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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Glam Rock Wrap Dress! on: July 07, 2008 10:45:15 AM
OK, I am not that gifted in Tutorials yet, however I will be making up a drawing (the old-fashioned way) and scanning it into my computer soon for this Project. Basically, this "dress" is two parts:

-one large unbleached cotton t-shirt to make the top: sleeves trimmed of their edges, neck cut out, laid flat, and then a deep-V cut starting from the bottom edge (right square in the middle of the t-shirt) to each side of the neck hole. You end up with a V-shaped piece of fabric you can toss into your scrap pile for use later. Then the bottom is folded up about 3.5" and sewn along the top of the fold with a zigzag stitch on the machine. You then cross-over one side of the hemmed shirt so it's hugging your hips comfortably, and pin it. Now sew along the bottom of the hem, so it's securely in place, again with a zigzag stitch.

Now you're free to make a very simple stencil (I used an exacto knife to cut out the bird-shape into a slab of cardboard) and spray to your heart's content! I used cheap acrylic florist's spray, and it's probably not water-proof, but this was my first project of this nature, so who cares! Let dry several hours.

The skirt consists of another large unbleached cotton t-shirt that has been chopped up, and wrapped around the hips, and secured with a safety pin.  I got the idea for it in a book, "Generation T", and it was the 'bohemian wrapsody' skirt on page 170 that I did.  It requires no sewing, just a large t-shirt and a pair of scissors, and a pin to hold it at your hips.  I'd try to describe it, but it wouldn't make sense without the little diagrams in the book, I'm afraid!  Once you do it, it's super-easy though.

These two pieces can be easily worn together, or separately. The top is also reversable, and is dead cute with skinny jeans and slouchy boots too! It's extremely comfortable, and flattering.

Sorry for the quickie tute...I promise my next one will be more professional and easier to understand. Pictures will be forthcoming!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Glam Rock Wrap Dress! on: July 07, 2008 09:37:30 AM
Hi folks!

This is a very quick "dress" I made out of two large unbleached t-shirts, and one can of spray-paint.  The dress is actually one top, one matching skirt:  you can wear them separately, or together.  The top is also reversible, it looks good either way.

I will try and post a tute asap...but I don't have any photos of the process unfortunately...it was a bit of a 'spur-of-the-moment' thing!  But it literally took me about 15 minutes.  It's also the most comfy dress to go dancing in!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Revamped 80's sweaters and hoodies galore!! (a little invader zim, too!) on: April 11, 2008 09:30:04 PM
Oh gosh, do I love those first two!  So great.   Cheesy
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Old VHS tapes? on: March 03, 2008 02:49:36 PM
When I was VERY little ( I can't believe I can even remember this...but who could forget?! ) my mum was really into weaving, and she actually wove me an entire spider-costume out of old reel-to-reel video tape.  It was awesome, the body of it included a little attached bonnet, and eight legs.  All woven somehow on her big loom.  I have no idea where this costume went (and she doesn't remember either), but I still think this was an absolutely insane and cool idea.  Smiley
My mum rocks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Painted Chiffon Glamorous Dress!!! [Picture Heavy!] on: December 04, 2007 09:02:46 PM

That dress is ACE.  Great dress, you did a fantastic job.  Wow, I still can't believe you made that.....I'm jealous.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: thought i was a goner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: December 04, 2007 08:56:17 PM
OH MY GOD you're killing me....those pants are just KILLER!  And the shirt...I echo everyone else's comments.  Just great stuff, congrats.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Shiny Silver recycled fashion! (image heavy) on: November 04, 2007 04:02:11 PM
Wow, now THAT'S my idea of recycling fashion! 

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crystal Cat Hoodie-sans-Hood (my first posted project! be kind!) on: November 04, 2007 03:58:46 PM
Wow, thanks guys....you all liked it!  It gave me the giggles everytime I wore it...hehehehe.....

I'm STILL not sure what to make of Dan Deacon...sorry Patchworkarmy, I've never seen that Conan video....makes me curious though, hehehehe.....
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Crystal Cat Hoodie-sans-Hood (my first posted project! be kind!) on: November 02, 2007 10:42:29 AM
I just realized that I probably put this post in the wrong category...
Sorry...it's not really a recon....
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Crystal Cat Hoodie-sans-Hood (my first posted project! be kind!) on: November 02, 2007 10:38:57 AM
Well, this isn't a very new project...I actually did it sometime in July or August, but I thought I'd post photos, because up until now, I wasn't able to.

"Inspired" by a night fuelled by red, red wine...watching Dan Deacon's 'Crystal Cat' video on YouTube all by my lonesome.  I kind of got obsessed with this video for some reason...it's very hypnotic, especially when your boyfriend has gone surfing for a few days, and you're trapped at home alone with a big bottle...hehehe...

I started it when I was half-cut, and when I woke up the next morning, I thought, "WHAT THE HELL WAS I DOING?!!!"  So anyways, I decided to finish what I started.  The outline is Sharpie, and the colored parts are fabric paint pens.  It became my favorite 'hoodie' for quite a while.  I did make one mistake:  It was a brand new hoodie, and I didn't wash it before I painted it.  So I washed it after a while, and despite iron-setting the paint, a lot of it came off.  So Crystal Kitty is a little bit sad looking right now...gonna have to re-paint pretty soon.

Thanks to HollyJade for the photos. 

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