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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: i'm kinda new, need some ideas! on: April 17, 2011 04:19:19 AM
Butterick, Mccalls etc do offer most of their patterns in two size ranges - one from around an 8 to a 14/16, one from a 16 to around a 22/24, so they should have something fun.  Simplicity are the WORST for plus size - so many of the patterns they offer stop at a 16 and their specific plus range is so frumpy!

I would definitely recommend The Butterick range, though.  Make sure to check their out of print patterns too - loads of cute stuff in that.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Gifuring out a few top patterns on: April 17, 2011 04:14:13 AM
Since Joe Browns have not bothered to update their plus range for almost a year whilst their "normal" range updates every season, and since they still only sell their plus range at one of those pay-back-monthly places, I've decided to try and remake their clothes myself.

I love the style of so many of their pieces.  More than that, the few plus items I bought from them are SO comfortable.  But if they don't want my money then this is going to have to be it, I guess.  I'm wanting to figure out the basic patterns of some of their pieces...

This one I think I've figured out.  There is a seam running along under the bust shaped to the bust itself, and arching up along the back.  From there it looks like I think pintucks along the front and back centre, so in theory then the body section would be straight at the sides, just wider than the bust section.  When I've bought tops from Joe Browns before that have a bust seam, the seam tends to be elasticated but I can't tell if it is in this piece or not.  Also, does anyone know - would I shape the bottom hem to curve like that when cutting, or would the curved appearance come from the tucks at the top?  Am I seeing tucks at the armpit?

Trickier because the website doesn't show images of the two separate items, just the two worn together.  But the undertop at least looks fairly simple - I'm going to assume a simple flared torso and I'll probably not bother with the elastic stitching (forgot what it is called) at the front neck.  The waistcoat/tunic type thing looks simple but if anyone knows of an existing pattern that I could use to get things like the bust shaping right I'd be grateful.

This one is pretty self explanatory, but again if anyone knows an existing pattern I could use for a dress that I could then just hitch up to match that would be great.

Soooo yeah...

If anyone can point out anything I've missed or suggest useful base patterns to work from, please let me know!
Also, anyone who wants to join me in badgering Joe Browns customer service guys to SELL BIGGER SIZES DAMNIT please do Cheesy
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Floral Stripe Dress on: April 12, 2011 07:11:57 PM
Gorgeous dress, beautifully made and you look fantastic in it!
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: oops - can I fix this? [soap cutting went wrong-rebatch?] on: April 04, 2011 03:03:06 PM
Thank you for your help guys.  Rebatch came out nowhere near as ugly as I feared it would - may even be salvageable for sale!  I've not heard of a mitre board... whassit? Cheesy
25  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: oops - can I fix this? [soap cutting went wrong-rebatch?] on: April 03, 2011 01:34:17 PM
Thank you!  I'll have to give it a try and see what comes out I guess.
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / oops - can I fix this? [soap cutting went wrong-rebatch?] on: April 03, 2011 09:13:59 AM
I have done the stupidest thing.

I've made a couple of batches of "proper" soap - cold process I think?  Where you mix the lye and the fats and so on.  After letting it set I asked the other half to cut it into bars while I worked on something else, and the bars are all different sizes!  Not like mostly the same size, but completely different, some are twice as thick as the others.  I was planning to sell these when done!

Once the soap is cured, could I remelt it and pour it out again?
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Fairy Costumes: Need Feedback on: March 30, 2011 05:26:08 AM
Those outfits are GORGEOUS!  I especially love the wings.  I would also agree that the prices you are charging are way lower than I would expect to pay for something of that quality.

My only query would be - I didn't realise until seeing the photos of the outfit on the young girls that it is designed to have a bare belly.  Possibly that could be a little off-putting for people who see your listings of the outfit on the dummy, covering the body, and then see the bare-belly listing.  Have you made versions with the white undertop being longer to see how that compares?
28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Scent Tips on: March 20, 2011 03:25:47 PM
I'm currently having a lot of fun working out some aroma combinations for soaps etc I'm going to start making.  I've found an online supplier offering a decent range of aromasand am looking forward to making some nice, masculine combinations that don't rely on the currently fashionable hormone-jerk blends in commercial deodorants etc.

I'm working on the combos but coming up against a little uncertainty and would appreciate hearing the opinions of others.

1- Grandad's Allotment
Base Note - Dirt/Cut Grass
Mid Note - Heather
Top Note - Black Tea

2- Gentlemen's Club
Base Note - Leather
Mid Note - Tobacco
Top Note - Bay Rum

3- Fresh Dandy
Base Note - Fresh Cotton
Mid Note - Huh
Top Note - Bay Rum

I'm not sure about the Gentlemen's Club combo.  I thought about sticking to a black tea topnote, but I don't want it to seem too similar to Grandad's Allotment.  I cannot figure out a decent Fresh Dandy midnote.  I don't want it to come out too feminine, which I worry about if I combine a floral midnotr with the cotton scent, but the only musk scents I can find are base notes... do you think a cotton/musk/rum blend would work?  Could I risk a cotton/carnation/rum?

Also, with the Grandad's Allotment, I'd actually ideally love one of the notes to be evocative of allotment onions drying in the shed - not an oniony smell at all, but an earthy aroma of the skins themselves drying.  Anyone know if an aroma like that exists as an oil?
29  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Yaaaay! [Melt and Pour] on: March 20, 2011 12:47:12 PM
Me muvva got me the best birthday present!

3kg melt and pour soap - 1kg each of clear, white and olive based clear
1 set of 4 square moulds (1 bar soap per mould)
3 different types of dried flowers
half a dozen soap scents including ylangylang, almond milk and musk
a sachet of exfoliant
a pack of silicon soap stamps

I already own;
about 1kg gorse flowers harvested this weekend
small bottles of aroma oils for lavendar, bergamot, aniseed, rosewood, cedarwood, basil, mandarin, oakmoss
1 sachet dried orange peel
1 dozen silicon cupcake cases


Ahem.  Seriously, I just made the biggest mess cobbling together the olive clear base with my old bottles of scent, exfoliant and flowers and have realised I should probably try to make something I at least plan for a little, if the bombsite in my kitchen is anything to go by!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Grey Circles Dress on: March 07, 2011 03:52:01 PM
Gorgeous!  Is that a tulip hem?  GAAAAH jealous of how good you look in that!
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