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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / ISO: Bowling style shirt for 3X MAN! on: June 22, 2007 01:31:50 PM
Holy cow. If you think sewing patterns for larger WOMEN are sparse, try finding a pattern for a man who wears a 3X!

I have a friend who just got a gig in a new band, and I'd REALLY like to make a couple of stage-worthy shirts for him. I'm thinking classic bowling shirt style. I've checked my usual suspects -- Simplicity, Butterick, McCall's and Vogue -- and none of them have what I'm looking for (or even close).

Anyone have any suggestions?
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Simplicity 3741: The Skulls-n-Roses Dress on: June 10, 2007 03:07:02 PM
In this post I asked for help picking a dress pattern. I wear skirts pretty often, but I never wear dresses, and I was looking for help to find something flattering for a busty girl, which also made an impact.

After a lot of input from people here and at Pattern Review, I made a choice and as of last night finally finished the dress! I'm starting a new thread because I wanted to address the specific patterns I used.

But first, pics! Even though I wore the outfit out last night, I only photographed it on Heddy my dummy. It fits me better. I wore it with mid-calf lace-trimmed black leggings and black/white polka dot wedge heels.





I chose Simplicity 3741 view C, which I probably wouldn't have even looked twice at if someone else hadn't pointed it out to me. After picturing it in the Alexander Henry "Born to Ride" fabric I chose -- and recognizing how simple the pattern would be to sew -- I picked it up.

I wear 16/18 in ready to wear, and I picked size 22 for this pattern. I was shocked to find that it fit me just about perfectly! I did make a couple of changes, primarily the width and location of the straps. I made them wider and angled inward at the back in order to follow along with the bra I intended to wear with the dress. Oh I also ditched the lapped back zipper because it seemed over-complicated and unnecessary. Once I had the straps in place, I also found that the length seemed kind of short to do a regular hem. I probably wouldn't have anyway because I hate hemming and I love bias tape, but this will be something for people to keep in mind -- I'm about 5'5" and BEFORE hemming, view C hit just above my knee.

Also, there's that little gather in the front there. That's not originally part of the pattern, but after I got the facing in and topstitched (maybe I shouldn't have?), the top edges were doing this weird sticky-outy thing. I started pinching the dress in various places to see what I could do to get it to flatten out, and gathering that little bit in the middle did the trick. As an added bonus, it gave me about another inch of cleavage.

The bolero jacket is from Simplicity 3748 also made in size 22. I have slightly disproportionately larger upper arms (at least I think so) and I'm very happy to say that this jacket fit me beautifully and I believe sits just as it's supposed to. It's an extremely easy pattern EXCEPT for when it comes time to line the sleeves. More than likely, this is cake to people who have done this before... but I never have, and the instructions made ZERO sense. I just kind of hacked around with it until it made sense, though, flipped it around and voila. Marvelous.

I'm very pleased with how this came out. It's a topic a lot of people have been talking about lately -- flattering summer dresses for bigger girls, which don't look either blobby or holly-hobby. I think this one does the trick!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Pull-Tab Crochet anyone? on: June 04, 2007 09:34:38 PM
I've seen a few pull-tab projects here, but I have yet to find a tutorial for the pull-tab crochet like the classic Escama bags. CRAFT magazine in issue one said that Escama had a how-to on the site. They don't. Then CRAFT said they were going to have an article about it, and in issue three they had this completely different granny-square kinda thing which was not at all what I wanted.

I have searched the intarwebs and I still can't find a tutorial on this!! It's nutty! The closest I've gotten is an e-book for $11, which... sorry, not sight-unseen am I giving them $11. $5 MAYBE.

Has anyone done this yet? Or knows a site? Not the regular weave-through dealie, but a more solid crochet like at Escama. Anyone? Someone?
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 1 part sewing geek + 1 part computer nerd = organization to rock the shop on: June 04, 2007 12:52:12 PM
I made this database a little while ago, but last night as I was modifying it for some additional information, it dawned on me that the only people who would probably find this project as amusing as I do myself reside here.

And so, my sewing patterns dbase, as running on my iBook:



It's from scratch in Filemaker Pro, which is a pretty friendly program. The dbase tells me I own 140 patterns, of which I have sewn 26, and there are an additional 119 patterns on my wish list. I made space for 4 pictures -- this particular record shows two from the maker plus my own pic of the green skirt I made in the #3 picture spot. Clicking on any of the images swaps it into the main picture view. Everything is searchable and sortable, and the notes area scrolls forever and ever.

It's MUCH better than the three-ring binder I was keeping printouts in before.
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Crab Fight!! on: May 31, 2007 09:16:43 AM
Easy cuff and one of my favorites. I'm wearing a red and black striped shirt today, so it's a perfect match.



