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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Tiramisu from Cake Patterns + stripes for the first time on: July 08, 2014 10:11:42 AM

I've had the Tiramisu pattern for awhile and when I spotted this striped fabric on sale, I knew it was time.

First I did a test dress with some fabric that came in a random fabric bundle.  (Quick plug time, I have no affliation with them, but I've had good results with everything I order from http://fabricmartfabrics.com/)

Which turned out really well:

Basically the first time I've successfully made a wearable muslin.

For the blue striped dress, I cut out every piece individually except the pockets (oh yes, these dresses have POCKETS!). I put the center front line in the same place for the left and right front and back bodice pieces and left and right front and back skirt pieces. That isn't necessary when you work with a normal stripe because the Tiramisu pattern is designed to work with stripes (LOTS of examples from other people online), I just managed to pick the one fabric that required matching in 3 directions like a plaid.

I also shortened the skirt by about 4 inches on both dresses. Then for the blue striped dress, I had to tweak the pattern a bit to get the center front and center back seams to do what I wanted.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to decide on design details? on: February 13, 2014 07:34:17 AM
Most of my sewing life, I've been limited by needing a particular look, or not having time, or other factors. But now I'm making a top and I'm not limited by anything and I have no idea what to do.

It's going to be a princess-seamed top with a peplum (because I still loves 'em), in a shiny/sparkly yellow fabric that matches a plain circle skirt I made previously.

I can't even decide how to do the peplum. Obviously a short circle skirt would be easiest and would make the drape of the peplum match the skirt, but I could also add gores, extend the bodice pieces out into a skirt, do a long ruffle. Then there's the choice to interface, and how.

I've been making sketch after sketch and all I've really come to realize is that I suck at drawing.

I know I don't want it too complicated, but at the same time I want to do ALL the design elements!!

Then there's finishing, line the whole thing? flat fell the seams? facings? interfacings?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tutorials for drafting a ruched bodice? on: January 10, 2014 01:08:13 PM
Anyone know where to find instructions for drafting a bodice like http://community.stylecaster.com/post/41354?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Tricks to keep the waist line at the waist? on: January 10, 2014 12:37:54 PM
I can't stand how sooo many dresses and shirts end up with the waist line tucked up under by breasts. It seems like most of us larger women love empire waist dresses/shirts, but there's got to be someone other than me who looks better with a slightly dropped waist.

If you've got a solution that works for you, please let me know!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Help turning a book into art on: October 20, 2011 06:04:03 PM
Since my friend down the street just got one, it looks like I might be seeing http://hipsterjew.com/2010/03/21/sid-roth/ this book in the mail soon.

I love the look of book art, but tend to feel like it's a waste, that nothing I could create would be worth destroying a book's readability.

Well, this one I'm more than willing to chop to bits and recycle if it doesn't end up pretty. Only, I'm not sure how to even attempt something pretty.

I like the altered book journals, but they leave too much of the writing intact. Any one have any folded book tutorials or paper sculpting advice?
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Super easy holiday bunting on: December 09, 2009 07:46:50 AM
So easy in fact, I'm only sharing because I had a "duh" moment when I saw http://www.creativejewishmom.com/2009/12/make-festive-felt-bunting-for-chanukah.html this post.

Anyway, grab the cheapie holiday-themed notepad you bought to "do something with", your hot glue gun, and some string. Add 10 minutes and you get some holiday bunting.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hem circumference for floor length garment? on: October 28, 2008 07:52:17 PM
I'm making my husband a robe for Halloween, how big around does the bottom hem have to be for him to walk?
Also, if anyone has advice on arm holes, that'd be terrific.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Computer art with books on: September 19, 2006 08:35:17 AM
Not my work (I wish!) but check out:

He's got a tutorial too!
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