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Keena
« on: December 12, 2006 03:36:03 PM »


http://www.mimimagazine.com/december2006/02-09-harrietsalterego06.html

i adore Harriet's Alter Ego, but they dont make nada (along with millions of other indie designers) for a plus sized diva like myself *bats eyelashes* lol...

this looks HECKA easy to create.. but where would i start?! ayudame por favor!

is this fabric possibly jersey knit? if so, i would have to be careful with creating it because on a curvy body cuz u dont want it TOO clingy on every lump and bump, nah'mean?
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2006 03:57:43 PM »

I'm on the curvy side and I love gathered stuff like that.It actually can look good on a curvy girl if it fits right.
I suggest getting a thick/heavy weight jersey or even a thick t-shirt type material.They dress looks almost like a simple tunic pattern,like the kind that is just one big piece of fabric,where you just sew up the sides,and don't have to attach the sleeves separately and it looks like they just ran a bit of elastic up the sides to gather the sleeve part and make it separate from the body,If that makes any sense Tongue
One thing I highly suggest for any curvy girl is to make yourself a ducktape dress form.
I'm a average size in like my legs and waist but I'm busty and have a big butt so it makes it really hard to fit things like ready made patterns,and as I'm sure you know it's a pain trying to alter the back of a pattern ect when you have it on.So my duck tape dress form has been a god send,plus it has all your little lumps and bumps so you can fit your patterns around hiding that.
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2006 03:58:58 PM »

OOOOHH! I love that batwing dress! I'd wear it longer, I'm past my mini days. It looks to me like it might start out like a huge t-shirt thingy that's then gathered up along the body to define the sleeves.  And yes, it does appear to be made from a stretch jersey, which personally I think is great for curves because you can pleat or bunch it up in those areas where you need more coverage.  You can wear a good foundation under this and with the give in the fabric, you can construct it with the curvy ness already in it.
You know, I just went back and looked at the dress again, and it's possible that you construct the top separately from the bottom.  The top now looks to me like you'd take a big rectangle and gather it up for the bodice, and then define the sleeves with either elastic or cording, and the sleeves are caught in a little cuff.  Does that make sense? I think you can just play with some fabric and figure out a simple way to do this.  I like it so much I'm going to try it tonight, and if I can I'll post a pic to show.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2006 01:42:17 PM »

thx for the immediate replies

and PLEASE do post the results if you make one tickleagangster
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2006 02:53:47 PM »

I REALLY like this dress! I'd love the see this reproduced!.......I'd probably rock it as a top with some skinny jeans...!
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2006 10:26:02 PM »

oh my god!!!
that is so hot!

i found this picture, it doesn't really help trying to figure out how to make it, but it shows the neckline fairly clearly.  has anyone attempted this??

http://shop.unsungdesigners.com/ProductImages/harriets_alter_ego/HAE1013_A.jpg


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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2006 03:47:41 PM »

Wow. How much to do love that dress?! So much! Grin

I'm plus size too (us 10-12) and my general day to day wardrobe consists of an American Apparel tube dress with reconned baggy mens t-shirts over the top. Sounds dodgy Cheesy but I get stopped by London style mags, so I must be doing something right? Anyway, I think Tickleaganster has the right idea.

I had a look at their myspace page and found this...



Man I wish my sewing machine was working 'cos I'd love to give this a go.
 
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2006 04:05:41 PM »

10-12 is plus sized?  really?

jesus, have i been living in denial!

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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2006 04:12:26 PM »

10-12 is plus sized?  really?

jesus, have i been living in denial!

 Undecided

Yea I didn't believe it until one of my friend's who works for a fashion company told me that a US size 10 is the industry baseline for plus-size.

Madness.
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2006 04:27:31 PM »

10-12 is plus sized?  really?

jesus, have i been living in denial!

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Yea I didn't believe it until one of my friend's who works for a fashion company told me that a US size 10 is the industry baseline for plus-size.

Madness.


