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81  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Checking in from Ontario, Canada on: March 14, 2008 06:56:51 PM
Hello fellow craftsters!

My name is Heidi.  I am a 32 year old single gal in northern Ontario.  I love all things crafty (well, all cool things, the giant floral sprays, wreaths, potholders, etc are not my thing).  I especially love recontructed crafts.  I rely on eBay for much of my crafty stuff - there isn't ONE craft shop in my city!!  Cry

I stumbled upon Craftster about a week ago now when I was surfing around in preparation for having some fun with my new sewing machine.  My only problem with this site is that it inspires me TOO much - I want to make so many things - and not just sewing stuff!
82  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Plus size croqui for design/sketching on: March 12, 2008 02:27:03 PM
For anyone who may be interested, I have found a site which offers a PDF plus size croqui to help with your design sketches.  I like to sketch out my ideas before I attempt anything, especially since I am a novice sewer, but standard croqui just dont give me a realistic idea of how an outfit will look on my frame. 

*Standard, kids, and petite croqui figures are also in the same file**

To get you started, we've created croquis (schematic figure drawings providing standard proportions) for an "average" woman, man, and two children (one 5-6 years old, and an older sibling, about 7-11 years old), as well as a petite and a plus-size woman. Simply print out the croquis provided here, slip one under a sheet of paper, and draw your dream garment over the figure. Use your sketches to make fabric choices, plan construction order, and communicate your ideas with others.

83  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Amazing fabric...need reconstruct ideas (img) on: March 10, 2008 01:33:58 PM
Brand new Craftster here, and already asking questions!

I bought this skirt on eBay about 2 years ago.  I fell in love with the fabric immediately and sniped it at midnight for a total cost of less than $15.  It is a size 18 woven cotton circle skirt (with a few random ill-sewn sequins scattered about and falling off in many places).  It fits fine, but a woven circle skirt is not a great look on a plus size gal with my measurements (size 18-22 hourglass).  It adds inches to my already ample backside.  I cannot bear to part with the material, so I am looking for some reconstruct ideas that will transform these works of art into a new work of art!

My sewing skills are improving, but I am ideally looking for something that a novice can construct.  I have successfully worked with patterns in the past, but it has been many years (I am 32).

the skirt spread out in all its glory

and a closeup of some of the artworks featured on it
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