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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / "Daydream Believer" patchwork skirt on: November 30, 2008 05:17:31 PM
This Daydream Believer is a wonderful example of a modern hippiefied patchwork skirt. The colors and fabrics blend and contrast just enough to scream beauty and creativity. This wearable art is a unique piece of clothing that will get noticed and be a joy to wear.

The Daydream Believer skirt was made with elastic so that I can choose which side of the fabric design I would like to have in the front on a given day. No restrictions in usage and personal creative wear. The skirt has a 3-inch top band and then 4 9-inch tiers (rows) of artfully placed fabric. The hem is decorative - see photo.

The spin on the Daydream Believer is 140 inches. This gives me plenty of room to kick up my legs or sit cross-legged but not enough for the wind to blow the skirt up.

And of course there was a drop of love and positive vibe in each stitch of this wearable art, put there with serenity and the joy of artistic creation.

Check out the photos and tell me what you think....

Thanks for looking..... Grin

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / patchwork rainbow skirt with 2000 inch spin on: November 23, 2008 05:40:11 PM
Hey all ---

I have spent the last 5 weeks working on this rainbow skirt. It started as a pleasure and ended up being such a chore. I totally love the end produce, so so beautiful!!! Though it is heavy.

The skirt is made up of 5 inch squares put together in strips. There are 9 tiers. The tiers or strips are yellow, orange, pink, red, light green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, purple. The purple was shorten to make the hem and to keep the skirt at 39 inches in length.

For each row/tier I increased the length by 1/2 of the one above. By the time I got to the bottom tier I was using 420 squares - though I had to add 23 more squares as I gathered too much on the last row. Making the last tier 1993.5 inches long (giving 1/4 inch seam allowance for each side of squares) - that means 166 feet of spin, or 55 yards of spin. This is some skirt....

below are some photos.....as always comments are welcome

from above...

in motion...

held out...


decorative hem...


the skirt by itself....

thanks for looking....  Grin

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Goth panel skirt - patchwork on: October 12, 2008 03:43:20 PM
I made this fabulous panel skirt for a goth friend of mine, and fellow craftster: dollbecky. Normally, I am strictly a hippie chic sewer and dollbecky helped me to spread my wings and explore outside my comfort zone. She said that she loved the flavor/flow/energy of my skirts and wondered if I could make one for her in her genre. So, she choose the colors for the skirt (pink, red, and gray) and we choose fabrics together through photos I placed online. And together we put this wonderfully fabulous skirt together....I did the sewing though....LOL

Have a look:

Dollbecky in the skirt:

Photos I took of the skirt before sending it to her:

Comments welcome!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / soft and warm corduroy patchwork skirt on: September 25, 2008 12:14:38 AM
I just spent the last few days hidden away in my sewing room working on what I think is a totally fabulous corduroy patchwork skirt.

First: I shopped for loads of different corduroy in brown tones.
Second: I washed, dried, and spend about 6 hours ironing the stuff (I have more then I put into this skirt...LOL)
Third: I cut the corduroy into many different shapes and sizes
Finally: I sewed it all together and fell in love with it

Let me know what you think....

thanks for looking...
Elizabeth  ;O)

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / fall retro patchwork skirt on: September 11, 2008 07:28:12 AM
I just finished this totally cool skirt. I am simply in love with it --- in case you can not tell from prior statement. It is made from vintage and retro fabric cut into 8 inch squares. There are 4 tiers of squares with each tier widening the spin until the bottom tier has a spin of 206 inches.

Take a look....

comments always welcome.... Roll Eyes

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / patchwork fall skirt on: August 29, 2008 05:42:54 PM
I can feel fall coming around the corner. My creative juices got flowing, my sewing machine got buzzing and I created some more wearable art! With fall around the corner I pulled out my yellow, orange, and green fabrics and started to cut. Then before I knew it I had all the making for a patchwork strip skirt but not just any patchwork strip skirt. I went with the 1800s bagger's quilting patchwork, which rules state that a fabric can only be used once. Meaning that you have to beg fabric scraps from friends and relatives to complete your project. Well, I did some begging and ended up with a wonderful fall creation.

