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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Easy McCall's #4444, not so easy on: March 25, 2011 11:42:24 AM
I've gotta say that I love this dress. I got married in it.

I made it again last summer for a sundress and it was my first really successful full bust adjustment. I think it's just a flattering dress on a lot of figures and a well put together pattern.

As for the easy vs not easy thing, I tend to ignore that stuff because it never seems quite accurate to me (except for the Vogue advanced ones - those I expect to be very complicated and tough). Still, I don't think I would rate this dress as really easy. It has a lot of pieces, a fitted bust and a zipper. It's not exactly an elastic waist skirt or a pair of pyjama pants.

I also tend to ignore the time estimates on some of the stuff labelled "easy". In my experience, all of those "One hour to sew" patterns tend to lie, but perhaps I'm just a slow seamstress.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: 2010 Hot Weather Sewalong! on: June 14, 2010 12:22:30 PM
I made a McCalls 5232 dress last fall and yeah, it does have some weirdness to it, particularly in the chest area. But the pattern itself is a good basic one to have in your collection and frankenpattern into other things in the future.

I have some hot weather sewing planned. I shall share it when I'm done.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Techniques for making boob-to-ribcage area more fitted? on: July 01, 2009 06:54:58 PM
There is a technique called the full bust adjustment. It's generally used when altering commercial patterns that involves resizing the boob area of the pattern to add more fabric to the boob area without really making the rest of the torso larger.  I'm not sure if that the sort of thing you're looking to do but there are tutorials and discussions about it online and you could probably find instructions in a lot of sewing techniques books available from bookstores or libraries.

I wish I could be of more help but I'm not very good at it myself yet and I'm still looking for the best way to learn because I'm getting sick of making deep darts too.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pin-up inspired bathing suit *NOW W/ TUTE* on: July 01, 2009 12:25:48 PM
This suit is gorgeous. You have definitely inspired me to give it a try. I love the vintage swimsuit look.

Fantastic work and thanks for the tute.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Question and Prom Dresses on: May 18, 2009 05:31:59 PM
The dresses are fun and fabulous.

This blog offers some fabric rose tutorials. I don't know if they're quite what you're looking for but they might be worth a look: http://www.outsapop.com/2009/05/fabric-roses-vol1.html
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Experimental hat series: Stages of Grief (Wordy and image heavy) 5 hats on: May 10, 2009 06:03:47 AM
These pieces are absolutely beautiful and the emotion/state of being associated with each stage just jumped off the screen at me. There is deep truth in your work and it's very compelling. I love the description of each piece and the depth of thought and emotion put into them. The pieces tell a clear story and are definitely connected through style and colour choice. The way you've portrayed "Peace" suggests to me that you are truly as happy as you say you are and, for that I admire you.

I'm glad you found your process cathartic and I feel privileged to be someone with whom you've shared such a big part of yourself.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Pollini Dress Sewalong? on: March 07, 2009 06:05:50 AM
That's a gorgeous dress. I think I'll definitely have to give it a try at some point soon.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: TAPESTRY tapestry on: March 04, 2009 01:19:51 PM
Thanks for the lovely comments. I'm glad you like it. Smiley
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: You could be swingin' on a star on: March 03, 2009 04:41:29 PM
This looks fantastic...and I totally have the song running through my head now!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: Sweet Judy Blue Eyes on: March 03, 2009 04:38:55 PM
That is lovely yarn and definitely the perfect shade combo to make blue eyes pop beautifully.
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