[identity profile] inna68.livejournal.com
We are going to NY to visit my sister and her family. These are some presents we are taking with us (and yes, they are all handmade).

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[personal profile] momsalive1
My daughter had a wrap circle skirt made for me when she was in Ghana, and I wear it a lot.  Even though I don't know much  of anything about sewing, after several hours of googling "wrap skirt" and "circle skirt"  I convinced myself to try making a copy of it. 
The results.... )
[identity profile] iguanasdefuego.livejournal.com
Last fall, Target had the cutest dress on sale for $10. There was one left, and it was my size and we were to live happily ever after.

Until the lining ripped :( The outer fabric is lacy and just sheer enough that I couldn't do without the lining that kept ripping a bit more each time I put it on. It's been sitting in my craft room, waiting for me to find the perfect solution.

Enter...the refashion! )
[identity profile] jerricajaneen.livejournal.com
I’ve wanted a nice pair of retro high-waisted shorts for some time now. I found a pair while thrifting last night and decided to DIY! This tutorial also works well with other styles of denim shorts. 

Steps of the tutorial under here! )

[identity profile] smeddley.livejournal.com
60 hours of work, 1,234 4" squares, 16,042 inches of seams sewn... They are completely lined (all white) and weight a TON (good thing the song is only 2 minutes long!). And I now know how to make a reversible 25-yard skirt!


Another pic and an older skirt here! )
[identity profile] aprilvalentine.livejournal.com
Hi all. I know it's been a while since I posted and shared any crafts, but I have a couple quick questions on a repair job that a co-worker asked me to do. It's a long, paisley cotton skirt that buttons down the front. She tried to fix a couple of places already and didn't do such a great job at it. It looks as though two or three of the buttons pulled or tore at the fabric around knee level. She attempted to sew them back on, but for some reason, she sewed the buttons to the side with the button holes, effectively sewing the button holes closed, and there are actual holes where the fabric ripped in those areas, on both sides. I am not even sure where to start, since after cutting off the buttons, I can see how much worse the fabric is torn than it seemed to be at first glance. If it were me, I'd just get rid of the skirt, or cut it up to use the fabric, but she really seems to like it and wants it fixed. It can't be cut off to a shorter length because there's a border pattern at the bottom.

I don't think anything I do will actually repair the rips invisibly. I have thought of using the facing, which is the same fabric, to patch the holes, which are about the size of a nickel at least. I also have some (slightly heavier) fabric which is in the same shade of purple as the paisely, and could be used to replace the facing (one reason the buttons seem to have caused tears). Does this sound workable? Can you think of any other ways to fix this? Most of what I'm thinking seems like it will be rather time-consuming and I don't want to spend more time on it than it's worth. she's offered to pay me and I told her it would take a some time and that I'd have to let her know how much it would be once I got a good look at it and figured out what to do, but realisitically, she won't want to pay a lot for it.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

ETA: drawings of skirt )
[identity profile] snuddles.livejournal.com
Hello! I'm new here, but my mom was telling me about this place, and how much she loves the community~ She's always showing me projects from here!

Anyways~ I'm looking to make part of an outfit from a character in Bleach, Halibel, and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to make the collar of her top. Are there maybe any patterns that I could modify to achieve what I'm looking to do? Is there a way to keep it up around my face like that? I'm thinking pipe cleaners in the color to keep it up or something, but if you have suggestions, please tell me! Also, what kind of fabric would you recommend for me to make this out of? The convention that I'm going to be wearing this to is in May, so I assume it will be hot outside. Reference pictures are below. Thank you for any help!

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[identity profile] piratesandpink.livejournal.com
Hello everyone! I just wanted to share this video tutorial I made on how to make a t-shirt into a tube top. If you're like me, you'll have tons of t-shirts stashed away waiting for a makeover.

[identity profile] sillyfaery.livejournal.com
This is a very simple tutorial but I had fun writing it anyway!

I dug out a T-shirt of my husband's. He has never been worn it before. Apparently I bought a size too small for him. Well, actually it was just nice, but he insisted the belly showed. So, he never wore it. Hmph.


I liked the print on this shirt, and I love racer back tops.

