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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: The Pattern Share - online pattern drafting app on: February 27, 2013 06:56:32 PM
It's very neat. Do you have a FAQ of what all those measurements are? Like the waist to hip? Is that the ratio?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: fabric substitute for wool for making a coat? on: February 27, 2013 06:48:06 PM
Thing with the wool fake fabrics is that most of them pill up pretty fast. Or at least that has been my luck if I'm not wearing a natural fibre (my preference as it is easier on the environment then petroleum products; wool grows back every year, it's hard to undo a drilling operation or oil spill).

Have you looked at heavy linens? They look very nice in coats for work. Line it with a cotton flannel and it would be nice and warm.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing machine for beginner on: February 26, 2013 02:53:49 PM
I have a brother xl-3750. They run around a hundred bucks. It's very easy to use and has held up very well. It also is sturdy enough to take on heavy fabrics and bigger projects...and when you are ready to do complex stuff it will be able to handle it.

Only bad thing I have to say about it is that the thing does not shir.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to decrease neck hole and arm holes in pattern? Simplicity 2917 on: February 25, 2013 11:04:52 AM
Hoping someone can help...

I recently made Simplicity 2917 variant c and d. (It's the one with the red/pink dress not the vintage with the green dress that pops up in google: http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/19039 ). I made the shirt from a rather thin cotton print and the dress from a very light flannel. I made it to my measurements too. Neither fabric really has any stretch to it, and both have been washed and are not stiff.

Basically, the neck is too big. So are the armholes. I made the shirt first, I ended up having to remove the zipper panel and add darts to the bust area at the arms to make those not gap either. The dress, I changed the pattern a little to try and fix that. First I shortened the back centre the 4 or so inches I had to take in

I know the pattern is supposed to sit far out on the shoulders but on me it is slipping off. And if I sit, it gapes open on both items.

And, I don't need the zipper on the dress either.. I can slip it on over my head. I did convert the zipper to a side lapped zipper (because I hate zipping up my back!) I'm thinking they are just too big, but I followed directions and made true to size. Do their patterns always run this loose?

I'm going to alter the dress to fit.. but how in the heck do I fix the over-wide neck? And what would be the best way to alter the pattern pieces? Thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Upper thigh/crotch tears - help on: March 19, 2012 10:49:46 PM
I haven't been wearing pants that much recently... but I read somewhere about how they put very soft suede in the seats of horse or bike riding pants in a big triangle like shape. (fold leather, cut triangle with fold at bottom) They sew the shape into the seat of the pants with the seams far enough out to be comfy in.

It seems like it might work in jeans too.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Simplicity 2947 AKA Halter Top Dress on: March 16, 2012 12:00:50 PM
By the time I went to finish it I knew it wouldn't fit. I did it to do it.

I will admit to being a bit nervous about slicing up my pattern to fix it though!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Simplicity 2947 AKA Halter Top Dress 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.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Fitting/HOW to use Simplicity 2947? And others.. on: March 13, 2012 10:37:48 PM
I ended up cutting the pattern to the biggest size... this way I can play with how it fits/lays in a non-knit. It's just a simple halter top dress. I'm hoping it will work in non-knit! (Mostly because I have this awesome fabric...but also because decent knits are an arm and a leg here.)

And if needed.. I have buttons, zippers and all the fixings.

Thanks for the explanation of the dots. And for all the use of the fabric.
I've never made sleeves... and I've never made a dress with anything but straight bits.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern Fitting/HOW to use Simplicity 2947? And others.. on: March 13, 2012 01:37:00 PM
No one..? I've watched youtube videos/read websites on patterns.. and I'm about to just wing it.

I was just hoping someone else had made this one is all! Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with this top on: March 10, 2012 04:56:41 PM
I think it needs something to break up the middle. I like the sash idea.. maybe usesome white fabric there? Or put in an under bust solid panel? I'd also put in small side slits to help. Give movement to the shirt. If you lack fabric to back them, use some white instead.
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