Hi....new to the board here,and happy to see a curvaceous crafters section. (Can you feel the BUT hanging here? And here's where the board newbie makes a SLEW of enemies me thinks.)
But, why oh why oh why is NO ONE saying anything about the incredibly, absolutely, undeniably, UNFLATTERING clothing here for plus-sized women here?
I see countless posts of "will this look good?", "does this look good?" ...NO!!! Good GOD! It doesn't!!! If you are doubting what you see in the mirror what makes you think others will see any different....do you think we look at you through rose coloured glasses? We don't, or maybe we do; because we sure as hell don't tell you the truth.
I do agree that some mods and clothes are just. Bad.
But most of them are too old for me to go and comment on without breaking forum ettiqute.
T-Shirts and jeans with multi coloured strips down the sides (Even if it's not too small now, it sure as hell looks like it WAS.), jersey dresses, shirts, (shudder) "infinity" dresses with back fat poking out, circle skirts (oh how I loathe thee, unless of course the POINT was to make your backside wider than a half-ton truck), maternity inspired empire waists with thin, cheap fabric.....sigh...
Ok, going in your order:
If the shirt and jeans are made with a sufficently similar fabric, and the selvages/seams from the previous article are used, along with closely matching thread, it doesn't look bad, and in fact there was a very large trend a few years back where that was big. (In the New england area, anyway.)
And jersey dresses, and pants can be good if the sewer in question knows how the fabric will handle. Though, i admit outside of swimwear and t-shirts i am against large amounts of knit fabrics. But T-shirts are all jersey, andi know you have one in your closet. Lurking. Somewhere.
Infinity dresses are another matter though, i've seen some really good ones, and i've seen some horrible ones. Just cause some people are living on the equator doesn't mean they should suffer heat stroke. But yes, generally a pattern should be altered to cover any back boobies.
The next are clumped because they don't need to be defended past a single point.
Circle skirts have their place, namely with women that posess an apple or triangle shaped body, to even us out. I am one of them.
Empire waists do actually look good on some people, and do not make us look pregnant, again, i am one of them.
Thin fabric does not always mean chep, m'dear.
Like I said, I am happy about the board here. I am fat. I am 5'4" and I weigh 225lbs.....yes ladies, and the odd gentleman, I am fat and the thought of being able to make my own clothes thrills me! But it's hard, very hard, the cut, the pattern, the colour, the fabric; so much has to be taken into consideration. We need structure, good quality, well draping fabric, and good tailoring. We know this! It's difficult enough to BUY plus-sized clothing let alone make it, I understand that and I also know that is what this board is for: for inspiration for encouragement. But can we also bring ourselves to be honest? Find nice ways to say something doesn't look good? Shouldn't it be easier to say across the web than to someones face?
I guess not.
Oh and if we are looking for inspiration for clothing to make, why not look at plus sized clothing, skip urban outfitters and Anthropologie. Take a look at Torrid, young, fun, and for the most part, flattering.
Last bit on your rant.
Honestly, it sounds like you were the blessed few who have any other shape aside from an apple or inverted triangle.