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61  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The purple elephant top (img fat) on: July 30, 2008 02:23:03 AM
Right it's warm in the UK at the moment which is a rare occurance and I'm a size 18.  this means I am not keen on hot weather.  Clothes have to be cool and comfy.  I try to find something with shape and style, but it never works out and the last time I made a top I made the bust area too small.
So for 2nd try I had a simplicity pattern that I tried before, but failed.  I wasn't going to give up.  I used the size 18 bust and other measurements, but added a bit more on the bottom edge of the bust section as I'm a 40DD cup.  I also had this lovely 1/2 yard remenant of calico cream fabric with purple and green elephants on.  It wasn't enough to make the whole top just the bust area.  I also had purple poly cotton and some binding - so the top emerged.  Though when making it I tacked the pieces together first because I knew from last time that the pattern was exactly right to my shape.  So I had to alter it a little.  The sides under my arms have 3 small pleats and I did the same to the shoulders and the centre bust area.  this has made the bust area a little poofy and makes me look bigger.  Therefore I am still considering changing these pleats into darts to give it more form.  The top is supposed to have tie back, but I decided I didn't want it.  this means that it is loose ound my waist.  the top is a pull over the head made out of cotton ensemble.  If I did it again I'd dart the under bust area to give it more shape and add a zip on the side.

so enough waffle....(excuse boob shot and under arms.  hard to take photos when hubby is not around and timer on camera is dodgy at best!)

I think the breast area needs some work still.  Though as a basic keep me cool top for the summer it is great.  I wore it on my sons 2nd birthday for a trip in 30 degrees to a rare breeds farm and it was cool and comfy.  so it hit on those score.  Style and fit needs some work.

the dates on the photos are incorrect my camera seems to be stuck on the same date forever.  think that's when I dropped it.
sorry about the bad photos I've just look at this thread and realised I look like a gimp.  If I can get a better pic I'll try.  It was a v hot day when I tried this on.  It has also spured me on to do that sliming I keep promising myself!
62  COOKING / Dessert / MY first Thomas Cake on: July 30, 2008 01:47:31 AM
It was my sons 2nd birthday and though we weren't planning to have a party DH and I thought instead of me slaving hours over a cake we'd buy one.  Though it had to be thomas orientated as I have a 2 year old who is obsessed with trains.  We couldn't find one, so the day before his birthday out came the cake tins.  I started making the cake at 11am and had to break that afternoon at 1pm as I had a works do that .  I end up coming home from works do at 10pm and sitting there till midnight finishing the cake off.  My son helped make the chocolate sponges and chocolate swiss rolls (his request), but he didn't see me ice it.  It was even made with eggs from our own chickens.  The decorating was a quick job because I did it at 10pm, so it isn't my best work.  It came out ok and DS loved it.

DH had to hold candle on as it kept falling off. Roll Eyes

excuse the dribbling child chin - he's teething.  the fingers are because he wasn't to cut it himself which is he's new obesssion!

Considering it was last minute and I didn't have a proper cake board and only a small amount of icing to play with it turned out ok.  It tasted quite nice too.
63  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Fancy Dress on: June 27, 2008 06:50:43 AM
Help me.....

DS, aged 2,  has a summer party on 5th July at his Nursery - Theme is The English Garden.

there are the usual plant and cake stalls, games, tea party for the kids and so on.

And of course there is a Fancy Dress Competetion.  Like any crafty parent I can't send me son without or even  Shocked forbid a shop bought one! 

So can you guys give me some ideas as it has too hit theme? 

I don't want him to be a bug as The Bug Ball was the theme for Halloween, so I am steering away from that.

I'd like it to be an easy on and off outfit, so that he can wear his normal clothes underneath.

help please?
64  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Deema Poppet (img heavy) on: June 15, 2008 04:20:17 PM
Hello my name is Deema Poppet.  I'm fiesty and independent.  I have a few wrinkles, but I live life to the full.  I'm in charge of my own destiny.

It has taken my mum 3 weeks of sewing and late bed times to finish me.  I am half hand sewn and half machine stiched.  My hair is individual strands of stunning white and my green eyes are my beauty.  I am made from faux suede which has given me a hard body as I am well and truly buff (stuffed)!  I have a couple of tattoos, but only tasteful purple flowers on my right shoulder, lower cheek and right knee.  I'm considering others, but I think I'm ok at the moment. (personally I think my mum needs a break from the hand sewing as her thumbs look like bleeding pin cushion!  Why won't she use a thimble?)

Currently I am enjoying a bath, so please excuse my nakedity.  I'll put some clothes on shortly.

I hope you like me, but I'm not bothered if you don't because I know that I am my own poppet. Kiss Kiss Grin

65  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Knitting Tote for MIL on: May 13, 2008 03:42:15 PM
Now The last time I made a bag was at school and was 20 years ago and that was a messy handstitch record bag.  I still have it.

