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« on: June 21, 2008 08:42:22 PM »

Living in New Jersey, I have the good fortune of access to lots of wonderful things: the Midtown Direct train to the city (New York city, that is), 24-hour diners, five malls within half an hour's driving distance, five pizza places within walking distance, and gas station attendants (nyeh nyeh, I'll never pump my own gas!). Of course, band geek that I am, last summer I begged for ticket money not for a concert festival or the state fair at Giants Stadium, but a drum corps show. Long story short, I came, I saw, I fell in love with Carolina Crown's mind-blowing brassline. In true fifteen-year-old fangirl fashion, I immediately bought myself a shirt to express my adoration. A few months later, a serious problem arose:

HOLES. Holes in my most beloved geek shirt! I let it go for a few months, plotting all the while, but yesterday was my first day of summer vacation, and we all know what that means. It was high time to take this:

To something suitably summery and celebratory, in the form of this:

I'm so proud of my hours of hand-sewing. To be sure, those two hours of Scrubs episodes helped...
Proof of painstakingly done-by-hand stitches along the top hem:

Close-up of the logo and new seam (I really, truly apologize for the chest shot):

And the straps are my favorite part! I originally cut off the holey part in a strip around the entire shirt, cut off the holes, cut the strip in half, and cut each half into thirds lengthwise to braid them, but it looked messy so I took the easy way out, which I liked better anyway Smiley

And this is really a poor excuse for an action shot, but at least it wasn't taken in my bathroom!

I'm tempted to enumerate all the failings of this first-ever successfully wearable project...I think I'll indulge in a single, comma-filled run-on sentence: I started out with white thread until I realized it was horribly visible when I turned the seams inside out so I started ripping the matching thread out of the original sleeve, collar, and bottom hems, which worked but took FOREVER, added a side panel to the top to accomodate for modesty, but had to sew up the other side because it came out too loose (which it still is, even, but I'm much too lazy now to fix it right away), and I didn't show the back because my good camera's screen is broken and my old camera was running out of battery plus the hem is embarrassingly bunchy, and the straps are too long and once again I'm too lazy to adjust just yet.

Phew. That's all. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2008 09:15:52 PM »

This is very beach trendy!!!!

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2008 09:41:39 PM »

high five for Jersey girls!

Ive got about 20 or so shirts waiting for recons.. haha
maybe this will get me motivated. I think you did an awesome job.
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008 08:24:17 AM »

Thats awesome! I like the straps too. I saw Carolina Crowns show last year too. It was rather entertaining. My mom and I are fans of The Cadets, she works on their uniforms and marched with them in the 70s. IT I went with my mom to Allentown, PA to see DCI east and we are going again this year. Its such a good time and they have the best snow cones ever Grin I hope you get to go to another show this year!!!

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008 08:28:58 PM »

Yep, that's my kid dorkgrl...she told me about your awsome recon of the Carolina Crown shirt. They had an awesome show last year! I did march for the Cadets, actually in their drumline. Tenor player back in the day when girls in the drum and hornlines of those corps was shocking!!!  Anyway, your tee looks great!  I do spend a lot of time working on the Cadets unis during the summer months, and this is a tote I came up with to celebrate my support of the corps:

P.S.  I can't believe you ripped out the thread from the tee.....now that is dedication!

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2008 11:22:39 AM »

This is outstanding!  The recon is so so cute!  I think you did a great job.  I love the straps, too, and I'm really impressed by your hand stitching.  Way to go on your first wearable project!  It is completely adorable!  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2008 12:50:48 PM »

Not only I am completely jealous about where you live...(I live in the U.K but I'm trying to wrangle a birthday trip to NY) but also of your sewing skills... LOVING the top. Grin

« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2008 04:53:29 PM »

DRUM CORPS! I feel you my Friend! I would rather see the Madison Scouts than any sports game or concert I can think of!

I marched for 2 years and they were the best Summers of my LIFE.

I love your shirt, and I am very inspired by your well-done hand sewing.

Actually, I have an old Madison Scouts shirt that deserves to be worn, so perhaps ill try this out!
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2008 08:49:55 PM »

Excellent recon. Crown did really well last year so bravo to them (and I loved the sort of one-up to the other corps in their show...haha). I'm more of a BD fan myself... BLUESMOKE!

I gotta do something to my Winged Victory shirt after seeing this... :]
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2008 10:45:08 PM »

I love this! I have a lot of shirts from DCI that are in dire need of a second chance. Carolina Crown is good, but most of my friends marched with Spirit. Very nice sewing job.

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