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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / small bust, big everything else. Need help.. on: July 13, 2009 04:45:55 AM
Hey People

Well, nothing I buy fits. My body is an odd shape, and I don't even know how to categorise it. I'm an aussie 22/24 but that can vary greatly. I have a C cup size at best and huge belly under that. I can never accentuate my breasts, my belly looks pregnant and I have heffalump arms  Cheesy

I'm pretty ok with my body, but I'm kinda fed up with being single.. so frumpy just doesn't cut it. I have a fascination with empire waists as I feel they bring some shape to my chest, though they probably make me look seriously pregnant. I hate all things boxy and "fitted" to the bust as they just sag on me in all the wrong places. I had to go through a lot of photos to find things to share as I just don't take many pics that include the chest down as it's such a problem area in my head. Even a basic work style blouse/button shirt doesn't fit right and I find the busts too open as they don't fill *out* as they should so the fabric falls down, leaving top buttons (or necklines in general) too low, which then has me tugging on the hem at the back to raise the neckline at the front.

So.. what body shape would this be? What clothes should I be wearing and what should I be avoiding? I'm not bothered by latest trends I wear what I like. I'm going to be brutal on myself and share pics I really dislike..

The photo that prompted my quest for better garments.. (my dad's 50th recently)

I could never accept how awful these pics looked (especially against my super thin cousin!)

A costume I made in 2hrs, but wow look at that belly!

Infinity dress (now a top cos I hacked off the bottom lol)

An example of a top that I have to keep tugging the hem backward or else I end up with my chest exposed in a rather unpleasant manner. This top is a bit big too, and definately too long. I think it's an AU26, something a friend gave me.

Ok.. that's enough honesty out of me, now for some from you... Cheesy

(you could get the impression from these pics that I wear sleeveless a lot which isn't the case, I was looking for examples where my tummy/boob ratio is clearer to see)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Another multi-wear garment on: March 01, 2009 12:53:46 AM
I was looking on YouTube at different was (and styles) of the Infinity Dress as I hope to make one this week to wear next weekend  Huh  Hmm.. will see how that goes.

Then I got very distracted by this video

It looks like a complete circle, with arm slits/holes, 2 ties and 2 tie holes? I couldn't make out anything further. At one point in the video it also looked as though the ties weren't separate pieces but just an inch or so cut from the outside of half the circle? I'm not sure this would suit me at all as I'm a plus size, but I thought it was interesting and I'm still curious of the design  Roll Eyes

Any ideas?
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / NintendoDS games wallets with clear pockets on: December 27, 2008 07:20:25 PM
Christmas eve my little one was off with her nanna and I had this sudden *bright idea* to make her a little wallet for her NintendoDS games. Truth be told, I had tried to purchase something similar and found nothing! I asked her current fave colour (it changes ever few mins Wink) as she walked out the door, and I got the reply I expected, pink  Roll Eyes I walked in to look at all my fabric and spotted this ugly pink, stripy and spotty fabric that she chose when fabric shopping one day. Seemed like a good time to use it!

I did kind of draft this first, meaning I measured how big I'd need the pockets, roughly how much gap between, and how much for a flap, then added those measurements. Had I been thinking ahead I would have allowed some storage for a spare stylus or two also (the pens).

My daughters remains unfinished as I can't find my basic snaps! I didn't plan ahead with hers very well. I was sooooo proud on Christmas morning when I gave it to her, unfinished and all, and told her what it was and she started pulling all the games cartridges out of the cases and putting them into the little wallet. She makes me so proud! After I sew on the snaps I have some ladybug buttons I'll add to the top for a bit of fun. She is only 5! Smiley

We do christmas with my close family, and my cousins 10yr old got a DS too, so I asked if she'd like a wallet for her game cartridges. Her reply was a very bland "umm. yeah. ok". I made it anways. Now, someone please tell me how to do bias on corners, cos I just tucked and folded it and you can tell it's not right! Her case came together easier, but also cos of the bias there was no folding right way out involved like with the first one. There is so much more I could have done, and probably will next time, but for my first 2 completely winged attempts I'm pretty pleased!

My daughters NintendoDS games wallet being held closed with a sewing pin.. yet to be finished

You can see how rushed it was, and I didnt allow enough room after turning out so added twill tape! haha

Holds 12 games, and if you put one in the wrong pocket she gets mighty upset!!

