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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Need a dress for my best friends wedding in three weeks *panicking* on: July 30, 2009 02:33:41 AM
Hey folks Smiley

I hope you can help me here, I am getting really nervous. I went through all my burda magazines to find a decent dress I could wear to a wedding... but I didn't find anything I really like. Problem is, I am a size 44/46 (German size, would be about L or XL), but mainly because of a really big bust. Hips are rather small, waist is well... not really existent (just a little), so I need a dress that goes in under the bust and stays kind of narrow - but concealing slight "flabbyness" of the areas in between - down to the hips and then it could get wide again (I'm thinking godets). Want the back to be covered, at least most of it.
I think I could construct something myself but I neeeeeed inspiration for the bust part.
Do I make layers which are crossing, do I use one stripe of fabric etc. pp... I think I prefer a v-line around the decollet, and short sleeves or at least something to hide the quite flabby upper arms... aaaaah I desperately need inspiration. Do you have any ideas? I'd so appreciate it!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Staple it together and call it bad weather... on: July 16, 2009 02:43:27 PM
I got a kind of antique-ish sleeve ironing board in a second hand shop today, cost me 1 Euro... yay! It looked really beastly, though, so I had to jazz it up, of course. I just took the whole thing apart and added new upholstery fabric and some lovely fabric tape and re-used the old upholstery nails and lots of staples to get the thing done.

I LOVE the fabric and I think it's just perfect Smiley

(on the "before" pic there's a tin and pinking shears I also bought very for very little money at the same shop! and on the "after" pic there's just everything I used in the process lieing around Wink )

Ok, Pictures.
Before:



After:



Hope you like! Smiley
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bandana-Bag and matching Wallet (Lots of Pics) on: July 15, 2009 04:29:49 AM
I made something new! Yeehaw!

Made the bag as well as the wallet out of black cotton and 2 green Bandanas. I love it, unfortunately I had to give it away as it was a request by a friend. She wanted a bag big enough to carry a big folder, a book, her mobile, an extra pocket for chocolate and something to hold her daily 0.5 l Coke-bottle upright. I made the flap double as a zippered pocket. It's really sturdy and I love it! Oh, I said that already.  Tongue




(sorry, you can still see the chalk line from the seam above the zipper)


(action pic! the friend who received it... well I guess it looks better when it's filled!)


(Inside - I didn't have chocolate so I filled the space with a CD Wink )


(In the process; already approved by TEH KITTEH!)






Aaaaand, action pic!


C&C are welcome! Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Final Wallet Prototype (butt-ugly fabric, don't say I didn't warn you!) on: March 24, 2009 05:54:17 AM
Hey folks Smiley

[Edit: I just read this again and feel like I have to say today is NOT my day when it comes to writing proper English, I am sorry for that and hope you'll understand anyway...]

I made this recently: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292646.msg3325760#msg3325760 and used it for a while but always found I didn't like the size too much and thought about resizing it in a way I'd like it better.
Then a friend of mine requested a wallet just like the one I had in mind and I finally had a reason to go give it a try...

The fabric I used for this was some old  my grandmother gave to me for trying out patterns or whatever, it's not at all meant to be pretty, I just wanted to figure out measurement and things like that without wasting the good stuff. Wink So if you're appaled, just let me tell you, I am too! Wink (oh, and I just put it on my ironing board which is just as appaling on behalf of fabric... well, I should get/sew a new cover, I guess)

It's actually almost completed, because I have one part yet to figure out... but I will tell you about that after you see the pictures. Smiley









What I have yet to figure out is the center part where clear vinyl or something alike is supposed to be sewn in to show bus tickets or things like that without fiddling around. At first I attached it just like the rest before turning the whole thing around, but then it was quite crumpled and I ripped it out again. I am thinking about sewing some bias tape around it and then attaching it with blanket stitch after I put the rest together, stitching just through the inside background so it won't be visible on the outside.
Does anyone have any better ideas? (Preferably one that doesn't involve handstitching, as I probably suck in that... never did it yet)
I'd be very grateful for any advice on that!

Also c & c welcome! Smiley

(And don't forget to lean back and have a look at some nice Amy Butler fabric to get over the fabric shock!)



