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« on: May 17, 2007 11:19:39 AM »

Hello my crafty friends!

For once, I'm thinking far enough ahead to plan out a great project for a couple events I have coming up. In June, there's a big tattoo expo and in August there's a horror festival, both in Toronto (I live in Detroit -- it's about a 4 hour drive). I've attended both of these events in the past, and have even made things especially for them (like my Zipperhead bag).

I'm thinking about making a dress out of a super-cool (probably some A Henry) fabric. Something either with monsters or tattoo pinups on it, you know the sort of thing.

What I'm looking for is a good recommendation for my body type. I don't wear dresses much because I always feel like they make me look funny, but I have a feeling that's in my head. There's probably someone already here who has similar measurements: I am about a size 16/18 dress, 44DD x 38 x 42, 5'5". I am a little short in the torso, big in the chest, and broad-shouldered. I generally don't show a LOT of skin, but I am trying to expand my stylistic options, so I am going to say that I don't have many limitations, other than hoping to find something FLATTERING. (Plus I'm single, so sexy is always a good idea.)

Both of these events are in the summer, indoors and out, including evening events, with walking and sitting. Obviously tattoo and horror expos are going to allow for a lot of creativity, and I'm a nutso nonconformist anyway, but given I'm going to be using some bright/unusual/loud/busy fabrics, I may be able to get away with a more "traditional" dress style.

I CAN probably sew just about anything from the regular pattern houses, and I have bunches of them already (damn you Joann and your 99 pattern sales!!).

I'd LOVE some input from people who have sort of been where I am and have some recommendations for me to look at, pattern- or technique-wise, or even undergarment-wise!

And I promise pictures/reviews/whatever is appropriate when I decide what I'm going to make/wear.

Thanks A TON to anyone who read all the way through!

Edited to add: This is the sort of fabric I'm talking about:



Or something similar. More than likely a printed 100% cotton.

-Dorion
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007 10:03:26 AM »

I'm big busted too so I know how you feel, it is hard to find dresses that flatter!  I adore the ease and comfort of a good dress though so I persevere. Tongue
I'm about 5'4" with a 38DDD bust, 32" waist and 44" hips.  I'm oddly proportioned all over. Tongue
I find that a wrap dress flatters just about anyone, and they can be made in varying lengths and with all kinds of different sleeves.  It's a great basic dress pattern so it works well with busy fabrics and crazy embellishment.  Also they are really comfy, I think. ^^
Um, you could also try anything with a plunging neckline, I think that flatters if you have a nice bosom.  If you've got it flaunt it, right?  Apart from that, maybe a dress with an empire waistline?  I find those to be nice for showcasing the bosom and hiding any tummy bulges and whatnot.  I hope this is helpful to you.  I have an event I'm going to in a week or so and I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear, if you know what I mean.  I want to make something but I probably don't have the skill.  Argh.  Anyway, good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2007 10:31:14 AM »

You might be surprised at how you can make something for yourself if you know what you're after, thingwraith.

I decided on an A-line with princess seams and a sweetheart neckline (I think... this terms are slightly foreign to me still). As soon as I put the finishing touches on, I'll post a picture. I'm very pleased with how it's turning out so far -- with much thanks to the people at Pattern Review, who had LOTS to say about what styles flatter the hourglass.

Thanks for your input, too! I have a nice Vogue wrap dress pattern that I need to spend a little bit of time with... but haven't yet.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2007 10:37:02 AM »

I adore that fabric!  The style sounds fab. I could never get away with wearing that calls so much attention to itself, i'd feel so awkward. Can't wait to see the finished dress!
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2007 10:45:29 AM »

Oh, I should add that I didn't use that tattoo fabric because I was going to have to order it online at full price, so I went with something I could get at Joann for 40% off. This is what I chose, and honestly I think it may work better because of the scale of the print.



I know it's difficult to tell from the picture, but I would say that skull cluster is about 3 inches wide, if memory serves (and it so rarely does). And anyway, while I do love that tattoo fabric (and will eventually almost certainly order some), it was a bit on the nose for a tattoo convention.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2007 11:13:33 AM »

Dorion:  I know exactly what you mean by princess seams, sweetheart neckline and a-line.  I'm sure the dress will look awesome.  In fact, the combination of styles and the fabric you chose just rocks.  I can't wait to see pics!  Maybe it will motivate me to get off my scardey-cat bum and make something myself!   I certainly have enough patterns and fabric hoarded up!  Roll Eyes
The tattoo fabric was amazing but I think you're probably right about it being too obvious for a tattoo convention, hehe.  Did you decide on anything for the other event or will you wear the same dress to both?
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2007 02:41:54 PM »

Thanks, thingwraith. Right now I'm looking at the same dress for both events, but the horror convention isn't until August, so it's possible something else will strike my fancy by then. But at least I'll have SOMETHING if I run out of time/patience before hand.

Sewing seems really to be the only way to get things to fit me properly, so it's opening up new options for me. Always a good thing.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2007 03:02:30 PM »

What about a Rockabilly dress. You can make it long or short. Try looking at some of the costume patterns there are some sexy ones. 
If I was going to a tattoo convention I would be wearing a corset with a short skirt. Mainly to show off my tatts.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2007 09:47:19 PM »

Dorion:  I agree 100% about sewing opening up options!  I am such a clothes horse...or would be if I could find more items of my taste that would fit me.  I'm not much past the stage of intermediate reconstructions and super-simple skirt patterns yet...my boobs are really scaring me off of making anything non-stretchy for the top half.  I can't wait to see pics of your dress.  It sounds like the kind of dress they would charge like 100 some dollars for in hot topic (and I do not mean that as an insult...I know some people hate hot topic but I shop there and like it ^^;)
I'm taking your post sooo far off topic it's not even funny.  If you'd be interested in chatting a little more drop me a PM. ^^
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2007 09:33:56 AM »

Wow, those are some awesome fabrics! Any dress in either of those would be adorable, but a vintagey sweetheart neckline would look fantastic! I can't wait to see the finished article!

Also, where would you be able to find a "rockabilly" dress pattern? There are some adorable shops for them online, but I'd like to take a stab at making my own.
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2007 09:43:42 AM »

What exactly would a "rockabilly" dress BE?
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2007 03:17:11 PM »

I was thinking of stuff like:

http://www.daddyos.com/retro/epr34.html
http://www.daddyos.com/retro/epr93.html
http://www.daddyos.com/retro/ssd2.html
http://www.daddyos.com/retro/betred.html
http://www.daddyos.com/retro/2772.html
http://www.modemerr.com/Gallery_EarthAngel.html

At least that's what I'd call that style. I'd love to try to make one, but finding vintage style patterns in larger sizes can be tough. And in my case would probably violate "truth in advertising" laws, since I can't dance to save my life. But still, cute!
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2007 03:08:47 PM »

Ooh, those are all very nice.

I did make my choice, though, and as of yesterday officially finished the outfit! I started a new thread so I could go into detail on the pattern here.
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