For my cousins little girl. See my bad bias corners? EEK!

Both together. They fold quite flat which is great!

I bet you wanna know how I made clear pockets? I cut up one of these!!

Fabric details;
Sorry people! Both fabrics were purchased at Spotlight (australia) and the Cherries one is a quilters cotton, the ugly pink one is a dress making fabric of some description (I'm not so knowledgable with fabrics) it has a paper sound to it but is quite thin. Neither selvages have any details.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bright Pink Skully Over the Top Bag on: December 27, 2008 05:18:39 PM
Surprisingly the BHG Quilts and More magazine can be found in the newsagents in my tiny town in Western Australia, and although I don't quilt, I've bought every issue of this they've had to date (albeit 2! haha). I must admit they hook me with their cover images and when I saw this bag I just had to buy the magazine.

They call it "over the top" and it was in Winter 2008 Quilts and More magazine by Better Homes and Gardens. For details on the mag try this link http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines/quiltsandmore/index.html

The printed fabric I used was a quilting cotton on sale at Spotlight and I just wasn't sure it was appropriate for an 8yr old girl but I love the colours and patterns! The faces on the fabric reminds me of Redheads matches Cheesy The black and bright pink are just a plain cotton drill, or something to that effect. I found this rather challenging to sew, but I am a novice. It was my first time using magnetic snaps and they're so easy, the hard part is top stitching once they're in!!! I think the iron on interfacing I used was too heavy and it didn't like being turned right way out, and then looked all crumpled. I couldn't get my iron inside to the base so sadly it stayed that way.

The bag

Side View, it has a bit of depth

The snap

As a gift bundle for a little girl for christmas. Inc - a personalised covered note book, headband, key fob, snap clips

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Bright pink apron on: August 23, 2008 08:17:17 PM
It all started with a birthday party invite, and a crayon roll. Soon I found myself wondering what else to create and out popped this snazzy lil apron. No pattern, and I used a super helpful tip I picked up from people here at Craftster for the gathering. Thanks for that people's Smiley The printed fabrics are from www.lincraft.com.au under "kids prints" and the plain pink was a huge piece I got from a thrift shop, the other bits and pieces were in my stash.

It's not clothing, but this is what else the bday girl got, along with a colouring book. It's a shame the glue showed through on the scrapbook!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Tie back top and Capri's on: August 13, 2008 02:21:42 AM
Made from Simplicity 9276 view "F" which was a thrift shop freebie! All fabric is cotton. I didn't want to use white for the capri's, but I wanted to use the printed fabric even less. As much as I like coordinating I'm not a fan of matchy-matchy. I can't just go to the shops and get "the best look" so I make do.

The pattern does not include the cuffs. Silly me wanted to "marry" the pieces together and cuffs just seemed right. It was really hard and I am sure someone can tell me there was a simple way to do it!! The top has a little tab loop which the ties thread through. I didn't want to use satin ribbon so I sewed two lengths of bias binding together. If I had wide bias I could have just folded it in half.

Nylaskye, this top is so similar to the one you made in strawberry print!

Made is a size 4 and just slightly big on her. (ie, the pants look almost full length!). Nice and light and soft on fragile skin. I am sure that white is going to show up blood spots really bad when she scratches her eczema  Cheesy

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fleece Hooded Pinafore on: August 11, 2008 10:34:07 PM
This is my first show and tell here at Craftster, so please be gentle!!

My daughter had a disco to go to yesterday, and it's still winter here in Australia and I know how cold it is in the town hall. About 11am I decided to make her a warm dress to wear as she has eczema really bad and hates pants and long sleeves. I somehow scrambled to get this together before 4pm, the start of the disco.

I am not a great sewer. Not even a good sewer! So I am pretty pleased how it turned out. I've only ever sewn 2 zips before and never an open one like this so that was challenging. I've also never lined anything and had no idea how to do that properly. The magazine pattern was also a first. I am much more accustomed to the "big 3" and their pictorial instructions as opposed to 1/3 of a page of text  Shocked I did it though and I am pretty pleased with it.

