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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First dress- was a curtain on: April 09, 2011 11:56:31 PM
Hi all,
This is my first dress.
I bought a nice big curtain (vintage) from the op shop.
How could I pass up that cute print?
It is actually a very light green but the iphone didn't pic it up too well (the flash photo is probably closest to true).
I also got a pattern from there, unfortunately it was cut to a size 6 (which I am definitely not!) so I upsized. I also changed the design as it was not as vintage as I wanted.
Turns out I upsized the pattern a bit much and had to take out two whole panels!
Oh well, it turned out okay in the end.
Here it is on MANdy my duct tape form.
What do you think? Cheesy

2  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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