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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Half circle skirts on: July 31, 2006 06:57:47 AM
Okay, I got the full circle down pat but I'm confused as to how to do a half circle. I'm one of those visual kinda gals. I did a search but really didnt find anything that described to me how to do this.

I know to make a full circle skirt I fold, then fold again and then waist x 2 x pi to get the inside circle. (via the circle skirt with math thread)

My question is, to make a half circle skirt do I just fold the fabric over once instead of twice? Then just cut the circle out of the middle of that? And if I do that, instead of using waist measurement x 2 x pi how would I measure for the inside circle?

I really don't want to mess up this lovely, expensive, 60 inch fabric trying it out. I should add that the fabric has a very slight 4 way stretch.  I'm lost!

Someone help please? Pictures are a huge plus!

Thank you soooo much!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Help figuring out body size and pattern relation on: July 08, 2006 10:14:46 AM
Clear as mud?

Okay, I'm short, 4' 10", I have a large chest, big behind and a big round tummy due to giving birth to seven children and many surgeries. I've noticed since my last surgery that I am uneven. One side of my stomach sticks out further so I'm not comfy in wearing body skimming clothing. But if I wear anything that gathers below the boobies or 'floats' I look 20 years pregnant. I'm not really a shape unless round is considered a viable shape in patterns....which I'm doubting because I can't find that listing on any of them.

So what shapes or kinds of clothing looks good on a body that is not only pretty much one size from breast to thigh but is also short which makes me look daubed together in the first place? I'm tired of wasting time and money on patterns that never look right on me. I need direction please!!

On the upside, my behind is still firm, my boobs were brought by the boob fairy very late in life so they are still sorta proud of their status and I have no floppy skin on my arms or thighs. One restriction is that I can not show a lot of cleavage. I homeschool so I'm always bending or leaning over a child and I'd rather not suffocate them as well as scar them for life.

I'd also love some tips on what kind of fabrics are good. I live in the armpit of hell in Alabama and it's hot but I'm moving to New Orleans and  it's hotter there or rather more humid. I hate to sweat. Anything that will help there is a huge bonus!

Signed, clueless, depressed and almost naked in Dixieland

Thank you!!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 13 ENTRIES / Carmen Mirmonkey, the Brazilian Beauty (img heavy) on: July 03, 2006 06:48:13 PM
First challenge and I really enjoyed it!

I chose Carmen Miranda to emulate in sock monkey form. She rose above such a hard life and had an amazingly fast success but never forgot where she came from. Plus, she was beautiful!

No before shot. It was a simple kit from Wal-Mart that I had bought forever ago and never was inspired until now. The dress and turban material are from an upholstery company sample book. The eyelashes are fringe, the earrings are mine. The photos are as close to the hot tropics foliage as I could get  Smiley

http://www.the-chicken-coop.com/carmseq.jpg

http://www.the-chicken-coop.com/CarmenMironkyfront.jpg

http://www.the-chicken-coop.com/CarmenMironkystanding.jpg

http://www.the-chicken-coop.com/CarmenMironkyBack.jpg

http://www.the-chicken-coop.com/CarmenMironkyCloseup.jpg

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