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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Plus Size Prom Dress on: April 06, 2010 11:18:31 PM
Thank you very much for your help! (:
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Plus Size Prom Dress on: March 11, 2010 01:59:57 PM
Hey everyone!
Okay, so this year is my junior prom, and I intend to make my own dress. My only problem is that I don't know where to start. I can't find any patterns, because I'm plus sized, and as far as making it completely from scratch without a pattern or any kind of walk-through... Yeah, that's not going to happen. So I would be eternally grateful if someone could point me in the right direction.

Here's what I want in a dress:
1) I'm plus-sized, and I hate my arms, but I do like my shoulders, so I was thinking of an off-the-shoulder type deal with longer sleeves, sort of like Winona Ryders dress in the movie Edward Scissorhands, which I can't find a good picture of AT ALL (so if you've got a better one, feel free to post it.) But generally this is it:

2) I was also thinking of doing a swing/psychobilly type dress with a circle skirt that goes a bit past my knees.

3) I have no idea what to do about the bodice. /:

So, if you can provide any help whatsoever -tutorials/links/pattern for the skirt, ideas for the bodice, anything- I will be forever in your debt! Also, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

Thanks! <3
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Upcycled sweater boots (w/mini tutorial!) on: January 09, 2010 08:37:09 PM
I've been feinding for a cute pair of boots, but my legs are too big for any that don't zip, so this is perfect!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does Anybody Else Get the Hoodie Puff? on: January 02, 2010 08:34:43 AM
Sounds good!
Thank you so much! (:
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does Anybody Else Get the Hoodie Puff? on: January 02, 2010 08:18:12 AM
Hmm. So, I would likely just have to take off the bottom band of the hoodie and replace it with a longer one that wouldn't cause me to have to gather the fabric, right?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Does Anybody Else Get the Hoodie Puff? on: January 02, 2010 07:55:54 AM
Aaalright, so here's the story:
I have two pull-over hoodies that I'm trying to make into one. I have a great plan for a side opening, and if I ever get it done, it's probably going to be my favorite sweate EVER.
But I seem to have run into a problem. ):

I want my hoodie/sweater/jacket/whatever to be cute, and not make me look like a heffer, like most hoodies do, because I always seem to buy men's hoodies and they all have a puff at the waistband, which makes pretty much everyone look fat. Y'know what I'm taking about?

Okay, here's a picture of what I'm talking about:

So here's my question: Is there a way to get rid of this? How do you think I can?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: A new MAN looking for help! on: January 02, 2010 07:37:33 AM
Well, I'm probably not much help, but if I were just starting out, I would go for something like a track jacket. Generally, they have the reglan sleeves, and those are SO much easier to put in than set-in sleeves and a good place to start. Also, aside from the piping, track jackets have a fairly simple structure. Oh, another good thing about reglan sleeves, is that they're also much easier to alter if the sleeves are too big.
I hope I helped you, at least a little bit! (:
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Shirt Stencil Tip on: December 24, 2009 05:11:24 PM
I hope that this is the right board, and that no one has posted this before me!

Here's the story: Recently (yesterday), I was working on a freezer paper stencil t-shirt for my big brother. I had taken necessary precautions, so that the paint wouldn't bleed to the other side, but I encountered another problem. The paint had bled on to, and incidentally, stuck to the newspaper, so parts of the newspaper were actually affixed to the shirt where the design was. I'm pretty sure that the newspaper will come off in the wash (I hope), but the whole thing got pretty darn messy.

So I propose this (and I did it today, with wonderful results):
Instead of using newspaper under the first layer of your shirt, use more freezer paper!
This helps in a lot of ways. If you put it plastic side up, and iron the shirt, it attaches itself to the shirt, just like the stencil would, and it stablizes it so the shirt doesn't move or wrinkle up at all when you paint. Also, it comes off of the shirt so much more cleanly than anything else I've used, because the plastic isn't as weak as other paper.

I hope that this tip helps you guys, because I know that it has helped me tremendously!
-Melanie (:
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: lets dance dance party party rock (dress?) on: December 24, 2009 04:36:43 PM
This is gorgeous!
I like the edges as they are.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Candy cane girl.... Simplicity 9591 on: December 24, 2009 03:09:51 AM
Firstly, I just have to tell you that I LOVE this dress. I hope that when I grow up, I am as beautiful and happy as you.

Also, I agree with everyone else on the belt! But buttons could be cute too!
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