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« on: April 17, 2004 07:15:23 PM »

Hi. This is my first time posting. I've only been reconstructing for a little while, but I'm already addicted to it.

I've been reconstructing t-shirts a bit:


and making corset tops from tote bags:

Anyway, I hope you like them. Like I said, I'm still pretty new to this.
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2004 09:13:57 PM »

These are great! Really Cool! The Wizard of Oz shirt is adorable!

Could we have instructions on your tote reconstructions (great idea!).

Love your site as well, I am in awe that there is a wizard of Oz convention, why don't they have cool things like that in Aus?


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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2004 01:45:03 AM »

OMG those are awesome ... the ones on your website are brill as well Cheesy please please PLEASE give us info on how you reconstructed those totes? *begs* lol
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2004 05:49:18 AM »

The corset looks really cute! Good idea to use totes!

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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2004 06:15:14 AM »

I didn't think of putting instruction. Sorry I don't have pictures.

It's really easy. I washed my tote bags first and being canvas they shrank a lot. Then I cut them up the back (usually) so they were long piece with the design in the middle. Add the lining to the canvas at this point. Then I just decide on a size for it. (I usually use my sister in law for a model, so It's about 38") Then add the material in a complimenting color or design to both sides of the back, add grommits and laces.

The most straight forward one I've done is the Shakespear one. After that one I started using variations, like adding the blue jean top to the Art Institute one. (I had to sew it by hand).

The Cherries one was a little more complicated. I wanted it to have a dip in the back, and I wanted to only use the front and sides of the tote bag. I also added the small laces in the front to add a little more control on the figue. It allows for hips.

The other variasion I've done is to cut the bag up the sides and only use the front. (the picture is on the site. It's the purple Art Institute one) I used a purple flannel for the lining and for the back piece and had it lace up both sides. I also gave it simpler straps that tie on the shoulders.

reading back I think there suck as intructions. All I can say is that when I was doing it it all seemed pretty straight forward. If you get a tote bag you like, you can almost seet he halter top it wants to become.
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2004 09:01:42 AM »

nooo the instructions raaawk!!! thanks a bunch for your help Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2004 10:59:58 AM »

I absolutely love your tops!!! Smiley  I'd never thought to use a tote bag. I plan on going to Salvation Army later to try one for myself.
Your instructions were great!

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2004 02:56:07 PM »

And to think i was just looking at some old totes in the basement, and thinking how they never get used, and how very sad that was....

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