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1  Totally Kitschy, Totally Retro Dress (1950s) in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: April 12, 2012 05:07:05 AM
Here is a 1950s dress made from Kona cotton bought at Joanne Fabrics. The print is a cute blue background with 50s ladies, made from quilting cotton bought at a craft fair. It believe it is out of print now.
I am holding a matching clutch purse made with the print and heavy interfacing. It has a magnetic closure and I pinned a brooch from my Grandmother on the front.
This is the second dress I made with this vintage pattern, but the first time I made the pockets. I am in love with the shape of them. It really stands out in a crowd.
I used a sloper to resize this pattern. For more information about working with slopers, click here http://sew-misunderstood.blogspot.com/2012/04/ever-wonder-how-to-make-your-own.html.
The skirt is a princess cut, and I made it about knee length. I always get comments about how I should make skirts shorter. While this may work for some girls, shorter skirts are not the best for me, because I have a big butt. If you have a big butt and you sit down, a short skirt will hike up so far that you are sitting on bare chair. EWWWWW. So this is where my hemline stays, ladies!
The front is button closed. There are bust gathers instead of a side dart. It's quite a comfy dress, and I am very proud of how it turned out! I actually think it's the perfect pattern for me!
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2  Finally! A PLUS SIZE 40s Pinafore Dress! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: August 11, 2011 03:09:28 PM
Hey Gals! Grin
It's been a goal of mine to make a 40s pinafore dress in plus size...for like.....FOREVER!

I had to get my game in order before I could even attempt to draft one in my size (52 Bust, 47 waist and 62 hips). Here it is!

The design features are:
1. Button closed back
2. shoulder princess seams
3. one continuous ruffle from front to back waist
4. half circle skirt
5. self facing back enclosure
6 square neck with facings.
7. Sewn on contrast belt

That's pretty much what is on an original 1940s version. I didn't include pockets or ties, like they have.
Hope you enjoy it! I love comments/ questions!
((More gratuitous pics on my blog))
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3  Peach and Green 50s floral pattern dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: August 05, 2011 10:08:08 AM

This one I made by grading up a vintage pattern. It was quite a bugger to sew. The yoke and the sleeves are ONE PIECE!

I had to re-size the arms (bigger) and it took me a few days to realize I had to widen the shoulder dart and then I could add width to the sleeves!

There is horsehair braid in the bottom hem, a-la 1950s...
So if you ever run into a similar pattern, just IM me here and I can give ya instructions on how to enlarge the sleeves without making the yoke bigger  Wink

Don't cha just love the color combo?!

The front detail is quite nice.
I enjoy wearing it so much!  Smiley
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4  The Radio Dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: March 28, 2011 04:47:04 AM
Hey Curvy Kittens and Kats Wink

For your viewing pleasure I have posted my Radio Dress!

I started with a late 60s princess seamed dress with a 50 Bust. I upsized it to fit my hips. I layed it on top of my personal sloper made to my measurements. Then I spotted the differences in bust and hips, where I made the pattern alterations. This dress is a little unusual because it has bust darts AND princess seams. The point of princess seams is actually BE a dart, so having both is a little crazy, but it really looks great so I don't argue!

The original pattern has a cute round, notched collar, which is pictured on my blog in another project post. I decided to create a peter pan collar for this version. It took a few tries but I like the end result.

I also added the cute asymmetrical pockets myself. I was inspired by 40s princess seam dresses in a Sears Catalog.

It's kinda like early 60s meets the atomic 50s meets the early 40s. I franken-decade things alot because I love the elements from that 30 year period in fashion and hair. The hair is later 60s style in the photos.
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5  The Universal Monster Dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: February 14, 2011 04:18:27 AM
The bodice is my own design/ construction and the skirt portion is from an out of print Simplicity Pattern. I love this fabric by Robert Kaufman. Ever since the day I found it I HAD to make a dress. I am an avid black and white horror fan, so this is like my "chocolate and peanut butter."

and I had to have a matching purse !

