Got my last sets in the mail today! Thank you to everyone who swapped with me! It was so much fun!
And from Mfupi
@fabric inchies discussion: Mine were stiffened with a bunch of different things. Some were just thick (like the quilted ones), some had interfacing (the heart ones), some had paper in them, and some had hot glue, which really stiffened them up. The felt I mounted them on was pretty sturdy too, so they're pretty much indestructible.
Absolutely beautiful !! You say its simple, but you've got me lost. Any chance you can do a step by step (don't particularly need photo's, but don't quite understand how you cut the waist out) I've got a couple of scarves, lovely material but don't know what to do with them.. This would be perfect, so hope you don't mind me nicking your idea !
Cheers E :-)
Sure! Don't worry about nicking this idea; I got it from the lovely scarf dresses that were in last season.
This fabric was a panel with 4 scarves printed on it, but it would work equally well if you just sewed the scarves together along the edges. I hemmed all the outside edges with a baby hem, so that I had one big square, kind of like a tablecloth. I made my pattern, which was a quarter circle with a circumference big enough that I could pull it up over my hips. (Radius = (Hips + Ease)/(3.14159*2) - .5" for seam allowance) Then I just folded the panel into quarters and placed my pattern on the inside, and cut out the pattern. It looked like this:
For the waistband, I just used a strip of fabric that was roughly the same size as the hole I had cut out, then sewed it on, folded it over, and sewed it almost all the way shut, leaving a hole for the elastic to go in. You can make a waistband out of bias tape or stretchy ribbing too, but I had a few strips leftover from the baby hems, so I put those to use. I've got one more, and it's making a lovely headband.
I have had this fabric for absolutely forever (at least a year, anyway. It was on super clearance at fabric.com, and I snatched up without thinking about what on earth you do with teal paisley scarves), and since I needed some instant gratification, I whipped up a skirt to wear to dance class tonight. It started as a ~72" square panel, so all I had to do was hem it (not so gratifying when you're working with slippery satin) and add an easy elastic waistband. It was awesome, and I'm mad at myself for being scared of working with the fabric until now. I even got a compliment on it while I was dancing! (Of course, compliments from men really mean "Nice legs", but I'll pretend that he was really complimenting my sewing skills. )
Since I am quickly running out of clothes that my dance class hasn't seen yet, I'm probably going to have to whip up a few more of these, along with some dresses that I've been wanting to put together for a while. More excuses to sew!
This is a better picture of the length, so you can see how it sits on me. It's mid-thigh at the shortest, and almost-ankle at the longest. I'm pretty tall, so it probably wouldn't be so scandalous on a normal sized person, although it would be ridiculously long.
And because no skirt post is acceptable without a spinny picture, here's a really terrible one. It's very pretty while it spins, though, and the long points keep the short parts from flying up.
I'm a crafter at college, and I try and wear mostly skirts, because, like Aislynn said, you can throw a tee shirt over them and be ready for class, or put on a nice blouse and be ready for presentations and dressy dinners and things like that. They're fun to make, too, and everyone is so impressed when you brag about it. xD
This is what my room looks like (sorry for the mess, but my desk is always a disaster area). I have a really big desk with a bed over it, but I put the mattress under the desk and store fabric above. I have a ton of plastic boxes for holding fabric, so they sit up there and stack nicely. If you have a lot of fabric, you should definitely get some of these, because they're so incredibly handy and they fit just about anywhere. You can tell that I'm always rifling through them, because I never shut the lids, so there's fabric just hanging out everywhere. Same goes for the dresser by the window. That weird black and white thing is actually my sewing bag. xD
The sewing machine sits on my desk next to the laptop and in front of the printer, and I have a bookcase for textbooks and sewing books and patterns. If I need more desk space, I just push stuff back (which is where the mess comes from) or put the cover on it and stick it in one of the nooks and crannies. My ironing board folds up and can be hidden away, and the dresser it's on top of is full of sewing implements and clothes.The rest of my clothes are in the closets (I have two! I was lucky this year! ) and in boxes, because I don't need my shorts in the middle of winter.
This year, I was lucky and ended up with a nice big single, but I've been in doubles with no problems, except for less closet space. When that happens, I just leave more stuff in boxes, and only take out stuff that I know I'll want to wear.
Fit For Real People. It's my bible for pattern alterations, just because pretty much *every* fitting issue I've ever had is addressed in there. It's definitley worth getting, or at least picking up from the library.
Messing with the armholes will definitley make the garment a bit more restrictive, especially if the arms are supposed to be fitted. In that case, two piece sleeves would make the alteration a lot easier, because you can add to the middle without deforming the cap. The picture illustrates it better than I can with words, because I pulled it out of the book. Ssshh, don't tell anyone.
(They also added to the underarm seam, because they were letting out the side seams of the bodice too, but you don't need to do that.)
I got an absolutely fantastic package from Liralen today! Sadly, my not-so-fantastic camera-batteries died in the middle of my impromptu photo shoot, so half of the pictures are from my really-not-fantastic-in-the-least webcam. Woo grainy overexposed shots!
The box of magic and wonder before I ripped into it. (The sheet music is J.S. Bach's Musette. More on that later.)
An awesome shrug It fits perfectly, and the colors are just right! It's also nice and snuggly.
Two gorgeous Bracelets I <33333 the Green hemp bracelet. It's my absolute favorite. Also visible is a super awesome rapunzel scarf (it makes a great belt) and one of the matching necklaces
<this is where my camera died>
More of that beautiful scarf, and both of the necklaces
(The hemp one is longer, but I tied it back so that you can see the beads.)
A comfy headband, complete with crazy art teacher hair! It's perfect! (Ignore my giant googly eyes. I'm wearing funky contacts. I don't have crazy-eyed-alien-disease. xD )
And the pièce de résistance: A scarf with Bach's Musette on it! This is absolutely amazing and I love it to pieces. As a music geek, this is the just the coolest thing ever. My friends are *totally* jealous. It rocks.
And one more headband. I have them layered here. They look super cute that way.
Lolz gang signz yo.
Thank you so much Liralen! This is seriously the coolest swap package ever. I can't stop smiling about everything in it.