Tuesday, July 29, 2008

...and one more

So I just got a shipment of jersey fabric from fabric.com and I have been trying to think of ways to use it all. Why not take the easy way out and make another circle skirt? I'm not too crazy about the print, but hey it was under 2 dollars a yard.

Back view

Fun circular-ness

stupid camera timer/ action shot

Nothing spectacular, I know, But I had fun making it. I've been suffering from major craft ADD as of lately and I keep bouncing around from one thing to another. I'm hoping to finish a few of these things up while off from work, but I also need to do some hardcore cleaning out of the apartment to prepare of the upcoming move. Well, I'll leave you now so I can wage an internal war with my priorities, ah to craft or not to craft?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Going 'round in circles

I've been wanting to make a circle skirt for sometime now, so I figured why not give it a go today. After quickly browsing the circle skirt tutorial on whatthecraft I set to work. I had the striped jersey laying around (purchased at the local fabric store) and used the sleeves from one of the donated t-shirts I have laying around to make the waistband. I added elastic to the waist and presto, I have this wonderful floaty fun circle skirt.

Showing off the fabric

... And because no post of a circle skirt is complete without a super-twirling action shot... (did I mention how dizzy I got during this shoot?)

I love the way the stripes fall on this skirt, I've been walking around the apartment all day and watching how it swishes back and forth. All thats left to do is hem it I suppose, back to work!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Lime green and appliqued

I couldn't help myself. I loved the t-shirt to lounge pant project so much that I had to give it another go. As I had mentioned in a previous post I had recently been given a bunch of huge t-shirts from the bf. No pictures of the shirt beforehand, just think huge lime green t-shirt with some text on the chest. Again, I used the t-shirt to lounge pant tutorial from the live journal t-shirt surgery community. This time around I added elastic at the waist, and made a fold over waistband.

I managed to cover up the plain lettering by adding a pocket made from scraps of the t-shirt (it's kind of hard to see due to the glare.

I wanted to do something fun with this pair so I pulled out the bed sheet I got from the salvy and cut out one of the picture panels. I added interfacing to the panel then ironed and sewed it on.

The bf couldn't believe how fast the entire project came together while I intermittently worked and watched the simpsons last night. It could be possible that I spent more time answering questions about the project than actually at my work station. Now what to do with the other shirts...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I walk the line

So a while back I got this shirt from work(with sleeves intact), someone had carelessly left it behind and had not called to claim it for at least 2 months. That meant it was up for grabs and it was all mine. I had originally intended for the shirt to be turned into a short sleeved hoodie, I honestly don't know how it turned into this off the shoulder number.

From the front:The sleeves can be worn either on top on or off of the shoulder.

From the side: I added gray and black striped jersey panels to both sides for visual interest

Sleeve detail: Three rows of zig zag stitching (2 black, 1 pink) were added to the edge of the sleeve to create a decorative ruffle.

Well, there it is in a nutshell. The tank top underneath the shirt is to preserve my internet modesty, but now that I see it I'm thinking I may add some kind of half tank in the gray and black fabric. For now I'm happy with how it is.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Unfinished business and new arrival

A couple months back I had posted pictures of fabric which I reclaimed from a HUGE casual business blazer. I also promised to give an update...so here it is, a much delayed update on a long forgotten project. Perhaps it's because it was the first skirt I ever attempted to make, or the fact that I don't normally wear skirts and dresses, (although with some tutorials and patterns I've found, I'm a little more open to the idea), but something doesn't seem quite right about it. It looks a little triangle-y. I wasn't quite sure how to tackle fixing it, so I put it away and forgot about it until now. Now that my bf and I are getting ready to move in the next 2 and a half months I need to start finishing some of my semi-completed projects so I don't end up having to pack up clothing with pins sticking out everywhere.

Now for a quick peek at one of my newest salvation army finds. I LOVE this bed sheet, I wish I bought the other pieces now that I think of it. So many ideas are going around in my mind as to what to make with this sweet printed bed sheet. Only time will tell...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Comfiest lounge pants ever

Recently I've been seeing a lot of posts using this tutorial on the t-shirt surgery live journal community, so I figured why not jump on the band wagon. It was just luck that my bf happened to be getting rid of some HUGE t-shirts he has received from work and school over the past year.

Here's my first attempt, not too shabby. The only thing I did differently was cut the shirt in half from front to back, rather than right up the middle (and through the design).

The whole project took about 3 hours with multiple 15 minute breaks, but not counting the time I spent the night before ripping out the sleeves while watching the Simpsons.

These shorts/gauchos turned out to be incredibly comfortable, absolutely perfect for summer days spent around the apartment. So thats one shirt down, four more to go.