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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Seasonal wardrobe conundrum on: October 14, 2014 02:17:54 PM
How nice, iOS8. I'm getting real sick of you freezing on me and making me lose all the paragraphs I've typed out.

I am debating seasonal wardrobe options.

I have hundreds of vintage Lutterloh pattern PDFs and a bunch of repro vintage from the big four.
I have tons of options to choose from obviously but I'm wondering if I should make one wardrobe for all seasons or if I should have two different wardrobes, one for spring/summer and the other for autumn/Winter.

I prefer not to spend a ton of money; I already use secondhand fabric and sheets that I get from yard sales or thrift shops. I don't care to spend a whole lot on overpriced fabric from all the stores that are over an hour away.

Wondering if I should do short-sleeved dresses and blouses so that I can layer them with jackets and cardigans for the cooler months or would it be wiser to make three-quarter sleeves and longer in a separate wardrobe out of warmer fabric?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Minnie Mouse skirt on: September 27, 2013 12:29:42 AM
I made this for a coworker heading to Disneyland for Halloween! Wish I was going.

It's a circle skirt with an elastic waistband, knee-length. I did the maths for the pattern; I had to look it up because my teachers were wrong: I don't use this stuff on a daily basis.
On the tulle I just kinda winged it.
I used 2" wide non-roll elastic and made the casing 4" wide with 1/2" seams so she wouldn't need a zipper or hook and eye closure. And I wouldn't end up stuffing the elastic in and swearing at the casing because I made it too small. *cough*
I serged the seams and rolled the hem. No unfinished stuff here. I reserve that for my own wardrobe.

The tulle petticoat I gathered and stitched onto elastic so it's removable (Although anyone that doesn't want a poofy skirt is suspicious in my book).
I thought about adding bias tape or ribbon to the bottom of the tulle but decided against it. She might want to use it for something else some day.

Disclaimer: I am not as small around as the dummy. I wish! Although yeah, my top *ahem* is bigger than that. Also maybe not quite so lopsided.


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Star Trek pajamas for dh and both ds! on: December 26, 2012 08:49:36 PM


Questions and critique welcome.  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Star Trek Pajamas on: December 06, 2012 11:55:15 PM
I made hubby some Star Trek TOS pajamas. Just waiting on the patch!


5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Help! Ideas and motivation needed. on: June 03, 2012 02:39:41 PM
I made Simplicity 2217, view C. I had to adjust it by grading up and adding 8" to it as the biggest size was 12 (I should be in 22 per measurements, 46-34-46). My high bust is 38" (I wear bra size 34K) so I always have to do a ginormous FBA.  I ended up removing most of what I added in because the thing fit like a misshapen tent. Granted, I can never seem to get an FBA right.  Roll Eyes Not quite sure what I do wrong.
I got the skirt to fit finally but the back bodice is still way way too long; it pools at my lower back and the neckline is too high, up near my hairline. The mock wrap front is too loose.

Rather than set it on fire I'd like to fix it. Help!

I can't seem to upload pics from my device.  Angry
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Summer dress, made from old sheet on: January 17, 2012 04:57:26 PM
Mccalls 5094, view E. I made this from an old sheet I bought at goodwill. The bodice is lined.
This is the first item I used my new serger on! I got my first one for Christmas.
I know the bodice is a little too loose around my waist but it stool looks good.

 

C&&C welcome.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / For my SIL, McCalls 6085 tropical sundress on: July 29, 2011 11:39:16 PM
I made this for my SIL Valorie. It's a cotton fabric with a tropical print. It's nice and soft, should be cool for where she's moving (Hawai'i, lucky girl).
The bodice front and back is self-lined, side zipper, ruffled on the bottom. I'm not sure what else to say!  Grin
It's McCalls 6085.

The full dress on the duct tape dressform we made of her. Sure was glad to have that! The dress isn't floor length, I just don't have a stand to hold the duct tape form. That's as high as that piano chair goes.


The side zipper. I should have taken a pic of the inside, as I did it the way a tutorial showed. It's lined like RTW, no handsewing the linging to it. I hate handsewing. lol
Hard to explain but it looks really good! If you want I'll take a pic and post that.


Self-lined bodice. I sewed it down with invisible thread.


French seams. I don't have a serger yet (keeping my eyes open for a second-hand one) so I do french seams as I don't like the look of unfinished seams. I stink at overcasting or using the bias tape to finish them.  Cheesy


C&C welcome, questions, just ask.  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Boston Red Sox fleece hoodie for toddler on: May 07, 2011 11:39:13 PM
So I don't start some kind of baseball war about the red sox vs the yankees, let me clarify that I don't care about baseball. Grin (Of course, that may start a war too. Wink )

My three year old knows who the red sox are thanks to his adopted uncle Roll Eyes , and since he asked me to make him a hoodie, he wanted a matching one for my son so he can take him to a game.

And no, I didn't bother trying to match up letters or logos.  Wink

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Frilly newborn dress, Simplicity 2392 on: May 06, 2011 09:48:09 PM
I made this dress for a couple in my church for their first baby. I'm giving it to her at the baby shower. It's a vintage repro, Simp 2392. It's mint green satin dress with organza overlay on the skirt (Sew Classic fabrics from Joanns). It has piping, ruffled sleeves, and hand embroidery on the yoke, pockets, sleeves, and matching satin bonnet.


Sorry that I don't have any better pictures.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Easter dress Simplicity 2701 on: April 02, 2011 06:21:40 PM
I made this for Easter (obviously, as the title implies). I made it from a yellow sheet I bought at goodwill. Or maybe it was a yard sale. I don't remember.  Cheesy

It's Simplicity 2701. I cut a 12 and did an FBA for my 34J bust, the skirt is cut a size 18. I'm not showing my head as my hair is not presentable.  Wink

C & C welcome.

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