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Topic: Some reconned dresses and cool SPIDEY shirt!  (Read 12205 times)
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« on: December 04, 2007 10:29:11 PM »

Now that I'm getting the hang of the sewing machine, I can finally attack my hoard of thrift store clothes that I've stashed for the past few years! I wish I'd been smart enough to take before pics, but I've been too excited to get going.... plus not really wanting to take pics of myself in ugly, unflattering clothing, you know?

First up this dress--used to be a floor length shapeless sack about 10 sizes too big for me. But I loved the fabric, red paisley stretch knit, in fact I have wanted a red paisley dress for years! I cut the body and sleeves up to resize it, sewed the red cuffs to make the sleeves fit my long stick arms, and added the sash. (cuff and sash are simply the reverse side of the fabric.)
I've got extra fabric too, because it was so big! Grin
Close-up of pretty paisley:

This dress was reconned from a giant sweatshirt. The fabric is a stretch velour with a tiny houndstooth pattern. For the light gray fabric I used the reverse side. (the long-sleeved shirt underneath--also a thrift store find--is not part of the dress)

I think it's a little short (...do you?), but because I mucked up by making the waistband too wide at first (it looked weird), I don't have enough fabric left to add more at the bottom. I plan to add some kind of black or gray trim at when I find something suitable.

It was easy to see the potential for awesome when I found this dress, formerly a batwinged shapeless sack of a sweater dress. All I had to do was cut off the sleeves, sew up the sides, and hem it several inches shorter. And I love the cowl neck. (again, I'm wearing a long-sleeved shirt underneath)

And I've saved the best for last. Little boy's long-sleeve shirt, too short for me (obviously  Grin) but oddly enough, too wide for me... I knew I had to wear it. So I sewed up the sides, cropped the sleeves in half, added the black fabric to make it fit me, and now I have this:

which I looove! And I had the Spider-man theme running through my head the whole time I was making this (the Moxy Fruvous version, if you happen to know it.) I kept singing it to the cats.

and I want to wear it everyday! I'm in such denial about my true age  Grin I also have a Batman and a Wolverine shirt to be reconned (I am just such a nerd.)

thanks for looking!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007 11:23:55 PM »

I love the grey dress. THe neckline is awesome! And other random things to say, that I love your hair, and jeez you really do have long arms Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2007 12:16:58 AM »

wow ... you are gorgeous. and your reconning skills are fabulous. and your hair is superb and makes me miss my fun colored hair. basically i love everything about this post!
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007 12:30:52 AM »

Wow.  You do really nice work.  They all look great.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007 12:32:11 AM »

I am in love with the paisley dress! Great job!

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007 06:17:57 AM »

I would totally rock that Spiderman shirt.  Very inspiring.  Now I know what to do with that tiny Mario Bros. shirt I have.
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2007 08:35:32 AM »

really cool dresses, that spidey shirt is cool, one of my sisters is always stealing my little brothers clothes...she'd love that

awesome hair by the way  Grin

« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2007 09:42:31 AM »

I lovelovelove that spiderman shirt!
and I don't think the gray dress is too short really, but I guess I don't know how short it is in the back?
I wear my dresses kind of short (not skankily short though...) because i've got short legs.
On a completely (well, maybe not completely. someone else mentioned your arms being long...) random note. I think my arms might be almost as long as yours but it doesn't look quite as graceful on me since i'm really short XD

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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2007 10:09:21 AM »

thank you so much for the nice comments!!! spirals420, you are too sweet... and haven't I seen you over in the hair thread? and yes, I really do have long arms, so I'm really excited about making my own tops and not having my wrists sticking out. Cinnapaste, I also like to wear some skirts kinda short (never short enough to flash anybody, besides I only wear short skirts with leggings) but I have long legs too... I'm too bony to do revealing low-cut tops of any kind, EVER, so I do like to show off the legs a little instead. Gotta work with what ya got  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2007 10:11:12 AM »

those are all great ! i love the spidey shirt ! I have a few similar myself .. it looks really cute on you ! great work !

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