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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Big flannel...thing...into cute little button down :D on: February 09, 2007 10:00:00 PM
Once upon a time, I had a red flannel shirt that I got from...someone....[I can't even remember who I got it from...all I know is that I adopted it from whoever it was  XD]

It was really comfortable, but had some holes in it and was kind of baggy on me [and female lumberjacks aren't very fashionable, I'm sad to say.  haha], so I hardly ever wore it.

The other day, I pulled it out and decided to revamp it!

I made it smaller, shortened the sleeves, and voila!  Brand new cute little shirt for me  :]

This is my favorite way of wearing it [sorry, no before pics..but you can imagine!]:


Yeah, there's still an obvious hole in it, but I like it.
I think it gives it character.   Wink
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Acrylic-Painted T-shirt....Lyrics and Angel Wings! :] on: December 28, 2006 11:58:31 PM
Well, since I didn't make it--only painted it--I guess it counts as "reconstructed"  Wink

This took me anywhere from 3 to 4 hours [acrylics on tshirts doesn't work too well....they soak in and the color gets a little skewed if you don't do a few coats of the paint, lol]

The lyrics on the front are copyright Yellowcard from their song "Inside Out"

Enjoy!  c( :
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Green_Day_Gurl_'s Top 10 Must-Haves of Crafting on: November 12, 2006 07:57:25 PM
[This is in no way official, but I just thought I'd share my top 10 necessities.  I've been on Craftster for over 2 years now, and after looking through a TON of projects, this is the list I've compiled of all the things that I know I (and many other people) couldn't craft without!  Wink  So, here they are, in no particular order...]

My Top 10:

1.  Mod Podge.  The handy dandy glue-all, gloss-all crafting accessory!  So versatile that it can be used to create stencils [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73158.0], make collages on shoes [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=109934.0], or simply glue things together for a school project!

2.  Double-Stick Tape.  Whether used by designers on the runway to make their fashions more presentable, or to make wedding gifts for guests to take home [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107723.0], double-stick tape is always very useful.

3.  Measuring Tape.  Rather than using a plain old ruler [which can't go past 12 inches and (most) can't bend], measuring tape comes in handy not only for sewing projects, but can also [in most cases] be used as a regular ruler!  You can even go so far as to make things out of measuring tape [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=95899.0]

4.  An Oven.  As most crafty people know, ovens aren't just for food!  Polymer clay projects [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119937.0], melted bead projects [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=102593.0], and even the famous record bowls [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30667.0] would not be nearly as amazing without using some type of oven.  Whether it be a conventional, microwave, or even a toaster oven, ovens are definitely a crafting necessity!

5.  A Dressmaker's Dummy.  Some are made from duct tape [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28407.0] while others are more customary, but either way, anyone who has ever done any kind of sewing [or even knitting] project knows how hard it is to create a garment without some sort of dressform.

6.  Duct Tape.  The importance of duct tape goes without saying, but I'll tell you anyhow!  Wink  Aside from being extremely useful to hold things together, duct tape alone can also be used to create everything from wallets [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=90574.0] and bags [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=79700.0] to dressforms, corsets [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45898.0]and rockin' prom outfits [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37064.0]  [as a side note for those of you who don't know, there's a contest called "Stuck at Prom" where participants enter as a pair and create outfits constructed completely out of duct tape (accessories and all!) to win a $3,000 scholarship (that is, a $3,000 scholarship for each person in the couple that wins) -- check it out at http://www.ducktapeclub.com/contests/prom/]

7.  Scissors.  Probably the most vague [but most useful!] item on this top 10 list, scissors are definitely something that you shouldn't leave the house without! [unless, of course, your trip out of the house requires you to go to the airport at one point...sometimes airport security isn't very craftster-friendly  c( :]

8.  A Digital Camera.  Okay, maybe a digital camera won't help you create a project [unless that project includes using pictures you've taken yourself! Smiley], but it can definitely make it easier to show off [or SELL!] your crafty creations.  Using a digital camera can also help you see the flaws in something you may be working on [which is why I take "during" pictures to look at whenever I'm making something (like a dress) if I don't have someone else around to get a second opinion].

