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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Pansy dress on: August 29, 2010 06:13:54 PM
It's a fix that works for me anyways.. figured I'd share it. I found it by trial and error and wish someone had just told me when I started to DIY clothing.

Ye gods.. I've got the other end of that problem... I get each mistake pointed out to me. I recently spent 3 days on a patchwork apron top to wear around the house. Put it on.. and all I heard was 'yeah.. I guess you could wear that inside only' with an odd expression.

I really do love that purple though. It does look like it would be lovely and cool.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Monster petticoat with a neater, tighter waistline on: August 29, 2010 05:07:57 PM
So poofy and cute!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Pansy dress on: August 29, 2010 05:05:46 PM
Love it.... and now I'll have to add it to my to-make list. Once I get other stuff done.. Smiley And get some awesome fabric... love that purple!

Just one thing... I think we are kinda built the same around the top, lots of extra boobflesh, that is. I've noticed that if I make something or wear something with a flat top (the cleavage bit) that the top tend to mush and I overflow around the arms a wee bit. If I leave an extra bit of fabric around the top edge and pull the straps out a tiny bit more (almost at the edge of the collar bone; where a bra strap would sit) at the shoulder I don't have that issue. I hope that makes sense...

...actually this is part of the reason most of my fitted tops have cleavege showing... they gotta go somewhere...it's just easier to do! Lips sealed
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Plus Sized Ruffled "Salsa" Skirt from a Sheet. on: August 11, 2010 05:19:36 PM
Thanks for the feedback! Smiley

As for the chi, she loves the attention, LOL. She's more like a cat when it comes to being on top of any crafty thing I do... so I just work around her and her hair. Smiley And her name is Kali. She's currently under my foot. If I do any more of these (I've still that bottom sheet and would like a red dress..) she'll probably have to check my work again.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Plus Sized Ruffled "Salsa" Skirt from a Sheet. on: August 06, 2010 10:27:27 PM
OK, To start out with I wear a men's 38/woman's 18/20. I measure 53 inches at the widest point of my hips (I call it ghetto booty, LOL). You will need a top sheet from a twin (or larger if desired/needed) sheet set that is of a heavier cotton or jersey. You'll also need enough elastic for a band and/or a pull-cord.



 I can say that you will get a skirt from a dorm sized twin top sheet if you are my size or smaller. Bigger hips then mine might get a slightly different result. For inspiration I drew on "A Petticoat for the Ages" on the Anti-Craft site... then I simplified and changed a few things; mostly that math, the ruffle method and the look of the end result. I don't care for math that much and something this simple didn't really need it. This will also use the hemmed ends as I hate hemming.

You must measure your widest part, your hips and then add 4 inches to get your length for your waistband. For me, it was 57 inches. Write your number down. Following directions will yield a 30 inch long skirt.

First lay your sheet out flat on a large mostly clear surface. I used my floor. Don't mind the mess; it doubles as craft room/game room/living room/ dog play area. Use a chihuahua to weight the fabric. Take your scissors and carefully remove the wider hemmed end from the top end of the sheet. Set aside. This will be your waistband.



Measure out eleven inches along the short edge of one of the long sides. You will be cutting a eleven inch strip from each hemmed long side. A cheater's shortcut would be laying the first strip over the second cut strip and just using it as a guide. Only do this if your first piece is perfect. Wink Be aware, the chihuahua will be checking your work! 10 inches will be the width, and the 1 inch will be your hem allowance.


Using your machine (or hand sewing for those into self torment) stitch one set of ends together. Be sure the hemmed ends are together. This is the lowest tier of your dress. At this time you will have a long thing rectangle roughly 14 feet long, set it aside for now.

Now for the top and center of your skirt.
You will need a middle tier and a top tier. The top tier will be your measurement plus 4 (remember that number from earlier?) long and 21 inches wide. If you want a shorter skirt, decrease that number (I'd say no shorter then 11 inches to not look odd) or a longer skirt increase that number. Be sure to leave an allowance for the hem.

