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« on: August 25, 2004 09:15:19 AM »

I love so many of the clothing projects on this site BUT I am not particulary thin, in my early 30s and prefer to be a bit more modest than I used to.  So I am wondering what kinds of cool stuff some you perhaps in the same position have made. 

I remember thinking at 16 I would never change how I would dress but times and priorities change.  I still want unique handmade clothing that is a real reflection of me. 

Thanks in advance for the suggestions and feedback!

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2004 07:26:20 AM »

What's zaftig?

I make a lot of my own clothes. I'm not in bad shape, but after having 2 kids, my hips are a bit more juicy than they once were. I find a few cool things in thrift stores, trace them and study them, and go on to make my own from there. I add a lot of funk. I'm 33 (34 next month) and I love going to PTA fuctions dressed the way I do and not being the typical "mom", so to speak.

Go try stuff on. See what looks good on you. Then copy it at home.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2004 09:51:15 AM »

I am not thin either, and I know that alot of the clothes here are so nice and look great on their owners but I know would be disasterous on me.  I take my favorite fitting clothes and use them as a pattern even when I'm reconstructing.  Then I play with the hem lines or sleeves, etc... just keep the basic shape.  Hope this helps and what is a Zaftig??
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2004 11:25:41 AM »

FYI, "zaftig" is one of those words people use when they don't want to say "fat"  Grin  I don't mean that as an insult -- I'm fat, and I don't mind calling myself fat.  I'm also short.

HOWEVER, I will say that while I cringe at things like "pleasingly plump" or "heavy-set",  "zaftig" is a word I actually like -- it means "juicy"!

Melinda (who'd also love to see more projects for the zaftig)
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2004 12:16:20 PM »

Thanks Melinda, I also hate big boned, cuz my bones are not big it's what's on them!  My cousin is 15 and her term for herself is Chubby love which is now the name of by little business!  Happy crafting!
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2004 01:07:50 PM »

As soon as I get my freaking film developed I SWEAR Im gonna post this lovely little jean skirt I made. Really, I just got an old pair of jeans (tapered leg is the devil!) that fit good in the nether-regions and cut out the inseams from the bottom of the back pockets and then in the front from the zipper down. I sewed the slits with this great cowboy/cowgirl fabric from hancocks (so it makes this triangle shape) and it hits between m calf and knee. It is great. I even sewed some navy fringe on the bottom. Awww, now I wish I would have worn it to work today!
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2004 04:22:26 PM »

Thanks gals.  I was feeling bummed looking at all the cute clothes that could make but never wear.  I like zaftig because I think it implies two very important things.......

     - Curves.......beautful sexy curves that we should be proud of!!!!
     - It has a ring to it that doesn't have negative connotations......painters loved zaftig women think Boticelli 

Of course, the second issue is that I am not 21 anymore and I want to wear things that express my unique sense of style and love of handmade items without looking like an insane woman desperately clinging to her fading youth.  A but dramatic but I know some of you out there know EXACTLY what I am talking about.  My days of wearing cut off shorts with tights, a cute vintage top and Docs are over. 
 


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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2004 05:25:02 PM »

oh, so that's why this knitty pattern is named "zaftig!"
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/PATTzaftig.html

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hmmm...  clothing...  I'll have to think about it, but if I come up with any, I'll let you know!

oh, besides putting side inserts in pants that are a little too snug.  that looks quite cute, and a good way to use those pants that you ove but just don't quite fit in anymore...  I'm sure most of us here have those.  *raises hand*
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2004 08:15:34 AM »

WOAH! Ive never heard of Knitty patterns before. My poor sheltered mind has been blown. Then again that crochetted penis didnt help much. What did I expect though, this IS craftster  Grin.
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2004 07:44:51 PM »

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"zaftig" is a word I actually like -- it means "juicy"!

Juicy is such a wonderful word. Why not use that? Or "succulent". Both are so sexy!
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