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1  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
2  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?
3  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 (:
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Help! Secret Santa for a Monster Energy Drink Addict! on: December 14, 2009 03:30:24 PM
Okay, so here's the deal: In my school orchestra, we're doing a secret santa, and I got possibly one of the coolest kids in the class to buy for. Seriously, he's awesome. The secret santa goes over a span of three days, and we're supposed to give one present per day, and not spend over eight bucks. But I always go over-budget. I figure, hell, If I've got the money to give a really great gift, I might as well, you know? Anyways, I need help. ASAP.

He LOVES Monster Energy Drinks. With all his heart. he also likes the band Megadeth, and his favorite color is black. That's pretty much all I know. Also, he plays guitar.

On day one, I made him a cozy for his Monsters, and gave him a monster in it. He loved it.
On day two, I made him Monster cupsakes 9Similar to Mt. Dew Cupcakes). And decorated them with black frosting, then I made a stencil of the Mosnster M, and used it to put green sprinkles on them. I loved them, and almost didn't want to give them to him, but I did. Again, he loved them.

So now I'm stuck. I need something quick, easy, and super cool to give him tomorrow. I feel like I set the bar pretty dang high for myself though.

Any help you guys could give me would be SO greatly appreciated!
Thanks! (:
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