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11  The cutest 50s bolero in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: November 10, 2010 08:17:48 AM

This bolero was in a size 36 bust, and I up-sized it to a 53 bust!

I used plain cotton and constructed it a bit differently. The original has two bound buttonholes in the seamline for the collar. I used a cape closure instead. The edges and sleeves are finished with bias turned to the inside and double topstiched.

What do you think of the length? The original design has it ending just about bust level. Isn't the collar to die for?
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12  Re: Plus Size Croquis and Fitting Advice Appreciated in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Psycho Sue on: November 10, 2010 07:06:25 AM
Hi baby!

I wanted to weigh in! I am so impressed with your fashion drawings.  Smiley WOWZA! YOU GO GIRL!  Tongue I just taught myself to do the same recently, but I am doing it with pencil. I went nuts and started re-drawing all my patterns to my body shape!

Then I started designing, just fitted a sloper, made a dress form, and am now sewing very fitted garments to my fat hourglass figure. I gotz a bit obsessed with fitting fat bodies. It's quite a challenge.
My drawings show we are similar shapes. I found the croquet on an internet search and made some changes based on my shape.

I love love love the fitted waist on myself. On my blog there are pictures of these dresses on me. Also the process of getting through the sloper and fat body fitting issues are there.

Fitting Issues were:  
-waist almost 20 inches smaller than hips 47W/ 62H
-sway back
-upper bust 5 inches smaller than full bust
-large upper arms 20 inches in circumference
-uneven hem (big butt)

All of the above are NORMAL body fitting issues for real women. And all these issues are not designed for in commercial patterns. YOU know!
So major problems with puckering on the upper rear and bagginess in the upper chest, too smallsleeves. All these are regular RTW clothing problems.

I am still fine tuning some of these fitting issues but I am darn close. The easiest to tackle was the upper arms. The obvious is the flutter sleeve design to work around this. But with careful work I drafted a fitted short sleeve. There is a constant struffle between the sleeve size and raising and lowering that arm scythe Low arm scythes make me nuts because  they cause bagging, and i hate that.  Angry I have yet to get a good fitted long sleeve.

The swayback is greatly improved by using 2 darts on the rear as well as a wide slope from waist to hip. This is where full skirts are great. In working with my fabric sloper I had issues with my side seam being pulled to the back. I added more fabric to the back and it still went all crooked. I never figure out wtf happened there  Undecided

The chest bust problem I am still working on. I am using french darts right now to control this. As well as in multisize patterns doing a size-blending on the chest area to a smaller size.

As far as styles and flattering and all that, I am getting past that concept where "fat people can't wear this because blah blah" I think paying, attention to proportion, you can pull off anything. What fashion drawings don't model is confidence. And that, my love, is the magic fabric that makes me pull of this fitted lime green dress at work today  Grin THAT, and amen for shape wear. Your sketches are so awesome and using them you can see proportions clearly. FANTASTIC!
And i might suggest that you try to model some princess seams styles. They really IMHO flatter this figure type.
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13  My Vintage Sewing Comic Dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Psycho Sue on: November 09, 2010 05:52:48 AM
This is a dress I designed myself and constructed it using a sloper custom fit for my plus size hour-glass figure. I hope you like it!


Cotton fabric
Back zip closure
size is 53-47-62 (with foundation garments)
It has a fitted bodice with waist, bust, and shoulder darts and a fitted skirt with 2 waist darts in front and back. There are close-ups of the cute comic print on my blog. It's sewing themed  Cheesy
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14  1950s bolero graded up to plus size in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Psycho Sue on: November 06, 2010 05:24:21 PM
Hello Craftsterbabes!  Shocked

I was given a 1950s bolero pattern that was a 36 bust. I am a 52 bust and I did a major pattern grade, but I cheated! If you like the sewing technical stuff, I explained with pictures on how I accomplished this on my blog (see the link on my signature) if you are interested. I won't go into the nerd stuff here and instead will go straight to the eye candy  Grin

I made this with cotton print, bias tape, and a pair of vintage buttons (from my grandma's stash). I had all the materials on hand because it requires only about 2 yards of material.

I love love love the collar. I used iron on medium weight interfacing to get it to stand up.

