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From: blackie
Date: 06-14-2007, 07:55 PM (1 of 3)
I recently joined a Wardrobe Refashion ( effort. This was silly on my part because it means for SIX MONTHS I won't be buying any clothes new for my family. All thrifted / repurposed or sewn.

Here was my first project for me ( and, yeah, I'm not happy. My seam finishes were kind of iffy (getting to know my mom's serger). I need to learn how to do an FBA (sigh!). I don't even know where to start with sewing for myself more...

This article in Craft magazine ( kind of illustrated the reason I have sewn more for my family than myself. My curves and understanding fit! I have such a frustrating time getting a good fit! And I don't even know where to start. Part of the difficulty is I'm not used to looking at my body critically, measuring it, or even knowing it's dimensions. It sounds odd to say but I feel very clumsy just going about it.

Today my husband (very sweetly) ordered me Fit For Real People by Palmer - it was a "wish list" book and he bought it for me! (along with the Stretch & Sew knits book and World Vegetarian, an excellent cookbook - what a nice gift on his part!).

But I digress. This 6-month commitment is going to really challenge my skills. I feel totally confident sewing for my children; for my husband and I it's going to be a lot trickier.

Any advice or more importantly, moral support is appreciated.
see the mundane life of a housewife.
User: blackie
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 594
From: mommydionne
Date: 06-14-2007, 09:45 PM (2 of 3)
Blackie you should have total confidence in your sewing skills, if you can tackle Ottobre adult sewing should be no problem,
As for the boobage problem....:bg: Silhouette patterns have cup size alterations, don't work for me b/c they don't go down to an A :bluewink: but she has separate pieces for B,C and D cups. and don't be afraid of darts, even in t-shirts, they add shaping and when you have smallish shoulders and a bigger bust you may even need one occasionally in your shoulder seam,
sounds like a cool challange, I'm too much of a shopaholic to try:cool:
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: ninifav
Date: 06-15-2007, 10:04 PM (3 of 3)
But aren't you clever and talented...If I had to wear what I made for myself, then I'd have to turn into a hermit...Man, I'll bet this will give you tons of confidence to try new things...
User: ninifav
Member since: 09-06-2004
Total posts: 204
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