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February theme: Reconstruction Month


One of the things my surveys made clear is that my sewing is popular. I know further, from various sources and traffic stats, that my reconstructions (t-shirts especially) are particularly popular. I thus declare February Reconstruction Month on the Corvus tristis blog!.

(Insert fanfare here.)

I’m not quite as talented as, say, Grosgrain, able to churn out a new project per day. Instead, I hope to aim for one project for week, and post each step in the reconstruction as the week goes on, so that you may follow and replicate the project for yourselves.

You could even follow and replicate said project at the same time, if you’re cool like that.  That would be show rather impressive faith in me, because who knows how they’ll eventually turn out.  I’ve definitely had sewing fails before.

It’ll be like each project has a week-long, detailed tutorial (something else my blog need more of).  Better yet, I hope to delve deeper into my approach to reconstructions and various techniques and tips that apply to reconstruction projects across the board.  In particular, I anticipate handling a lot of knits (though there are some ideas I have which don’t involve knit fabric), so if you’re uncomfortable sewing knit fabrics, I hope to demystify them.

Which brings me to another poll (I just discovered the poll feature, and I think I may have a problem- send help!) Which four designs, of those below, would you like to see in February?

I know the descriptions are vague at best, but getting a workable design from the vague idea is going to be part of the tutorials.

I launch this ship with two caveats, however. One: if I can’t find the materials for a particular reconstruction at the thrift store, I’ll either have to get creative, or do a different one.  That’s okay.  Rolling with the punches is part of reconstructing clothing.

Caveat number two is this: today, maybe even as you read this, I’m sitting down to step 2 (an exam) in the process of scoring my dream job. Should I make it through all the exams and interviews and actually, gasp, land the job? I don’t know how much time I’ll have for sewing initially, until I get a routine established.  In this very unlikely event, t-shirt reconstruction month will be postponed.

This is a very, very hopeful caveat.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/14/2011 11:57 AM

    YEYYYYY!!! <3

  2. 01/15/2011 5:33 AM

    Poison freaking Ivy, yo!

    Also, my fingers are totally crossed for you and that job :)

    • 01/23/2011 1:24 PM

      Thank you! I’m crossing everything I’ve got.

      Poison Ivy would certainly be interesting- and would probably toe the line between “geeky shirt” and just plain “cool embellished leaf shirt”. Also, she was originally modeled after Bettie Paige, which helps with the awesome factor.

  3. 01/19/2011 6:46 PM

    I love the superhero/supervillain reconstructions.

    How about Wasp?

    old school Ms Marvel?


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