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« on: September 03, 2007 09:14:10 AM »

Craftster has really inspired me to make many things, and I actually have made some of my own clothes, that I really wear!  I have been losing weight (50 lbs so far - 60 to go) and realized that I cannot afford to buy clothes in a zillion different sizes.  So, after getting the book Sew What!  Skirts that I learned about here at Craftster  -thanks to whomever that was-I made some skirts!
  Very comfy lt weight cotton.

  Hate this one -- pleats and big women don't go together in my book.

  This is one of my favs!  Made from upholstery fabric.

  Drawstring pants -- dollar a yd fabric that I bought tons of years ago and actually used to be used to cover a couch on my porch, as well as curtains to cover up my unruly crafting area on the porch, as well as a stuffed cat toy, as well as a purse!  LOL  Very comfy.

  I am pretty proud of these shorts.  Although oddly enough I haven't worn them out yet  lol.

Most of these clothes are too big now.  All were my own patterns, with help from that book, or I looked at a pattern I had for pants for the shorts to get an idea of what to do.  I guess I need to learn to sew faster --lol.  I plan on making some more skirts this week, and will probably stick to back slits so that they can be resized more easily.  I would say these are about a RTW size 20.  I have made attempts at two shirts -- gah awful, but plan on trying again.  My sewing *skills* are pretty basic, as is my machine.

A big thanks to all you wonderfully inspiring Craftsters!!!  (BTW, excuse the hat and ripped tee -- it's laundry day, and my hair looked like crap.)
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2007 09:34:23 AM »

Wow!  You've been very productive.  Congratulations on your successes with sewing and with the weight loss!  Such a smart solution to spending all that money on different sizes and smart to use neutrals and solids so you can get much use out of a few pieces since you're just going to shrink out of them anyway.

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2007 09:52:08 AM »

Awesome weightloss - well done you!! and congrats on your sewing too  Grin The skirts and shorts look good on you, show off those legs  Grin
Are you aiming for some nicely fitted tops next to show off your new shape?

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2007 01:18:58 PM »

Very nice looking skirts, and congrats on your weight loss! I'm going to make myself some shorts because I've run into the same problem, though I'm not losing any weight, it's the other direction. Wink

Good luck with shirts, can't wait to see!

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2007 03:49:28 PM »

Those skirts & trousers look great! I'd say your sewing skills aren't too shabby. Just keep plugging away & soon you'll be itching to try new sewing techniques. Then a new, more expensive sewing machine... then you'll want to start your very own fabric &/or pattern stash. Before you know it, you'll be an advanced beginner & over your head in all good things sewing. Welcome to the club. Wink

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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2007 12:19:30 AM »

The shorts are my favourite - you've achieved an excellent fit.  Congratulations on simultaneously developing healthy sewing/patternmaking skills and a healthy body.

« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2007 08:58:38 AM »

Thanks to all for your kind comments.  I wish I had taken better, close-up pics so I could pick all your brains regarding some minor problems I had with those garments.  It's been a great learning experience, and when/if I ever make a top that will actually fit my huge boobs, I will certainly post it!
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