So, I got out my seam ripper (insert sinister laughter)

(I apologise in advance for repeat postings, if you happen to be in the same few LJ communities.)
For more instructions, click here! )

Skirt help

Jun. 22nd, 2011 03:08 am
[identity profile] crimson-vipera.livejournal.com
Hello, Mighty Crafters!

This question is probably silly, but I've never even tried to make anything more complicated than a simple skirt. But a few minutes ago I saw this picture

and fell in love with that skirt. Unfortunately, I don't have first clue how to make it.

Does any of You have any ideas? I'll be grateful for any tips.

[identity profile] margarie.livejournal.com
I turned some old shorts into this cute pair! They are seriously easy and quick to make. Click the link below to learn how! 
 (Lace paneled, scallop hemmed shorts)

[identity profile] jerricajaneen.livejournal.com

While thrifting this past Saturday  - I found a couple patterned winter-esque sweaters. What I make the others into will be a surprise, but I made this one into an open cardi.



Jenifer was nice enough to model for me again... I loved the Autumn-colored trees and fallen leaves.

Questions? Comments? jerricajaneen@gmail.com
[identity profile] digitalusrex.livejournal.com
last nite was houston's 11th annual gothic beauty pageant. my friend and i spent a week sewing, hot gluing and laughing our asses off.
i created a dress from a burda pattern with alexander henry's lorenza print. i also flat lined it in skully print cotton so it's reversible.
i bought a $3 straw hat from a thrift store and added fabric, flowers, tulle, faux pearls, fake diamonds, mini xmas ornaments, ribbons, lace, rhinestones, butterflies and feathers.
then i made a fox stole out of faux fur and added the head and legs out of felt.
i made a button-on silk daisy with ribbons and tulle, but i got drunk and lost it in the club. :/

since everybody but my friends takes the pageant seriously, we thought we were going to be insta-hated when we walked in.
we were insta-loved. i made so many fans and had so many people dance with me and ask to take a pix with me.

8 pix of the creation of the hat )

4 pix of the complete outfit )
[identity profile] ilikeityum.livejournal.com
Can someone advise me on how to go about making these tops? I can sew well and can usually figure things out, but I just have no idea how to go about making something like these:

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[identity profile] eshgheman.livejournal.com
I found these amazing "how to" make clothes from YouTube user GiannyL. I think this one is worth trying.

See more of my posts: here
[identity profile] speed-leaving.livejournal.com
I was wondering if any seamstresses could help me, I'm having trouble inserting a zipper into a dress with a gathered skirt. Do you have any tips on inserting it neatly so it doesn't interefere with the gathers? Here's a terrible paint diagram if that helpsclick )

and a dress I made for a friend..

alice in wonderland card suit slip dress )
[identity profile] gloomcookie613.livejournal.com
So everyone I know is raving about these Snuggie things. The first time I saw the commercial I:
A) Laughed really hard at the "cult of snuggie" before me
B) Said to myself, "it's a blanket with some sleeves on it, hell, even *I* could make that!
C) Cringed at the colour choices (even more-so since they put out their "designer" series with 'Bold leopard' and 'Fun-loving Zebra'!)

Well, I've seen them in stores and didn't like the feel of the fleece they use at all, so I didn't buy one. The weather here went from highs in the 60s(F) all the way down to a brrrr inducing 36F the past two nights. It got so cold on Thursday I decided enough was enough, there HAD to be a pattern out there for this thing and if there wasn't, I was determined to figure it out!

I found a pattern that's really good and FREE! It's also as horrifically simple to make as I originally thought when I saw the commercial.

(JoAnn's has fleece on sale until the 31st, so I'll probably head back tomorrow and snag some more! Guess what all the ladies in my family are getting for Xmas? hehe)

Call it a Snuggie, a Slanket, or a Snuglet-doesn't matter, it's the warmth that counts! )
[identity profile] snarkitty.livejournal.com
I have about 5 yds of crushed, black, stretchy velvet, and I have NO idea what to do with it!

Whenever I look at it I can only think of Halloween vampire capes! :(

Anyone have ideas for something I can make out of this stuff that I can actually wear? Or is all hope lost, and should I discard it to the LARP costume pile? :P
[identity profile] arcanica.livejournal.com
There's a lot of nifty tutorials for paper tape dress forms. I've made one, but it's hard to use since it's not on a stand. Tried standing it on my desk--not so good. So! Anyone got any tips on how to create a stand for one?


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