Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Loving the Trees

I've come to figure out that a lot of people like trees. Like lots and lots and lots of people. And they like all kinds of trees. Trees are fun to make. Last week I put together a really beautiful tree set. And the fat girls are gonna be SOOOO happy cuz it will fit them, too.

Usually I make my open-back (apron) tops using the same pattern I've been using for years. It has gathered cups, and casing at each side in the back for the straps to lace thru and tighten. Well, I'm getting bored with them. So last year I started making some with darts and lace-ups in the back. Those gathered cups aren't gonna do squat for girls larger than a C cup. The darts give more firm support for those with ample titties. This year, I've been making bodices for the apron tops on a whim with each version. In other words, I pretty much make up a new pattern each top. Seems kind of silly--to keep having to remeasure and re-mark, but whatever. Sometimes they turn out different than I expected, but so far, no negative results. A more recent longer version apron top has straps that lie a bit further apart than I had anticipated. But it looks kind of cool--sets the neckline up differently. I like that.

So back to the tree set. There are so many wicked looking trees around here in my neck of the woods. Heck, they're all over, if you get a chance to take a look around. I love how they keep creeping up to the sun, and I keep thinking this as I stitch the stems and limbs upward along my the skyline I've created with other fabrics.

When I grew up, we had a great big ol' Weeping Willow in the back corner of our yard. We would swing from the branches, hopping the fence that created the border between my friends house and ours. Later, when we grew older (and fatter), that fence had bent, our landing and descending post, and her parents were angry that we'd damaged it. No more swinging from that tree. Thunderstorms whacked away at some of her great limbs over the years to come, and now, sadly, that tree is all but a memory.

Ode to the old weeping willow, this tree set is. I added leaf stitching to mimic that ol' Weepin' Willow. . .With a freshly designed bodice that has two darts for big boobs. I'm wearing a strapless bra with a clear back in it for the pics. Haha! betcha wouldn't have even noticed!!!

This one will go up for sale at Reggae Fest in Ohio next weekend. If it's not sold there, you will see it on the website, along with a few other pieces when I return.

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Heather {naturally crafted mama} said...

Ooooo there's the pics! LOVE this set! The skirt came out amazing!

Justine said...

I just have to say that I really enjoyed writing this blog entry.

If only my crafty friends would write more too!


Danielle said...

the tree set is stunning mama!

Lesley of Banana Pants Clothes said...

I love trees too! And they're so fun to make for appliques.

Thanks so much for the encouraging words on my blog, by the way!

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