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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / The cutest 50s bolero 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?
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My Vintage Sewing Comic Dress 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
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1950s bolero graded up to plus size 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
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My tribute to Ed Wood 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).
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / I made a dressform with a sloper 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!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / A dress I designed for a contest....I broke the mold and designed for curves! 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!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity 3526 sundress perfect for curves! 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)

18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / The very first PLUS SIZE RUNWAY SHOW! Fall 2010! on: September 13, 2010 10:29:52 AM

This week, Sept 15 in New York OneStopPlus.com is sponsoring an ALL PLUS SIZE Runway Show!!!

I almost cried when I heard about this! Maybe our voices will finally be heard and fashion may start to include instead of exclude us!

Who else is excited! I cannot wait! I am hoping to see the military and retro styles of mainstream echoed in these designers! even Marc Jacobs is rumored to be looking into expanding sizes!  Grin
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gothic/Psychobilly Goddess dress 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

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lemon and Lime Summer dress for curvy cuteness on: September 08, 2010 04:07:21 AM

This is a discontinued Simplicity "project runway" pattern 3541. http://www.simplicity.com/p-1912-plus-size-dresses.aspx It had a skirt with a round, V, and halter bodice option. This is the halter option, but.....muhaha..you know me i never follow the directions. I took the neck ties and converted them to shoulder straps by sewing them onto the back bodice.

If you are a big chested girl, you know exactly why halter dresses are a pain in the azz; they require a strapless bra and those just are not supportive enough for bigger tatas. Am I right sistas?? If I left this as a halter, I would NEVER wear it.

If you wanna hear more about the changes I made to the pattern, see my sig below for the posting on my blog!

Psssst...if you like it, please hit the 'this rocks' button! i would love to see a plus size item be featured on craftster  Wink
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