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Postby Foxfur » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:32 pm

Ratty, could you post a larger pic of your toy poodle costume?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:38 pm

Are you sure that's not a standard poodle costume?
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Postby Ratty » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:33 pm

Foxfur wrote:Ratty, could you post a larger pic of your toy poodle costume?
I can't lay my hands on it. I went to the pile of stuff I've put aside for myself and it's a bit embarrassing. WTH! I couldn't wear all of that if the event lasted a month. It will resurface in a couple of weeks when I get rid of 20 or 30 bins. Maybe it's in the attic with the Halloween. I'm working for the next couple of days but I'll find it and show you the components up close. I love that poodle. It was so easy to make and such a hit with the kids. The only drawback is...if I stuff the poofs around my ankles too much I can't put my feet together.
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Postby Foxfur » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:10 am

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Foxfur wrote:Ratty, could you post a larger pic of your toy poodle costume?
I can't lay my hands on it. I went to the pile of stuff I've put aside for myself and it's a bit embarrassing. WTH! I couldn't wear all of that if the event lasted a month. It will resurface in a couple of weeks when I get rid of 20 or 30 bins. Maybe it's in the attic with the Halloween. I'm working for the next couple of days but I'll find it and show you the components up close. I love that poodle. It was so easy to make and such a hit with the kids. The only drawback is...if I stuff the poofs around my ankles too much I can't put my feet together.

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Postby lazerfox » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:17 am

double WOW

and a shot of WOWZA :shock:
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Postby Ratty » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:11 am

I know. I'm a sew and sew. I REALLY enjoy making stuff for burning man. Last year I decided to do it in a big way and this year it got out of hand. It'll be fun to see how many items I ended up with. I'll look for that poodle in the attic.
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Postby Ratty » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:33 pm

I was cleaning up my front room by sewing, ripping and fringing. These things aren't 'world class' but at least I can get em off the couch now.
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Postby Ratty » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:35 pm

They were beat up jeans and now have a new life as a pocketed belt thingy.
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Postby Ratty » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:38 pm

Weird little house on the prairie. I sewed miles of lace on a fleece shrug. You sure can't tell from the picture but it's actually kinda cool.
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Postby Ratty » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:40 pm

This extra long curtain valance made a quick and easy bustle. I suppose I could also wear it as a skirt.
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Postby Ratty » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:41 pm

More cow bell please.
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Postby Ratty » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:43 pm

Some valances naturally look like kilts. I got 3 of these for $1 and slipped them onto belts.
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Postby Ratty » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:26 am

I'm so happy with the way this vest came out. It was a tiny ladies coat. Now it's a totally adjustable man's vest. (It's a gift for a teenage boy I camp near.)
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Postby Ratty » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:29 am

I made the side panels way to wide so I laced some shoe laces through the fabric and it added some pizzazz to the finished garment.
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Postby Katiebaby25 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:05 pm

All your stuff is all kinds of awesome Ratty! I am so inspired by you! I really want to make some skirts out of belts the way you do. They look awesome! And your bustles are amazing!! Everyone's stuff looks great... I really love this thread :)

I got this sheer corset at a consignment store for $15 and had a pink furry leg warmer that I couldn't find the match for, so I cut it up and added fur to two of the front panels and the ta-tas. Then I hung a broken bracelet on one side (GOD I LOVE BROKEN JEWELRY). I'm still not fully satisfied, I think I'm going to add some crystals, but its a start!
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Postby Katiebaby25 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:10 pm

These were SO easy to make and really fun! What to do with boring old work pants... turn them into shorts and leggies!!! I just cut them, hemmed them and added some elastic in the tops of the legs.
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Postby Ratty » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:22 pm

Katiebaby, Both of those projects are adorable. You did a great job of re-fashioning. That teddy is a knockout!!
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Postby Ratty » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:11 pm

I just acquired a big bag of used wedding tulle. What could be better than a big fluffy tutu made on a belt?
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Postby tattoogoddess » Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:38 pm

here is my two latest.

2 shirts made into one. Backless and sleeveless hoodie
1 bra and extra fabric sewn into a shirt :)

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Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:34 pm

You are stylin. Very nice. Frames your ink too.
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Postby BoyScoutGirl » Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:52 pm

I'm digging the hoodie, TG.

Katie - that shorts/legwarmers combo is hot!
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Postby catinthefunnyhat » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:40 am

A $7 thrift-store jean jacket and some puffy foam letters I had left over from something else.
Meant to "butch up" my tutu. Probably not going to be very effective at that.

(Lesson learned: Sewing through glue isn't a nice thing to do to your machine. It also unsticks the glue).
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Postby Ratty » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:04 am

I like it! You're so right about the glue. Same with rubber.

Your tutu can be maned-up with felt and leather too.
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Postby tattoogoddess » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:43 am

posted this over in another thread. But here is some more stuff I did yesterday.
It is part of my tutu tuesday "costume" for my take on queen of hearts. Put lights and new elastic on my wings (not for tutu tuesday)
made a new shirt out of a bra, and made a bustle. Still have to make one of those ruffle things for your neck and it will be done. Then moving onto my steam punk cat outfit. Trying to make things interchangeable so i dont have to bring as much.
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Postby Katiebaby25 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:09 pm

Ratty wrote:I just acquired a big bag of used wedding tulle. What could be better than a big fluffy tutu made on a belt?


oooo I love this! Would look fab with my pink teddy ;)
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Postby Katiebaby25 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:10 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:here is my two latest.

2 shirts made into one. Backless and sleeveless hoodie
1 bra and extra fabric sewn into a shirt :)

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Hmm I can't see this.... But I really want to!!! Can you post a pic using the upload file link instead?
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Postby Savannah » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:01 pm

Those modified pants are really cute, Katiebaby.
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Postby lazerfox » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:14 am

love everything that has been happening here.

Katiebaby - my friend made a pair like that. He added lace at the bottom of the shorts and also a strip of red velvet fabric that connected the shorts to the top of the leggies. I ♥ them and was going to also convert some of my own work pants. I've not used them in ages as I tend to lean more towards skirts for work now so this is an amazing upcycle!
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Postby Katiebaby25 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:41 pm

@ Savannah - Thanks!! They look really fun with different colored tights underneath. Who knew office wear could be converted to playa wear!

@ Lazerfox - I love the idea of adding more embellishments, I think I'm going to do that! I really like the idea of having a connecting piece of fabric because they do tend to fall down when I'm dancing, skipping, running or just frolicking in general :P
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Postby Savannah » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:44 pm

Maybe pick up some garter clips from the "notions" section of the fabric store. You could use elastic, ribbon, upholstery trim . . .
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