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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: large boob problems on: May 17, 2009 09:50:12 AM
i recomend using the pattern size that would fit the rest of you, tracing it onto newsprint or whatever large, lightweight paper you can get your hands on, and then slice-and-dicing to expand the bust area.  this is what i've done with fitted tops in non-stretchy fabric.  i'm about the same size through my torso now, but as a teenager and college student, i was a size 18 in the waist and 26 in the shoulders and chest.  my mom, grandma, aunts, everybody sews so i learned some simply alteration techniques from them and then some more advanced techniques in a college fashion design/sewing class.

and when in doubt, make a mock-up in the cheapest fabric you can find!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / anybody tried making a bra? on: May 17, 2009 09:29:38 AM
i keep thinking i should just cut my boobs off.  or, well, have someone else cut them off for me.  *hehe*

i want to make a bra.  unfortunatly, the few bra patterns i can find (online only, so i can't even read the back of the envelope or snoop through the pattern...grrrr) are too small for me.  i can alter a pattern, but i'm not sure about trying to alter the cup.  i can buy a freaking 40DDD bra for $15 just about anywhere anymore, why would i bother to make one?  what i CAN NOT buy (at least, not anywhere that i can try it on, and not for any too cheap) is a 44 or 46 J that doesn't look (and usually feel) like a mid-evil torture device that covers me from belly button to collar bone (ok, that may be an exageration) and itches like no other (that's not, those "heavy duty" fabrics give me a rash).

and i can't find a strapless, even longline bra, for bigger than a G cup.  in my experience, a strapless bra with cups more than maybe one size too small tend to flip over, and a band that's too big just kind of runs away (cuz i could get like a 48 G and the cups might be workable, but the band too big....and i'm iffy about trying to alter something i spent $40 or more on and don't have experience making something similar to.)

i realize something skimpier or strapless is going to lack the support that the monsters have.  but sometimes i find a really cute shirt or dress that won't even begin to conceal the monsters, and those things look extra stupid sticking out of a sexy/low cut/skimpy top.  i just want something that will pull the girls up and in a little bit and keep me from knocking people out if i decide to dance/run/ride my bike.  i tend to just not wear a bra most of the time, or if i do, i just wear a sports bra to keep people from going "look at that slob, she's not wearing a bra".

i bought some fabric and elastic to attempt to make a bandeau style top in hopes of coming up with something workable for the summer....but the only discussion/instruction i've found related to making those was for little girls.  like, 32/34 A/B teenagers that probably look about the same with or without a bra on.

so, um, anybody have any ideas?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Muslin as regular fabric? on: May 17, 2009 09:08:28 AM
i like to make things in muslin and then dye them.....but if you want something that's white or beige anyways, and the weight of muslin, i really don't see why it wouldn't be ok.  (besides, muslin is usually half the price of whatever else you might you for that purpose....)  Wink
4  UNITED STATES / Michigan / anybody in or around the grand traverse area? on: May 17, 2009 09:06:11 AM
howdy!  just looking for some locals.....

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