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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How do I get over my intense hatred of pinning and cutting out pattern pieces?? on: September 12, 2012 09:36:33 AM
So I've clothes from pattern before. I'm getting to be a decent seamstress.

But why, WHY do I hate cutting and pinning patterns so much??

I'm not sure what it is about it, but I dread it, I hate it the whole time I'm doing it, and I always find that I just can't wait to get to the actual sewing. and it keeps me from making stuff as much as I'd like to.

Like right now. I have beautiful fabric, all the notions and thread, and the pattern for a button down blouse (I've even made them before, just from a different pattern, so I know I have to follow this one)
and yet here I sit on the couch, looking at sewing blogs, avoiding making anything.

Does anyone else feel this way?
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / empire waist dress help on: August 16, 2012 10:08:20 AM
this is a problem i have a lot. i seem to be able to make dresses just fine with stretchy knit fabric but i am completely lost on how to make a dress out of non stretchy fabric woven type fabric with a flowy skirt and a fitted bodice.

I like the look of an empire waist on me as long as the bodice is fitted because its very flattering to my body--I am smallest right under my bust and then I just get larger from there till you get to the bottom of my hips, which are the size of Texas.

So I have tried to stitch elastic into the top of the skirt portion, but then when i stitch that to the bottom of the bodice, it billows out at the top of the waist, making my hips look much larger.
I was thinking of gathering the skirt at the waist and then stitching it to the bodice but i am not experienced enough to know how to do that.
and would that even work?  Huh

thanks for any advice

13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Cute Yellow Gingham Summer Dress on: July 02, 2012 07:46:00 PM
Dress From Scratch, No Pattern
Here is a summer dress I made from scratch. I used a very lightweight yellow gingham fabric.

The bust and back of bust are shirred and the bust is ruched a bit for definition. The edges of the bust are bound with yellow lace trim into a sweetheart neckline. The sleeves are trimmed in yellow lace as well and the hem falls about 2-3 inches above my knee. The skirt has a bit of flounce to it because I find that in plus size sewing, it is useful to have a bit of extra fabric in the front so that my stomach will not protrude. Especially with woven fabrics--I am not the kind of person who likes to wear skin tight clothes.
Instead, I defined my waist below my chest and made the bust area interesting to draw the eye upward so there is less attention on my generously proportioned lower body ;p

Furthermore, I just wanted to note that covering the entire body on plus sized women (longer cuts on dresses and long sleeves) is one of the worst things to do because it make us look even larger. I am not one big block of fat, I have curves. Some of them thicker and larger than others, but I am not square or circular, I am  dynamic. You all are too. And you all are beautiful. Plus sized or not.

Rant over.

This is possibly the most comfortable dress for hot weather ever. The dip at the hem in the middle is that extra drape of fabric I was talking about. It really helps the flow of the dress, but it looks odd in photos. also, the way I'm standing makings the sleeves look like they're different lengths, but I promise they're not Smiley

I tend to wear knit shorts underneath though, because my area has a tendency to get windy a lot!

Also, this looked super cute with white sandals (not flipflops) and a white purse.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Altered thrift store dress--unflattering to sexy! on: July 02, 2012 07:43:05 PM
I found this dress at the Salvation Army a couple weeks ago for about $4. I fell in love with the colors but was not so happy about the waistline, the elastic cuffs on the sleeves, and the high neckline. it was very unflattering.

So I brought the waist up to empire length (straight below my bust... tends to be a very flattering style on plus size women), shortened the sleeves, and changed the style of the bust to a plunge v-neck. Using a ribbon constructed from the material of the dress, I wrapped around the new waistline and created a buttonhole in the lower center of the bust. Then I threaded both ends through and around and tied them. Hard to explain but its a technique I start using a while ago that seems to draw the eye upward and away from my stomach.

I also love the diagonal lines of the dress and how the lines are interrupted by the flow of the fabric.

The only thing I dislike about the dress is that the fabric is completely synthetic and not very breathable... But the color and pattern are so fun that I forget that I'm just a little overheated! Cheesy

Much better, although a strange picture of me. I think The Manflesh was getting tired of taking pictures of me.

