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3331  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Amazing fabric...need reconstruct ideas (img) on: March 20, 2008 09:52:03 AM
I'm a fan of wrap skirts, but I do understand that a waist that's *just right* isn't going to lend itself naturally.  Could you remove some of the fabric in the seams, though, and make it a 1/2 circle skirt?  (Invent seams, if need be)  I got on a circle skirt kick for a while, but they really just weren't flattering, and I accidentally cut one wrong, and ended up with a perfect 1/2 circle skirt, and it made all the difference in the world!

Ooh, or, a little more complicated, you could take in just the top half of the skirt to make it a fit'n'flare sort of deal.  For this, I'd work in quarters, nipping in just below the hip.  I don't know if I'm being clear on this idea at all...  Good luck, though!  The fabric is gorgeous.
3332  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Formal/Cocktail/Cruise dress ideas on: March 20, 2008 09:45:45 AM
I've got a friend whose built like that and the styles that are most flattering on her are actually relatively straight or A-line cut (but not tight), long dresses in a solid color, with no horizontal seams, unless they're right under the bust.  Also, she looks smashing! in pretty slacks and tunic length blouses/dresses.  I can't stress the smashing part enough.  Gorgeous!  She also has a dress that's mostly straight to the knee, with gores added at the very bottom for a flared hem that's darling.  Good luck, congratulations, and have fun!
3333  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 New Aprons - McCall's 2947 on: March 20, 2008 09:38:55 AM
Oh!  That is exactly the sort of apron I want to make!  They're so cute!  And utterly functional.  Awesome.
3334  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Twisted Carnival Costume Ideas on: March 20, 2008 09:03:00 AM
Have you ever seen the show Carnival?  It was an HBO series, and very good.  It was certainly twisted.  It might give you some fun party ideas.  You could do a take on a gypsy fortune teller, or a lion tamer.  That could be fun.  Awesome idea for a party!
3335  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pillowcase shirt! on: March 20, 2008 08:53:18 AM
Aha!  I found it!  The tutorial is here:

3336  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kashmir dolman on: March 20, 2008 05:41:43 AM
Oh that is gorgeous.  It looks stunning.  Certainly like something you'd see in Nordstrom or Saks.
3337  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Matching Easter dresses (lots of pics) on: March 20, 2008 05:37:14 AM
You guys look fantastic!  Not corny at all!  And both dresses are lovely.
3338  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pillowcase shirt! on: March 19, 2008 04:59:40 PM
Thanks you guys!  I can't stress how easy this was.  I used a tutorial that I can't seem to relocate...
3339  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on twirly skirt, please? on: March 19, 2008 02:25:02 PM
Bias tape...why do I never think of that?  Thanks!

The skirt is for both, class and performances, but the performances are few and far between unless I can get in the student troupe, down the line, and if I do, I'll probably make a second skirt.  We also don't (as yet) do a lot of kicks or fast spins that would kick it up.  I think I'm going to do the zigzag and then maybe dance in it, and wash it once or twice, and see what happens.  I can always go back and reinforce later, if it looks like it's going to be a problem.

Thank you!
3340  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on twirly skirt, please? on: March 19, 2008 09:17:00 AM
Alright, I've got another question!  I think I know this, but it's been a while.  When I'm sewing the gathered to the non-gathered, non-gathered ought to go on the bottom, right?  As in, physically, on the sewing machine, not constructionwise on the skirt.

Oh, and, I'm using a very thin material, and don't have a serger.  Usually, to finish seams, I straight stitch, then zigzag in the seam allowance.  Do you lovely Craftsters think that'll be enough, or should I encase the seams in grosgrain?
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