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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.......beautf ul sexy curves that we should be proud of!!!!
     - It has a ring to it that doesn't have negative connotations......p ainters 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

 Grin

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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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2004 10:13:17 AM »

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.......beautf ul sexy curves that we should be proud of!!!!
     - It has a ring to it that doesn't have negative connotations......p ainters 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. 
 



Ahhhhh, let's here it fr the cut offs, tights,  docs!!!!!! oh those where the days and so much differant figure!!!! lol
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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2004 03:53:26 PM »

Ok, I posted the pics/tutorial for that jean skirt thingy
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12592.0
Hope this falls into a prospective category.
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2005 02:08:05 PM »

I like being zaftig! I remember first hearing the word in Margaret Cho's standup routine, and it's been there ever since.

I'm damn proud to be zaftig, 32DD and 4'10" and zaftig. Hallelujah for selfpride Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2005 02:23:34 PM »

I love this word, and I think the dictionary definition clears up just whose standard of "fat" zaftig is! 

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=zaftig

I have an average chest but VERY curvy hips and shopping for pants makes me sad.  I have enough confidence in myself to feel sexy except when I'm trying on lousy blue jeans--why the hell do the manufacturers think your waist must be the same size as your hips?  that's boy proportions!

okay, deep breath.  stop ranting, girl. Roll Eyes

okay.

I'm just sad that I always end up with clown pants that gape at the waist 'cuz i'm an hourglassy kinda girl in a kate moss world.

I'm so excited to see this thread, i hope we can all share some zaftig ideas for looking our fabulous best in hand-crafted splendor... I'm working on the infamous glampyre boobholder, I'll let you know how that works out...
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2006 11:29:32 AM »

Great word ....Someone mention how artists love Zaftig ladies...well another famous one was Ruben ( yeah I was an art major at one point!) and so My Dream is open a plus size clothing store and call it Rube' ( say Ruby's) in his honor lol teehee
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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2006 12:26:28 PM »

Just wanted to share for all of you THRIFTY curvaceous craftsters out there...

Hancock Fabricks is having a pattern sale. 
               $1/ea. on Butterick Patterns (limit 5 (which is about all I could afford), in stock only)
I checked out the website and most all of their patterns in the "normal" collection go up to at LEAST a size 20, some up to 26.  Then they have a "plus sized" section as well.
                This sale is from January 29 (hey that's today) to February 4

THEN.........

From February 5- February 11
                 $1/ea. on McCall's Patterns (same restrictions apply)
I haven't checked out the website for these yet but I'm getting there....
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2006 05:52:23 PM »

Great word ....Someone mention how artists love Zaftig ladies...well another famous one was Ruben ( yeah I was an art major at one point!) and so My Dream is open a plus size clothing store and call it Rube' ( say Ruby's) in his honor lol teehee

Exactly. I'm an art major. I like to call myself "rubeneqsue". Or fluffy =D Thats also a favourite of mine.
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« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2006 10:16:17 AM »

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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!


Because "Juicy" and "Succulent" call roast chickens to mind. Zaftig sounds foreign and exotic by comparison (IMHO)
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« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2006 01:22:49 PM »

Great word ....Someone mention how artists love Zaftig ladies...well another famous one was Ruben ( yeah I was an art major at one point!) and so My Dream is open a plus size clothing store and call it Rube' ( say Ruby's) in his honor lol teehee

Exactly. I'm an art major. I like to call myself "rubeneqsue". Or fluffy =D Thats also a favourite of mine.

LOL Some many of us in Craftster ..hmm wonder why LOL
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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2006 08:12:24 PM »

Ooooh, one of the synonyms for "zaftig" was "embonpoint," which all you francophone folks will recognize means "in good condition". If I can just figure out how to pronounce it, I might just like it better than zaftig.
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« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2006 12:29:36 AM »

ehm-boh(n)-PWUAHn(t) I think.
The stuff in brackets would be barely pronounced (like the second t in petit), and the WUAH would be like the "MWAH!" kissy sound you make. Smiley

The only thing giving me grief is that first E - I'm pretty sure it would be pronounced "eh", and not "Uh", but not 100% sure on that.
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