Thanks to this site, everyone here and all their input and everything I've learned since I've been here... well this is a product of all of the above and I have all of the above to thank...

Newly added photos...
Here's the action shot... me wearing it and after taking off the beaded trim and adding the closures in front.

There's more at the bottom,, details of the hook closures, the labels and other views of it on me...

so here it is...

I added some big hooks and eyes down the front later and ended up taking off the beaded trim. It didn't work out because I could tell it wasn't going to hold up.

The pink is a poly/cotton remnant and the leopard is a furry remnant also...

More pics of how it went together...

These are pics of all the components...

This pic shows the color of the sweater best. It's the most beautiful green I've ever seen. It's the first time I've cut and sewn a sweater.

These are extra pics...

It fits so well... I've worn it numerous times... my fiance loves it and is as proud of me as I am of myself Grin
All I have left to do is add the labels from all 3 garments. I'll probably put them in the back on the inside of the peplum. I will also make my own label and add that.


Here's the hooks and eyes... I got them from a company called ATS. Atlanta Thread Company. They are an awesome company... They came in white only so I colored them with sharpies. It was between the green and the orange. It was a hard decision...

Here's the tags/labels...

Thanks everyone, both for all I've learned here and for looking..
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