I would wear it everyday! The bodice has front waist darts, bust darts, back darts to shape it. The neck and arms have self facings with interfacing. I am not a fan of fully lined bodices. They feel constricting to me. So I tend to just make facings for my bodices and jackets.
I love working with crazy prints. They are a challenge to style and wear. I am trying for print relief by designing a bodice that shows more skin on the upper portion in order to keep the print from overwhelming the face.
What do you think? does it work proportion wise?
I think it would even more so without black stockings on. It's just winter is so COLD! If you want to see more styling there's more modeling on the blog.
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6  Vampire Gothic/Burleque Dress! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: February 10, 2011 03:44:23 AM

This t shirt WAS a walmart t-shirt. I cut the sleeves off and staystiched so the opening will not stretch. I cut the neck and secured it with stretch lace binding turned to the inside. So the neck will also keep it's shape. The problem with doing anything with T shirts is that the strechi-ness will distort in the wash or after long wear times. I was going for a Burlesque/ Gothic look. The skirt has two layers. The top layer, I made a pleated skirt form a sheer black organza with little black velvet bats. It's hard to see the bats. They don't come up in photographs. Little Buggers.
I used the same method in the construction of the Frankenstein dress on here.

The second skirt layer is a black rayon with raised white webs and red glitter spiders. I cut this second skirt lower in the back so it would hang like this!
If you are interested in more pictures, visit my blog for the camera hog  Tongue
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7  Retro Rock N Roll Dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: January 31, 2011 08:12:10 AM

I drafted this bodice from my personal pattern sloper. Slopers are magical. Once you have one the whole world opens up to you! I liked the bodice (which was only a test piece on a scrap piece of fabric) so I franken-sewed it onto another 40s repro skirt I made last year. The red in the skulls match the skirt-red! How lucky. Color blocking is our FRIEND!

So this dress was born, cha ching!

It has a side zip. I started putting my zips on by hand using little tiny peck stitches in matching thread. You don't get that seam on the outside. You do have more control matching up the side seam. Yes, it does take twice as long. Hey, ya gotta try new things right?

 Questions and comments welcome, and there's always more info on the blog  Kiss
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8  Psychobilly Flapper Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Psycho Sue on: January 28, 2011 06:43:57 AM

I know another fellow Crafter did a recon of this a while back and it was adorable! I wanted to show you guys my take on this as a big, beautiful, wild woman! (BBW- my way)  Grin

I bought a 3X at Walmart and it fit me fine, if not baggy in the chest. But the hips were ok for me. I decided to do my version of Psychobilly Meets 1920s Flapper!

I just made a skirt, gathered and attached it. Also a neckline and sleeve re-shaping were needed. I think it turned out adorable!
I also used fabric pen to add color to the shirt. Hope you guys likey! If you want to see action shots at my band gig, head on over to my blog  Kiss

Stay Glam!
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9  Red Leopard Taffeta NYE Dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: January 02, 2011 02:01:59 PM

This is Simplicity 2338. I made a change on the collar. Instead of wrapping over the bust, I made it end above the bust; to reduce the bulk it would add to a large bust. I like the change. I just used the pattern piece marked "left collar" on both sides. I did not modify it at all. I did however do a FBA which brought the empire waist down 3 inches. Doing the FBA and not changing the collar naturally created this design. The collar tucks into the CF seam on the bodice. I did a hand picked zipper and a hand sewn blind hem. I really did this up right. It was my opus.
This is the back:

There was however, one HUGE, HORRIBLE, EVIL, UNEXPECTED thing that happened with this dress......I go into the sordid details of that in the blog link in my signature if you like a good sewing wreck (with action pics).
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10  Remember the comic Blondie? It's a tribute dress! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: November 23, 2010 11:48:20 AM
Found this fabric at Hancock's this summer and now I have created the glory that is "THE BLONDIE DRESS"!!!

It's my own pattern. Remember the green "sewing comic" dress i posted? Well it's the same bodice but a half circle skirt. This is MY style. The cut fits my bootylicious hourglass figure and creates a high waistline (not empire) that looks classic and flattering. This is not in Lane Bryant or any other store on the face of this Earth. It has frustrated me so quite some time with RTW and how it falls short for me every time. It's really been a long journey to get to this dress. This is the dress I have had in my head to wear for the last 5 years. I finally MADE one. Now there will be more!

Ladies, if it's in your head there is no reason why you can't create it and wear it. It took me years to get to the this point (learning about drafting and creating slopers and making dress dummies) but I DID IT!

I yammer more about it on my blog but for sure I am super excited that I can make more of this dress and play with more collars and sleeves!
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