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post #1 of 28
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I have found that because I'm so broad shouldered (would have made a good football player, lol!) a lot of ladies dresses simply don't fit right. For that reason, I do make a lot of my dresses, and since I'm going to be playing for a quartet again, it gave me an excuse to dig out a couple of patterns that I had ......now to start looking for fabric!

This is one of them:

post #2 of 28
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and this is the second one:
post #3 of 28
i do that for my mother...she has very broad shoulders too, we love making dresses, those are very pretty!
post #4 of 28
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Glad to know that I'm not the only one! Thing is, I'm small busted to go with it, so if the shoulders fit....the chest doesn't! And I can make the skirt on the suit a bit longer, so I don't continually pull at it while I'm playing!
post #5 of 28
that's me...my mother is very large breasted though (she should have shared with me!) i never can buy clothes that fit and frequently make my own, to custom fit them to me...it's a talent i come by naturally, sewing that is, see i can't use a pattern to save my life! but i can whip up an outfit in no time
post #6 of 28
I like both patterns, Cindy, and wish I had the time and patience to sew. My mom and grandmother used to make a lot of our clothes, and I grew very frustrated when I started to buy stuff off the rack, since I'm very broad-shouldered and long-waisted.
post #7 of 28
I sometimes make my own, but really, It can be hard to find nice things at the store. My skin is very sensitive, and thers' so littlein the store that doesn't make my skin crawl
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by jcat
I like both patterns, Cindy, and wish I had the time and patience to sew. My mom and grandmother used to make a lot of our clothes, and I grew very frustrated when I started to buy stuff off the rack, since I'm very broad-shouldered and long-waisted.
It's the time factor that usually gets me, Tricia. I do a lot of the cutting and such while I'm here working the register at the store. Occasionally I have been known to bring my machine out here and sew some too, when there's nobody in.

[quote=meiam] \tthat's me...my mother is very large breasted though (she should have shared with me!) i never can buy clothes that fit and frequently make my own, to custom fit them to me...it's a talent i come by naturally, sewing that is, see i can't use a pattern to save my life! but i can whip up an outfit in no time[quote]

I have a habit of using the pattern once as its made, then "changing" it design-wise to suit myself! Still don't understand why off the rack clothes and "made" clothes cannot have the same types of facings! Patterns seem to make the biggest facings that I've ever seen, nothing like off the rack ones do!
post #9 of 28
I think these are great! not that you asked me for my opinion or anything, but I think you have great taste in what will flatter you, Cindy.....I do like the very first dress in red with the side-tie at the waist, as this will give you some shape if the shoulders fit across but the bustline doesn't. I love that white suit, classic and VERY stylish.
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
I think these are great! not that you asked me for my opinion or anything, but I think you have great taste in what will flatter you, Cindy.....I do like the very first dress in red with the side-tie at the waist, as this will give you some shape if the shoulders fit across but the bustline doesn't. I love that white suit, classic and VERY stylish.
Thanks E ~ but there is one thing I can almost guarantee.....that I will NOT be making the suit in white, although it would be beautiful in whilte linen, 'cause I cannot for the life of me keep white clean!
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
Thanks E ~ but there is one thing I can almost guarantee.....that I will NOT be making the suit in white, although it would be beautiful in whilte linen, 'cause I cannot for the life of me keep white clean!
I know what you mean! We took sandy puppy to the big dog park all day Saturday and I had on white jeans. NOT.
post #12 of 28
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I know what you mean! We took sandy puppy to the big dog park all day Saturday and I had on white jeans. NOT.
E~, I have only one question for you? What were you thinking?
post #13 of 28
Ohh cindy!
The second pattern would be lovely for me going to a wedding!
post #14 of 28
Very nice. I like all the dresses. Post a picture of the finished project. I would love to see your work.
post #15 of 28
Cindy, those patterns look great -- classic! I especially like the first one. I used to sew, but haven't for years. More power to you if you can organize yourself to do it!!
post #16 of 28
Those are very lovely, Cindy. I like the first dress in ivory/white. It would look really nice in beige!! I wish I could sew!!! You're a lady of many talents!! You play the piano, you can sew your own clothes, you can run a bakery...etc. What CAN'T you do????????
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Kellyyfaber
Those are very lovely, Cindy. I like the first dress in ivory/white. It would look really nice in beige!! I wish I could sew!!! You're a lady of many talents!! You play the piano, you can sew your own clothes, you can run a bakery...etc. What CAN'T you do????????
Lol, thanks Kelly! As for the answer to that? The only thing that I cant do is something that I don't WANT to do, or something that you tell me that I'm going to do .......ya know?
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
I have found that because I'm so broad shouldered (would have made a good football player, lol!) a lot of ladies dresses simply don't fit right. For that reason, I do make a lot of my dresses, and since I'm going to be playing for a quartet again, it gave me an excuse to dig out a couple of patterns that I had ......now to start looking for fabric!

