Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Confession


Photo credit: Costumes of Nashua

Remember this classic Carol Burnett spoof on the Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara dress made from curtains?  

I've never made clothes out of curtains, but I've made a purse out of juice bags and I'm getting ready to make bloomers out of bed sheets!  

And that leads me to my question for this week: What is the most unusual thing that you have ever sewn with?  I'd love to see pictures, if you can leave a link!  :)

9 comments:

BConky said...

Two come to mind 1. Priest vestments for my friend who was struggling with the collars. No pattern just the priest vestment to copy. 2. I made a Glenda (the good witch of the Wizard of Oz) for a 6' 3" XXL man for a costume party. Everytime I think about that costume it makes me smile- I somehow talked my husband into trying it on for me to hem and we got a picture of it. We still hold it over his head. Sorry no link for pictures.

Shannon Hillinger said...

I can't think of any really unusual fabrics that I've made clothes out of. I did once make s priest's shawl out of Hawaiian print fabric and cross stitched pictures of Dean Stockwell with a halo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/maydela/2377970848/

patsijean said...

I recently made my grandson a very nice casual shirt out of a curtain panel I purchased at a yard sale. I washed the fabric and it was like a loose, nubby cotton. Perfect, but ravels like crazy.

debbie said...

Not something I sewed with but something I repaired for a friend. A vinyl camper awning. Sewing machine set up on a picnic table in a driveway, 3 people in front and 3 in back of me to help control the weight. It was big and heavy!

Katie said...

I used to make stuff out of anything I could find. One of my favorite costumes was made out of a sheet, its so soft.

Sarah McClelland said...

I used a tablecloth for part of a renaissance dress I no longer have photos of.
I thought about a duct tape prom dress for about a minute, but decided it was more of a fun concept than fun to dance in. However, had I been brave enough, it's a good scholarship if you win. Check it out:
http://duckbrand.com/Promotions/stuck-at-prom/Gallery.aspx

Becky said...

I do reconstruct stuff into other stuff on a fairly regular basis-- I guess the best example of less-usual ideas is a costume I made for the Renaissance Faire a few years ago. I wanted a break from my other costumes that I tend to frequently cycle through, so I made myself a gypsy costume. The top was recycled from one I'd made that didn't fit right, but everything else came from the thrift store-- the corset came from a formal dress, the skirt is a tablecloth combined with a loosely-woven bedsheet, and the little hip scarf thing was a curtain panel. You can see it here: http://sew-and-so.blogspot.com/2009/08/best-laid-plans.html

I did also attempt to recycle a leather trenchcoat into a bag once, but that one didn't work out so well. My machine wasn't happy with that one!

Sew Ducky said...

I have used curtains, although I have no idea where the picture is. It's somewhere on the net.

Strangest thing would have to be an army sandbag. I cut open 4 of them, sewed them together to make a larger tarp for my mom to put under her ferret cage.

It was cheap. Tarps are high as heck. These were 50 cents each and I didn't need a lot of them. (No pics. I'm sure none of you want to see ferret poo.)

CostumeDeeva said...

Hey Gwen,
Not unusual fabric, but unusual notions. Old t-shirt, old dress shirt, electric ties, shoe laces, and aluminum pop tops, equals one corset! Dee http://nationalsewingmonth.org/html/contest_entries_2009.html