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November 05, 2004 06:41:37 AM by GoombaLoveDisaster
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i died off this website for a while but i'm back... with this dress i made out of a big huge t-shirt from the salvation army. it was too awesome not to do something with...

if i were to make this dress over, undoubtedly i would make it LONGER... for i look pretty freaking naked in this picture. now i know what that look from my mom was for when i said "MOM, look what i made!"

but i wore this dress dancing and felt like a fashion genius when random girls where all about it... "like oh my god! where did you get your dress?" and and old boyfriend of mine was there... and yah, i don't know where i'm going with this, so i'll just stop.

anyway, i wish there was a pattern to share, but i pretty much just started cutting and sewing... the froof around the bottom is just scraps from the yellow shirt i stiched on with a zigzag stitch and red thread. the red waistband is from a different shirt i cut up... i could try to explain how to make it of anyone asks.

hey again everyone! i got bored and decided to draw up some reconstruction directions for this dress... so here they are! i hope they make sense...

--1st step is to find a really big, really awesome t-shirt you don't mind chopping up.

*i imagine those huge band shirts that are too big to wear except to bed, would do nicely...

--you'll want cut off the sleeves and sides of the shirt according to your size. you might want to put the shirt on and mark it where you want to cut...

--next cut straight across the middle/or a few inches under middle of shirt if you want a low waist... sew up what will be the sides of your dress, so you have two pieces, a top, and bottom with seams... *save the extra material*

--go find another, smaller shirt you can cut up...

--cut a piece around the middle of the 2nd shirt to be your waistband, and sew it between your top and bottom pieces. this lengthens the dress a little, and well, it looks cool... damnit.

--make a hem around the top of dress leaving about an inch open, and thread a piece of elastic though. gather the elastic a bit so it's snug fitting and stich up the open part of the hem. ta-da!

*for some extra length and snazziness, i sewed the extra material around the bottom in random hap-hazardness. i used a zig-zag stitch on the machine, but you can just sew by hand if the bunched up fabric is being naughty...

yay! this dress is so fun... club/dance/flirty/date/party/i sewed this shit myself, i freaking rule...kinda fun.... and so simple to make;)

March 13, 2019 06:54:25 PM by WingsoftheWind
Views: 1031 | Comments: 2
(AKA How to include gloves in your costume without having to actually wear them Cheesy)

I got a pair of faux suede fleece-lined gloves to wear with my steampunk costume. Unfortunately, while they suit the aesthetic of the costume, due to the fleece lining they are very bulky and miserably hot to wear. So after seeing some inspiration on Pinterest I decided to make a simple strap with a belt clip to hold my gloves.

To make a strap you'll need:
- Strip of material, I used leather, that can wrap around your gloves approximately 1.5 times at their narrowest point (width may vary, my strap is about 1" wide but this could certainly work with narrower or wider material). If leather doesn't fit with your costume, this could easily be made with ribbon or some other non-fraying material
- D Ring that fits your strap width
- Clip for belt. The clip I used from the outdoor recreation section of a store, like where you'd find ropes and trailer tie-downs. This and a hardware section have tons of similar items that really suit a steampunk design, but if your costume needs a different look pretty much any oversized clip/carabiner will do. You could also just tie it onto a belt with a piece of leather cord.
- Extra material for making any additional loops that may be needed

Also you will need a needle and thread (and if using leather, tools for punching/cutting material)

To start, fold about 1" of one end of the strip around the D ring

And sew into place

Once the D ring has been secured, lay the strap down horizontally (wrong side up) and lay your gloves on top

Cinch the strap around the gloves

And then bring the tail of the strap around to the back

To hold this tail in place and keep the gloves secured, I chose to add an additional loop on the strap. You could also use a button or snap to make this closure, whatever works best for you. The tail should end about 2/3s the way around the back, at this point your should have a good idea of how the strap fits around your gloves and you can trim off any excess material as needed. 

I chose not to sew or otherwise permanently attach the metal belt clip to the strap as the clip is pretty heavy and I like to make these types of large clips removable to keep them from possibly damaging other costume parts when packed for travel.

To add a clip simply lay the strap down like before and slip on the clip before you cinch the strap around the gloves

Now your gloves should be neatly packaged and ready for all your costuming adventures Cheesy

August 11, 2018 10:59:09 AM by craftylittlemonkey
Views: 4079 | Comments: 12
I made these bibs years ago when my daughter was a baby and now a friend is going to be a gramma so I went looking for it only to find that it was posted as a link to a tutorial elsewhere. That will never do. I'm going to put it here instead and hope that it will be useful to some of you.
These are my favourite style of bib, they pull on over the head just like a one-size-fits-most shirt, toss in the wash with the rest of the laundry, and best of all you can use some of your funky old shirts in a new and totally unexpected way.

Draft your pattern to look roughly like this. The measurements aren't really all that important, just make sure the part that covers the shoulder isn't too wide and that the bib is long enough in front. I made the neck hole 4" across and the neckband 11X3" but you can take the measurement from a pull over shirt that is the right size. Then take an old t-shirt and cut it out (cut 2)! You can make both sides the same or use different t-shirts if you'd like. My pattern piece is laid out on an angle in this photo but be sure to position it straight up and down to match the stretch of the fabric you're working with.

Serge or stitch the two sides of the bib together (right sides together) and cut out a piece of ribbing for the neckband. You can use tshirt fabric instead of ribbing or you can reuse the neckband of a shirt you're cutting up.

Fold the ribbing in half and serge or stitch the short ends together.

Fold the ribbing in half length-wise.

Turn bib right side out then mark or pin the neckband and neckhole of the bib in quarters to show you where to line them up together.

Pin the two together then stretch the neckband to fit the bib when stitching in place but don't over stretch it.

Stitch the serged or stitched edge down taking care to keep it flat and smooth.

Voila, bib! You may need to press it to get the edges flat but whatever you do, Don't edge stitch it like I did with my first one. The edge got all ripply and terrible looking and I had to pick out stitches for 45 mins. Le sigh, live and learn right?

I made lots of them!

And then, because I didn't think the side with the sewn down edge around the neckline looked as nice, I added some freezer paper stenciled words to a few.

Feel free to use the idea for your own purposes whatever they may be (selling them is fine by me, please link back to Craftster wherever possible). Mamas everywhere know there can never be enough food-catching devices to go around so feel free to spread the bib-love far and wide.

*** if you are not using a serger a narrow zigzag stitch should allow the stretch you'll need to make these wearable without snapping stitches Smiley.

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