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« on: August 20, 2005 07:52:09 AM »

Hey, I am a fat girl and nor am I ashamed. However what does stink about being overweight is the lack of cool clothes. I love skirts but none of the new styles look good on me or don't come in my big and beautiful size. I was wondering if any other big girls have tried the "easy skirt" (when you just cut a hole in the fabric) and if it looks good on big girls. If I made it I'd need a lot of fabric to cover my wonderful self but I dont want to waste it if its not flattering for us big girls. So let me know, please!  Kiss
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2005 07:58:35 AM »

Hi, check out this site:
http://www.torrid.com/
I think its a good source for inspiration Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2005 08:22:31 AM »

Hi, check out this site:
http://www.torrid.com/
I think its a good source for inspiration Smiley


I know torrid by heart!!! As well as lanebryant, dots, fashionbug, and old necy womens plus, but thanks anyways (when your big you must search for the stores and stick to them religiously). However big girls clothes are EXPANSIVE! Skinny girls can pay five buck clearance for a shirt where I must pay $15! Thanks why I was wondering about the easy skirt....
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2005 09:16:04 AM »

Nooooo!  Shocked
IMHO the very last thing you need is a circle-type skirt (i've been a phat grrl all my life, and I look like a sack of c**p in them)...the absolute best, most flattering and easy to personalise skirt IN THE WORLD EVER is a simple, slightly flared A-line.

Yeah, sounds boring I know, but read on....depending on your shape, you can drop the waist a little (I always drop mine about 1.5", I have a very short torso), add trims to the hem (fringing, lace, bobble fringe, ruffles) add appliques/stencils/embroidery all over or in patches...you've got a great blank canvas y'see..add camo pockets...so let's see now...how about a lace skirt with colored lining, bit of ribbon around the hem, OR stencilled scull & X-bones on black denim OR corduroy with folky-looking felt flower appliques OR camo fabric wit a hardcore belt...see what i mean? Wink

Easy to make, easy to trim up, ultra-flattering, easy to wear. The only skills you need are...sewing straight seams, doing darts, putting in a zip (feel the fear & do it anyway!) and doing a neat hem... FWIW best length is JUST below the knee...makes your calves look shapely, not chunky. HTH
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005 09:40:47 AM »

Dolores, do you have a suggestion for a good pattern?  This is my fave type of skirt, and I've wanted to learn to sew one, but I'm a novice sewer and not sure where to start.

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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2005 04:35:03 PM »

Dolores, do you have a suggestion for a good pattern?  This is my fave type of skirt, and I've wanted to learn to sew one, but I'm a novice sewer and not sure where to start.

Melinda

Oooh, now you're asking....I actually draft all my own patterns, so I can't help you with a pattern suggestion (and I find most commercial patterns have about a mile of ease, so they look like sad sacks when you've finished!) BUT having said that, a basic skirt pattern is one of the easiest things to draft....get along to your library, ask them for Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Arnold (it's a classic, but they may need to order it for you) and get stuck in!

FWIW the basic skirt foundation is usually the very first pattern you draft when you are learning pattern cutting, it's really not too hard, just follow the instructions.

For my 'own' A-line I actually use a basic pencil, and just add on about 2" flare at each side hem (so 8" in total) as a 'classic' A-line (eg one with the darts folded out) is just a bit too flared for me. HTH, but pm me if you need any more info.
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2005 05:35:22 AM »

btw, that torrid site is *great* for inspiration.
A lot of those tops look just like the Kaliah ali patterns (simplicity plus size) I have on my shelf waiting patiently to be made.

And you can zoom in SO CLOSE!  nifty!
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2005 12:06:06 PM »

That Torrid site rocks!  Why have I never seen it before?!  I've always been a huge (literally and figuratively, har har) supporter of plus size publications and stores and other plus-size related companies, and I thought I'd seen everything.  Boy, was I wrong?!  As I like to say to girls who whine about their weight, no matter what it is, "Ah yes, dahling, I'm ever so lucky, myself.  I've been a perfect size sixteen since I can remember."  That really throws attention-seeking skinny girls for a loop!  Wink

As far as what skirts are good for us plus sizers, I agree with Dolores, nothing beats the clean lines of a simple A-line design.  Depending on your height, you can have oodles of fun playing with lengths.  I'm a 6-footer, and I find that petite skirts, intended to fall to shorter ladies' feet, look great on me 'cause they hit low in the calf.  It's amazing what a difference a couple of inches of hem length can make!

Happy skirting, sistah!!!!!  Grin 
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2005 01:17:09 PM »

Actually I've found just the opposite. I always get compliments on my circle skirts, but I make them with zippers instead of elastic which takes a lot of math and fussiness and no waist band. The flare at my legs and the way they fall easily at the hips looks good on me with the right shirt. I try not to cut myself in half with my clothes. Really depends on body type. Might want to try making a mockup out of a thrift store sheet or something.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2005 01:21:06 PM »

I am a chubby girl (and have little training in sewing), and my first-ever sewing project was a simple A-line skirt I made out of an old sheet. I've made it tons of times since then and it always turns out great (and the zipper was not hard to put in at all). It's a Simplicity pattern -- I'll try to hunt down the number when I get home.
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