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1  Simplicity 2947 AKA Halter Top Dress in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by katsrevenge on: March 14, 2012 10:41:33 PM
I made this from an old sheet. It was originally a muslin... but the actual finishing was fairly simple.. so I finished it.

The pattern calls for a knit and this is not a knit. I now know that I will have to do a full bust adjustment no matter the fabric I use for this patten! Even so, I think it turned out very nice.

This bust by no means fits me. I'm fairly sure it's not worth the fixing. I'll just give it away.

The front.

I lined it with an old pillow case in a fun color.

Hanging on a door. Halters never hang on a hanger very well.
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2  Re: Best Place to put Gussets in Bodice of These Dresses? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by katsrevenge on: March 05, 2012 08:28:22 PM
Honeythief, the gussets were to bring the bust piece back into line with the rest of the pieces.
It actually turned out very well in my practice dress (That I will not be showing since the fabric makes my big butt look even bigger... and my "let's try making a halter top with built in bra!one!" gives me neck-aches after 2 minutes. So that is a re-do from start.

I did use the basic principle in a remake of a red flower sun dress. It was a sheath thing so I added cups from a hem trim (being short has that advantage..) and a sort of bra in there..UI hate bras in strappy dresses! I will see if I can get my guy to take a picture.

The stripey turned out well. 

What I did was measure from the straps the same distance either way. (I think it was 7 inches...? It's the two lines to either side of the center line) I found the center of that (the middle line) and measured an inch and a half each way and plotted the angles like you see.

The center bit is two pieces of the hem trim sewn together. I added a total of three inches to the bust. I could have added more but I was also adding in a shelf bra. I do have to adjust that.. as I really should have left the center un-attached to the shell. It bunched, as you see.

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3  Re: Best Place to put Gussets in Bodice of These Dresses? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by katsrevenge on: February 03, 2012 02:32:04 AM
As for the first one.. I asked somewhere else and was given this diagram.

The lady's belief is that the gather is a gusset. When I take it apart I will get the black shape (red line is where the gather is). So, using measurements and muslins I add some to each side (the grey)..using darts (those triangles) to take in the extra at each seam, seeing as the rest of the dress fits great. I think this is what I will do. It will change the look.. but in a good way!

As for stripey... I love your idea. Maybe not that far down.. but perhaps to the center of the bust panel? I know I'll have to move the straps no matter what is done though.

I love sewing.. but most of what I do is reshaping clothes as everything just fits/looks better afterwards... and the clothing makers seem to think fat hourglasses do not exist. It's all tiny or tents. :/
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4  Best Place to put Gussets in Bodice of These Dresses? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by katsrevenge on: February 02, 2012 06:13:02 AM
To start off, I am a fat hourglass shape. (53-44-52) I try to dress to play up my assets...and down play the size.

I have two dresses. One.. I am about to take it apart and use it as a pattern. It's too worn out to even be a scrub the bathroom dress. But the bust fits oddly. It is a sort of shift dress.

The second is a sun dress. I'm taking about six inches off the hem to make it a wearable length. But.. it flattens my girls.
These photos were taken of me wearing a sports bra. I generally wear more omph! type bras.. but they don't fit well under these. How to best fix this?

This is the shift. (please ignore the stained fabric... like I said retired to be a pattern!)

Am I right in thinking that If I put on an awesome bra and measure myself properly (top to under bust) and then make the breast part that size instead of the size it has it will fit correctly? Or is there a better way?

Second dress:

This was a lot too long so I have a six inch long strip that is about my height to play with. I'm thinking football shaped gussets in the front.. or something?

It's too tight and uncomfortable JUST at the bust.

This is not how a dress should fit me.

Any help, suggests or whatever are all welcome.
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5  Plus Sized Ruffled "Salsa" Skirt from a Sheet. in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by katsrevenge on: August 06, 2010 10:27:27 PM
OK, To start out with I wear a men's 38/woman's 18/20. I measure 53 inches at the widest point of my hips (I call it ghetto booty, LOL). You will need a top sheet from a twin (or larger if desired/needed) sheet set that is of a heavier cotton or jersey. You'll also need enough elastic for a band and/or a pull-cord.