9.  A Sewing Machine.  Sure, a needle and thread will do just fine [and I admit, sometimes a needle and thread are good for going where sewing machines can't], but sewing machines come in handy when you're pressed for time, making a lot of something [http://craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105662.0], or if you simply don't have the patience to sew by hand.  Overall, sewing machines make the life of a craftser much easier!

and, finally

10.  Scrap Paper/Fabric, Bric a Brac, etc..  When you don't have the money to go out and buy new supplies, it's always convenient to have scraps from previous projects to use!  Scraps and bric a brac are also a very vague category, but can be used for a million and one different projects, such as tote bags [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19008.0], decoupage projects [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81771.0], and crafty chalkboards [https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11928.0]!

I hope you all enjoyed reading this list as much as I enjoyed making it--feel free to add your own "must-haves"!   Wink
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 3 T-Shirts = 1 Homecoming Dress!! on: September 24, 2006 04:49:26 PM
Okay, let me start off by saying that I'm UBER proud of this...which is very rare for me, because I'm a perfectionist.  haha

So, mix together 3 XL men's tshirts, a sewing machine, and a little help from Generation T [just for the ruffle down the middle, which I probably could have figured out myself...but I didn't want to risk messing it up...], and you get my homecoming dress!


Before homecoming [which was last night--I'm on the right!]:

Total cost:  $45  [the shoes were on sale for $35, lol   Cheesy]

I have a few more pictures, but I'll upload them later..until then, you'll just have to be patient!   Wink

5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / ~~~BEHOLD!!!!~~~ - painted converse on: July 24, 2006 01:55:41 AM
Behold the story of my "me" shoes!

Once upon a time, there were a pair of high top black converse that were rarely ever worn because they were a bit broing and looked really strange on the person who owned them.

Because of this, their owner tried to spice them up with some pretty lacey ribbon...


...which didn't help much.

...at all.

So then she tried cutting them up and making them into low top converse...

...which helped a bit, but they were still rather dull, she decided.

She searched around her room for things to make them look more interesting.

Buckles from an old pair of wristwarmers?

No, too colorless, she decided...but what to use?
Being the overly creative but rather slow person that she is, the owner of the shoes thought and thought, but couldn't come up with a solution to fix her dull shoes.

Then one day, a freak accident caused her to trip and fall into her guitar, which in turn caused a chain reaction, spilling piles of cds, glue bottles, and clothing everywhere!

And at the end of that chain reaction, there were open bottles of acrylicpaint, which tumbled down from the girl's dresser onto her shoes.

"THAT'S IT!" the girl cried, "I'll PAINT the shoes! : D"


My "me" shoes were born...

outside of right shoe
(Save Ferris logo and all the lucky charms)

inside of right shoe
(four M&Ms, an eyeball with one of the grommets as a pupil, and a freaky cartoony lookin skull)

back of right shoe
(pink strip...because I've decided that the shoes didn't have enough pink.)


outside of left shoe
("Ren"--my nickname, 'cause my name is Renae-- a heart, and a 1UP mushroom)

inside of left shoe
(a rainbow with a little butterfly charm mod-podged at one end and a little bunny rabbit ^_^)


back of left shoe
(an orange strip, because orange is my favorite color!)

and a better look at the amazinglyawesome blue flame shoelaces that have been sitting in my room for far too long

Soundtrack to the making of these shoes was:

"1234 1234," "Keasbey Nights," "On and On and On," and "It Takes Some Time" by Catch 22
"Come on Eileen," "Mistaken," "Angry Situation," "Turn it Up," "Nobody but Me," and "Superspy" by Save Ferris.

And if you care to know,
Save Ferris is (or, well, was) a ska band and a reference to the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off (I LOVE ska (and Save Ferris!...although I like Catch 22 more...but anyhow) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off is my favorite movie), Lucky Charms are magically delicious (who wouldn't want Lucky Charms on their shoes??), I had a bag of M&Ms sitting next to me while I was making the shoes, the little black grommet reminded me of the pupil of an eyeball (so I made it into one), the skull started out as a 1UP mushroom, but while it was all still white it reminded me of a skull, so I decided to do one of each, "Ren" instead of "Renae" because I couldn't fit my whole name in it because I had already painted on the heart and 1UP mushroom (only about 3 of my friends have ever called me Ren), the heart is there because I couldn't think of anything else to put there and hearts are the random shape I tend to draw the most, Mario and his 1UP mushrooms are awesome and the mushrooms are easy to paint (lol), the rainbow because I've always liked the look of the rainbow and because I'm very open-minded  and a big supporter of diversity (and that doesn't mean only GLBTQ people, but everyone in general),  the butterfly charm is there because I wanted to see if I could mod podge something onto my shoes...which, apparently, I can.., the bunny because I'm a vegetarian and PETA supporter (and I don't wear fur or leather or anything--PETA uses a little bunny similar to the one I painted in some of their anti-fur ads),