This is one of them:

Can't see the pics, unfortunately, on my system.

What do you play???????????
post #19 of 28
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Hey Sarah, if you go here http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi

there is a search bar on the left side, a little ways down the page. If you type in B4064
you'll see the pic for the first one, and B4447 is the second one. Clicking on "show details" actually is the picture that I used, what is on the pattern envelope.


Oh, and I play the piano. As a matter of fact, this summer will mark the 27th year that I have been playing, and the 26th year that I have been our church pianist!
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy
Hey Sarah, if you go here http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/butterick/shop.cgi

there is a search bar on the left side, a little ways down the page. If you type in B4064
you'll see the pic for the first one, and B4447 is the second one. Clicking on "show details" actually is the picture that I used, what is on the pattern envelope.


Oh, and I play the piano. As a matter of fact, this summer will mark the 27th year that I have been playing, and the 26th year that I have been our church pianist!
Oooh! Yay for you - I love the piano. I have been playing for 17 years. Plus I used to play the oboe for many years, too. I played that in the Western Australian Youth Symphony Orchestra for a year when I was 16. It was wonderful! I would have loved the chance to play in a smaller ensemble, though - it sounds lovely that you can do what you love as part of your life.
post #21 of 28
OH Cindy, how I envy you for being able to sew. I can barely do a button. I like the second one the best! How pretty and classic!!
post #22 of 28
I like the purple and cream one
post #23 of 28
We should start a broad shouldered women thread. I really haven't done much sewing lately. I can find a good pattern but never good fabric. I hear you on the facings-won't you think that would have been modified over the years?? Did you ever sew any Vogue patterns----those are soo confusing!!
post #24 of 28
They're all lovely! I especially like the pink one though!

I used to make a lot of my own clothes (odd tastes, you see!) but sadly haven't had time recently!

I'd love to see your outfit when you've made it!
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by GailC
We should start a broad shouldered women thread. I really haven't done much sewing lately. I can find a good pattern but never good fabric. I hear you on the facings-won't you think that would have been modified over the years?? Did you ever sew any Vogue patterns----those are soo confusing!!
I like that idea Gail! I wouldn't mind it so bad if I had the bust to match, but alas, I'm lacking in that area! Usually if I can fit the bust, the shoulders are waaaay to tight, and if the shoulders fit, the bust area sags and bags. That's one reason when I buy the off the rack dresses I'm prone to buy the tank style dresses with loose flowing jackets, they work pretty well! I'm glad too, to know I'm not the only one who wonders about the facings.....I'm the worlds worst to modify mine anyway, just 'cause I hate all that excess fabric. I had one Vogue pattern many moons ago, and I'm talking probably 1985 or so, I adored it, but you're right they are confusing. And yes, I have been sewing my own clothes since I was a teenager! Drove my Home Ec teacher nuts, 'cause I already knew how to sew before I got to her class, she admitted that I could probably sew better than she could!
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Sar
They're all lovely! I especially like the pink one though!

I used to make a lot of my own clothes (odd tastes, you see!) but sadly haven't had time recently!

I'd love to see your outfit when you've made it!
Lol, that's one reason I like to sew my own too, Sarah! My tastes in clothes and fabric patterns tend NOT to run with the readymade industry! I will try when I get one or two made to look this thread up and post them, but may be a couple of weeks!


And before anyone asks, I do NOT sew for the public! There's waay to many variables and too much stress there, lol!
post #27 of 28
Aww you guys! I would kill for broad shoulders! I've got big boobs and hips and unfortunately not the shoulders to balance it out so I always feel like I look apple-shaped!!

There's nothing quite so beautiful and statuesque as a broad-shouldered lady!
post #28 of 28
These dresses are beautiful, Cindy! You truly are a woman of many talents. You're going to make these dresses look fabulous! Not only will your wonderful music stand out among the rest, so will your beauty and attire!
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