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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / help with the embroidery hoop and tights method??? on: May 20, 2007 01:16:53 PM
How on earth do you get the tights to stretch over the hoop without it slipping off?Huh?  I ended up just getting it attatched on both sides and then stretching and masking taping the rest.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / I HATE ZIPPERS aekjdfh#$6e on: April 28, 2007 10:15:12 AM
So I decided that I was going to make a zip-up vest out of an old ugly pullover hoodie, and I have everything cut, sewed (by hand, no less), and pinned, and what do I discover?

That I bought the wrong kind of zipper.  After twenty minutes of sticking pins into my fingers trying to pin it where it should be (this is my first zipper attempt, too), I discovered that instead of the zipper that...unzips...it's one of the ones that stays attatched to the bottom.  And I have no way to get to a craft store for a while.

I think I'm gonna give it a go anyways and hope nobody notices, but I am SO MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!  AGHHHHHHHHHHHHH.  stupidstupidstupid
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / skinny jeans! on: April 28, 2007 08:58:25 AM
I started off with these ugly too-stretchy jeans from Pac Sun that fit terribly, and figured that since they were a little awkward to wear anyway, they'd be the perfect victim for my first attempt at skinnifying my jeans (I'd have done it long ago if I didn't have to handsew everything.  That's part of the hazard, is that if I spend hours upon hours sewing something and I don't like how it sits, I'm not redoing it).

They started off like this:


And now they look like this:

and me being ridiculous

The angles aren't the most flattering, they're kind of stretched out from not having washed them in a while, and they look better with my boots on, but not too bad for a first try, right?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first not-reconned thingie! on: April 28, 2007 08:24:55 AM
Since the only part of the original shirts that I kept is the collar bit (the ribbed part on tshirt collars, I don't know what it's called), I finally get to post something in here!

A while ago I destroyed my favorite perfectly-worn-in Nirvana shirt (I have a massive collection of them for some unknown reason) in a botched recon, but I couldn't bring myself to throw it out.  
Unfortunately, it left me with only the front part of the shirt, and with a bunch of holes in it.

But after having it sit in my pile of things to sew, an idea finally came to me.  The fabric was worn in to the point that it was about the same softness as the mens undershirt I'd bought at the thrift store the previous week, so I combined them and made this:


It's a little hard to see, but yes, I am wearing a skirt here.  The camoflage is doing it's job...

man I love those boots.  in fact, they inspired my thread choice for the entire project...since I have to handsew everything, I've found it's a lot more convenient to use contrasting thread so I can actually see what I'm doing, so I decided to use bright yellow, just like my docs!


it doesn't fit quite right and it's a tad bit tight in the bust, but it's wearable enough that I'm glad I was able to salvage it from the scrap pile.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / naked baby shirt! on: March 05, 2007 01:47:29 PM
I bought this shirt at Hot Topic on clearance awhile ago, and discovered the reason behind putting it in clearance - the design on the shirt was REALLY unflattering.  It was a plain white shirt with a giant rectangle right in the middle...well, at any rate, it wasn't pretty, but it was too cool to pass up.

I don't have any before pictures, but here's what it looks like now!

the front (I was actually able to take in enough fabric from the sides that the printed rectangle is touching both of the side seams instead of floating somewhere in space:

the back (the print on the back is my favorite part, no idea why):

This was also my first shot at re-doing a neckline past removing the collar thing.  I did it by tracing the neckline on another shirt and then cutting it out, but somehow in the process, the neck on this became MUCH lower...and a little too tight.  So pardon the super-cleavage, that doesn't normally happen (sadly).

Action shot (pardon the blurriness and the lack of real pants, I was being lazy and didn't want to go look for tights when I got dressed):

And rocking the plaid:

Also, on my way home from senior trip last night we watched the 40 Year Old Virgin on the bus (*gag*), and I noticed that one of the guys in it had the same shirt!  With the ugly unflattering rectangle smack dab in the middle of it.  It made me giggle a little bit, and also feel a little bit proud.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Janes Addiction! on: February 28, 2007 07:15:32 PM
I bought this MASSIVE Janes Addiction shirt for 5 bucks at a flea market in New York last spring.  It was about four bajillion times my size and stretched out in a rather bizarre manner, but it was super soft and the graphics were so busy and ridiculous that I just had to have it.

Over the summer I decided to take it in and make it into a long shirt with medium length sleeves (so pretty much just slimming it down).  I'm debating adding a little more fabric to the bottom and making it a dress, any thoughts on that one?

the front: (it's a little off-center, but it's not that noticable when it's on)

the back: this is always fun to wear to school/out in general.  who would've thought that wearing a shirt with an orgy statue on the back would make for such a good conversation starter?

a really dark shot of the back, but you can sort of see how it fits:

and a shot of the length.  also, my main motive in considering making it a dress is because it goes with the pink zebra print perfectly.

I also realized the other day when I walked into French (I'm the only senior in a class full of freshmen because I decided to add an extra foreign language class this year just for the hell of it) that my shirt was older then all of the other kids in class.  First that made me giggle, then I felt really old.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Adicts! on: February 21, 2007 05:11:43 PM
this started off as an ugly $3 craft store tshirt.
now it's a super-awesome Adicts shirt!


i took in the sides so it would bit a little less like a bag, then i freehanded the logo using some old eyeliner to draw the outline and fabric paint to fill it in.

for the face, i McGyvvered (how do you spell that???) some carbon paper out of some charcoal and a printed copy of the face, then i traced it over on my shirt and filled in the outlines with more fabric paint.

action shot:

please excuse my "please do not take this picture or i'll stab you in the face" face.  i really do not take kindly to being photographed in the mornings before i have had my coffee and while it is still dark outside.

also, what kind of fabric paint have you had the best luck with on tshirts?  the white paint was the tulip brand in the little squeeze-y tube, but that always feels all stiff when you put it on shirts, even if you put it on with a paintbrush.  the black stuff came out of a jar and it feels much better on the shirt, but it looks like it's fading a tad bit.  any recommendations?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / big ugly hoodie to...small ugly hoodie! on: February 18, 2007 08:42:35 PM
i started out with this gigantic hoodie with a fit that resembled that of a potato sack.  then i made it fit less like a potato sack!

the sewing's a little wonky because i no longer have a sewing machine and had to do it all by hand, but it seems to have turned out alright (and none of the thread matches, but shhhhh).



it's pretty boring looking though.  any suggestions?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / miniskirts? on: February 03, 2007 02:38:15 PM
does anybody know where to find a tutorial for a basic miniskirt?  i've found ones for floofy ones, pleated ones, tiered ones, and everything in between, but nothing for a plain, A-line miniskirt.

i would just buy a pattern, but i don't really know how to read them.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / altering jeans on: January 20, 2007 04:01:48 PM
i'm taking in the flares on a pair of jeans to make them more straight-leg, and to do so without making the seams all twisty i've been told i have to take in the seams on both sides - but when i do, the outside seams look all funny around the knees.

does anybody know how to fix this???
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