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1  beginner sewer needs help with altering pattern sizes....... in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by jen53207 on: February 28, 2008 12:30:19 PM
thanks in advance for the help!

I'm new at making adult clothes and am really having trouble figuring out how to alter a pattern so that it will fit me. I am tall (5'10") and am apple shaped and here are how my measurements look.

front view....

side view....

My problems are.....

I have a really small chest but a large ribcage so the bodices I make just gape in the front and look ridiculous.

I have no waist to speak of. Just a straight line from top to bottom.

My hips in relationship to my waist are very narrow. And I have small thighs compared to everything else so I don't need all the extra room that patterns give me.

I also have this lovely spare tire that lies in between where my waist and my hips are. I have lost about 40 lbs over the last several years and unfortunately I think that roll will be with me forever so I need to figure out how to sew around it.

My main question is......what is easier to go with a pattern that is large enough that fits my waist and then ends up being huge for my hips and bust and try to take those in or do I go with a pattern size that is right for my bust and hips and try to enlarge the waist?

Any pointers would be appreciated even if they seem obvious I'd love to hear it.
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2  It's a THOMAS-aurus Rex in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jen53207 on: October 25, 2007 02:25:16 PM

Get it!?!? My soon to be 4 year old DS loves Thomas the Train and Dinosaurs and couldn't decide between the two on what to be for Halloween.

So I give you the Thomas-aurus Rex --

That's my DH in his store-bought costume  Tongue
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3  A whale of a first stenciling project in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jen53207 on: September 20, 2007 07:33:06 AM
My first stenciling project. Done for my 3-year old who loves whales. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out but I wish I had used the silver metallic paint on a darker shirt because it's kind of hard to see. Oh, well, next time.  Smiley Big thank you to Shakespear for her inspiration.

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4  Re: Show off your cake decorating skills! in Dessert by jen53207 on: September 14, 2007 04:55:47 PM
My son's 1st birthday (elmo).....

2nd birthday (aquarium)....

3rd birthday (stegosaurus)....

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5  New PJ's for my little guy. in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jen53207 on: September 06, 2007 03:20:19 PM
My first sewing project posted. I'm so proud of these.  Grin Up until now I've only made my son halloween costumes. This is the first clothing item I've made for him. I think they turned out pretty cute. I had to put the big block of fabric on the shirt to cover up all the little holes I made trying to applique the individual dinosaurs to the shirt. Big mistake. At least you can't see the holes anymore.

My Model.....

Finished PJ's....

Close-up of fabric.....
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6  Lemony Pesto Pasta with Shrimp in Recipes and Cooking Tips by jen53207 on: August 24, 2007 06:50:00 AM

Serves: 4

9 oz dried pasta (I used penne)
7 oz pesto sauce
8 oz shrimp, peeled and deveined
1-1/2 tsp lemon zest
olive oil
3 green onions, sliced

Cook pasta according to directions. In a separate skillet cook shrimp in olive oil. Take off heat and add pesto sauce and zest to shrimp. Mix into drained pasta and top with green onions.

This was a huge disappointment for me. I have had pesto in other things but in much smaller amounts but this was too much for me. Disappointing because it looks sooooo good and was really easy to make but I didn't care for the taste. Maybe another pesto lover will try it and like it.

Note: I would add more shrimp than the recipe calls for because I love shrimp and only 2 oz per person isn't nearly enough Grin
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