5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Cutting bi-stretch Jersey on: March 22, 2009 03:45:02 AM
Hey Smiley
I drafted a pattern last night from an old (really old! I nicknamed it "Thy Holeyness" and it had to die for that sake) Shirt of mine and when I put the paper pattern on the bi-stretch Jersey (I hope that is the correct term) and tried to cut it I realised it's not easy.
I don't have one of those nifty "rolling cutters" yet Sad and I found it almost impossible to cut straight lines with my scissors. The fabric shifted and stretched (although I put some jars on it to keep it in place, of course) and I had to be so incredibly careful not to pull anywhere... I eventually succeded in getting something I could use, but it wasn't half as easy as I thought it would be.
Are there any special tricks? How do you do it? Will it work with one of those rolling cutters anyway or will I encounter the same problem?
Most evil was the attempt to cut bias tape for the neckline. Argh! I still feel slight aggression in my tummy when I think of it. Wink

Any advice from you experienced people would be greatly appreciated!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / More of those dots! -> nursing pillow on: March 04, 2009 08:30:39 AM
(I hope "nursing pillow" is the correct term for that )

Actually it could go in "Reconstructed", too, because I forced the filling out of an old and ugly bean-bag. It's tiny tiny styrofoam balls in there.
The Pillow itself is made from smooth microfiber, easy to clean, and the pillowcase is from IKEA fabric (called "ELSA") again. Didn't take too long to sew it.
And tomorrow it'll go to a pregnant friend. Smiley
'Nuff said, pictures are better...:


(Actually it's about 2 metres long and straight, but it can be tied together at the ends so you can also place a baby in the middle)


The ends... the yellow tape is folded bias tape


Very easy... doesn't really have a closure, just pull it over and ready

Enjoy!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / colorful wallet w/ zippered coin compartment on: February 16, 2009 10:14:43 PM
I found the pattern over here:
http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1652#

Well, mine's a first attempt and it looks a little different, but I just wanted to try whether it works at all. And after I had it with me yesterday evening, I've got to say, no, it's not my favorite form of a wallet and when I find the time I will alter the shape to something much closer to a square. (I'll not alter this one, but the pattern and will make a new one Wink )
My zipper is a little wonky, I even forgot to change the foot into a zipper foot, oh well.

Lol yesterday I was so tired that at one point where I was supposed to turn the fabric in the sewing machine to I could sew around the corner I actually lifted and turned around the sewing machine - took only one sec before I realised what I was doing, but I had a good laugh and thought I should be more awake when trying again. Wink

Pics for you, enjoy!







8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Can you ever have enough stuff to carry stuff? ;) on: March 26, 2008 08:45:57 AM
Made three new bags...

1st: Lovely grey/brown/white flower pattern, two straps, biiig. With fusible interfacing, strong plastic bottom between outside and lining.





2nd: blue-ish IKEA-pattern-slingbag, one strap, rather small compared to the first. I made it similar to the Jordy pattern.
(filled with some stuff  for size reference)





3rd: I call it "Carribean fresh" Wink it's got a lovely carribean blue lining, fabric is from a former skirt, second hand. it's still a bit smaller than the blue one.





I'll have to exchange the lower strap, there's a little stain I didn't see before taking the pictures.

Mh. I start thinking about selling some bags (only in Germany, so the question is hypothetical to people from elsewhere Wink )  - I just have no idea about prices. How much could I ask for bags like that? They are quite plain, next project will be adding zipper pockets or other pockets and some other gimmicks...
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / patchy-scrappy-twirly jeans skirt on: March 20, 2008 05:00:43 PM
Can't decide whether this is a completed object or not! But it actually is...
It's made from several cut up pairs of jeans. since the picture I added one more row of patches. I intended it to become ankle-length, but I am not sure as it will become really wide (it's like those patchwork twirly skirts for kids you see around here all the time!)


What do you think? Leave it as it is or make it longer? It's a size 34, I need the width at my tummy, but my legs are quite ok to show actually... so maybe with some nice striped stockings... Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / kindergarten bag for 4 year old on: March 11, 2008 01:52:28 AM
I made that for the daughter of a friend. I made her mommy a jordy with flap and then decided that I could make a smaller one (completely different in style, though) because kids love to have what their mommies do, right? And then I made a very tiny one for her doll Cheesy but don't have pics of that.

Here it is (bit wonky... but in person it looks slightly better than in the pictures)

It's made of an old pair of jeans, pink vichy fabric and white lace. The pocket in the inside came from the back of the jeans, it's quite narrow but will keep handkerchiefs or small things.
Another picture:


Close up of flower (oh, the wonkyness!)

(I just took a bit of the lining/strap fabric, cut out a circle and draped the lace around & zigzagged. Quite simple.)

Comments appreciated!
Do you think the flap being so short makes it look "wrong"? I didn't have enough jeans left... I'm a bit insecure about that.
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