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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Fitting/HOW to use Simplicity 2947? And others.. on: March 09, 2012 06:53:55 PM
So Jo-Annes had a sale on Simplicity patterns. I bought 4. I mean.. they were two bucks EACH. So cheap.

I decided that since I have not used a real life pattern in ages that I should make a muslin first. I'm fairly smart sometimes. I'm making view A of this pattern. It's a long halter top sun dress.
I'm using an old cotton bedsheet.

I've decided to cut out the size that fits with my largest bits (bust and hips) and then adjust the waist. Is this the best way to go with this? I'm a fat hourglass, if that helps.

My final fabric is a cotton, light fabric with minimal stretch. I can add zippers or ties if needed to get the ease in, yes? I had sort of planned to just leave plenty of ease in the final garment and add a tie in the back for the waist...it seemed like all the patterns were for knits but I prefer other fabrics!

And lastly, the actual pattern itself. The directions are not that clear. It looks like the bodice is cut out twice.. and then the piece that you cut out with the pattern paper on backwards is then 'flipped' and used to line the bust?

What do I do with the dots? Make holes? Mark with pencil?

I also bought 2416, 2634 and 2917..anyone make these? And is it me or is the fabric requirements high for the tiered skirt and shirt?
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: So incredibly proud! My first dress designed by me! on: March 06, 2012 06:20:26 PM
Nice! I've been sewing shelf bras in everything lately because of my never finding great bras. 

I still like it... it's very flattering. Now to learn to shir, heh.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: So incredibly proud! My first dress designed by me! on: March 06, 2012 04:34:30 PM
I love it!

I must learn to shirr things so I may make one like it. Did you use a shelf bra or is it supportive enough on its own?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to resize this dress? on: March 06, 2012 11:12:24 AM
I have to do this a lot of the time... I'm busty and broad shouldered. The trick is getting a fabric that matches the fabric of the dress. But.. I wouldn't put the zipper back in. Instead I'd run some elastic along the entire back of the dress to help turn your addition into a deliberate look and more 'natural' to the dress.

If the fabric wasn't striped I'd say add triangles under the arm pits to give you that bit of room. Those are also easier to make 'natural' looking. I just did this the other day. I snipped the too tight sleeves off a dress and reused the fabric to add bust/chest room.

Since it is a striped fabric.. would you be open to laces? It is really easy. Just snip out the zipper along the seams, sew them back flat, add grommets and lace up with a matching lace.

(I found this on Amazon but if you go to your local sewing store they would be able to help you pick just the right tool. http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-1P-Grommet-Plier-Kit/dp/B000Y007NG/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1331060892&sr=8-8)
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Place to put Gussets in Bodice of These Dresses? on: March 05, 2012 08:28:22 PM
Honeythief, the gussets were to bring the bust piece back into line with the rest of the pieces.
It actually turned out very well in my practice dress (That I will not be showing since the fabric makes my big butt look even bigger... and my "let's try making a halter top with built in bra!one!" gives me neck-aches after 2 minutes. So that is a re-do from start.

I did use the basic principle in a remake of a red flower sun dress. It was a sheath thing so I added cups from a hem trim (being short has that advantage..) and a sort of bra in there..UI hate bras in strappy dresses! I will see if I can get my guy to take a picture.

The stripey turned out well. 

What I did was measure from the straps the same distance either way. (I think it was 7 inches...? It's the two lines to either side of the center line) I found the center of that (the middle line) and measured an inch and a half each way and plotted the angles like you see.



The center bit is two pieces of the hem trim sewn together. I added a total of three inches to the bust. I could have added more but I was also adding in a shelf bra. I do have to adjust that.. as I really should have left the center un-attached to the shell. It bunched, as you see.

16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best Place to put Gussets in Bodice of These Dresses? on: February 03, 2012 02:32:04 AM
As for the first one.. I asked somewhere else and was given this diagram.


The lady's belief is that the gather is a gusset. When I take it apart I will get the black shape (red line is where the gather is). So, using measurements and muslins I add some to each side (the grey)..using darts (those triangles) to take in the extra at each seam, seeing as the rest of the dress fits great. I think this is what I will do. It will change the look.. but in a good way!

As for stripey... I love your idea. Maybe not that far down.. but perhaps to the center of the bust panel? I know I'll have to move the straps no matter what is done though.

I love sewing.. but most of what I do is reshaping clothes as everything just fits/looks better afterwards... and the clothing makers seem to think fat hourglasses do not exist. It's all tiny or tents. :/
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Best Place to put Gussets in Bodice of These Dresses? on: February 02, 2012 06:13:02 AM
To start off, I am a fat hourglass shape. (53-44-52) I try to dress to play up my assets...and down play the size.

I have two dresses. One.. I am about to take it apart and use it as a pattern. It's too worn out to even be a scrub the bathroom dress. But the bust fits oddly. It is a sort of shift dress.

The second is a sun dress. I'm taking about six inches off the hem to make it a wearable length. But.. it flattens my girls.
These photos were taken of me wearing a sports bra. I generally wear more omph! type bras.. but they don't fit well under these. How to best fix this?

This is the shift. (please ignore the stained fabric... like I said retired to be a pattern!)

Am I right in thinking that If I put on an awesome bra and measure myself properly (top to under bust) and then make the breast part that size instead of the size it has it will fit correctly? Or is there a better way?

Second dress:


This was a lot too long so I have a six inch long strip that is about my height to play with. I'm thinking football shaped gussets in the front.. or something?

It's too tight and uncomfortable JUST at the bust.

This is not how a dress should fit me.

Any help, suggests or whatever are all welcome.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dog hiking backpack - tutorial with pics on: June 16, 2011 02:08:08 AM
Too cute. I'm going to have to make one of these in tiny form for a chihuahua. It will just be too cute!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: List of Tutorials on Craftster in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters on: June 15, 2011 02:08:26 AM
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355972.msg4166894#msg4166894 - added

I wrote this a while ago. Hope it is OK to mention it.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Summer dress on: June 15, 2011 02:05:19 AM
Love the dress and the critters. Smiley

Maybe instead of darts, a tye in the back like this:http://www.hipsterchic.com/crystal-bias-plaid-dress/

?

Either would look good, really. They'd make a neat dress neater!
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