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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / granny nightie --> cute summery shirt. =D on: July 02, 2007 03:57:05 PM
i haven't sewn anything worth posting here for so long (mostly just shirt resizings), but i got this nightie from my step-grandma who recently passed away... she left me tons of sewing stuff and lots of things to recon. i was in love with the color and detail of this nightie, and knew it could be amazing if it was altered a bit.

before... as you can see it looks more like a tent than clothes at this point.

and after! please excuse my strawberry shirt underneath. =]

from the side.

and the detail... you might be able to tell from this picture that i made the bust a little too tight, but no one will really notice i hope. =/

thanks so much for looking, please let me know what you think!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / DUCT TAPE dressfrom? on: November 12, 2006 05:10:27 PM
i've seen a lot of people make their own dressforms out of duct tape- well, it seems like a good way to make sure your sewing projects fit, so i would really love to make one. however, i can't figure out how to do it without sticking the tape to my body... but then, i assume, it would be an utter mess to get off. does anyone know how these duct tape dressforms are made? thanks so much for any of your help!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / FLANNEL!! on: November 08, 2006 07:40:52 AM
So it seems like all the cute fabrics with dinosaurs and other cool stuff on them, are flannels. Well, I've come by some pretty cheap ones on eBay and at some stores, but I have no idea what I would use them for if I bought them. I only know two things that they are used for, pajamas and winter coats, and neither are things that I could wear to school everyday. So I have a couple questions;
Are there any other clothing-wise uses for flannel besides pajamas and coats?
Would it look weird if I wore some cute flannel pj-shorts with footless tights (the ones people wear with mini-skirts) under them?
If all else fails, I plan on making a super sweet bookbag out of some flannel. But I really want to find a use for them that I could wear as clothes. Thanks so much to anyone who gives input! ^_^
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I'm making something for someone else... and I'm FREAKED OUT! on: October 28, 2006 07:09:37 PM
My friend is going to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for Halloween, and she asked me to make her a green tutu for her. She's bringing over the green tulle, as well as some elastic for the waistband. The elastic part is where I need some help...

I asked her for her hip measurement, because I know I'll need that, but I'm confused as to how to use the elastic.

I have a theory: I need to find out what % of stretchiness it is (hopefully it will say on the package) and multiply her measurement by that, and add a bit more so it doesn't cut off her circulation. Then cut it to that length, and cut the waist of the tulle to her measurment. Then I sew the elastic to the tulle, while stretching it, using a zig-zag stitch.

Is this totally wrong? I'm really scared because I don't want to mess this up for her!
5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / an extremely non-emo girl with some very emo shoes... on: October 19, 2006 09:55:14 PM
Well I got some plain white keds (you know the kind i'm talking about...) from a thrift store to try and do something cool to them. I didn't really know what I wanted to do for a while... and then I decided to make some scribble shoes!

I cut the lace part and tongue off, painted them black, and wrote and drew all over them. I wore them to (Middle) school the other day, and got a lot of "why did you paint your shoes?" but mostly just "those are so cool!" so I decided to share them.

But one problem... it rained when i wore them, so the bottom of my jeans got wet and made the white paint smudge a teeny bit. Would just a weather-proofer work to prevent further smudging, or should I try something else?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / why hello there, kitty! [[overflowing pics]] on: October 19, 2006 09:49:00 PM
I made my first Hello Kitty clothing item, hence the title, and I'm overly excited about it...



It's just plain yellow because I made the front from this AMAZING cape I found at Value Village. I think it was supposed to be a Halloween costume for a little kid... I'm talking LITTLE kid. The cape (which came with a built-in hello kitty mask) was uber small for me.

ALSO made a skirt, yipee!



From an old t-shirt. Thrift stores are amazing. Took me forever to get it to fit right (I didn't take any measurements, hehe).

Comments are appreciated... let me know if I'm doing anything wrong, these are my second and third recons.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / One recon down... about a thousand to go. on: October 15, 2006 02:38:58 PM
Well, it's my very first recon! In fact, it's my first sewing project since I made a potholder in 6th grade home ec. I originally started off using this tutorial: http://static.flickr.com/48/141205078_64c508281e_b.jpg but ended up making a lot of adjustments because of my stupid mistakes and lack of fabric.

You want a picture, you say? Well, here it is. I can't post pictures yet because of my n00bish state, but you can visit the link.

The black tank top is seperate, but the black waistband at the bottom is part of the shirt. It started out as a humungous shirt from a thrift store, and the waistband came from one of those yucky too-wide, too-short shirts my mom got for me in San Fran. Please let me know what you think! I'm kind of scared to wear it to school (apparently being "cool" in Middle School means looking like everyone else) so your input is greatly appreciated. Yes, I'm in middle school. Like you couldn't tell from the non-boobs in the picture. ^_^
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / a n00bish question and a relatively normal question on: October 09, 2006 08:25:34 PM
Well, the n00bish question first. I know, for the most part, how to use a sewing machine, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to use patterns. I would love to use them, but they look so foreign to me. Any tips?

Also, the normal question, I have this shirt that I absolutely love and want to reconstruct it to make it wearable. This summer I was a kindergarten teacher at my church's vacation bible school. I have the "Teacher Shirt" from it. I could do without the logo in the front, but on the back, all the kids I taught wrote and drew pictures for me. It's adorable, and it has a lot of memories in it, but I have no idea how to make it cute. Ideas would be great!
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