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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sassy pattern for pattern newbie on: March 01, 2014 05:10:10 PM
Thank you for replying! I'll be sure to forward this to her!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Sassy pattern for pattern newbie on: February 27, 2014 03:44:15 PM
I posted this in the General Sewing section with absolutely NO response, I'm reposting here. Hopefully, someone here will be able to help!

Hi All
I recently discovered a sewing lounge within walking distance of my home. I have been encouraging a friend to come with me, to become a better rounded and more skillful seamstress, since we both learned to sew by refashioning.  Her argument against it, however, is that when she went to a sewing (by a pattern) class at our local community college they told her that she wouldn't be able to take the class if she couldn't find the required patterns in her size..... AFTER she paid for the course, of course. For some reason, the patterns weren't available in her size. Now she has a bitter attitude towards patterns in general. For reference, she is quite busty and measures 43in- overbust, 39-41-49.  In terms of style, she has a HUGE love for Modcloth's style of clothing and anything from the early to mid 80s.

So, what pattern companies, indie or mainstream, are likely to have something she can work with, size-wise and style-wise?  What are her options? I really want her to not feel excluded by pattern companies and to expand her skill set! I did tell her she'd be more likely to have luck with indie pattern companies but couldn't really name any that would definitely have her size.  Sad
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Plus size (indie) patterns on: February 26, 2014 09:53:17 AM
Hi All
I recently discovered a sewing lounge within walking distance of my home. I have been encouraging a friend to come with me, to become a better rounded and more skillful seamstress, since we both learned to sew by refashioning.  Her argument against it, however, is that when she went to a sewing (by a pattern) class at our local community college they told her that she wouldn't be able to take the class if she couldn't find the required patterns in her size..... AFTER she paid for the course, of course. For some reason, the patterns weren't available in her size. Now she has a bitter attitude towards patterns in general. For reference, she is quite busty and measures 43in- overbust, 39-41-49.  In terms of style, she has a HUGE love for Modcloth's style of clothing and anything from the early to mid 80s.

So, what pattern companies, indie or mainstream, are likely to have something she can work with, size-wise and style-wise?  What are her options? I really want her to not feel excluded by pattern companies and to expand her skill set!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stitch length not changing on: September 12, 2013 05:58:02 PM
I did the scrap test and the fabric is only feeding when the machine is in reverse.
The thread is moving through everything it's supposed to. The bobbin is a drop-in style, so there's not a lot that can go wrong there. I can't see anything in that area even when the bobbin is out.

I almost think it has something to do with pulling/sewing the elastic because the machine does everything it's supposed to in reverse except for changing the stitch width.

Any more suggestions?
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stitch length not changing on: September 09, 2013 12:29:03 PM
Actually, the feed dogs on this machine don't go down. They can only be covered with the darning plate.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Stitch length not changing on: September 08, 2013 05:50:45 PM
Hi All!
Friday I made two skirts with elastic waistbands. Today, I tried to make a pair of palazzo pants and realized that my stitches looked weird. The stitch length is not changing, no matter what I put it on. I've played with the tension, unthread, rethread, different stitches, everything, and they all come out tiny. Also, the feed dogs seem not to be catching, unless I back stitch.

I'm not sure if I messed up something with all of the elastic or what.
Any suggestions for how I could fix it?
My machine is a Brother XL3750
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pants=Headache on: May 27, 2013 03:14:57 PM
I'm having a heck of a time finding light to mid-weight pants to wear for work, as skirts and dresses won't always be appropriate once the AC gets pumping. At 5'9", the only challenge I should have is length but according to my measurements, I'm pear-shaped. A 27in waist and 38in at the hips.... but it's not my hips. I actually have snake hips, my rear is most of that measurement, which leads to gaping side pockets, pulling across my thighs, or a huge open space at the waistband.

Any suggestions for patterns to try that would fit that shape or even how to pick & fit thrift shop finds?  Otherwise, I guess I'll just live in yoga pants and skirts......
8  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Re: Crafting Social Club/Meetup on: April 18, 2013 10:30:10 AM
I have a friend who is an awesome crafter that I think might be interested. She knits and crochets and I know she has also made a book. I will talk to her to see what she thinks!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for First Sewing Projects! (and advice, too!) on: April 16, 2013 07:43:21 PM
My first projects were refashioned items. Now I'm trying to learn how to use and read patterns so I've been using vintage (50s-70s) Jiffy patterns because they are really simple. It has been a good stepping stone from refashioning to following a pattern. I got the patterns on eBay for less than $10.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Quilting Cotton for Apparel on: April 16, 2013 07:38:05 PM
Recently, I found out that there is actually quite a bit of controversy on the usage of quilting cottons for apparel use. Being that I am a newbie to the sewing game, having found my way over from refashioning, I had never considered that you weren't supposed to use quilting cotton for apparel. So far, I've used it for skirts and plan to use up my stash for summer dresses. It's held up pretty well, cared for properly. I wouldn't choose it for anything drapey or dressy; I'd probably look for something to refashion for that.

For the most part, I don't recall ever seeing a large selection of apparel fabrics in Jo-Ann's and it's basically non-existent in Wal-Mart; those are the only two places near me for fabric. If I want to commit to a day trip (if 9am-11pm can be considered a day trip), I can drive to New York's fashion district and blow a stack of cash at Mood. Or buy blindly online.

So, two questions:
1- How do you feel about using quilting cotton for apparel and why?
2- Since it seems that quilting cotton has taken over, where do you get your quality apparel fabrics online?

Thanks!
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