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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hearts and Frogs on: December 16, 2007 08:51:16 PM
I did this almost a year ago, and it was one of the first things I reconned, but I still like it.  Originally, it was a pajama shirt I got from somewhere--don't remember where--and a t-shirt that was too big.  The pajama shirt just fit weird, but the design was so cute I couldn't get rid of it.  I cut the sleeves and the neck off of the t-shirt, sewed the neck area of the pajama shirt in place, then made some sleeves out of the rest of the body so that there would be that nice red edging on the ends, and added a couple of the buttons!  Sorry, no before pics (because when I take them I usually mess up fatally on whatever I am making  Tongue). 

The end result:

Detail on the design and sleeve edge:

Not the best pics, but thanks for looking!
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ack! They're Monsters! on: December 16, 2007 08:16:39 PM
I made these for my sons a couple of months ago--Pillow Man and the Green Thing.  The Green Thing is based off a drawing my son made. 

Drawing of the Green Thing:

And the Green Thing being inspected by the kitty:

Here is Pillow Man:

And the action shot of Pillow Man, with my youngest son (now entering his "silly smile" phase):

Thanks for looking!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / What to do with all those quarters if you don't quilt?? on: December 16, 2007 08:00:04 PM
Make a new purse, of course--this used 4 of them!  My daughter picked these out, and asked me to make something out of them because she liked the colors.  This is going to be a christmas present, I hope she likes the end result!

Full frontal:


24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The never-ending hoodie on: February 13, 2007 09:39:27 PM
This started as your average long sleeve shirt into hoodie recon, and went crazy from there!  The end result turned out okay, especially since this was my first sewing project, so I had to share it...sorry if this is too long!

Here is what I started with:

The grey shirt is from old navy, and had a cute red snowflake design on the back that I thought would look great with a red hood, right?  First, I decided the shirt was too short, so I added the bottom of another tshirt to it--problem solved.  Same thing with the sleeves, though that didn't quite go as smoothly.  The grey fabric stretched, and now they look like they bell out a little, in an akward way.  Okay, I can work with that, time for the hood. 

Somehow, the first two hoods I cut ended up too small, and then the third was monstrous!  I put a couple darts along the back seam, no problem.  Then I realized that I couldn't put in the zipper, because the shirt would end up just a bit too snug for me...so I added more red cloth to either side of the openings, then put in the zipper.  By this time I was on the fourth red t-shirt, because of all the hood problems!  Of course, now the hood with its darts was smaller than the opening, and it completely covered the cute red design in the back!  I just ignored that, and stenciled a snowflake on the front! Smiley

Here is the end result:

and with the hood up:

Sorry, the pictures aren't the greatest.  So, what do you think?
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / our little secret on: February 13, 2007 02:47:37 PM
This is actually from Christmas, but I am just getting around to sharing it....I had no idea what to give to a friend of mine, and finally stumbled across this idea online!  I found a used book--a biography of some guy from my friend's church--and turned it into a secret compartment book!  Then filled it with chocolate to distract from the mistakes I made on the lining.  Grin

closed, looks like a normal book:

open--not so much!
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Art Nouveau stenciled scarf on: December 23, 2006 05:25:43 PM
I made christmas gifts for all of my friends this year, and I think this is my favorite.  The scarf was a sheer polyester blend, and I used the shiny fabric paint, as thin as I could apply it.  So...what do you think?

the corners:

detail of the design:

action shot!!
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