re-craft: shrug

 

I spent most of the day Friday sorting through my craft “corner,” aka craft disaster zone. I had lost the ability to find anything I needed and the mess had pretty much taken over the entire dining area. Ben and I were eating all our meals in front of the computer. Not cool.

I think I’ve finally gotten it to the point where I can work on things without making such a mess that clean-up takes more time than crafting.

This is the first fruit of my new space, reconstructed from an old shrug and two shirts. The remaining pieces of the shirts will be seen in future projects.

If you’re inspired to start cutting up and re-combining your old clothes, I highly recommend these two books:

  • Generation T: 108 ways to transform a T-shirt by Megan Nicolay — Easy and creative re-crafting ideas to make shirts, skirts, accessories or even a wedding dress out of t-shirts. I made a few of her projects over the summer, but I don’t think I even took pictures. Need to dig those out and share.
  • Reconstructing Clothes for Dummies by Miranda Caroligne Burns — Yes, it’s part of the “dummies” series, but I covered up most of the annoying cover with tape. It’s actually an excellent book full of freak-friendly projects and featuring the lovely Amy LeBlanc on the cover. In fact, she’s how I found out about it. Weirdly most of the color photos in the book are not at all inspiring IMHO. It seems like they were trying to tone down the designs to appeal to a wider audience. But when you start looking at the actual concepts and customizing them, it’s the best book I’ve seen so far on trashion.

Also, I’ve discovered a new crafty heroine that I have to share. Secret Lentil rocks my world! But she doesn’t like blue and I just can’t understand that at all.

3 thoughts on “re-craft: shrug

  1. the shrug is great! i love the elbow region.

    “Weirdly most of the color photos in the book are not at all inspiring IMHO. It seems like they were trying to tone down the designs to appeal to a wider audience.”

    ….yeah. i know. as the face of this book, i wish it were more representative of what a) Miranda Caroligne’s own reconstructed clothing looks like and b) how people, such as myself, wear it IRL, but yes it seems the editors where trying to hit the midwestern market and took out most of the exciting shots. sigh. but thanks for saying that the patterns are cool and interesting, even if the photos are uninspiring. next time you’re in SF you should definitely visit her store (if you never have) for more inspirations!

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