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1  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 12, 2010 10:10:25 AM
Psssssh, Ludi, whatevers. It doesn't look tight or anything! You look fab, screw 'slenderizing'. That's my take on clothes/fashion - - if you FEEL fab in it, and if you love the piece, who gives a rat's rear end? I LOVE IT.

@ Everyone who commented on my corset - - I'm so glad yall like it!! I can't wait to see the finished product either, lol. Last night I sketched out the entire outfit and maybe I'll post it later so yall can get an idea. Or should I keep it a surprise? Buwahaha.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 11, 2010 02:05:49 PM
So, there are 5 panels on my corset. The huge center one, two pretty big ones on each side, and two smaller ones on the bag. I'm hand stitching all of this and I've finally finished one of the small back panels!!

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Yet another wedding cake for friend on: August 10, 2010 12:08:44 PM
THATS NOT EVEN TWO INCHES?! That's incredible!! You're amazing!! Oh my gosh! It's so detailed and lovely and man, I thought I had patience. I would never attempt that. You rock.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 07, 2010 06:16:38 PM
HOMIGOSH WULF! I never knew someone could be an expert in rusting but it sounds like you totally are. If I can find me a chain I soooooo can do that stuff you suggested!! Yay! I'm gonna be the most bomb voodoo ragdoll EVER! ((Kinda helps that I'm sure there's NEVER been one, huh? Cheesy))
5  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 07, 2010 02:02:13 PM
Ooooh rusty chains. That'd be so tight, but where could I find some? I suppose I could just get a hold of any old chains and spray paint them if I cant find rusty ones layin' around.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! on: August 07, 2010 10:35:19 AM
Howdy! So, I'm new to gibbous but quite happily obsessed now. I'm going to be a ragdoll/voodoo doll for halloween, and so I'm making my costume and though, must do gibbous!! So I am. And I just started the corset the other day. It's not gonna be a functional corset so I guess it's really more of a bodice.

Here's my fabrics and trims:


Ribbons:


The denim base of my corset (thanks to my kid sister's size 11 JR jeans!!):


And the close up of the only decoration I have so far:


Everything's going to be by hand, except the pieces of denim I had to do with a machine. Anyone got suggestions for what I should use for the lacing loops? I want something unusual and cool.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Gibbous for bigger girls? on: August 06, 2010 08:40:57 PM
I'm 5'11 with terrible posture and I'm a size 18/20 (usually. Sometimes bigger by brand.). And what I've discovered is that if I feel good in it, I don't care. I've had a plan for a gibbous corset in my mind for a while and only just started it today. And I generally don't think corsets look good on girls with my body type and weight. But ya know what? I already feel hotter just knowing how cool the piece is. And I think with Gibbous, the CLOTHES are the point. It's wearable art. So it doesn't HAVE to be the most flattering thing in the world.

On a note that I think is more what you're looking for! Cheesy What flatters you is going to largely depend not on the simple fact that you have 'more cushion for the pushin', but the way said cushion is distributed.

STRAIGHT - If you're like me, you don't really curve. I'm like a tic-tac - - the same size all the way up and down! So I'm doing a corset to be able to cinch in my waist and make it curve a little more, instead of that more masculine up-and-down silhouette I'd get with anything else.

HOURGLASS - This is general curveyness. It's what I USED to be, and I'm workin' on it again! You don't want to shorten your frame, so stay away from any fabric or construction that makes the eye travel horizontally. Especially on and 'big and tall' girls, vertical or diagonal is the BOMB! Aside from that I think really anything can work on you if this is your shape. I would suggest, however, staying away from anything too loose. Like a flowy empire waist, which will just devour you. If you got it flaunt it!

PEAR - Tiny up top, wider on bottom. Of course. I'd suggest putting most of your detail across your boobs, if this is you. With a pear shape, smaller boobs and bigger butt. You want your boobs to look bigger or your butt smaller. There's not too much I can suggest for minimizing butt (I have an unfortunate lack of butt so I never dealt with that problem), but I know maximizing attention to boobage helps bring a pear closer to our middle-ground hourglass.

So for instance, with my corset, I'm doing the same basic construction all over, but I'm coming in with particularly lovely trim over the bust and shoulders. I have a brooch that will sit somewhere on my bust, haven't decided if I want it center yet or not. All that will make my boobs look bigger, which I don't need. HOWEVER, the construction pattern I'm using creates lines that will draw the eye of onlookers from my sides to my bellybutton - - an illusion trick to make myself look thinner. ((So good tip for bigger gibbous girls - USE LINES! Don't jumble it all up randomly. Have a secret agenda!)) That with the cinching of the corset will narrow my waist. Then the bottom of the corset is going to have some nice trim, and the top of my skirt is going to have some awesome beading or something done in almost horizontal diagonals to widen my hips.

See, it's all about illusions. I'm never gonna be skinny (unless i keep running, but that's beside the point!), but using lines and details to draw the eye where I want it to go, I can give the illusion that my body is one of the best danged plus size bodies there is! And that goes for ANY fashion, not just gibbous. A 'pile of rags' to use your example, can, when properly assembled, make ANY body type/weight look attractive. Just figure out what YOU need to accentuate to give the illusion you want.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fancy Schmancy Corpses....in my hair on: August 06, 2010 07:34:27 PM
How strangely beautiful. I never would have thought of this and if I had, never would have executed it so well. LOVELY!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Halloween Costume-A-Long on: August 05, 2010 10:43:21 AM
I'd be in! I'm thinkin voodoo doll, but that might not go over so well at my church halloween dance... XD
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Help Me Lose Weight Swap Round 2, (FULL, Send-Outs 8/14) on: August 03, 2010 08:13:14 PM
Checking in, since I haven't, like, at all. There was some stuff that went down (and is still going down you could say...). But I'm here today. I've got one item all done for my partner. I joined a gym and lost some weight, gained back two pounds after my niece's birthday weekend (really, this three year old had over 100 kids at a candyland themed party. Needless to say... I indulged). Lost it again after a hospital stay. I also discovered a new philosophy. I am pretty good about not eating junk food anymore. But when I DO want it, and choose to eat it, beating myself up while I eat it doesn't help. Instead of sitting there like, "Oh geez... I really shouldn't eat this piece of chocolate cheesecake... nooo.. it's going straight to my hips... I'm going to have to run an extra mile... and do a hundred more sit ups... and blah blah blah..." I'm just going to say, "I have done well. I'm going to enjoy my chocolate cheesecake." Cuz really, when I beat myself up about food it just makes me want to eat more food (emotional eater in the house...).
So yeah, there's my update.
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