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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Tina Givens "Bloom" on: August 19, 2015 03:45:17 AM
This is my fourth time making this pattern. I love how effortless it is to wear as well as being pretty easy to make too and I love the fact it has pockets. The sizing is very generous and I used the Medium size.
I also made pantaloons to wear under it which make me grin when I see them  Cheesy

I made a facing for the neckline instead of turning the raw edge over and sewing it down.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Lekala #5915 on: August 19, 2015 03:33:46 AM
Stopping by to show off my latest make, a sleeveless jacket from Lekala Patterns.

I made it from a woven polyester that looks and feels sort of woolly tweed-like, it's a nice medium/heavy weight that works well for an extra layer on these not warm enough days of summer!

The princess seams made for easy colour-blocking to optimise my fabric usage (neither piece was quite big enough to be used alone) as well as being flattering to a more rounded body shape than straight seams are. BONUS!  Grin

I didn't have quite enough fabric to make the belt as long as it was supposed to be so it doesn't have much "wrap and dangle" but it's wearable and I felt pretty fabby when I went out in it yesterday  Grin

I learned the whys and hows of understitching, how to use my blind hem foot and made buttonholes that I am proud of. I'll be making at least one more in the near future.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / FREE PATTERNS on: April 28, 2015 04:03:38 PM
Spring sunshine ALWAYS makes me want to sew new clothes & I recently came across a website that generates custom fitted print at home patterns - Lekala.co

The patterns are dirt cheap to buy and they also have a selection of freebies,got to love those freebies  Grin Now I don't have a printer so I had to trace my patterns off of my screen before sticking them all together which wasn't ideal but still it was do-able.
The sewing instructions are very basic and assume that you know more or less what you are doing and they are translated from Russian too.  Roll Eyes

Want to see what I've made so far?

After trying out the free patterns and being happy with the fit I decided to challenge myself and bought the pattern for a pair of cropped jeans - maybe I am biting off more than I can chew but what the heck. I am hoping to make the jeans by recycling old jeans and embellishing the pieces before I start sewing them together, I may have to buy some fabric but fingers crossed it won't be a lot (I have quite a stash of used denim!) I am even unpicking the back pockets to use. These jeans have a patch pocket on the front which i thought would be perfect for embellishing so I'm beading a peace symbol on it  Grin I have also stencilled a piece of denim with stars.

I couldn't wait to get started on them but I have only traced part of the pattern so far  Roll Eyes

Has anyone else here tried Lekala? I would love to see what you have made!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Oh baby! on: October 30, 2014 09:23:27 AM
I have a great niece and also my first grandchild due next year and I'm crafting up a storm already  Grin The suspense waiting to see if I have a grandson or granddaughter is killing me! Here's what I've been doing for the past couple of weeks, you might have seen these projects in the 50 projects craftalong as that's where I spend most of my Craftster time.



These are a couple of New Look patterns (half price sale, hold me back!!)

I made this bib from just tracing round one that I got in a bag of donated baby clothes. I ordered plastic snaps and a snap tool today but couldn't wait so used this hammer on pearly snap to finish this off  Cheesy

I have lots more planned, I'm using my t-shirt fabric stash to make leggings with matching hats in a variety of colours. It's all sooooo exciting  Grin
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / romper? playsuit? I don't know what it is but I LOVE IT on: June 13, 2014 09:28:39 AM
My sons gf asked me to make her a shorty romper but as I am still waiting for her to come and try it on so I can make the final adjustments I decided I wanted something along the same lines but with less leg on show  Wink
This is what I ended up with and I absolutely love it,I don't know why I haven't made one before  Grin
There are three different batik prints used in the top as I didn't have quite enough of the butterfly print to fit around me.

I'll be wearing it at the beach tomorrow  Grin
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Xmas tablerunner plus "You Are My Sunshine" on: May 11, 2014 10:45:16 AM
Thanks to the wonders of Youtube I have developed a major craft crush on Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company,I've spent ages just watching & listening but never thought I'd actually do any quilting then one day I decided what the hell,give it a whirl Kookie and if you can't do it then no one else has to know  Cheesy So a whirl I gave it and ended up with this tablerunner which I gave to my older sister.

The reason it is a Christmassy one in May is because the only coordinating fabrics I had were seasonal ones & I didn't want to make it too scrappy & mismatched. It has been quilted and bound now but I can't find a pic  Roll Eyes
I thoroughly enjoyed making it and when my friend Ann saw it she said she had a quilting mag I could have which turned out to be Quilting Quickly with Jenny Doan.
The pattern I followed was Hard Candy which is another table topper from the Summer 2013 magazine but mine will hang on the wall instead of sitting on a table. I call it You Are My Sunshine.

It makes me smile every time I see it  Smiley I finally got to use my walking foot and one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine and made my first bias binding too.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / what is this foot for? on: May 03, 2014 11:26:46 AM
My machine came with a variety of feet that I have never used because I have no idea what they are for  Embarrassed Can anyone tell me what this one is please?
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / quilting gloves on: April 29, 2014 04:39:17 AM
Am I being dense and just not getting it or are they just another way to get people to part with their money?
I am an extreme beginner with quilting,in fact I don't think I have enough experience to even be classed as a beginner but I am doing my research and buying bits and pieces I need to add to my sewing supplies to make sure I have the necessaries like a 1/4" foot that I ordered last night but gloves,yes or no?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ptribute to Pterry - Discworld Swap on: August 29, 2013 03:43:31 PM
I'm looking forward to the release of STEAM in November and was wondering if anyone else is Craftsterland fancied a bit of Ptribute to Pterry swap?  Smiley
Maybe get some Hogswatch gifts before the big day  Wink
I'm not offering to organise though so hopefully someone wonderful will turn up and host it.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / shirred sunfrock on: August 01, 2013 05:41:10 AM
My mum used to make dresses like this for me and my older sister back in the 70s. I've always loved them but my one previous attempt nearly killed my sewing machine so I gave it up as something too complicated for me to do  Roll Eyes
Now I know what went wrong and have put it right I can't wait to make more of these!
The problem I have with store bought shirred dresses is that they just seem to increase the width on a plus size dress not taking into account the depth of big boobs. The elastic usually hits at the centre of my bust and the dress just hangs from there,not a flattering look in my opinion, I like to show I have a waist. I sewed about thirty rows of elastic and just used the outside edge of my machine foot for spacing. I used up two spools of shirring elastic & two metres of fabric.
I can also wear the dress as a skirt as I didn't make it floor length,I just tuck the straps inside and fold the elastic part in half and it's good to go  Smiley
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