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51  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus Sized Adjustible Dress Forms on: November 28, 2007 06:34:49 PM
zomg love your avatar. (I'm in the local RHPS shadow cast)

I don't know how "plus" you're wanting, I'm about a size 16-18, which is right in the middle between the med/large & small/medium Singer dress forms from Joann's...

I got the med/large because I figured better to make too-big clothing than too-small clothing.

This is from joann's website:
# Bust sizes 40''-46'' (99cm-114cm)
# Waist sizes 30''-37'' (76cm-93cm), Hip sizes 40''-47'' (102cm-117cm)
# Waist to neck length is 16'' to 19'' due to Exclusive torso height adjustment*

The waist-neck adjustment is CRUCIAL for me because all my height is contained in my torso... when I buy clothes they always ride up because I'm so long-bodied (and short legged... it's not fair)

I love my dressform. Her name is Big Bertha. Only problem is that with my odd porportions, I have to make her hips almost as wide as possible (although it's not my hips that are that large, but that mommy pudge I never got rid of) and her chest as small as possible.

I have made a dressform out of duct tape, it's EXACTLY my size, even though it's a pain in the butt to do.
52  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for my two best friends, help! on: November 27, 2007 03:45:16 PM
These two are my best friends, and they have helped me through a lot and I wanted to give them something meaningful for christmas, but I've got little money this year most of which I'm putting towards my daughter's gifts, so I thought I'd craft them something out of the giant pile o' random fabrics and stuff.

They're in their 30s, married (to eachother). Not making any his/hers stuff because they'd smile and nod and be inwardly grossed out. Lovey dovey is not their style.

They both love Rocky Horror (that's how we know eachother, we're in the cast which they run) glam rock, velvet goldmine, and are both scifi geeks- they love Dr. Who, Smallville, etc.

Her FAVORITE band is Placebo. They both like Bollywood, which I know little about, and are hindu.

I made them a crapton of soap for their anniversary, really don't want to attempt that again.

She's a fantastic costume seamstress, better than I could ever be.

I can sew, I can knit but don't have time to knit anything because I'm slow and poor at it. Any ideas would be appreciated.
53  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / New gal! on: November 22, 2007 03:48:39 AM
Hi, I'm a 23 y/o single mom from Kansas. I'm just learning to knit (poorly, I might add. >.<) and I've been sewing costumes for... about two years now, for our local Rocky Horror Picture Show cast (the first thing I ever sewed was a gauntlet of foildot fabric- not the easiest fabric by hand, and not an easy project without a pattern, however I did try to use a pattern once that came with a flapper dress and they just don't fit as snug as the patterns I make... I've had to make 4 of these now)

I got my first sewing machine last year, and my grandma gave me an old serger but my mother stored it in a closet and the doo-dad that connects the metal arms that hold the thread broke off. I haven't had heart to take it to the sewing machine place to see if they MAY be able to fix it.

I have an obsession with collecting buttons and have since I was small, but I still can't sew a button hole to save my life.

The most difficult thing I've ever sewn was a two peice formal dress with lightweight boning that I for some crazy reason decided to make out of satin (I think satin is the devil... it tries to run away!) that the skirt ended up being about a foot too long (I'm short-legged and not too tall, 5'5, and oddly proportioned) but the skirt fit me better around the ribs than lower down, so I hemmed an inch instead of a foot and hiked the skirt up underneath the top. Not very classy, and it fit oddly in the back as the area that was sposta be my rear ended up about 5 inches above, but for an hour it was stunning. I wore it all day at a horror convention and I had two seams pop and the stupid boning wanted to roll up on me.

If you can't tell I'm an insomniac and when sleep deprived I talk for hours. Cheesy
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