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1  If you're busty and you know it clap your hands...a swimsuit! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by mountaingrrl on: July 14, 2009 08:48:35 PM
So...I have a large bust...and a long torso...and some curves...so swimsuit shopping is not so much fun. My least favorite part is that my boobies are never supported.

Thus, I made my own swimsuit that has a bra underneath!

The front is fully lined and the back features seaming to bring it in. Big wide straps and it comes up high enough that I don't feel like the girls are out on display. It's comfy and it's fitted, so it won't float up when I'm swimming.
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2  whirl away dress disaster to whirl away skirt fabulosity (Butterick 4790) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mountaingrrl on: August 20, 2008 06:43:15 PM
So, like other ladies I was dazzled by this posting https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119224.0 and just HAD to have my own retro whirl away dress. I paid almost full price for the pattern and bought some fabric I loved...tons and tons of it to make this dress. I set to work and was chugging along, with the most beautiful darts popping out of my machine. I spent a whole Saturday holed up trying to finish it for a Christmas party. The whole time the neckline looked funny, but I thought, "Ha! It'll turn out!"


The bust was tight, but at the same time the shoulders and neckline were HUGE. The top looked like one of those full aprons that are like a shift dress, only way less flattering and with a ton of bias tape. However, I still loved the skirt part. So, what's a girl to do? In the immortal words of Tim Gunn...Make it work!

ta da! my new skirt!

Showing that it's still the same as the whirl away dress.

Some of the 8472 yards of binding that this dress takes:

and, of course, me spinning:

Here's what I did: cut it off, made a waistband that will accept a ribbon tie, put in ribbon, and put binding across the top of the red part.

I'd love any comments! I think I'll change the color of the ribbon belt. What do you think?

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3  Simplicity 2892 View B Flowy top with puffy sleeves and a belt in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by mountaingrrl on: May 27, 2008 10:01:23 AM
Okay, so I'm super excited about this top. Why? Here's why:

1. It's the first time I've ever put sleeves on anything.
2. Those sleeves are lined and gathered and really fancy in person.
3. It is a top like the ones that are all the rage for skinny girls but that tend to make me look preggers...but this one doesn't! Very excited to have one of my own.
4. It was super easy to do.

Here it is:

Thanks for looking!! Comments are very much appreciated Smiley
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4  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 33 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mountaingrrl on: May 09, 2008 05:45:54 AM
Oh! I love the embroidery! It's so spring-y.

I sent to mlsocci and she just let me know she received, but that she's been busy with some not fun life stuff...so here's a picture. I made a travel chalkboard for her friend's daughter:

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5  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 33 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mountaingrrl on: May 04, 2008 12:55:42 PM
I received on Friday! Well, actually I got the note from the PO on Thursday, which meant I had to wait and wait until Friday Smiley

I present to you...a FABRICGASM!

Sunspotted sent me an awesome package! My favorites include the turtle batik (which will become matching wallets for a friend and me), the freaking awesome upholstery samples, and the gold fabric, which will totally become a cape for my two-year-old.

THANK YOU!! I was so jealous of the yarngasms and I am but a mere knifty knitter, but a fabricgasm was just what I needed. Smiley
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6  Re: Amy Butler Small Portfolio in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by mountaingrrl on: April 21, 2008 06:27:21 AM
I made another one!

This one is made much larger, because it was for a swap here on Craftster. It was made to hold 5x8 recipe cards. The fabric is brown corduroy and the pockets are lined in orange.

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7  Mini Green Tea Vegan Cupcakes! in Vegetarian / Vegan by mountaingrrl on: April 18, 2008 06:02:21 AM
I never thought I'd post to this board...Smiley

My friend Dolly is a vegan. She is currently undergoing a lot of medical stuff because she has nasty ol' cancer. So I decided to make her some cupcakes...here's my first ever vegan cupcakes:

In my small town I could NOT find vegan margarine, so the ones dipped in sugar are totally vegan, while the frosted ones contain Smart Balance, which has a tiny bit of whey in them. I tried! I figure her husband can eat them.

I now need to send them 1000 miles away today. Good luck, little cupcakes!

The recipe is the Green Tea Cupcake from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I added a bit more flour because I'm at 6100 feet above sea level. They are really good and I can't wait to make more. Plus, my toddler is now totally hooked on vanilla rice milk as a treat.

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8  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 32 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mountaingrrl on: April 18, 2008 05:57:43 AM
I received this week from Kristen81 some AMAZING felt food!

First...my son being SUPER excited to get his own package...

She included a tossed salad, pizza with toppings, noodles and meat balls, bacon and eggs, a doughnut, a banana, an ear of corn, and a cake slice. All of the food together:

A detail shot of the tossed salad, which included little tiny tomatoes, and the bacon with it's marbling!

And my son instantly recognized everything. He was especially pleased to see cake Smiley

THANK YOU SO MUCH! Everything was so well put together and detailed and cute. I love it!
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9  Re: Farmer's Market Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mountaingrrl on: April 13, 2008 09:51:41 AM
Okay, so let me tell a little story. I'm an engineer and part of the licensing process is to take this huge 8-hour test after four years of experience and another 8-hr test. It's killer and not very fun. It also requires me to take it over two hundred miles away from my house. Ugh.

SO, last week I packed up all my stuff and went north for the test. I came home Friday feeling worn and sad, because I don't think I did very well. BUT, even in my fuzzy-brained state, I said to my husband, "Did my swap package come?" and he said yes and went to get it out of his truck.

I was a sad little monkey...till I opened my KICK ASS package from mimiw!!!!

SERIOUSLY! Get ready to be jealous...

First up, an awesome shirt that says, "Locavore" and three muslin produce bags (so very happy to not have to use those plastic bags!) and some gardening paper which can be used in the printer AND some wonderful soap, which we had just been talking about this past week.

Next up, some completely awesome plates she made herself that are just my style and wonderful.

And last, but CERTAINLY not least, a completely wondeful Amy Butler Nappy Bag, which nearly brought me to tears when I saw it. Ordinarily a bag would not break me, but remember I was tired and already emotional and this bag is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! It's made of a wonderful canvas in such a fun print and has so many lovely pockets and it looks completely professional and I LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

Also in the picture is a notecard that was made by superhooker! It was then that I felt lifted up by this wonderful community.

MIMI ROCKS! This was all so awesome and I feel so blessed to have received such as amazing package. THANK YOU!

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10  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 32 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mountaingrrl on: March 30, 2008 08:01:16 PM
GUESS WHAT?! I received my awesome funky mittens from oneredboot and they are wonderfully funky and included a surprise- a knit flower pin so that I can instantly pull together my winter outfit. Sorry for the webcam picture...been a long weekend on the road and I hope to edit this in a bit with a much better picture. What you can't see well is that there is glittery tinsel woven in the yarn. Also, they fit wonderfully and the thumbs are perfect.

Thanks so much! oneredboot continues to rock Smiley
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