Here is the unfortunate before--see, entirely unflattering. There needs to be more going on up top to break up the expanse of the lighter pink.

it took me only about 25 minutes to do the alterations. Moral of the story: thrift stores rock! Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / another neck tie skirt :) on: July 02, 2012 07:38:06 PM
this is my first one but i know yall have seen about 1000 of them... but its been on my to do list and its a bit hit when i wear this around town so apparently they've never seen one Smiley

Made from my Grandpa's old ties Smiley

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First jeans from scratch on: June 10, 2012 11:29:40 PM
I learned a lot while making these.

Pictures of me in them proved to be too embarrassing to even look at. I also realized I sewed on the back pockets asymmetrically so I will have to change them before I wear them in public. Although, its summer anyway.
The back pockets are the gray fabric with red lace on it. The side pockets are red plaid fabric but they stick out too much and make my hips look ridiculous so I'm going to take them out.
The fabric is a very lightweight denim and I didn't know how to do a real jeans fly so I just did a zipper... the 7 inch zipper was ridiculously long but I was too nervous to shorten it. Afraid I'm going to break my machine needle.
um what else... I didn't use a pattern... and I probably should have. so now I have a pattern and am going to make these again.

like I said, I learned a lot.

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Reducing one's fabric stash when one doesn't want to on: May 27, 2012 11:38:26 AM
Not sure where this goes but I'm sure we all have a little more fabric than our SO's/roommate's preference... I am moving to a new apartment in July and I have a ****ton of fabric. in fact, a lot of it is clothes that I want to reconstruct but there's also a lot of sizeable fabric (not just little scraps). Mostly all of it is from thrift stores as I can't afford to shop at the only fabric stores in my town (Jo Ann and Hobby Lobby) so I have this feeling in me to save all the fabric I can...

But I just have too much. And there's not enough room for it, the rest of my stuff, and the bf's stuff. Getting a storage locker is not possible and my parents don't live close enough for me to store the stuff there.

so what I need is advice on how to make myself part with some fabric.

I'd say I probably have 6-10 large plastic tubs worth of it (although its pretty much all on the floor and in corners and my closet). maybe more.
And I'd say I only have room for a closet's worth and possibly 1-2 tubs.

Thanks for any help
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / phone case turned more protective phone case with faux fur! on: May 21, 2012 11:02:23 PM
you know those furry seatbelt pads?? My mom gave me her old one because she didn't need it anymore so i cut it up and handsewed it onto my phone case.
i'm always dropping my phone and i'm always worried about something happening to it even with the protective case. so I sewed faux fur on it. still get a bit worried but feel a bit more safe and a "lottle" bit more fabulous!

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Not your average pants to purse recon... pleather and studs!! WAY too many pics! on: May 21, 2012 10:53:06 PM
I have wanted a biiiiig slouchy pleather bag forever. pleather doesn't last as long, true, but I didn't want it to get ruined if it suddenly started raining with no warning, and it seems to do that a lot where I live.

made this GINORMOUS bag out of a pair of size 6 pleather pants that I got from goodwill for $6. the bottom is a rectangle made of two layers of pleather and a layer of heavy interfacing inbetween, the lining is bright red, and it has a double pull black zipper. the strap is long enough to be worn cross-body for when my shoulder hurts, but is not so long that it hangs to low if I just have it on one shoulder. since they were only size 6, i had to add in a large panel in the back so the back pockets of the pants ended up on the back side but that works fine for me. All the pockets are still functional, as is the zipper from the fly  Cheesy but not the button. you know how that front pocket on the right side always has that little pocket inside? well that's perfect for my chapstick Smiley

it has 60 pyramid studs on the outside but i am planning to add more. I bought the last two packs that hobby lobby had (only 30 per pack...wtf) and i usually just buy studded belts but there are currently none in the thrift stores and the cheapest one around here is a walmart belt for $8... i might wait for hobby lobby to get more. i'll see. for now, this gets the point across.

I didn't use a pattern--didn't really need one. just sort of winged it. based the size loosely on a messenger bag i have.

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make this gorgeous drapey cardigan??? on: May 14, 2012 09:04:21 PM
I know how to make a basic cardigan, but no experience with draping at all (besides the fact that I love drapey clothing lol)... Halfway decent sewing skills.

I know I would need quite a soft slouchy fabric... (probably would cost a ton at jo-ann... but i'll save up i guess)

Any advice please and thanks?

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