Closer up:



And flat, so you can see the snaps:



The dollar store has these tubes of animals, usually in themes -- snakes, bugs, sea creatures. They're really wonderful and detailed and fun. When I pulled out these crabs, I could immediately see them sparring with each other. The base is a piece of regular 1.5" webbing with a woven red stripe (I think I pulled it off some sacrificed messenger bag) and it closes with two black snaps. The crabs themselves are stitched in place with monofilament (fishing line). The big claws are free to fight it out!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Help me choose a dress pattern for tattoo/horror expos! on: May 17, 2007 11:19:39 AM
Hello my crafty friends!

For once, I'm thinking far enough ahead to plan out a great project for a couple events I have coming up. In June, there's a big tattoo expo and in August there's a horror festival, both in Toronto (I live in Detroit -- it's about a 4 hour drive). I've attended both of these events in the past, and have even made things especially for them (like my Zipperhead bag).

I'm thinking about making a dress out of a super-cool (probably some A Henry) fabric. Something either with monsters or tattoo pinups on it, you know the sort of thing.

What I'm looking for is a good recommendation for my body type. I don't wear dresses much because I always feel like they make me look funny, but I have a feeling that's in my head. There's probably someone already here who has similar measurements: I am about a size 16/18 dress, 44DD x 38 x 42, 5'5". I am a little short in the torso, big in the chest, and broad-shouldered. I generally don't show a LOT of skin, but I am trying to expand my stylistic options, so I am going to say that I don't have many limitations, other than hoping to find something FLATTERING. (Plus I'm single, so sexy is always a good idea.)

Both of these events are in the summer, indoors and out, including evening events, with walking and sitting. Obviously tattoo and horror expos are going to allow for a lot of creativity, and I'm a nutso nonconformist anyway, but given I'm going to be using some bright/unusual/loud/busy fabrics, I may be able to get away with a more "traditional" dress style.

I CAN probably sew just about anything from the regular pattern houses, and I have bunches of them already (damn you Joann and your 99 pattern sales!!).

I'd LOVE some input from people who have sort of been where I am and have some recommendations for me to look at, pattern- or technique-wise, or even undergarment-wise!

And I promise pictures/reviews/whatever is appropriate when I decide what I'm going to make/wear.

Thanks A TON to anyone who read all the way through!

Edited to add: This is the sort of fabric I'm talking about:



Or something similar. More than likely a printed 100% cotton.

-Dorion
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jeep and Camo Circle Skirt on: May 15, 2007 10:17:16 AM
Using this tutorial to get me started, I made myself a 6-gore circle skirt (sans pockets). Three parts Jeep fabric, three parts embroidered camo. I had to punt a little with the waistband (zip and button in rear), but it WORKED, which is always a thrill. It's just above-knee and fits me better than it does Heddy Headless, my dressmaker's dummy, which is why the waistband looks a little gappy.

Overall:



I like bias tape as a finish because it's a lot easier than hemming a circle and also unifies the various panels.

Here's a detail of the fabrics, because they are so cool (both purchased at Joann on the cheap):



Pictures taken after the skirt had been worn on a night out, so it's a little wrinkledy. Stood up well, though, which is frankly always something I'm a leetle worried about when I wear my own clothing out.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Looking for d-rings with attaching tabs. on: April 30, 2007 09:25:33 PM
I've looked and looooked... can anyone point me to a source for these d-ring attachments with the rivet tabs? Like so:



Thanks!
-Dorion
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me make this mask/hood/thing! on: April 24, 2007 07:05:49 PM
I'm planning on trying to make a hood like this one in Aeon Flux. Now, BEFORE I go all crazy making a pattern myself, maybe someone out here has done something similar to it already and they can help me out! Yes? No?

I admit to having not actually seen the movie; I got this from the trailer. I'm assuming it's a stretch mesh, and in the costume it probably goes all the way into a shirt or something. I'm just thinking hood, with enough of a cowl to tuck under a shirt or something.

I've never made anything quite that three-dimensional, so any tips would be welcomed!

-Dorion

30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Burn Riso thermal screen with laminator? on: February 01, 2007 01:54:40 PM
I did a search and didn't find anything, so before I go down a major research hole, let me ask you fine folk if any of you already know this.

Dick Blick art supplies carries Riso thermal screen sheets. Blick's website claims right on the sales page: "If you have a thermal copier, you can make photo-stencils for screen printing in just seconds!" If I recall, Riso's website said thermal copiers won't work.

The dedicated machine Riso makes reminded me of the giant laminator we have here at my office, so it made me wonder. Has anyone ever tried to burn a Riso/Gocco thermal screen using a laminating machine, particularly of the big semi-industrial (think print shop) type? If I look around enough, I might be able to find some temperatures, but I seriously just spent two days researching the origins of a leather jacket and I'm a little burned out.

So anyone done this? Or have specific notions/information about the temps required to burn a Riso screen?

Thanks as always,
-Dorion
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