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21  Men's Dress Shirt turned girly! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lindsycarranza on: March 26, 2010 03:54:54 PM
My DH goes through dress shirts quite often sometimes, they always wear in the elbows. I've turned some of them into short sleeve dress shirts for him and stashed some in my recon bin. Here's what I've done with one of them (after I did the shirred pillowcase dress it was so simple I HAD to do this shirt and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!)

It's be SO nice during really hot weather! After I put it all together I added a few more buttons taken from the cuffs of the sleeves to fill it out more, just seemed like too much space in between the original buttons. All I did was cut the shirt straight across right under the armpits. Folding the top over to hem it, then started shirring all the way around using my sewing foot as the measurement between each line. Did that until I thought there were enough, added the extra buttons and straps and done! Super easy! The hardest part was the straps, and placing them correctly evenly and long enough.

Here are a couple tuts I used


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22  Dress from two Pillow Shams in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lindsycarranza on: March 25, 2010 01:54:49 PM
I found these pillow shams while looking for sheets to use as fabric at Goodwill and I loved the colors and the design and bought them but didn't know what I was going to do with them. First I thought I would make them into a skirt but thought this could make a cute dress. I've NEVER made a dress before this is my first attempt and I decided to shirr it and I think it all came together okay.

Since they were shams they were split in the middle on the back the front would be too see thru on it's own so I needed to use the back as a lining. I was going to just whip stitch it closed but thought that would look odd so I ripped them apart with a seam ripper and then put both shams back together. Then I shirred the front at the top and at the waist band. Then I shirred the back, when I started I accidentally did it backwards where the elastic was on the wrong side, Opps! (I tend to make a lot of stupid mistakes, and end up ripping a lot of stitches! Extremely frustrating!) Then I sewed the front and back together, making another stupid mistake, I sewed the front on the wrong way.

See how is kind of bubbles in the back? Now I have a large booty! I'm not saying I'm fat I'm saying I have a huge A** which makes buying and finding clothes that fit (particularly pants) extremely difficult! Fabric tends to bunch and settle above my butt. Plus my posture (standing straight even) the best way to describe it would be the shape of a z, my butt not only is large but sticks out as does my torso, it's just the way I'm built Smiley

Sorry this is so wordy and thank you if you've stuck with me this long!!
Do you think it would help to maybe remove a few rows of shirring in the back or add some? Should I try to find a heavier fabric for the bottom band to add weight to hold it down? Does it look bad? I forgot to mention earlier that I didn't want to double fold it to hem the bottom so I stitched a line and then purposely frayed the bottom, I thought that was cute but still feels a bit short that's why I'm thinking of adding a band at the bottom. Comments and Suggestions are MUCHO appreciated!

Here are a couple tuts I roughly based this off of, I hardly ever follow anything line by line I just get an idea and go with it usually Smiley



UPDATE: I've moved all my pics and no longer have all the pics that were in this post. All the pics I have are of the final product so here they are:

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23  I LOVE Decorating shoe boxes! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lindsycarranza on: March 23, 2010 10:14:38 AM
Here are some of the shoes boxes I've decorated over that last couple of years, they all reside in my craft space full of crafty goodness Smiley I just can't throw a shoe box out! I think I'll have to start giving them away if I make anymore, I'm running out of room! And sometimes more storage isn't a good thing LOL!

*Photos are no longer in the order they were in when originally posted because I had to re-link them so the comments are off
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24  OMG I LOVE This Bag and I made it!!!! -ME :) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lindsycarranza on: March 20, 2010 11:00:58 AM
Ok so I made this bag a few months ago but just now have time to finally post it, I still LOVE IT! So here's the intro story -  I clean houses for a living (I have my own business, just me and about 13 clients but I love it-for the most part) and I could NEVER find a bag big enough with enough pockets. I have to carry tons of supplies and I would find cheap bags at Wal-Mart and try to make them work but they never really did so one day I was really frustrated and just sat down and decided to make my own. I completely winged it and am totally surprised it all came together just how I wanted! That almost NEVER happens! I'm completely impatient when it comes to sewing. I wanted to make it out of a thick fabric like canvas but all I had on hand was denim (from a different failed project) so I used that. I based the pocket design off the bag I already had.....so here it is!!!

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25  I LOVE SHOPPING! Reusable Shopping Bag from Repurposed Materials - Lot O Pics! in CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES by lindsycarranza on: February 01, 2010 05:45:27 PM
Ok so I thought I'd better enter this now before I keep seeing amazing entries and get discouraged Smiley
This is my first contest entry and when I saw what this month's contest was I knew right away what I wanted to do!!
Ya know when you buy pillows, new sheets, blankets, etc... they come in those plastic sometimes zippered bags. Well I just can never throw them away! This year my DH and I got new pillows for Xmas so I saved the plastic bags in my to use someday bin.