I live in a really small town where I can't buy clothes let alone craft supplies and it was just good fortune that once I cut out the pattern (after tracing it from those really confusing pattern sheets!) I looked for a zip and found one. Just one the right size. The colour was white so it doesn't really go with the dress but I am pretty happy it was a metal zip as I really think it needed it. I also didn't realise I needed lining so looked through my limited stash and saw all this lingerie type fabric often used for petticoats/slips and decided since it came in a thrift bag and I never knew what I was going to do with it, that it was perfect! I have a few colours so I went with the salmon and I like it against the cream polar fleece. The dress has pleats front and back so it's pretty bulky where the bodice and skirt meet due to all that fleece! It also has 2 darts on the front and 2 on the back which I wasn't convinced about. I ended up having to sew them as I'd already marked them onto the right side of the fabric in pink chalk. Smart move, Michelle! I didn't hem it "properly", just folded it under and sewed. I was under the pump remember Cheesy I am really happy. It's far, far, from perfect but I got through it and you can see it's a dress and the hood functions. That's more than I expected!

Little miss gets home from school and says "I don't want to wear that" until her friend (aged 10) says she'd love to wear it only it's far too small. So, Jessi caved in and wore it. Cute as, her friend says to me "Michelle, if I ask mummy and she buys the stuff... would you make me one like Jessi's?". I thought it was the sweetest thing and told her of course! Not that I know how to make a size 3 into a size 14!! Oh, and I only call this a Hooded Pinafore as that's what the design is called in the magazine. I don't think it's anything like a pinafore. The mag has this funky way of sizing using height. I don't even know Jessi's height so it's just lucky it fits! The Top Kids magazines are no longer made, they were popular in the 90's and I get mine from thrift shops.

Yes, my child looks sick. She has bad eczema and the flash completely washes her out. She's also tiny for her age.

Laid out on nannas burgundy carpet

The magazine it came from and Jessica (I swear she wore the khaki tshirt to school and the hair was just coincidence!!)

She didn't want to take pics so was being silly (yes they're Crocs, yes I hate them. she's latex allergic and Crocs are some of the safest shoes for her  Undecided)

The lining

Some recons and lots of other bits and pieces on my blog.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Swimwear on: August 05, 2008 03:01:19 AM
Hey All

I just signed up. Been lurking for a while but decided it was time to join in a bit.

I know there are some amazingly clever people here on Craftster, and I hope someone can help me.

My 5yr old daughter was confirmed as having anaphylaxis to Latex (natural rubber latex/NRL) this year. Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergic reaction. I've had to case elastics, or remove clothing containing them from her wardrobe. It's easy enough to put her in cotton dresses and pants etc and drawstrings are very helpful.

Recently I have been thinking of the impending Australian summer. It got me thinking about swimmers, and if they're safe for my daughter to wear.

I have this information from a Latex list I've saved from an unknown source (I'd link source if I knew it)

LATEX-FREE:  "Stitch and Sew" NRL-free polyester elastic (has a yellow lycra label: code 0122101) is made by Thomas Cork Ltd (0115 948 4271) and is stocked by Tesco, Sainsbury, Saver Centre and Somerfield. Cover all other ordinary latex elastic with cotton cloth or tape. Lycra, Spandex, Elastane are synthetic polymers and safe. Composition labels in garments may exclude elastics and trimmings.
NB JML Ironing Board Cover sold by Robert Dyas and other stores does contain latex.

So if Lycra, Spandex and Elastane are all safe, how do I know what her swimmers are made of? How can I remove the leg elastics etc? It's so confusing!! I'm not sure if those stores listed are USA/UK or other.

If I were to make swimmers what could I make them from? How could I avoid using elastics in the legs etc, and then how would I keep them fitted? I was thinking a knit rib might work but I'm not that good at sewing, and have never sewn knit. I know I could crochet some, but again, from what I've read you need elasticated yarn to make them stay fitted when the cotton gets full of water.

She's 5, she wants to be like her friends. It's hard telling her she "can't" do/have so much (latex isn't her only anaphylaxis allergy). She wants pretty and frilly and the branded items like Dora and Tinkerbell. I am at such a loss. I guess I need to learn how to make her underwear too cos for now I just let her wear store bought, hoping the labels say Elastane! Let's not even think about her future (ie bras).

THANK YOU in advance for just reading this. Any and all help appreciated more than you can know.
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