if you click your heels together three times and say "there's no place like Marioland" while wearing these shoes, you'll be taken to a Save Ferris concert somewhere over the rainbow on Dia de los Muertos where there will be plenty of free M&Ms and Lucky Charms!    Cheesy

And so the all black high top converse were all black and high top no more.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first EVER dress from SCRATCH! :D on: July 21, 2006 11:47:31 PM
Well, it's not perfect, but it doesn't have any major flaws, lol.

It took me about 3 hours in all  T_T

oh well, I think it looks okay!  Smiley

close up:


front (you can see my iron!  XD):



No pattern, no help, no inspiration--all me Smiley

I'm going to sleep now--hope you like it! 

Soundtrack to the making of the dress:

"Alive With the Glory of Love" by Say Anything  (I heard this song-and band-for the first time ever today, and I kept it on repeat the entire time that I was making this dress, lol)
7  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Turn Casual Clothes into Work Clothes! on: July 19, 2006 02:11:43 PM
My craft challenge idea is to take your casual clothes (like a t-shirt and jeans) and reconstruct them to make an office-friendly (or at least interview-friendly  Wink) outfit (or article of clothing).

I thought of this today while looking through my wardrobe for professional-looking clothing for an interview I'm going to tomorrow.  I have a bunch of old t-shirts lying around that I've been meaning to reconstruct, and I thought that it would be really neat if I could make them into something work-appropriate.

So this challenge would be creative and useful!   Grin
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $5 Invader Zim Shirt into Pretty Dress and Matching Wristwarmers :D (IMG heavy) on: July 10, 2006 09:43:15 PM
So I was in the mall, and noticed that Hot Topic was having a sale (hooray!)
I walked in, and all clearance items were half off the clearance price -- !!!   Shocked


They also had a TON of t-shirts, all of which were $5 each, so of course I had to get one...and the only one I really wanted was a size 2X!...but I thought to myself, "hey, I can reconstruct this!"
And so I did.  Smiley

With "108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt," I came up with a dress design all my own, with ruffly sleeves and ties up the sides.


On me:

In comparison to one of the shirts that actually fits me:





I also made matching wristwarmers (like armwarmers..but shorter. haha):

Tell me what you think!  Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / YAY PRETTY (NO SEW!!) RECON'D T-SHIRT! :D on: July 03, 2006 12:04:11 AM
My mom gave me this huge yellow t-shirt to recon (not to keep--just to recon--she said that we can share it, lol  I love my mom), and I made it all perdyful!



I admit, I got the idea for the back from a book (my new favorite book!) called "Generation T:  108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt" (I picked it up in Borders and said, "HOLY CRAP--IT'S THE BIBLE OF RENAE!!  Shocked"  ...Renae is me, if you didn't know....haha) but the front is all mine Smiley

Tell me what you think!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Black and red rocker shirt recon on: May 08, 2006 06:26:12 PM
Okay, so I had a shirt that my mom got from her friend at work who is either Filipino or Portugese (at the moment I can't remember which, and my mom isn't around for me to ask her... Undecided).  The shirt says, "Toma lang ng Tama," which she told my mom means something like, "drink less drink" (although I'm not really sure if that's what it means...if you know, please tell me!).  It was an adult large, which is WAY too big for me, so I decided to make it prettier!

The design of the recon (except for the back) isn't mine--I copied it from a singer named Skye Sweetnam who was the one who originally recon'd a shirt into this (you can see what hers looks like at http://www.skyesweetnam.com  --if you go to her "videos" section and watch "About Skye," it shows her before and after shots).
I decided to make the back plain instead of corset, because I'm generally better at regular backs, and I didn't have any matching string   Roll Eyes




Arm shot:

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