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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crocheted rainbow & flowers bags on: May 19, 2008 05:06:11 PM
First, the reason I'm putting this under the "reconstructed" category instead of "crochet" is because I didn't crochet it myself... I used a big rainbow-colored crocheted blanket I got at Goodwill.
Second... here it is!

I just made up a very simple pattern, but I think the excessively bright colors make up for it  Smiley

bright green fabric lining

close up of button detail

I also made this bag from a shirt I impulsively bought on clearance at JCPenney for 97 cents, but later decided I couldn't stand the incredibly puffy sleeves.

button & loop closure

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / winter scarf + t-shirt = tube top/high-waisted skirt on: May 01, 2008 08:32:27 PM
My latest reconstruction:

(I'm wearing a black t-shirt underneath).

These were my starting materials:

I used a thrifted scarf with a funky pattern and an ex-boyfriend's old t-shirt.

The pockets are made from the ends of the scarf... I liked the fringe Smiley

I also like how it looks as a top!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / paisley skirt into leggings on: February 22, 2008 11:45:11 AM
So I had a polyester/spandex blend skirt lying around that I never wore. It was like a pencil skirt, but went down to about mid-calf length. The pattern was really cool, but the style... not so much. I considered turning it into a mini, but then decided it would make some really funky leggings!

Sorry, I forgot to take a before picture. Picture a mid-calf length paisley skirt with black lace trim on the bottom.


I just kind of winged it by looking at a pair of leggings I have. I didn't make the butt area big enough, so they kind of sag in back. But since I'll always wear them with a skirt, it's not a big deal to me.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Persian-inspired mirror on: January 11, 2008 02:24:03 PM
I was at a Persian restaurant last summer and they had the most beautifully painted mirrors. I found it necessary to make my own!

I bought a .99 mirror with a boring brown frame at the Salvation Army and used acrylic paints. It was a very simple, but fun project!

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / strawberries in wonderland on: January 11, 2008 02:17:05 PM

I used old sheets with a sweet strawberry design and a red t-shirt to create this mini-dress.

fabric close-up

This one used to be a junior's large Alice in Wonderland t-shirt, combined with a black t-shirt.


(I recently made the Smurf curtains in the background, too!)

I used the black t-shirt as a lining.

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / mushroom owl sweatshirt on: January 11, 2008 02:08:30 PM
I happened to have a plain, yellow, reconstructed sweatshirt lying around from what was going to be my Pikachu Halloween costume. I had gotten frustrated with the rest of the costume, however, and decided to be a unicorn instead. But that's beside the point.

Last night I decided to paint this plain sweatshirt!

I just used your basic Tulip fabric paints and some imagination.

Obligatory action shot!
For the reconstructed sweashirt I just took the body from a plain t-shirt and sewed on the sleeves and hood from a sweatshirt. (The original sweatshirt had a design on the front that I didn't like.)

This little ceramic guy was my inspiration:
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Psychedelic hearts dress on: March 25, 2007 06:27:42 PM
My crappy camera broke a few months ago, so I haven't been able to post pictures of any of my latest clothing creations Sad But I realized I'm wearing one of the dresses I made in some pictures that were taken for the band I play in:

Sorry the colors are strange and you can't see all of the dress.

The blue top part is made from stretchy t-shirt material. I used that same material for the pockets. The skirt part and the straps are made from cheap sale fabric! I didn't use a pattern, I just kind of winged it as I went along, haha. The fabric is very bright in real life!

Thanks for looking Smiley

18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Godzilla, unicorns, and the answer to life, the universe and everything on: November 11, 2006 11:20:29 AM
These are some of my older stenciling projects.

Godzilla! This was the first stencil I ever did.

I love unicorns. This is probably my favorite t-shirt to wear ever.

My Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy shirt. I made the stencil using freezer paper for this one, but instead of using paint I used fabric markers.

...and then on the back... the answer to life, the universe, and everything. I forgot to put a piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt at first, so some of the marker on the front bled through a little Sad
19  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Gnomies are my Homies on: November 05, 2006 08:19:15 PM

I have a slight obsession with gnomes, to say the least. I have over 30 lawn gnomes, have done many paintings of gnomes, and already have 4 shirts with gnomes, to illustrate my point. So when I saw this hoodie in the Delia's catalogue, I decided I must have one like it. However, $45 plus shipping and handling is much more than I can afford, so here's my version:

The inside of the heart is polka-dotted fabric, and the border around it and on the pockets is a red rickrack-sort of thing. For the gnome, I did an iron-on transfer (yes, it's the Travelocity gnome Tongue)

I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out on the baby rib material, but I think it turned out pretty well. Sorry the picture is so bright.

heart detail

I think I might add something else, but I'm not sure what... it just doesn't seem completely finished to me. Any suggestions?
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Purse on: October 22, 2006 05:29:58 PM
I had a lot of really sweet fabric lying around, so I decided to make a patchwork purse! I'm very happy with the results... I'm going to take it everywhere with me Smiley



close-up of the strap. I added some buttons and charms, and I'm thinking of adding a few more...

wearing the strap

The zipper and the inside lining

The pink square in the middle with the yellow buttons is from an old pair of boy brief underwear... haha

Feedback is welcome Smiley

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