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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Tiramisu from Cake Patterns + stripes for the first time on: July 08, 2014 10:17:32 AM
I used the pattern size indicated on the envelope for my measurements. It has zero ease, which makes it quite loose in a knit and very forgiving. According to my measurements, I should have needed a FBA (built into the pattern!!), but it fit just find at the D cup setting.

This pattern goes from a 25"-50" waist and A-D cup in each size.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Tiramisu from Cake Patterns + stripes for the first time on: July 08, 2014 10:11:42 AM


I've had the Tiramisu pattern for awhile and when I spotted this striped fabric on sale, I knew it was time.

First I did a test dress with some fabric that came in a random fabric bundle.  (Quick plug time, I have no affliation with them, but I've had good results with everything I order from http://fabricmartfabrics.com/)

Which turned out really well:


Basically the first time I've successfully made a wearable muslin.

For the blue striped dress, I cut out every piece individually except the pockets (oh yes, these dresses have POCKETS!). I put the center front line in the same place for the left and right front and back bodice pieces and left and right front and back skirt pieces. That isn't necessary when you work with a normal stripe because the Tiramisu pattern is designed to work with stripes (LOTS of examples from other people online), I just managed to pick the one fabric that required matching in 3 directions like a plaid.

I also shortened the skirt by about 4 inches on both dresses. Then for the blue striped dress, I had to tweak the pattern a bit to get the center front and center back seams to do what I wanted.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Skirt - alternatives to a dart? on: February 17, 2014 10:24:49 AM
That's a really heavy fabric. Based on how it was making jeans just an inch smaller, 4" is going to add a lot of uncomfortable bulk at the waist.

 I'd probably take the waist band off, remove part of the waist band, and sew it back together.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to decide on design details? on: February 13, 2014 07:34:17 AM
Most of my sewing life, I've been limited by needing a particular look, or not having time, or other factors. But now I'm making a top and I'm not limited by anything and I have no idea what to do.

It's going to be a princess-seamed top with a peplum (because I still loves 'em), in a shiny/sparkly yellow fabric that matches a plain circle skirt I made previously.

I can't even decide how to do the peplum. Obviously a short circle skirt would be easiest and would make the drape of the peplum match the skirt, but I could also add gores, extend the bodice pieces out into a skirt, do a long ruffle. Then there's the choice to interface, and how.

I've been making sketch after sketch and all I've really come to realize is that I suck at drawing.

I know I don't want it too complicated, but at the same time I want to do ALL the design elements!!

Then there's finishing, line the whole thing? flat fell the seams? facings? interfacings?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tricks to keep the waist line at the waist? on: January 16, 2014 07:54:55 AM
I'm testing a theory based on 15th century gothic fitted kirtles. Trying a princess seamed bodice and fitting more closely to the underbust area than usual.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tutorials for drafting a ruched bodice? on: January 10, 2014 01:08:13 PM
Anyone know where to find instructions for drafting a bodice like http://community.stylecaster.com/post/41354?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Tricks to keep the waist line at the waist? on: January 10, 2014 12:37:54 PM
I can't stand how sooo many dresses and shirts end up with the waist line tucked up under by breasts. It seems like most of us larger women love empire waist dresses/shirts, but there's got to be someone other than me who looks better with a slightly dropped waist.

If you've got a solution that works for you, please let me know!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: OMG! Finally its done! on: November 09, 2011 03:15:58 PM
My thoughts while reading your post:

Oooo so pretty, looks a bit fiddly, heh Pooh fell in the water, Shaun the Sheep!, there's a Shaun the Sheep knitting kit, lol she did cross-stitch of knitt..., there's a Shaun the Sheep knitting kit??? OMG WANT!

9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help turning a book into art on: November 04, 2011 04:50:42 PM
I mean the torn up sort of art.

Mind you, since the book hasn't appeared yet, we might not be on their evangelism list.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jean Couch on: October 22, 2011 11:37:02 AM
Has anyone suggested embroidering "remote" on the appropriate pocket?

This is sooo awesome!
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