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« on: June 08, 2011 07:50:53 AM »

I wanted to try my hand at recronstructed clothing. I've made a lot of things with bought patterns before but I've never worked without one before. This is my first attempt. I was inspired by this reconstruction tutorial but added a couple twists of my own. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=98837.0

I used 12 panels and 4 different t-shirts for the skirt part, on tank top for the waist band, and another tank top for the top. I'm pleased with how comfortable it is. I wonder though what I could have done differently to make the dress flatter my figure better or add a bit of extra oomph.


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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011 08:08:10 AM »

I think it looks great on you.  I wouldn't change a thing. 
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011 08:08:44 AM »

I love it, did you use a normal machine or serger?
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011 08:28:27 AM »

I love the color combination!  The paneled skirt gives it a fun kick!

I think either making the middle band shorter, at an empire waist, with a longer skirt from there....or, making the top one continuous print/solid instead of breaking it up right in the middle would make it more flattering. 

I favor an empire waist, myself, on a lot of styles, as it highlights the smallest part on just about all figures: the high waist at/right under the bust Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011 08:36:33 AM »

I think you did a nice job.

From a design standpoint, perhaps if your center band were not as wide it would flatter you in a different way. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011 09:37:17 AM »

Yeah thanks for all of the kind words everyone. I think I'll try to shorten the wait band a bit. Next time I'll either go with an empire waist or using just one tank top for the top. maybe both. Smiley I also wondered it it might look better having a print mixed in in the skirt panels and having a solid top.

I did use a normal machine and a zig zag stitch. I was also careful to cut the skirt panels using the bottom hem of hte shirts as the bottom of hte panel so that I woudn't have to hem it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011 10:25:24 PM »

Crafty Butterfly you have done a fabulous job, it looks beautiful!

I like the idea of a smaller waist band or just the tank top meeting into the skirt...maybe you could have the same patterned top in one of the skirt panels to match (though maybe that would be too much together...I am not sure...as you know clothes are a mystery to me...I think you are a legend well done!)

I am so impressed with your hard work it looks lovely! And it does look comfy too, how fabulous, you are so clever!
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011 02:18:25 PM »

I think it is a very clever and fabulous dress!  As for an empire waistline, it would be cute, too.  Of  course,  then you have to find enough tshirts that would be long enough for the skirt at that length! 
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2011 04:03:02 AM »

I think it is a very clever and fabulous dress!  As for an empire waistline, it would be cute, too.  Of  course,  then you have to find enough tshirts that would be long enough for the skirt at that length! 

You're quite right. that was the problem. I only really had babydoll t-shirts to work with so I couldn't make the skirt as long as I would've liked. I will probably cut the skirt off and sew it on full length tank top then add some embelishments like a sash where the skirt and tank top connect and some fabric flowers from the left over t-shirt fabric.
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