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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Dress Form suggestions on: February 26, 2009 06:24:30 PM
I am in the market for an adjustable dress from.  I actually considered just making one from duct tape, but alas, it's not adjustable to make clothes for several sizes!

I see reviews for the ones at Joann's and they look like they aren't the best.

Can anyone suggest a particular one, particularly in a large or plus size?

Thanks!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Dress Form suggestions on: February 26, 2009 06:22:11 PM
I am in the market for an adjustable dress from.  I actually considered just making one from duct tape, but alas, it's not adjustable to make clothes for several sizes!

I see reviews for the ones at Joann's and they look like they aren't the best.

Can anyone suggest a particular one, particularly in a large or plus size?

Thanks!
 
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / VEGAN Nanaimo Bars! Coconut... chocolate... NO BAKING! Yum! on: January 21, 2009 03:55:40 PM
At a local restaraunt here in Baltimore I discovered Nanaimo Bars (vegan!).... they are excruciatingly delicious.  I have paid lots of $$ to buy and eat these suckers.  So I found this recipe http://ravs.enviroweb.org/recipes/nanaimo.html and realized that they are super easy to make and don't even require baking.  Holy crap!  They require few ingredients... probably you will have them all in your pantry already... and they are really decadent.  Just thought I'd share my latest dessert.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Recycled plastic bottle felt pins... VEGAN felt :) on: January 21, 2009 11:49:12 AM
I had a handmade holiday this past month like many folks did.  I bought a pile of felt squares made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and made a series of pins with them.  It was nice to find recycled felt that was also vegan!   

I also bought some button making kits and covered them with funky fabric scraps I had leftover from old projects.  I turned these covered buttons into magnets (gluing magnet circles on the back) and fun adjustable rings (gluing the buttons on to inexpensive ring blanks I found on etsy). 

If you look closer, you'll see a few vintage plastic buttons... I glued those to the adjustable ring blanks making a pile of those, too.   







5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Easy! Napkins! on: January 21, 2009 11:33:36 AM
I have a nice stash of colorful fabric bits, many too small for larger projects.

I decided in the name of creativity and frugality I'd make cotton napkins for everyday use. I'm hoping to completely replace paper, store bought napkins with fabric ones.

Napkin making is so simple, it's such instant gratification and saves me some $$! Yah!




UPDATE! How I made these napkins:


Folks have asked how I made these... so here it goes! 

I used some leftover fat quarters from an old project.  They're 100% cotton.  Nothing was measured, just all freehand... they are imperfect matches but no one will ever know unless you tell them or pile them up together unfolded.     

1) Pre-wash the fabric! 

2) I trimmed each piece to be (near!) perfect rectangles since they weren't perfectly squared off.  I also nipped off any stray strings   

3) Iron out the wrinkles. 

4) To prepare edges for sewing: Fold in each edge, one at a time, about 1/4" and iron.  Fold each edge over again another 1/4" and iron.  Do all four sides, then take to your sewing machine.

5)  Choose a fun color thread and a fancy stitch.  Sew around the edge of the napkin.   Look at the photos above to see about how close to the edge the stitch should be.

6) Iron the edges again.

7) Fold them and slap sileverware on them and impress your friends with the easiest sewing job of your life (but don't tell them it was just that easy, they have no idea).   



6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Summery plus sized top with birds... from a Burda pattern on: July 25, 2008 05:17:19 PM
Ok, so this was my 1st shirt pattern ever!  I altered it some &  I think I did pretty well.  I used Burda 7907 from their young fashion/plus size line.

It was supposed to be a halter that I tied around my neck but the back was sagging and the fabric felt weird around my neck so I improvised and created straps from the tie.  I also shortened it about 3 inches or so because it was so snug around the hips.  Patterns kill me... I wear an 18 usually in women's tops and this was the size 26 in the pattern!! I used Alexander Henry fabric that I found at Joann Fabrics (Yes! They started carrying it!!!).

 

 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Plus Sized Apron!! on: July 25, 2008 04:58:37 PM
I bought the book In Stitches by Amy Butler and made a series of the Short Pleated Aprons (pg 48) and gave the aprons to my friends. 

They turned out so fantastic that I wanted my own.  Unfortunately it was fitted for someone with smaller hips; it did completely cover me in the front. And I wanted a full length one!  So i improvised this one a last month!  I saw a few other postings on here with the v-neck top apron and loved it. 

So I combined Amy Butler's pattern with some ideas I had and got this:





I'm a beginner sewer and am slowly teaching myself new things all the time... I've been helped a lot by reading everyone's postings on here this forum!! Thanks everyone!

P.S. I made the shirt, I posted it in the forum seperately!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Need Pattern/tutorial suggestions for an EASY & cute dress on: May 05, 2008 11:19:57 AM
I'm looking for a cute and EASY beginner pattern or tutorial for a dress/sundress.  I'm having trouble finding one that would fit a girl with a size 18 top half and a 22 bottom!  

And of course the sizing on patterns for 18 is really not an 18!!! I haven't yet found one that is compatible to my size yet... I know I may have to alter patterns a smidge.  All the pattern I've found are labeled to size 22, but of course their version of 22 is closer to 14.

I'd want it to be about knee length, flattering to a pear-shape (I've got hips & a butt!!), closer fitting at the waist and a forgiving and fuller skirt.  I'm open to suggestions!  

I know you guys can help me find one or two!!!
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