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In 14+, sizing on 21 March, 2010 at 4:21 pm

sizing is always a difficult one, as everyone is different; this may sound simplistic, but it makes the world of difference when you’re trying to get something to fit.  My experience with generic sizing is that it’s always wrong, either the waist is too small, and anything to fit my waist is about three sizes too big on the hips, or the shoulders are way too broad, and i end up looking like i’m wearing a sack.   not quite the look i ever go for.

i’ve done some research on the net and amongst my friends, and this is what i’ve come up with as a comfortable fit up to a size 40.  i work on the assumption that women have boobs, tummies and thighs, all of which aren’t quite as firm as we’d like them to be, but there you go.  that plate of pasta looks better than a carrot.

this doesn’t at all mean i’m not willing to make clothes for women who have smaller boobs, or who do in fact have flat tummies 🙂


Baby in Golden Daisy

In clothing, dresses on 18 March, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I look to make clothes for normally sized people that flatter assets and hide liabilities, using clever designs and more than a few tricks of the eye.

This is a very simple babydoll dress made out of local cotton twill; my own design and pattern. The fabric comes from the da Gama company, who make the better known shweshwe fabric. This just caught my eye, and I can’t seem to get enough of the big happy golden daisies.

For this dress, I chose to use the failsafe empire line, with gathering under the breast; this is a gentle finish that adds bulk to the bust, while making the area below look slimmer in conrast.

This dress shows a bit of cleavage, and again uses the empire line.  The dress is knee length, and best of all has inset pockets which are big enough for a cellphone or keys.

Delicate cotton lace finishes off the neckline and the armholes, and the dress is fastened with a zip at the back.

I currently have this dress in this fabric available in sizes 10, 12 & 18;  they’ll go up on etsy, and I will be making it in other fabrics soon.

whatiworetoday: 17 march 2010

In what i wore today on 18 March, 2010 at 11:17 pm

this is from yesterday 🙂

i managed to put together a completely locally made outfit yesterday for a beautiful summer’s day here in durban.

starting at the top, i made the alice band

earrings: bought from ‘cute as a button’ at the i ♥ market

necklace: bought from the guy around the corner from the woolies on davenport, on valentine’s day

dress: i made this myself from my own design, out of seed cloth which was locally manufactured.  the design is called betty, and is currently for sale in moss green cotton at the LDC – old eurphoria on davenport.