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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wardrobe evolution. on: April 01, 2011 12:41:17 AM
I think I have some jumpers (Aust) or sweaters (US) that I'd like to make into some boleros. Some dresses which I can use the lining out of for slips (petticoats) and a few things from the usual rotation of clothes I DO wear which I can utilise as patterns... a fitted shirt for the nicest darts, a singlet with an excellent neckline shape and depth and a cute top with little sleeves.

I have managed to convince my hubby to help me make a duct-tape dress form this weekend... all I had to do was threaten to call my sister for help and tell him he'd have to mind her kids for around 3 hours while she did it! It seems that one thing you can get in a rural community is more duct tape than you'll ever need. I bought 5 rolls and a black roll for the outer covering. I decided to go ahead and make one because if I'm thinking of using all of the good things from clothes I do wear... there will be a lot of alterations and trial and error. A dress form will just make things easier for me.

I'm going to try 'bolero-ing' some of the knits I have and maybe attack a tablecloth and make a mock-up dress... if I'm feeling brave. I think I have a circular tablecloth which would make a fun circle skirt!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wardrobe evolution. on: March 30, 2011 11:04:47 PM
Thanks for the replies!

The machine was serviced when mum handed it over to me... admittedly about 10 years ago but I have only made a pair of dog coats and done some repairs on a few garments since then.

I think my tension-troubles are because I was sewing odd fabrics, polar fleece to faux fur (dog coats), seams on jeans which have frayed, patching holes on fleecy robes and adding velcro to things. I also used some vintage cottons which were in the box of bobbins and accessories... they wouldn't have helped the situation.

I'm going to go through my wardrobe tonight and see if I can 'fix' some of the stuff I have. I was thinking I don't like much of the junk in there but there are a couple of older skirts which I could make into under skirts or little cute night gowns. The main problem is that everything is threadbare! lol I guess I could attack some things and have a go at making them look like they fit the idea I'm after.

I'll be on soon with some pictures... maybe... unless they all turn into franken-clothes!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Wardrobe evolution. on: March 30, 2011 01:29:20 PM
Ive been inspired to sew... somehow.
On the weekend I just wanted to do it.

Luckily I am very rural out here in the country parts of Australia and I couldn't get my hands on any fabric, because I have found what I want to do through browsing on here all week!

Apparently I'm the family joke when it comes to sewing, whenever anyone gets the hot glue gun out, they are doing 'imy sewing'. LOL... got to love family.

I have my mother's 'Blue Magic' Singer sewing machine from the early sixties and want to 'evolve' my wardrobe into a 50s-60s inspired lot of dresses.

I ALWAYS wear skirts and my wardrobe is a mish-mash of black skirts and tops which I've collected from various shops and I mix an match the same 5 outfits all of the time, with very few accessories. It is very dull and boring.

I'd love to slowly introduce a stack of colourful, pretty dresses and get rid of my 'falling apart' favourites. The plan is to accessorise each piece and keep them together. I have already had the idea of making a bag from the scraps of the dress fabric to put on the hanger so I keep the matching accessories with the dresses! It is all very exciting.

I have spoken to my mother and she has a million and one 50s-60's patterns, my main problems include: Sizing (I'm curvy lol), getting the machine to do what I want (it is a bit old and clunky and I can never get the tension right), getting fabric here as I have to drive hours to the nearest store and then there is the issue of 'the family joke' actually sewing a wearable dress!

Has anyone 'evolved' their wardrobe before?
Any tips to get started (I sew but not very well and usually simple stuff like tube skirts and shorts)?
Suggestions for colours, schemes, accessories?

I just can't wait to begin. My husband thinks I am insane.
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