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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Anda Dress for the Holidays on: January 06, 2012 03:53:53 PM

Hey Craftsters! I have posted the same dress pattern in the past (I used a zebra print last time), but I cranked out this little gal right before a Holiday party with my family and I was just smitten. The first one I made, my mom taught me how to draft facing for the sleeves and neckline, but this time I just used bias tape, which made it much more polished looking on the inside. The pattern is from burda http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/anda and I omitted the draw string for the waist, but tailored the pattern in just a bit to make it easier to wear with a belt. The belt in this pic is just a ribbon from Michaels that I finished the ends with some snips and fray-check.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / A line gathered (dirndl) skirt- with pockets! on: February 16, 2011 04:21:26 PM
I 99% finished making this skirt a few weeks ago for my Recycled Fashions class, but I put on the hook and eyes wrong, so it had just been sitting in its own tears and lust since then (my clothes lust to be worn). Today was the day that I resurrected it, safety pinned the back and I headed to the library to study!

Tutorial via http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/08/full-gathered-skirt.html: Free
Fabric: $4.99 for 3 yards @ Goodwill
Thread: Free to me (my mom already owned a mega huge spindle of navy)
Zipper: 2.99
Hook and eyes: Free to me (mom already owned them)
Total cost: about $8!

You can read my full post about it on my blog http://bearlyonearth.com/2011/02/16/ootd-heels-and-zippers/

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Peasant dress made from thrifted material! on: January 31, 2011 02:56:27 PM
Greetings Craftsters!
   I was able to persuade my college to let me create a course this semester called Recycled Fashions, and for the course I will be creating 10-15 garments that are either made from recycled fabric or reconstructed from an item I already own or something bought second hand. This is my first completed project. I adapted a tutorial from http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/07/peasant-blouse.html. The dress took about 3 hours to make, the fabric cost $3.99 for about 3 yards @ Savers, the thread cost $1.79 @ Jo Anns Fabric and the elastic $1.29 @ Jo Anns Fabric. Total cost for this dress, including tax (about): $7.50.

I also styled it a few different ways that you can see @ http://bearlyonearth.com/2011/01/26/ootd-muu-muu-part-3/

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Anda dress and simple skirt tute. on: January 11, 2011 01:29:18 PM
Downloaded, printed and edited a pattern from Burda Style on line, this dress http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/anda. Im a size 26/28 in most stores, so I needed to add 2 inches to the waist of the dress.
and styled:

Making a basic, gathered, A-line skirt.

Materials: Fabric, thread, elastic, sewing scissors.

Step 1: After you wash your fabric, measure how long youd like your skirt, and add a half an inch at the bottom for finishing, and a full inch on the top to create a channel for the elastic (please note I did NOT follow my own directions with the seam allowances, I used fabric that was already in my moms stock pile, and it was about 3 or 4 inches too short, so I improvised by making them much smaller than usual).  Lay your fabric flat and cut it along the top. You should have two equal rectangles of fabric.

Step 2: Lay your two pieces of fabric together so the print is on the inside. Sew up each short end of your rectangle, a quarter-inch from the edge. Iron your seam flat.

Step 3: Finishing the hem. Fold over fabric a quarter-inch, so the wrong sides (inside) of the fabric are together and iron all the way around. Fold over again and iron all the way around. The straighter your edge is while you iron, the easier it is to finish the bottom straight. Sew the hem towards the top of the fold so that you have a nice finish from the outside.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 to finish the waist band. How far you fold and iron your fabric depends on the width of your elastic. Since I used fabric that was too short to begin with, I used quarter-inch elastic. Usually, I use 3/4 inch non-roll elastic. Start sewing around the channel for the elastic at a side seam, and towards the bottom of the fold. When you begin, back-stitch a few stitches, go almost all the way around, back stitch a few stitches again leaving a gap big enough for a safety-pin to go through.

Step 5: Measure your elastic, cut to size, attach to safety-pin, string through the channel. Make sure the elastic is flat the whole way around, lay one end over the other and sew. Sew up the channel if you want, I usually leave mine open in case I think I need to shorten the elastic. You are done like a bun! Wear it!!!


This has been x-posted on fatshionista livejournal
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / An awesome recon and 2 skirts on: December 22, 2010 11:53:52 AM
Greetings Craftsters!

My best friend graduated college a few days ago, and she had a grad party. Back story is she loves the color orange with such a passion that her entire life looks like orange exploded everywhere. As an ode to the Queen of the Party, I had to find some new orange to wear. I found this interesting thing for $10 at Savers. Its polyester, it has shoulder pads, and its orange!



Two handmade skirts. After I made the yellow and purple skirt I posted on here recently, I realized that I could make a few more to add some color into my wardrobe. I think they've turned out great! The first one was for a Holiday party and the second just for fun.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / DIY Skirt on: November 29, 2010 04:36:35 PM
Nothing fancy or super technical, but the best I've ever completed in terms of straight stitches and seams!
The fabric was on clearance @ Joann's for 2.99/yrd- I used about 1.5 yrds.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Wrap skirt on: February 28, 2010 09:38:02 PM
For my math class in college, I made a wrap skirt for a project. I guess it explains I understand the principles of geometry...
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