The skirt is made up of 5 inch strips, alternating colors starting with green, then yellow, and ending with orange before restarting with green again. The top of the strips were cut down to 1.5 inches and then slowly angled out to the 5 inches by about 13 inches down the strip.

The spin is a huge 336 inches...WOW!!

ok - some pics

and laid flat so you can all the different fabrics...

comments welcome..... Roll Eyes
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / pumpkins gone wild! patchwork! on: August 25, 2008 08:20:25 AM
I found this wonderful inspiration fabric, "pumpkins gone wild! by Sandy Gervais for Moda".  and I was compelled to purchase even though it was expensive.

Then the creative juices started flowing....this fabric wanted to become a dress. I picked out solids that matched the flowers and vines to create the top and waist of the dress.

Now that I had the top of the dress done the artist in me came out. The back of the skirt was crying out for patchwork, however, it wanted to be flowy and unrestrained. For this I needed to use wider pieces to create a patchwork affect but still allow the skirt to float.

The sides of the skirt were dyeing to compete with the inspiration fabric in the front panel. So, using colors reflected in the inspiration fabric I went through my stash and pulled out tons of fabric. I cut the fabric into 2 inch strips and then cut those strips into 2, 3, 4, and 5 inch pieces. Then I sewed them together into two beautiful patchwork pieces - both 36 inches wide.

Now it became time to put these 4 yards of patchwork together and go from individual beauty to complete unity and wearable art.

Now, at this time I do not have any action shots, for the dress does not fit me, this is the first dress I have made for my shop....it will be somewhere we are not suppose to talk about.....

Oh - 163 inch spin!!!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / rainbow dress for personal swap on: August 04, 2008 12:20:24 PM
Hi all -

I just got back from the Gathering of the Vibe! I had meet another Craftster here online that was going and we decided to so a personal swap. Below are photos of the hippie/patchwork dress I made her with it's 285 inch spin.

This is the first dress I have ever made for another person (to date have only made for self -- though do plan on opening a shop on etsy soon...maybe) and it was such fun to work with measurements instead of a body. I am a plus size mama and it was tricky making a dress for someone size small.....

Close-up of fabric of top:

Close-up of skirt:

Comments always welcome.... Roll Eyes

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / new summer top - patchwork on: July 30, 2008 07:16:12 AM
Hey all you craftsters out there!

I just finished a patchwork top to go with these totally fabulous bloomers my friend Libby made. I sent her the fabric for the bloomers (found this totally cool cord. fabric with flowers on it in the clearance section). Libby does all my bloomers, as she makes the best bloomers for us curvier gals; oh, she has a shop on etsy if you want to take a look http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=59178  I love her work!

Anyway, I made this really cool top to go with the bloomers...now, that I have finished it, I of course have other ideas for how I would like it to look....I will be adding a button and cording to cinch in the waist but other then that it is done and looking fabulous.

take a look below:

totally cute - if I do say so myself....

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / "LOVE" sundress - patchwork - rainbow on: July 28, 2008 08:17:08 AM
Hey all ---

Finished my final dress for my hippie/music fest last night. Yah!!!!

This one is really cool - the more I sew the more I learn. This time a used a pattern for the top (Burda, 8050), well I started with the pattern but it was off by 12 inches around bust.....what the ??. So, I used the very front of the top and added a lining (my first). I lined it because I was using a vintage - says LOVE in many different scripts and colors, flowers, on white background - that might have proven difficult to work with.

The skirt is rainbow - 6 inch squares - I used my serger to gather and it was not as gathered as I would have liked - then Sunday I went to the serger class that went with the purchase of my serger and learned how to pull the threads (just like on the sewing machine - duh). So, next time the dress will have many more gathers and much more spin.  The spin on this one is 202 inches - ok, but I like more.....


dancing in dress:

Comments - always welcome.... Roll Eyes

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