That's actually for a plus sized MODEL (US size 10-12).  Typically, US 'plus size' is size 15/16 on up.  Thats what the 'plus sized' stores carry anyway.  And you cant' get above a size 13/14 in regular boutiques.  Size 10 is if you want to be a plus sized model.....but we all know that's LOW, since they consider size 0-2 for 'regular' models....and we KNOW that doesn't represent us 'regular' peoples.
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2006 04:55:03 PM »

10-12 is plus sized?  really?

jesus, have i been living in denial!

 Undecided

Yea I didn't believe it until one of my friend's who works for a fashion company told me that a US size 10 is the industry baseline for plus-size.

Madness.


That's actually for a plus sized MODEL (US size 10-12).  Typically, US 'plus size' is size 15/16 on up.  Thats what the 'plus sized' stores carry anyway.  And you cant' get above a size 13/14 in regular boutiques.  Size 10 is if you want to be a plus sized model.....but we all know that's LOW, since they consider size 0-2 for 'regular' models....and we KNOW that doesn't represent us 'regular' peoples.

Thanks for the correction OY. It's rather funny (and somewhat depressing) to think that plus size models could be too slim to fit in plus size clothing. Oh what a world we live in...
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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2006 07:49:05 PM »


Thanks for the correction OY. It's rather funny (and somewhat depressing) to think that plus size models could be too slim to fit in plus size clothing. Oh what a world we live in...
It's true, right?
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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2007 05:23:41 PM »

oh my thats a very nice dress/shirt. do it, it looks awsome!
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2007 09:58:02 AM »

Hey Keena! I just took my daughter to Urban Outfitters yesterday and they had several versions of the dress you pictured, so of course I took them off the hanger to examine.  I was pretty close in my quess to how they were made.  The thinner the fabric the more drape you get.  They are basically a rectangle, (think 1 1/2 yard of fabric selvage to selvage,) scrunched up at the wrists and caught with a band/cuff.  The neckline can either be straight across or you can cut a V-neck.  The sides are straight up/down elastic, and you can make it as close to your body/figure that you want.  Now to add a skirt to the bottom, I would say you should measure around your booty with some more fabric folded in half with the selvage side up to make a tube.  Sew the skirt to the bottom of the top before you add the elastic.  Anyway, I found the fabric I'm going to use at a thrift store (I'm cheap), it's a patterned jersey that doesn't look too bad, and heck, for a $1.98 for 4 yards, who's complaining!!  I'm finally going to try to make it this week, but I'm so broke right now I can't afford the elastic! (Now, you know that's broke!) But I cant' wait to post it so someone else can make it too.  Even my 19yr old said it's a hot dress!  And they cost $88 at Urban.       
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« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2007 01:41:26 PM »

Hey Keena! I just took my daughter to Urban Outfitters yesterday and they had several versions of the dress you pictured, so of course I took them off the hanger to examine.  I was pretty close in my quess to how they were made.  The thinner the fabric the more drape you get.  They are basically a rectangle, (think 1 1/2 yard of fabric selvage to selvage,) scrunched up at the wrists and caught with a band/cuff.  The neckline can either be straight across or you can cut a V-neck.  The sides are straight up/down elastic, and you can make it as close to your body/figure that you want.  Now to add a skirt to the bottom, I would say you should measure around your booty with some more fabric folded in half with the selvage side up to make a tube.  Sew the skirt to the bottom of the top before you add the elastic.  Anyway, I found the fabric I'm going to use at a thrift store (I'm cheap), it's a patterned jersey that doesn't look too bad, and heck, for a $1.98 for 4 yards, who's complaining!!  I'm finally going to try to make it this week, but I'm so broke right now I can't afford the elastic! (Now, you know that's broke!) But I cant' wait to post it so someone else can make it too.  Even my 19yr old said it's a hot dress!  And they cost $88 at Urban.       

wow, thx. i should look at the urbanO website and see it myself as well. u just gave me an idea of another garment i can make for my fashion show

you're the best. thx for remembering me and this post..
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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2007 09:31:07 AM »

I gave it a whirl - this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=151418.0 is what I came up with.

I really like it and am going to try it again in a heavier fabric so it can be closer to the original!

Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2007 08:23:35 AM »

I went out today and found some shimmery grey knit jersey.I am going to try to make this.If I pull it off I will attempt to post a pic (which I have not done on craftster as of yet)
And I am also a curvy mama so let's work it out!
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2007 02:35:52 PM »

i tried and got tired of trying...  Cry
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« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2007 06:29:47 PM »

Ok.I finished my version of the dress and I am extremely satisfied(all though I will more or likely wear it over a pair of jeans).
I just posted the pics over on the clothing for curvatious craftster (that's me) board
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2007 01:54:38 PM »

10-12 is plus sized?  really?

jesus, have i been living in denial!

 Undecided

Yea I didn't believe it until one of my friend's who works for a fashion company told me that a US size 10 is the industry baseline for plus-size.

Madness.


 Yuppers ladies..... In the modeling industry if ur a size 10 or bigger... THATS plus size..... I was a Plus size model for a bit.... and ("regular size" when I was a teenie bopper)


I think Plus size for fashion is 14 and up at least for main stream lines like Lane Bryant.. couture I think is lower like the model biz....... but for models it  is 10 and up because of camera angles... I believe...

 and all this in a world where 14 is the average size.....wtf
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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2007 11:32:58 AM »



This is what you do.

Cut 2 pieces of knit fabric.  Give it a good medium weight, it will be nice and comfy.

This diagram can be used for both the front and the back because the stretch of the fabric.  Make sure when you lay out the pattern that the stretch goes ACROSS the body.

If you want to make a modification, I suggest raising the neckline for the back so it does not dip as low as the front (it also will prevent slippage).

Okay, for the cuff, I suggest cutting two rectangular pieces like the picture the length of your arm circumference wherever you want the sleeve to be.  Add 1/2" all sides of the rectangle.

Also add 1/2" on all sides of the pattern as well.

How to sew:

Gather along the stitching lines as stated on the diagram.  You can mark those with chalk or thread on the wrong side so you know where to gather.  The easiest way to gather is to get a piece of clear elastic or narrow elastic, whatever you can find.  Measure the gathering line from the top at the shoulder line, to the bottom at the waist.  Shorten that measurement by 1" or 1 1/2".  Cut the elastic that length.  Cut 4x, 2 for the front, 2 for the back.

Along the gathering line, place one end of the elastic so it crosses over into the seam allowance at the shoulder line.  Stretch the elastic down to the waist and cross over a little bit into the seam allowance.  Gather the fabric to your liking between this distance and sew RIGHT ON TOP OF THE ELASTIC from top to bottom.  Keep the elastic on top and the fabric on bottom so it will be easier for your machine to sew.  Repeat for front and back sections.

When that is done, sew the shoulder lines on the front and back pieces, RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.  Repeat for the "skirt" section below the waist.

ALMOST DONE!!!

Now, take those sleeve cuffs you cut out.  Sew the short side of the rectangle RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER WITH A 1/2" SEAM ALLOWANCE.  Fold in 1/2 along the long side of the rectangle and press.  Repeat for other cuff.  (the width of your cuff is your choice, but when you decide, DOUBLE the measurement and add 1/2 SEAM ALLOWANCE, so you'll be able to fold in half and press).

At the end of the sleeve, run a gathering stitch.  Leave the threads long so you can gather loosley or tight, what ever you want.  Take the cuff and attach it to the sleeve and adjust the gathers so if fits within the cuff.  Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.  Repeat for other sleeve.

At neckline, what I recommend is that you get some binding that you see on the tshirts you wear and sandwich the neckline between the binding an sew along the edge.  This will give it a professional look, if not, you can fold over along the 1/2 seam allowance and topstitch.

Repeat for hem at bottom.

Good luck!!
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« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2007 02:44:23 PM »

^^ great tute!

I think I might actually give this a try over the weekend. Fingers crossed my sewing machine won't be its usual temperamental self.
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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2007 04:52:24 PM »

HMmm that Tute looks VERY easy even for me..... Thanx so much
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« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2007 02:17:25 PM »

I was just thinking that this might also be cute if you didn't do the skirt part and instead just put a band around the bottom (only around the body, of course, and not along the bottom of the sleeves). 

Every time I look at this I keep thinking it's really cute!  Props to those that have made it!
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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2007 04:09:09 PM »

Since the sleeves go down to the waist, you need a "skirt" part, to cover your body below the waist, unless you want a crop top....
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