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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Patterns for a girl with a dunlap? on: November 14, 2008 09:04:47 PM
Girl, you've got options!!

I'm in the same boat.  Here is what I like:

Empire waist.  (the people have spoken) This is good because if you get a dress that is decently low cut, it will accent the cleavage, and open up your neck and face.  Some big hair and big earrings- Deadly.

I really like the tunic suggestion, and also 'Blouson' suggestion with an add on- Put in a cinch belt, right under your bust.  This will give an empire shape without actually having to commit to an empire waist dress.  This look is a little Mod (versus the empire, which is more formal) and looks great with a big cuff bracelet.

The other totally hot option is a wrap dress.  The lines created by the wrap will totally camouflage the tummy--Trust me on this one.  Also, if you get it in jersey, it's the most comfortable to eat dinner in *wink*

My favorite patternmakers are Simplicity, Vogue and Burda.  Burda is awesome, but you've got to be ok with working without seam allowances (they do this so you can adjust the patterns yourself). 

Good Luck!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: American Apparel Thigh High Socks for Thunder Thighs! on: November 14, 2008 08:53:32 PM
Okay, a last minute post!!  I just bought a fabulous pair of thigh high fishnets, and then remembered that I didn't have a garter belt.  So I used what holds the universe together:  That's right, ladies, I busted out the duct tape Smiley  Now, I was wearing a dress, so I didn't need to hide it, but if you were wearing socks, you could just do a little tape loop for the front and back of each, and you'd be golden.

My other thought for this experiment is Ribbing.  It's the stuff they use at the necklines and wrists of sweatshirts.  It's basically a heavy, stretchy knit.  I will first point out that it is a *wee* bit expensive, but you can buy it knit as a tube, so you wouldn't have a back seam, just the hem. Also, you could just use it for the top couple of inches, and use the stretchy fleece for the socks.

Please post pics when you are done, I can't wait to see what they look like!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: quick question about sitting. yes. on: December 14, 2006 06:46:33 PM
I know they are expensive, but have you considered a pair of Spanks?  They'll trim ya down & work as a lining of sorts.  Just a thought...

You can check 'em out here...
http://www.kiyonna.com

They are under lingerie, then body shapers  Grin
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: A shirt to fit my boobs!!!! on: November 19, 2006 12:23:32 AM
You can't go wrong with the classics!  It look fabulous.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: For those lazy days: fat girl online sites on: October 11, 2006 09:09:25 PM
and for all the fabulous Canadian curvies,

www.bodacious.ca-- all Canadian designers!  Shop with pride Smiley

XoXo
C.
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: "The Ringer" costume on: August 29, 2006 08:59:06 PM
OMG, I totally wish there was a costume index...my wardrobe would vastly improve.  Have you tried a google image search?  They can work pretty well...
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Two new shirts - super easy :) on: June 29, 2006 08:36:53 PM
woot woot, those are super hot! be careful not to cause any traffic accidents.... Wink
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / How to put in a zipper! (In 4 easy steps) on: June 17, 2006 10:22:29 PM
Well Hello fellow seamsters,
I have been enjoying this section, and I promise to post some of my project as soon as I get around to taking pictures of them Smiley  But I have been seeing a lot of 'if only i could put in a zipper' comments.  Now, as a luscious lady, elastic waistbands are the bane of my existence.  It's rare that an elastic or drawstring waist looks tailored or slimming.  Zippers are simply a necessary evil.  Except they need not be evil!  Allow me guide you on 4 steps to a zipper.
Let's assume you are putting in a 15cm (that's 6.25" for you yanks) into the back center seam of an A line skirt.

Step 1) Sew your back seam, but for the 15 cm's closest to the waist, use a baste stitch.  Iron the seam flat out.

Step 2) Lay down the fabric so that the right side is facing down, and you are looking at the seam that is ironed flat.  Put your zipper right face down on it.  What you are looking at now is what your zipper will eventually look like.  When you've sewn it in.  If you can see the zipper pull, your zipper is facing the wrong way Smiley
Now, pin your zipper into place.  To make sure you've got it straight, pick up the whole kit'n'caboodle up, pull the two pieces slightly apart, and thanks to the basting stitch you should be able to see the zipper though the seam.  Don't pull too hard, or you'll take out the seam.  Just allow yourself some guidance.

Step 3)  Got it pinned straight?  Atta Girl! You're almost there.  Here is the tricky part.  If you've got a zipper foot, now is the time to pull it out.  If not, no worries, just sew slowly.  Precision is the key to this one. Sew the zipper from the top of one side down to the bottom of the zipper, as close to the teeth as you can manage without hitting them, then when you get to the bottom, sew across a few times (to secure it) then back up the other side.  How is it looking?  You want the seams to be as even as possible.  If it's wavy, do not dismay, just pick it out and try again.  If it's relatively even, congratulate yourself and move on to...

Step 4)  Look at you go!  You're almost there!  OK, this is the easiest and most rewarding step.  You know that part of back seam that was all basting stitches that are covering your zipper?  Bust out the seam ripper and do away with them!  like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, you will have a FUNCTIONING ZIPPER!  Woohoo!  Zip it up and down a few times, while a strong sense of self satisfaction pumps through your veins!  There is nothing you can't do!  (except maybe an invisible zipper.....hey..hey...one thing at a time)

I hope this explanation made sense and I didn't make the situation worse for anyone trying to figure out how to put in a zipper.  It really is simple; but can be daunting if you've never done it.  Practice on scraps if you want a few samples first.  And may the Zipper Gods be with you!




9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: a Thank you for this board on: June 08, 2006 02:45:48 PM
An enormous (pun intented) thank you for this board...I can't wait to post my creations Smiley
I think all the ladies here know that style exists beyond size 12...here are some of my favorite places that prove it:
www.bodacious.ca
www.beautyPlusPower.com
www.alight.com
www.kiyonna.com

vive le revolution!

PPL,
C.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Teeny Little Super Guy (+9 pictures) on: June 08, 2006 02:15:23 PM
Ah! I love it-I need some for me!  this brought back such happy childhood memories for me that I googled TLSG and found some clips on youtube.com....oh the reminiscing that brought on Smiley
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