Anyway MIL said her Knitting tote a flimsy cotton spongebob squarepants was getting a bit scruffy and holely.  On Sunday when she was at ours I decided to offer to make her a new one.  eek.  Brown suede and canvas from stash and 2 hours and the result is

It was rushed, so the stitching isn't perfect.  I wanted to get it done before dinner time and she went home, so I didn't have very long.  My picture gallery shows all the imperfections and the construction process.

66  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / babies room on: May 13, 2008 03:36:15 PM
My son is now 22 months, but I finshed the curtains when he was 5 months old and then the quilt about 6 months old.  I've never quilted before so this was fun and a new challenge.  The Pooh characters are all outlined in black. I think you call it peircing.  He sleeps in the quilt now and I've lined the curtains with blackout.

The curtains look wonky, but I assure you they are not.
67  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My shrug on: May 13, 2008 03:30:57 PM
This was made from 1.67 100g cheap wool bargin bucket stuff.  I wanted something to keep the chill off.  As it was my first time knitting other than scarf I thought I'd have a go.  Real easy knit - can't remember pattern - will post when remember as gave to MIL as she liked my top so much she's doing one for herself in red!

not bad for first attempt.  Not sure I'd knit alot as this took ages and I did find it a bit stressful to keep it even.
68  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Buttons newbie question on: April 29, 2008 02:51:05 AM
My mother in law is knitting me 3 shrug/cardigan type things in 3 different colours.  I wanted unusal and distinctive buttons which as a crafter I have in mind. 

Though I was wondering is Polymer Clay (Fimo) a good medium for buttons, especially as the cardigans will not be going in a washing machine (why ruin lovely needle work!)

I've made shapes and pots and other FIMO things before, but never bottons.  Are the buttons fragile?  If they are can I make them stronger and how?

The button size I have in mind is about inch wide with two holes in the centre or a back ring.  thats part of my decision because which will holes in centre or a thread through back ring be stonger?

I am sorry if this topic has been covered before.

69  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Grrrr Polyester Crepe on: April 25, 2008 07:54:26 AM
I think I am going mad!

I bought some lovely deep red Ployester Crepe which hangs wonderfully.

I wanted to make the Simplicity 3842 top.  so checked nap, any stretch and bought polyester thread and started.  I cut pattern and tacked garment together.  I've never sewn it as a fabric before, but I decided to go for it as the fabric cost 3.99/metre (thats cheap for SE UK).

I have sewn this at a gentle speed on my machine and supposedly used the right thread.  Though the material puckers slightly on sewn seams.  This isn't too bad on chest because there is puckering meant to be anyway, but down the side hems I have slight pucker.  Nothing too drastic, but it is there and well makes the garment look awfully unprofessional.  It frays as well which I've had to french seam which is a nightmare and adds to the problem.  I haven't attached the arms yet as I am thinking of bining it.  though I don't want to give up out of sheer stubborness.

My question is HOW do you sew Ployester Crepe without the pucker? 

I think I might have found an idea to fix it. Sew biase tape and ribbon ties on inside seam and create gather on the sides.  I just want the arms to go well before I attach them.

I'll try adding a pick tonight once I've down loaded the photos on my camera.

It has really put me off this top, but I really want to rescue it or try!

a frustrated sewer
70  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Pattern styles and ease of make help... on: April 21, 2008 04:29:47 AM
I am new to here, but I've been sewing on and off for 18 years.  Though this is usually for household items - duvets, curtains etc.  I am fine at sewing my sons clothing too.  I've made a few wrap circle skirts and once a velvet long sleeve, but plain dress.  My sewing skills are ok and my machine is not too bad.  I am making my first top which is proving to be difficult as the bust bit just doesn't fit as good as I'd like.  I'm a bit heavier than a UK sixe 18 on the bust, but an 18 elsewhere.  SO I need help...

So back to subject I am going to make a summer dress I want something which isn't difficult, but will suit my figure (40DD to 42E Bust, 38 inch waist and 42 inch hips)  I am a size 18.  I buy my clothes from Next or Wallis (UK stores) usually.  Though I am bored of wearing black/brown/neutral colours ALL year.  I am happy with my shape as it isn't too large and I tend to carry the weight all over.  Though appart from my bust I am fairly straight.  when looking front on.  (no pic)

So I want to make a dress The following patterns are to my taste, but my questios are
How easy are they?
What do you think flatters a larger happy woman?
Has anyone made any of these?
How are the "bust" shapes on these? - do they need altering?
How do you alter bust on pattern without making a flapping tummy area?

New Look Misses 6615, 6644, 6697, 6701, 6751 or Kwiksew Misses 3489.

I have used simplicity patterns before though I find them not so generous on the bust area. 

If I make a dress I was thinking about cotton which isn't forgiving as jersey, but nice when I hate the heat, so it has to fit properly.

Rereading this lets say my sewing clothes skills are basic, but my sewing house hold items is good.

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