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Sew Yourself a Pair of Shorts in Under an Hour!

by M.E. Russell

How to sew shorts without needing a pattern

I have a really hard time buying shorts. I usually can't find any in the store that I like, because, let's face it - most women's shorts are so short they're actually just denim underwear in disguise. Even if I do find shorts I like, I can't seem to bring myself to pay $25 for an article of clothing that requires so little fabric, and that I'm only going to wear for a few months out of the year. Fortunately, you can sew shorts on your own really easily. I made these without a pattern, got to pick out my own funky and fun fabric, and more importantly, I made them as long as I wanted them to be.     

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How to Transform a T-Shirt: Three Ways

by M.E. Russell

T-Shirt DIY Ideas: How to Transform a T-Shirt Three Ways

The moment the temperature outside starts reaching 90º is the same moment I start reaching for my scissors. Not a summer has passed where I haven't cut the sleeves off a tee or turned jeans into jorts (isn't that the best word ever?). With some scissors and a bit of thread, you can turn a boring tee that you may have otherwise thrown out into your new favorite top. There are a million ways to cut up and refashion a t-shirt - here are three of my favorite t-shirt DIY ideas.       

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How to: Make a Dress from Scratch in 15 Minutes!

created at: 10/20/2011

Today I'm going to teach you how to make a stylish convertible dress in just fifteen minutes. Really. It requires only four seams, and looks deceptively simple before you put it on; the success of the dress lies in the way you wrap the ribbon around your body. This project is easy enough for almost anyone to do - all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.  

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How to Make a Lined Paper Tee

by DIY Maven

My apologies for this diversion from the regular Curbly diet, but I just HAD to post this Lined Paper Tee by Maybe Matilda, aka Rachel. For anyone who loves school supplies in general and paper specifically, it is a MUST make. Here's what we need to make one, all of which we probably already have

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How To: Make Your Own "Team Conan" T-Shirt

by Chris Gardner

DIY Team Conan Tee

If you've ended up on the non-NBC side of last week's titantic Tonight Show decision, then show off your pride with this DIY "Team Conan" t-shirt. Designed by yarnstress Vickie Howell (on whom I have a not-even-a-little-bit-secret crush), it's as easy as download, transfer, and color.

Materials

  • Plain T-shirt
  • Tulip Fabric Markers
  • Transfer Paper & Pencil
  • Conan Template (see below)
  • Cardboard
  • Masking Tape

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Fabric that "Melts" in Water

by DIY Maven

Two professors--one of fashion, the other of science--teamed up to fabricate melting fabric which was then used to make high-end couture-type togs. The dresses are part of a UK touring fashion exhibit entitled 'Wonderland'. The dresses, made of a polymer, are dipped into vessels of water and left to 'melt' into a gel-like substance that can be used to germinate seeds.

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Curbly Video Podcast: How To Print Custom, One-of-a-Kind Apparel with Skreened.com.

by Chris Gardner

created on: 07/22/08

Skreened.com fulfills not only the American, but the ultimate, international dream of all humankind: to have anything you could ever desire printed on a t-shirt.

created on: 07/22/08
Skreened's technique is efficient and durable full-color process that lays soft, water-based prints right onto the garment. So you can get just one, just for you, with no setup fees, or minimal orders. Plus, Skreened's approach uses sweatshop-free apparel, prints without harmful...

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How To Remove Oil Stains from Clothing and Fabric.

by Chris Gardner

Somehow, in the gravy making marathon of Thanksgiving 2007, I got splattered with a bit of olive oil. I feared not, however, for I knew there were good tidings of a great DIY solution.

1.Simply lay out your clothing on a flat surface where it won't be disturbed.

 

2.Liberally sprinkle baby powder onto the spot. 

 

3. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. Shake clean, or use masking tape to remove the powder. If the stain is still present, simply repeat the...

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DIY Dress Forms...Or How to Duct Tape Yourself a New Friend

by Chris Gardner

Your body is unique. Here's four tutorials from Threads magazine, with instructions to create an exact replica of your own torso

Once finished, stick one on an adjustable microphone stand or an old floor lamp to mimic your own height. 

Even if you're not one to sew your own dresses, make one anyway. There's bound to be all kinds of uses. Post 'em in the...

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