I found it easier to cut the second tier before I cut the top piece. It is yet another 11 inch strip that runs the entire long side of the sheet. Set it aside. Measure a rectangle that is your number long at the top (Plus your inch hem allowance) and add two inches (plus hem!) at the bottom. Cut it out. (You may notice in my pictures that it looks like I used two pieces for my top tier. I did. My sheet had a hot coco stain on it.. hence me turning it into a skirt; thing was brand new!) I simply snipped a straight edge and reattached those pieces.)

Working from the bottom.
Lay the center tier out flat. At this point the chihuahua will be watching you from the chair with an air of disdain so you'll have to use pins to affix the fabric to the floor. First affix the ends and then the center. Each time affix the fabric at the center in the same manner (pull the fabric up till it's tight at the center then pin at that point)


It'll end up like this:
with a pinned fold roughly every 1.5 inches or so. Don't fret if it isn't 100% exact. Sew it up using a nice tight stitch. Bottom ruffle, done.

Repeat this procedure for the next tier. The ruffles will be much more subtle at this point.


Next take that wide hemmed end and attach to the top tier as the waistband. Sew it up nice and neat.


Run some elastic (if that's what you'll be using) through the top hem. Pin each end securely at the open end. Sew up the side seam being sure to sew through the elastic. If using a pull cord, insert grommets (sewn or metal) and run cord through the hem and back out for tying.

Lastly, wear and enjoy. It's cool and drapy, comfy in its looseness and based off one of the more feminine and sexy kinds of dresses out there, the salsa dress. Every time I wear it I get some attention, heh. Makes my guy jealous. Grin

 http://img42.imageshack.us/g/skirt8.jpg/ Clearer pictures. The hosting here made the red look bleedy.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Body Shapes and What Might Look good on Them on: July 03, 2010 09:19:10 PM
Yeah.... the shapes are not a perfect fit for anyone really; it's more a 'in general' thing, just guidelines and not 100% law. Not that we have to follow them or that each one that is supposed to work for each type will work for all members of that type.

I'm short and my butt sticks out in the back. 'Fitted' bottoms just don't work for me. A-Lines can look odd as well.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Body Shapes and What Might Look good on Them on: July 01, 2010 07:10:01 PM
Off and on Lurker here. After recently being given a sewing machine for a B-Day I've been looking to sew some clothing I actually like..which led me to back here to this forum...and then, as a fat chicka.. to this area. Truly hope this is the right board!

I found a few guides...they are useful to me anyways.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-488236/Trinny-Susannah-reveal-12-womens-body-types--you.html -12 body shapes.

Using this guide I'm a cello... it's a hourglass type but a bit rounder...think classic 'ghetto booty'.

http://gok.channel4.com/ A step by step pick your part guide. This one tells me I'm a Butterfly, heh.

A quick 'what looks good' for these shapes.. http://beautybyella.blogspot.com/2007/11/how-to-dress-your-body.html

And.. the dress shape guide...http://www.promgirl.com/shop/body_types
Granted, they are formal dresses... but it should help give ideas, it has me!

I really hope this is OK... I kept noticing threads on what shape people are and what works on them so I'd thought I'd share.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: DIY Custom Fit Corset Tutorial - UPDATED: Part 2 Added! on: July 01, 2010 02:13:39 PM
I just read the original thread..but had come to the conclusion that it was more for the wee woman/menfolk. As a 40/36/40 gal.. that ain't me! Thanks for the adjustable tut!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halter Dress on: June 28, 2010 02:39:36 PM
I like it. Very retro. Smiley
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cowl dress for curves on: June 28, 2010 02:07:12 PM
I'm a curvy type, 38/40 D (or DD depending), 5'3 and best described as a 'cello' shape... an hourglass type but with ghetto booty on both ends.

I haven't made or worn that dress but I did have one very much like it. Mine had a bit more of an A-line bottom though. I really liked the look with the loose cowl with wider skirt piece as it made the middle of me look a bit thinner and brought more attention to cleavage.
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