This bag is made using one of those plastic bag covers. I saved the zipper for future use someday.....
It's about the size of a paper bag and about the same shape. I used only what I had on hand to make the bag and was rapidly running out of thread. I think I cleaned out every spool and bobbin I had so there are probably at least 5 different colors of thread holding this together! But I think it adds to the look a bit. I straight stitched and zig zag stitched to make it more durable. I added a thick cardboard base so it would be sturdier. And after finishing it, it looked so boring so I raided my magazine stash and I collaged the front and back of the bag with random words from magazines. The words all have something to do with shopping, reusing, recycling etc... The words were taped on first with just ordinary scotch tape and then protected and covered with packing tape. Enjoy!!!!!! Sorry so wordy Smiley

UPDATE: Some of my pics are lost and I am also in the process of moving pics so these are the only two I have of this project:

Thanks for looking!!!! Oh and I forgot to take a picture but it folds up just like a paper bag Smiley

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26  My Wedding dress gets a simple but fab redo! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lindsycarranza on: January 08, 2010 10:41:58 PM
My hubby and I got married at the courthouse so I just picked a dress I loved (I love brown and I love polka dots) but I didn't realize until the big day how much the top of the dress bothered me. I really really wish I would've had something else or at least a cover up on that day. Looking back at the pictures I just really hate how low cut it was! So since that day it's just sat in my closet meaning to be worn on our anniversary but no matter what I did to it, nothing really worked. So it moved into my "to fix" pile where it sat and sat and sat. My original idea was to cut off the triangles and make it a straight across top (like a tube if that makes sense I am have the worst time thinking of what I am trying to say tonight!) but once I cut them off there just wasn't enough material there. (and believe me I hesitated a lot before cutting into that dress I mean that's my wedding dress, ya know?) So back it sat in the corner. Then I thought why dont' I just make it a skirt! So that's what I did! Easy Peasy Tongue

It could be worn high waisted with cute belt! Now to collect materials to make the perfect shirt for it before Sept. 15th (our 4th anniversary) so I can wear it! I'm imagining something cream, sleeveless and ruffley!!!

Okay sorry for all the wordiness!!! If you've survived here are the pics!

Sorry I don't have any before pics and I moved and edited all my pics so this is the only pic I have:

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27  Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree made from paper... in Winter Holidays by lindsycarranza on: January 08, 2010 10:28:58 PM
So I'm sure some of you have seen these before, styrofoam/ribbon, pin the ribbon on etc.....
But what do you do you when you're A)to lazy to go to the store B)Don't have those items on hand C)too impatient to wait until the store opens the next day to pick up supplies going back to A....and are cheap LOL!!!!

Well I tend to get idea and inspiration but used what I have on hand. So to make the cone shape I just used a medium weight bristol board type paper and taped it together in the form of a cone. Cut the bottom so it was straight. Then I went thru my box of random paper scraps and collected paper of the same color and feel (this wen to my pen pal and matches her colors well). Then I cut that all into relatively similar sized strips and just hot glued them on, starting at the bottom and working up. Then attached a big brow bow an voila!

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28  Thanksgiving Package for my Pen Pal :) in Thanksgiving by lindsycarranza on: December 06, 2009 06:10:56 PM
So here is what I sent my Pen Pal for Thanksgiving, I'm posting it a bit late but I totally forgot about it LOL!

I made everything except the candle and the napkins (I would have loved to make those also but was extrememly short on time)

I made four felt napkin rings
A Pilgram hat to hold candy
A ribbon wrapped bangle
And a felt leaf center piece that could also be used as a wreath.

Here it is Smiley

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29  Re: NSFW - Tea Towel With Attitude in Needlework: Completed Projects by lindsycarranza on: November 09, 2009 08:02:08 PM
Nice! My DH has a coffee cup that says that Smiley
The picture on it looks like this:
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30  Bows Bows and more Bows :) Pic Heavy in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by lindsycarranza on: November 04, 2009 07:48:59 PM
Okay so I LOVE bows Smiley and I've seen long necklaces with metal or plastic bows and wanted one so I decided to make my own but out of ribbon. Then I started to get a bunch of other ideas and kind of just went with it and here's what I came up with Smiley

Oh and all the bows are stiffened with a triple thick glaze so they would remain their shape and not come untied.

First the large bow necklace: (you can wear it long or shorten it)

Chain bow necklace:

Mini bow necklace:

Bow earrings, these are a bit ridiculous and I don't know if I'll ever end up wearing them but here they are anyway

Thanks for looking Smiley
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