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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Another bottle cozy on: November 23, 2009 09:50:45 AM
Finished another bottle cozy...custom order for a friend.

Most of what applies to my first cozy applies here:
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bottle Cozy from reclaimed sweater on: November 11, 2009 07:46:34 PM

I took a class on surface design at the John C. Campbell Folk School in January and finally got around to doing a little project! I started with a felted sweater sleeve and just started stitching, kind of doing a sampler of stitches I learned at the class. Pretty basic stuff.

And, I know it's kinda' dorky, but a little somethin' on the bottom for someone else to read while I drink  Roll Eyes

The drinking glasses from my kitchen are exactly the same diameter as my water bottle, so I inserted one into the sleeve while I was stitching so I had something to "work against" without scratching my bottle. I used blue painter's tape and marked 1/4 inch increments on it to sort of keep things evenly spaced. I also worked the entire body of the sleeve first before stitching the bottom on...that way I could access the inside from either end for ease of stitching. It's obvious, I'm sure, but I also stitched all the embroidery on the bottom circle BEFORE I attached it to the body.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Formal/Cocktail/Cruise dress ideas on: March 19, 2008 09:22:42 AM
I've been enjoying the posts on the board for several days now...just gleaning information and letting the creative juices start whirling. I especially loved the "Fat Girls and Skirts" thread. But I digress...

I am going on a cruise in May. I'm a homeschooling mom and my son is graduating from high school this year. He and three of his friends are taking the cruise for their senior trip and the moms are going with them (not as chaperones as much as celebrating ourselves...we're all friends anyway).

We will have two formal nights on the cruise and I have nothing to wear! My dilemma in dress shopping online is coming from my "proportions" as I have a smaller bust, a big tummy and wide hips (no butt, just hips and belly)...47, 48, 56. I'm losing weight a bit, but my boobs always go first so that will only make the problem worse. If a dress fits in the top then it's too tight around my hips or if it fits the hips it's huge on top. I still have time to make some clothes, but I don't even know what will look good on me! I haven't worn formal wear in years. Does anyone have any suggestions for styles or patterns? I looked at the infinity dress thread and may try a prototype with some cheap fabric, but I'm leary of all that fabric around my hips. I LIKE the look of http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/product.do?cid=7323&pid=550907&scid=550907002
but I don't know if it would look right either. My upper arms have gotten pretty flabby too, but I can wrap a shawl or something and cover them.

I guess I'm just uncomfortable in my own skin! I want to embrace that I can be big AND beautiful, but it doesn't help any that the other three moms are all truly SKINNY. So, I need something (two somethings) to make me feel really special!!

ANY suggestions/ideas?? I'm on a limited budget too (we have fundraised all the money for the trip...bake sales, candles sales, etc.), so that is to be considered as well. I could use ideas for more casual cruise wear as well, sundresses, etc., but I'm also okay with capris and tops for that part.
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