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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Apron on: February 19, 2014 02:59:38 PM
Fabulous! I make quite a mess when I cook, bake or otherwise mess around in the kitchen, so I might have to try my hand at this one as well. Thanks for the encouragement!!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Striped high waisted skirt on: September 26, 2013 05:49:30 PM
I love it! The high waist causes it to make you look smaller.   Grin

Trisha
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Big Skirts :D on: July 28, 2013 02:04:19 AM
Quite creative and they look great on you! I wear skirts and dresses so this gives me ideas for things to make for myself. Thanks for sharing!

Trisha
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Penelope by Modkid - my results on: July 28, 2013 02:02:26 AM
Thanks, ladies. I was nicely surprised to see this dress as a featured project. I'm so used to making my own clothes I don't see them as all that special.

Some day I want to learn to make my own patterns.....if I ever grow up, that is.  LOL

Trisha
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: So incredibly proud! My first dress designed by me! on: June 23, 2013 08:19:48 AM
Nice job!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: New Stuff I've Made on: June 23, 2013 08:17:16 AM
Nice work! They turned out well.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Candy cane girl.... Simplicity 2591 on: June 23, 2013 08:07:15 AM
Love the dress, and you look superb in it!   Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Penelope by Modkid - my results on: June 23, 2013 08:04:52 AM
I've been looking at this pattern in my sewing area for I don't know how long but I keep moving it from one place to another instead of just tucking in and making it. A couple of weeks ago I finally got my nerve up and decided to make the dress.  Now I have the results as well as a pointer or two for anyone else who might want to make this cute dress up.

 


If you do decide to make this up, please measure your upper arm and compare it to the pattern. I had to add over 3 inches to the width of the sleeve/upper arm part of the pattern; if I wouldn't have done so, the dress would have been an experiment in disaster. The sleeves are way tight if you don't add to them. In fact, they wouldn't have even gone on my arm.

I also shortened the sleeve since I didn't want it to be sleeveless but the kimono length sleeves were too long for summer wear.                                      

For future reference, as a small-busted big woman, I wouldn't gather the center front of the dress but instead make it smaller so that the binding/facing fits it smoothly. It looks kinda geeky on a B-up though I can see the need for the gathers on a C, D or DD cup.

If you have a bit of a tummy like me you'll also have to add some to the tummy part of the dress. I achieved this by starting the pattern at the fold up at the neckline but then aiming it out so that at the bottom of the dress the pattern itself is 2.75" away from the fold of the fabric. This gave me an additional 11" of fabric on the bottom and almost 4" at the abdomen level. It helps me feel more comfy without having to wear shapewear under the dress in the summertime.

All in all it's a nice dress but not quite as easy as it seems unless you're perfectly shaped with thin arms, which I don't happen to be in either category.

Trisha
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: I've gone skirt crazy! on: November 07, 2012 08:34:43 AM
Great job!

Where do you get your awesome belts? I have a hard time finding decent ones here in the middle of nowhere.

Trisha
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: empire waist dress help on: September 16, 2012 05:18:08 PM
Hi!

I make lots of dresses that are gathered or pleated at an empire waist. In fact, I have one pattern I used so much that I had to order a second pattern (I didn't use a copy of the original but I won't make that mistake again!)

If you have an okay tummy, you might prefer a pattern like this one -
It has insets in the skirt that make it larger. 

However, if your tummy is like mine - I'm kinda sorta pear-shaped - this kind of dress would be a better bet -
It gathers under the bodice and is really comfy. I made this one last year and I really like it.

Gathers aren't all that hard. It's just a matter of stitching the gathering line and then pulling the thread to make the gathers; then, you pin the gathered fabric to the bodice and sew the pieces together. One of the nice things about gathers is that they don't have to be perfect in order to look good. Like anything else, you'll get better at it with time.
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