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1  Re: Out of proportion measurements - question on patterns in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Bettsi on: February 20, 2008 01:29:05 PM
I have wacky proportions too and could use some help.  As I've aged (I'm 44), my waist has gotten thicker and thicker.  Now my measurements are 44"40"46".  My arms and legs are thin in comparison to my massive trunk.  I take pretty good care of myself, but nothing budges my middle.  Finding attractive clothes is challenging, to say the least. 

I would love to hear suggestions from all of you regarding what patterns might look right on me.  I work in an office and I love dresses, but when I try to do a sheath of any type, I end up looking like a refrigerator. 

Last year I made Butterick 4849 and it flatters nicely, but I made it a smidge too small.  Does anyone know of some patterns like this one with more ease?  Any fashion help will be welcome!
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2  Re: Amish Puzzle Ball Pincushion from Swap - Tut in Completed Projects by Bettsi on: April 26, 2007 02:22:53 PM
I found this thread in January and got right to work!  I love the look of this thing!  Thank you, patchwork orange!

Now I am working on a felt, "black and white and red all over" one.  I'll share it when I'm done.  Thanks again!
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3  Re: Tote bag swap! in The Swap Gallery by Bettsi on: August 04, 2005 01:10:54 PM
I am a bad partner!  I've had my beautiful bag from TheMeowWontPurr for quite a while and haven't shared a single picture!  Here's hoping this works:

It is gorgeous!  Pleather with these amazing vintage images sewn into frames.  I love it!  If the pictures don't work, you can try this link:
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4  Re: Tote bag swap! in The Swap Gallery by Bettsi on: July 06, 2005 01:12:29 PM
I got such a nice thank you from The Meow Wont Purr, so I don't think she'll mind if post a photo of the bag I made for her:

I used pink linen and lined it with brown and white gingham.  The image and stripes are craft paint.  I've always wanted to try the lined zippered pouch tutorial so made a little pouch for it too.

If the photo doesn't work, here's a permalink to my blog post:
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5  One of a kind bathrobe for my sweetie in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Bettsi on: June 27, 2005 01:15:02 PM
After an unfortunate incident involving romantic candles (ahem!), my husband needed a new bathrobe.  This is what I made with an old sheet and a printed pillow panel.

If I were to do it over again, I would hand embroider the words.  I kind of free-handed it with the zigzag on my machine.  A little rough looking.  He likes it though and that makes me happy.
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6  glass pebbles from Dollar Tree in Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage by Bettsi on: May 10, 2005 03:22:03 PM

Oy vay!  New stupid craftster here.  This is my third try at posting this project.  I made these for a dear friend for Mother's Day.  Really simple, cheap, fun, personal.

I printed out words and phrases and glued them to the back of these glass pebbles.  Then I glued magnets to the back.  It was fun coming up with some of our secret jokes and such.

I had some trouble getting the photo into place here.  You can also see it on my blog:
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