 I can say that you will get a skirt from a dorm sized twin top sheet if you are my size or smaller. Bigger hips then mine might get a slightly different result. For inspiration I drew on "A Petticoat for the Ages" on the Anti-Craft site... then I simplified and changed a few things; mostly that math, the ruffle method and the look of the end result. I don't care for math that much and something this simple didn't really need it. This will also use the hemmed ends as I hate hemming.

You must measure your widest part, your hips and then add 4 inches to get your length for your waistband. For me, it was 57 inches. Write your number down. Following directions will yield a 30 inch long skirt.

First lay your sheet out flat on a large mostly clear surface. I used my floor. Don't mind the mess; it doubles as craft room/game room/living room/ dog play area. Use a chihuahua to weight the fabric. Take your scissors and carefully remove the wider hemmed end from the top end of the sheet. Set aside. This will be your waistband.

Measure out eleven inches along the short edge of one of the long sides. You will be cutting a eleven inch strip from each hemmed long side. A cheater's shortcut would be laying the first strip over the second cut strip and just using it as a guide. Only do this if your first piece is perfect. Wink Be aware, the chihuahua will be checking your work! 10 inches will be the width, and the 1 inch will be your hem allowance.

Using your machine (or hand sewing for those into self torment) stitch one set of ends together. Be sure the hemmed ends are together. This is the lowest tier of your dress. At this time you will have a long thing rectangle roughly 14 feet long, set it aside for now.

Now for the top and center of your skirt.
You will need a middle tier and a top tier. The top tier will be your measurement plus 4 (remember that number from earlier?) long and 21 inches wide. If you want a shorter skirt, decrease that number (I'd say no shorter then 11 inches to not look odd) or a longer skirt increase that number. Be sure to leave an allowance for the hem.

I found it easier to cut the second tier before I cut the top piece. It is yet another 11 inch strip that runs the entire long side of the sheet. Set it aside. Measure a rectangle that is your number long at the top (Plus your inch hem allowance) and add two inches (plus hem!) at the bottom. Cut it out. (You may notice in my pictures that it looks like I used two pieces for my top tier. I did. My sheet had a hot coco stain on it.. hence me turning it into a skirt; thing was brand new!) I simply snipped a straight edge and reattached those pieces.)

Working from the bottom.
Lay the center tier out flat. At this point the chihuahua will be watching you from the chair with an air of disdain so you'll have to use pins to affix the fabric to the floor. First affix the ends and then the center. Each time affix the fabric at the center in the same manner (pull the fabric up till it's tight at the center then pin at that point)

It'll end up like this:
with a pinned fold roughly every 1.5 inches or so. Don't fret if it isn't 100% exact. Sew it up using a nice tight stitch. Bottom ruffle, done.

Repeat this procedure for the next tier. The ruffles will be much more subtle at this point.

Next take that wide hemmed end and attach to the top tier as the waistband. Sew it up nice and neat.

Run some elastic (if that's what you'll be using) through the top hem. Pin each end securely at the open end. Sew up the side seam being sure to sew through the elastic. If using a pull cord, insert grommets (sewn or metal) and run cord through the hem and back out for tying.

Lastly, wear and enjoy. It's cool and drapy, comfy in its looseness and based off one of the more feminine and sexy kinds of dresses out there, the salsa dress. Every time I wear it I get some attention, heh. Makes my guy jealous. Grin

 http://img42.imageshack.us/g/skirt8.jpg/ Clearer pictures. The hosting here made the red look bleedy.
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6  Crazy-quilt Crochet Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by katsrevenge on: December 10, 2007 05:10:38 PM
My very first big blanket. It fits a twin bed nicely and it took me roughly a year. I made it for a friend of mine that I don't get to see much anymore.

Well, as you can see, it is modeled after old fashioned crazy quilts in which many different scraps of fabric were taken and sewn together to create a huge pile of color. I had bunches of little balls of yarn, a huge bag in fact, most of them over twenty years old and a desire to make them finally useful... and a friend in need of a blanket. Thus was born the Crazy Crochet!

It is very colourful. I used it as an excuse to learn lots of different stitches as well, so you will see that not all are alike. I felt this played well with the original crazy quilt.


An Irish Traditional Rose in yellow, the friendship color. I just felt it to be a nice touch.

I hope you enjoyed. Smiley

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