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« on: January 26, 2009 09:01:54 AM »

i was going through a big ol' pile of clothes that i made a couple years ago, and boy, some of that stuff is embarrassing. when i first got a serger (it was a janky singer deal; i have since upgraded to a babylock imagine that threads itself Wink), i had noooo idea how to use it, or thread it, and i just kind of threw the thread around and whacked out the tensions. i also only had black and white thread, and didn't *quite* understand the concept of 'stretch' in stretch knit... so yeah. some of this crap was, well, crap Cheesy

anyway, i found a couple dresses that i had good intentions for, and set about ripping them apart and reworking them (because jersey is expensive, ok! i ain't wasting that fabric!). here are two that i am especially proud of.

i don't have any before pictures, because most of the errors were stuff you had to see in person, or were to do with the construction on the inside. just believe me when i tell you, i am much more improved now!

this little turquoise dress was originally an awesome bright spring green... except i bought EXTREMELY cheap fabric that deteriorated without a few minutes of sewing. i've never seen fabric that literally fell apart, thread by thread, like that. i hadn't even washed it! and when i did wash it, it scrunched up and got stiff and... ugh. but the flowery yoke was cool, so i saved it and put it with some turquoise jersey Grin

i also gave it a sweet asym collar. loves it!

the back, and mah butt. Grin

this brown one started out pretty similar to how it looks now, except the middle panel was the same brown jersey and there were pockets at the bottom. it was AWFUL, it didn't fit anyone Lips sealed but the fabric was nice, so chop chop, and i put this sweet sweater knit in the middle and gave it a huge cowl neck.

huuurrrr, it's a little tight on me Tongue

moar butts Grin Grin

so! for those of you who are still concerned about their lack of skills - PRACTICE. rip stuff apart and KEEP SEWING.
as always, thank you for looking, and please let me know what you think Wink Grin

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009 09:14:23 AM »

Those puff sleeves are adorable. I'm glad you improved enough to reuse the fabric in great ways, gives us all hope, I'm sure.

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009 10:31:23 AM »

Very creative... these are great.   Wink 

I saw the post of an ugly  Lips sealed Goodwill dress you re-made into something cute as well.   Grin  I like the different versions of the neckline you've tried with this pattern.

And you're right... practice practice practice, and sewing skills WILL and DO improve.  I've been so busy, I haven't touched my sewing machine in awhile.  I need to get back to it one of these days!   Wink

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009 12:59:01 PM »

Eee, I love when you post! so much inspiration. Smiley Both of these are great, but I really love the first one. The flowery yoke is just so awesome!

« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2009 02:02:28 PM »

These look great, I love the first one in particular!

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009 07:15:27 PM »

these are great! i can only hope practice will get me somewhere close to this in a couple of years!
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009 12:07:59 AM »

I love the dresses. I like the futuristic retro spin of them. Cheesy Awesome job!
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009 12:53:10 PM »

I love the turquoise one and it looks nice on you.
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