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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lining with built-in support on: April 26, 2006 07:57:30 AM
Smiley, I tried cannibalizing a bra to sew into the dress, but I can't figure out how to place the cups! I'm sure it would be much easier if I either had a dress form or another set of hands. Do you remember any tricks you could share for the actual sewing in of the bra?

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lining with built-in support on: March 29, 2006 05:51:11 PM
Thanks for the info, Stereoette! I'll check it out and report back with my success.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Lining with built-in support on: March 28, 2006 10:46:52 AM
I adore the simplicity of uberhippie's halter dress. I also think this style dress would be flattering on me -- just enough room to hide my fluffier parts while emphasizing the bust. She says in her post that it's fully lined, which got me to wondering about including one of those little built-in shelf supports. There's no way I could go braless, and I wouldn't want to ruin the lovely look of a pretty summer backless halter dress with a bra strap.

So far, I have two ideas: cannibalize an existing support bra, or try to design one. To make one from scratch, I think stretchy fabric and elastic would do as well as the Target-bought one I have on right now. What do y'all think?
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Green top on: March 27, 2006 04:03:36 PM
It's a nice fit and very flattering. I don't think you have to worry about it looking too boxy or anything, even though you're used to wearing tighter shirts. I've been trying to doodle out a pattern for a shirt, and this is exactly what I had in mind! Maybe I'll just break down and buy a pattern.

Nice work. Thanks for the inspiration!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Measuring is the Key-Tank Recon Comparison on: March 24, 2006 08:33:57 AM
My pattern for the sides of the tank looked almost opposite of the one in the tutorial so much so that I thought I did it wrong.
When I followed your links to the original tutorial, I was squinting my eyes and tilting my head to try to figure out how in the heck her hourglass sides accommodated her bust. Your explanations really added to the original idea! Thanks so much for the help and insight!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Reconstructions for Fat Girls? on: March 19, 2006 09:47:48 AM
I know this discussion is mostly theoretical, but there are three recon projects recently posted about up-sizing. Of course, I had to let the Craftster know how excited I was to see such ideas. The only thing I can ever think to do is put in an inset on the sides of a shirt and toss out too-small jeans. Without further ado, here's a tutorial for making a t-shirt bigger that I found inspiring: iwriteplays' X-shirt. A jeans-to-skirt recon that I can get behind by cats_pajamas. I also loved how katherine83 inset some fabric to make a pants-to-skirt fit her in the thrift store challenge.

Personally, I'm working out some ideas to turn a men's button-down into something like the shirt and corset Oprah wore on her 50th birthday show.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Tshirt with a twist on: March 19, 2006 09:11:32 AM
What's so great about that shirt is that it's a casual, comfortable tee for everyday, but the detail is that extra something that makes you smile when you wear it. It's a definate yay! Thanks for sharing.
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mature topic-ladies eco-flow busters on: March 09, 2006 11:46:44 PM
yeah, but aren't O.B.s like the size of my first pinkie segment?
When I use ob tampons, I have to use the big honkers. Only the wee little ones are so small (and I think I'd say even the smallest size is larger than your first pinkie segment). Regardless, you get used to whatever you use. If you're committed to a healthy body and healthy environment, you're absolutely willing to try new things and disregard what the media tells us by way of commercials.

I also think that knitting on a small enough needle, you could work in the round right down to the I-cord for the string. Otherwise, I can think of a couple of methods to prevent the string from tearing and "stuffing" from being left behind. Personally, I would absolutely trust something I had made myself with TLC before I would trust something manufactured and marketed en masse.

Fortunately, I use a combination of non-stop medication and Insteads for the periods I do have to combat my anemia, but once my situation changes, I'll be back to Diva Cups, homemade liners, and some small handmade tampons like these! Great idea!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: X Shirt - Tutorial Included - PIC HEAVY on: March 08, 2006 08:54:02 PM
A brilliant way to up-size a shirt! This must be my mantra lately, but I'm bigger than most things in my closet, but with no budget to buy new things, I'm constantly annoyed that nothing fits right or looks nice. I'm going to keep this idea in mind as I continue to swear at my many shirts that are just a bit too short or too narrow!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: my favorite jeans dont fit me! on: March 08, 2006 08:47:24 PM
My problem with reconstructing jeans (or almost anything) right now is that I'm currently larger than most items in my closet. The lace inset is a great example of how to reconstruct items to fit a size (or two!) up! This is a great take on a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
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