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2511  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Ever wear through your jeans at the inside thigh? (Unflattering pix inside) on: September 19, 2006 03:28:14 PM
I think it's an awesom idea, and I don't think they look bad ...
use a dakrer fabric,

Next time, use a darker fabric -- new stretch denim? navy or black?

Nifty idea, though.
2512  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: The triumph and tragedy of the purple pants (pic heavy) on: September 19, 2006 03:21:12 PM
Jen, you did a great job on those and they are very flattering on you.  Are you sure that you won't have something formal that you can wear them to in the future?  What kind of top did you have to go with them?

These pants are so beautiful! And they're made for YOU!

Depending on the top, they could be very formal or more casual. Try a black turtleneck and boots and you're ready for a holiday party OR movie date.
2513  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am I a cow? on: September 19, 2006 03:14:56 PM
YOU a cow? Bull! Angry
2514  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: New Tee Recons...Very Simple But GOOD for Big Gals on: September 19, 2006 03:04:01 PM
so afraid I will mess them up. 

If  you try something new to improve them, what have you lost if you mess up?

They didn't look fabulous before.
MAYBE they won't look fabulous after.
But you'velearned something -- even if you've learned "this doesn't work for me -- and you might end up with something great!

End of sermon!  Grin
2515  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flattering pants patterns for curvy zaftig women? on: September 19, 2006 02:56:59 PM
flattering pants for zaftig women?  You know, that fit well over the rear, and fall nicely from the belly?

Anyone here make patterns or adapt them, for curvily contoured women?

I like zippers in the back. My backside is high, wide, and handsome -- but there's a relatively uncurvy bit in the center back. For me, with an hourglass figure, side zippers have to do too much curving.

The only place NOT to put zippers, IMHO, is in the front. Too much belly curvature. And fly-front zips are from The Devil. Too gap-making. Too much emphasis on what speaks for itself.

And no pleats. They open.

A faced waist works better than a waistband for me.

I like Sandra Betzina's patterns in Vogue. Very fat-friendly. Especially because her she uses a relatively long back crotch curve and shorter front curve. Better, more real-world proportions.
2516  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Questions about patterns and fit, help me please ? on: September 19, 2006 02:47:48 PM
Buying clothes off the rack can be really frustrating, and a lot of times it is easier to just make your own and tailor it to your shape.  As far as patterns go, I would measure your upper bust (right under your armpits) and go for that size-especially if buying Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls or Vogue. 

I have very 'wacky' measurements myself-my full bust is 50" and my waist is 39", while my hips are 47"-so I have to do a lot of customizing on my patterns, but it is well worth it. 

 Find a few patterns-like a top and bottom-that you really like, and then make it in a few different coordinating fabrics and personalize them with buttons, lace, etc-that way they will each be different yet able to mix and match, and you won't have to make a lot of new clothes but your wardrobe will still be varied.


1. ABSOLUTELY go by the upper bust measurement. that way your neck and shoulders will fit. Plus, these measurements tend to stay the same if you gain/lose weight.

2. Don't be freaked out by pattern sizes. They have nothing whatever to do with RTW sizes.

3. Take a look at Sandra Betzina patterns in Vogue. Hideous garments, photographed, IMHO -- but look at the line drawings and Be Amazed. I have "whacky" measurements, myself, and Betzina's patterns fit. Plus they are drafted on her own system, not the standard Vogue/Butterick/Simplicty/McCalls measurements. Just more Real Women-y.
2517  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Simplicity 4050- Sewalong for Curvacious Craftsters on: September 19, 2006 02:22:59 PM
Hey girls--------------- look what I found! Grin Evidently we are in style............... Cheesy (Or on our way lol)


Like the idea of contrasting textures, not colors. More slimming, IMHO
2518  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Sailor pin-up girl costume? on: September 15, 2006 03:16:58 PM
A big black or navy blue scarf (or square of fabric) tied loosly around your neck with a knot in front would look sailor-y.

OR you could cut a square of fabric in a big U shape so that the ties are in the front and a square shape is in the back. Stars or anchors on the square back are optional
2519  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) on: September 15, 2006 03:09:28 PM
No pictures, alas, but your really don't need one for this...

I put a old Quiken disc around my neck on a ribbon and went as a

2520  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2005 Completed Costumes Scrapbook (completed projects with pictures go here) on: September 15, 2006 03:06:22 PM
Quote from: KnitChick1979  I added burgundy lining and a patch to my graduation robes from college!  Smiley 

Mary Jo

See... education is NEVER wasted!  Grin
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