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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Reconstructing an old bulky sweater, Questions on: October 11, 2006 07:22:04 PM
I have a couple of old bulky sweaters that I want to reconstruct into something else. Can anyone give me some basic instructions on how to go about this. I know I can't just cut and sew cause the stitches are too loose...

Any help would be appreciated
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Betty Boop_Leopard_Silk_Etc_Purse on: October 11, 2006 12:22:18 AM
I thought I would post my newest creation... I have been wanting to make something like this for a long time and I finally took the time... I made it for my niece of 8 whole years old... I got the Betty Boop fabric at Walmart in the remnants bin.

Here's the front...

Here's a close up of the front flap... I made it by sewing strips of ribbon together then shaping it onto a V at the bottom then adding trim along the edge... The backing is pink Leopard...and of course the HD label that I cut out of something sometime I can't remember when...

This one shows the silk tie that I made the strap out of... I got it a goodwill for 3.00

This is the flap before I finished the edges of the leopard fabric. Then I just sewed it on to the back side and it flaps over

And this is the back before I put in the lining and sewed on the flap and the strap...

It was hard to get a pic of the inside but I put a pocket and the long purple ribbon is a pen/pencil holder

I used embroidery stitches along the edges of different places. The tie on both sides, the words on the BB material, the HD label, the pockets and some other places... all red embroidery thread to put it together and the lining is made of red Dupioni silk that I had left over from a previous project... I applied iron on interfacing to that and the front and back are both lined with cotton batting. That's inbetween the lining and the outer shell.
The bottom is just straight stitched then I folded the corners inward and stitched them flat to make it dimentional... Same with the lining only in the reverse so the seams are all hidden... It was pretty easy. Things are always easier when you don't have to follow any rules Wink

It took an evening to make... This evening...

The pictures don't do it justice... I hope she likes it... she's 8... I can't wait for her to get it?

33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cute Skull Fabric on: October 08, 2006 03:11:57 PM
I was in Joannes the other day and saw skull fabric someone might be interested in... It was black with white skulls and the eyes were red and sparkly. I think it was just a cotton but I didn't look too closely... It was kinda Halloweeney but could be used on anything... it was cute and I was going to get a yard for a bandanna but I didn't ... I'll be sorry later when it's gone.

Just in case anyone is interested...
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Size 6X ready to wear to ? pattern size? on: October 01, 2006 03:05:40 PM
My niece is 8 and wears a 6x slim jeans and a 6x skirt/dress, etc. I don't have measurements yet and she lives in another state. Does anyone know, speaking in general terms, what pattern size I would buy if I were going to make her something? I want to (will have to)stick to stuff that doesn't need a perfect fit. Like a cute hoodie, a cape, stuff like that. Any advice would be appreciated..

35  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing and working with Vinyl on: September 27, 2006 10:25:25 PM
Is anyone familiar with working with Vinyl? I want to make a purse out of a Minutemaid popsickle box and "line" the outside with vinyl... I can sew it I'm pretty sure but I need some tips if anyone is savvy...

Also I read this on another forum while searching for tips...

I would use a Teflon pressing sheet like Clotilda sells in her catalog & the
thinnest clear plastic Joann's Fabrics sells & melt the plastic into the
fabric.  Same difference as the laminating plastic that is available at a
higher price.  A friend of mine told me about this.   I made a recipe book
cover this way.  Embroidered motifs on muslin (any fabric can be used I'd
think) then placed the fabric on the ironing board, plastic over that, then
the Teflon sheet.  Pressed, not ironed & voile, I had laminated fabric.

Just wondering if this is possible when I want to do Vinyl/Fabric rather than Vinyl/Popsicle Box
I heard of a fusible vinyl but it doesn't sound like they are talking about that here... Just wondering if anyone knows...
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / cheap garden gloves on: September 08, 2006 10:51:59 PM
Thought you might like to see what I did with a pair of cheap garden gloves... They were originally about 12-14 bucks. Can't remember for sure...

Here they are before I did anything to them... funky and stained from wearing them riding...

these are the funky little leather edgings that I took off of them  just before I took that pic above...

This is the denim I decided to use. It's the bottom of an old jacket... this jacket...

I cut 2 equal pieces and pinned them on like the pic below...

Pinned them on like this...

And this is how they came out... It was a major pain sewing down inside there... My sleeve arm on my machine was too big to slide the glove over and sew...

I'm not big on working with leather. I love wearing it but not working with it... this was easier I think cause it was that cheap stuff... It sews just like regular fabric.

I wore them today for the first time and they are quite comfortable...

37  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Needed More Thigh Room... Chaps on: September 01, 2006 11:49:42 PM
These Motorcycle Riding Chaps were X-Small and they fit me everywhere except my thighs so I didn't wear them for years after I gained weight. And they were my favorites too! I saw this on something... can't remember what now... so I had to try it. It worked well. They were just plain in the back. The lacing is in the back of the leg.

This pic shows the outside back of one leg and the inside back of the other leg...

This is a close-up of the lacing. I am not fond of working with leather really. It's just not my thing... but these came out pretty good and they fit great now. And they are  Wink Tight
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tight Jeans get more comfortable on: September 01, 2006 11:40:56 PM
Yes they are tight... I am a tight jeans girl...

I had another pair of jeans that ripped out in the butt... could be cause they were so tight and getting old and couldn't stand the stress anymore... lol  They were not repairable so I took the waistband off and sewed it on these. They had a really skinny waistband and it was uncomfortable. The ripped out jeans also had cool bottoms on the legs so I cut those off and sewed them on these..The split was already there cause there were zippers on the ripped ones legs... The split is where the zipper was...

Yes that's velcro... it lays nicely flat so my fat rolls don't show hardly at all... lol

39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Denim Jacket Recon on: September 01, 2006 09:00:58 PM
I did this jacket about 10 years ago... and in advance I had a rough time getting my pics up on the site. Jeeezzzeee I feel like such a dork... if you can't see the pics I'll have to try again...

if I see the pic then I'll post the rest..
allert... this is a test
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