QUESTION: What do you think about the length? Should the curve at the bust be higher?  I am not a fan of kimono sleeve patterns on big busted women because of the ill fit on the sleeves  Huh
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15  My tribute to Ed Wood in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Psycho Sue on: October 27, 2010 04:58:06 AM

I made a necklace with all his movie posters, and the pieces are reversible so there are 8 total images. I adore this necklace and it is the first beaded one that I have ever made. The little plastic charms are sadly not available anywhere now! More details and pictures in my blog post (see signature link).
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16  I made a dressform with a sloper in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Psycho Sue on: October 18, 2010 05:22:22 AM
I have a standard dressform by Dritz. It's their plus size one. But it does not have a pear shape and it needs padded in the hips. The bust and waist are about right. So I used the standard Butterick 6092 Shell pattern to make a sloper. It fits nice and tight on me. I know it's not perfect but after messing with it for 4 weeks I have to just take it as it is, ya know what I mean   Undecided So I placed it on the dressform and filled it out with quilting cotton until it matched my measurements. Then I pinned it down on the bottom to hold it in place. tape wasn't working really well, that was plan A.

 I think its pretty nifty. There are more pics on my blog in the sig link and also I talk about how I worked the sloper.

What do you think of this? Do you ladies have one? How is it holding up?

 I know this one hip is sitting higher than the other, I need to fix that. I am finding taking pictures of my sewing project helps me to see then clearer!
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17  Re: mini 13 days of halloween gallery round 2 in The Swap Gallery by Psycho Sue on: October 04, 2010 07:27:57 AM
Day 13

A pretty bag with cool skull fabrics

All the Goodies!

DELICIOUS! Homemade graham cracker smores shaped like pumpkins, bats, and coffins! These were very very yummy! Not pictured are two packs of mini Hershey bars that we tore into!!

Day 12

YYYYYYYYYYUUUMMM! Delicious homemade chocolate peanut butter bark with candy corns!!!

Day 11

Day 10

These are right from my wist! Sadly USPS killed them! But I can still burn them!

Day 9

cute barrettes!

Day 8

yummy hard candy! in an adorable zombie elvis tin!
Day 7 and 6

adorable stamps, spooky barrettes, and cutesy spiders!
Day 5

Day 4

Day 3

Day 2

Day 1

Happy Halloween!
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18  A dress I designed for a contest....I broke the mold and designed for curves! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Psycho Sue on: September 21, 2010 05:25:57 AM
 Smiley So a dress company that sells on line is having this design contest....and  I entered. I won't mention it here, since I don't know if that's against the rules.  Lips sealed

I decided to make my entry designed and sketched for a real woman with curves. I know this is totally probably not what they are looking for, but I don't care! I wanted to be myself! And after all I am a very familiar with that market  Tongue

I entered this design:

What do you think??? This is my first contest entry, and to be honest I just taught myself to sketch only a few weeks ago. I used a croquet that I find by google-ing plus size croquet, and I love it! Of course this is totally representative of myself!

There's more on my blog, about the design, and my inspiration. See my link! If I get chosen for the final, I am going to need some support from my girls!
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19  Simplicity 3526 sundress perfect for curves! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Psycho Sue on: September 16, 2010 05:41:55 AM
First,  Kiss POLKA DOTS  Kiss

am i right?!! LOL

I think I have made this dress 3 times now, and each time I am pleased! this is the first I have made the ankle length version and I like the draping of the skirt! I totally recommend it!

I once tried the version with the little off shoulder ruffles and they didn't construct pretty. Probably because I was a new sewer and using this silk material with those hard plastic sequins glued on. Try NARROW HEMMING THAT!  Tongue No way! I might want to try it again, but since I tend to wear this with a shrug or bolero there's not really a reason for me to torture myself!

Does anyone else like/use this pattern? What do you think about Mrs. Ali's patterns? I find the fit of this one to the CURVE of my torso to be PERFECT.  Link to pattern: http://www.simplicity.com/p-3162-missesmiss-petite-dress.aspx
There's more pics and construction details on my blog...see my sig for the link  Grin

(excuse weird color on my shoulders, i was editing out straps)

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20  Gothic/Psychobilly Goddess dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Psycho Sue on: September 13, 2010 04:26:55 AM

Ya know, sometimes the dress has to be ALL ABOUT THE FABRIC. This is a 2 year old Burda pattern dress, I picked it because the straps give it a retro feel. But it's all about the red glitter and spiders, no?  Cheesy

There's nothing I love more than goth prints and retro style. Grin

Construction was a breeze. I did a full bust adjustment and added hip room in the back skirt. For more pics visit my blog (see the sig below). Also is it me or is "plus size" so over as a fashion term. i kinda wanna barf when i hear it. let's re-invent this term please!  Tongue

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