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1  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
2  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!
3  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
4  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......
5  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!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Printed PDF pattern tips? on: March 06, 2013 09:56:23 AM
Since we're supposed to get a lot of snow today I decided to pull out the Colette Sorbetto pattern I downloaded. My plan was to cut, tape, and then trace onto Swedish tracing paper.  So I cut all the squares apart and am all ready to tape but it keeps buckling. I taped the top 4 squares together before I figured I should just quit it and ask for some tips. Has anyone taped together a pattern before? any things I should keep in mind? All help is appreciated (especially because pdf patterns are less expensive than otherwise and I have lots)!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Make a tight dress wearable? on: January 16, 2013 06:32:29 PM
I have two t-shirt dresses from H&M, black and navy. They fit nicely from the waist up and cling a LOT too much around my backside (no hips to balance me out either). I would love to find a way to keep them as dresses but have no idea how to make them suitable for wearing in public. (Plan B is to make one a peplum top and the other a sleep shirt)
Any suggestions??

Help me, talented Craftsters, you're my only hope.   Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Thighs eating my skirt? on: October 17, 2012 02:48:32 PM
I just made this skirt last night from freshly laundered quilting cotton and wore it today. Anytime I walked at more than a mosey, it rode up between my legs to an embarassing degree. (A co-worker commented it looked like my thighs were eating my skirt.) This is my first time working with quilting cotton so I'm not sure if that is something that just happens or if it's because I wore it with leggings. I wear dresses & skirts with leggings all the time and haven't had this problem before.  Will it go away with time and repeated washings? Has this happened to anyone else? Any solutions?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Parasol Skirt on: October 17, 2012 02:17:44 PM



From the moment I saw this fabric I knew it was supposed to be a skirt! MY skirt (^_^)  I made it the simple (read as "lazy") way: wrapped around me 1.5x to measure, sewed it selvage to selvage, made a casing for my 3/4 elastic, insert, and done!!  It only took about an hour and a half, start to finish (not counting the numerous disagreements with my bobbin thread).  Yay!!

10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Shank/Feet Question on: September 11, 2012 08:15:34 PM
I'm considering purchasing a couple of feet for my machine- a Brother LS-30- but I'm not sure what to do.  I think (fairly certain, at least) that my machine has a low shank (about 3/4in from plate to screw). What I'm not sure of is whether it is a solely snap on or if I can remove the ankle too since I see a screw on the side as well...?
The picture I've attached should illustrate my confusion better. (I tried to get the picture flipped right side up but no luck.) I found out that if I push in the little black thing at the back, the foot will fall right off.

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