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1541  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Faux spiral skirt (and how I did it) on: September 27, 2011 01:37:23 PM

I had some black print knit fabric and used it to make a simple top  with short dolman sleeves. There was enough left over to make a very  simple straight skirt but I felt it would be too much on its own and needed a plain fabric to complement it.  Also I have always wanted a spiral skirt but
a) they use such a lot of material  and
b) I hate trying to sew inside curves to outside ones to get a flat curve.

(I have been on Craftster long enough to know that I must always take pictures as I go along - partly so I can do it again and also so if it works out I can explain how it was done. So here goes  Tongue)

I have a pattern for an 8 panel skirt and I used it to  create two types of panel. 
I folded each pattern piece in quarters from hem to the edge of the elastic casing of the waistband.  Then on one piece I drew a diagonal line from the halfway mark on one edge to the bottom quarter mark on the other edge.  The other pattern piece I drew diagonal lines from the top quarter to the halfway line and from the bottom quarter line to the hem.  All the lines slope the same way.

This gave me one two-patch panel and one three-patch panel. I added seam allowances and labelled the paper pieces before cutting them out so  I would know which panel they belonged to and where they went on each panel and which way up.
Then I cut out each piece twice from both fabrics so I had two in the plain and two in the patterned of each piece.  It is important that all the pieces face the same way in order to make the spiral, so you can't fold the fabric in half to do it -  as that would give a mirror image which you don't want.
I also labelled each piece of fabric before I took off the paper pattern so as not to get them muddled up.
Then I assembled the pieces alternating the two fabrics so I ended up with four types of panel.  The picture explains it better than I can.
       Joined the panels together in pairs and then joined the pairs together until I had my skirt. 

The waist is just elasticated and I folded under a narrow allowance and did a lettuce edge for the hem.

The obligatory twirly photos.
Now that I have seen how it works out I will probably try it again with more contrasting colours.  I might also try reducing the panel size and making it a 12 or 16 panel skirt.
1542  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Jean Couch on: September 27, 2011 01:04:13 PM
Oh my goodness. That is amazing.  Such a great idea too.  The denim is hardwearing enough for upholstery fabric and I love the shades of blue and the way you have kept the pockets on the sides for storage.  
1543  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: M1L Increase *Tutorial* on: September 27, 2011 12:55:12 PM
Thank you for this.  I can see it could be a very useful technique and your  pictures and explanation are very clear.
1544  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: apocalypse dress ( and new feather extensions ) on: September 27, 2011 12:46:47 PM
Beautiful dress.   I love the way you have blended the different fabrics together. Like Suzanne - "wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters".
1545  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Chocolate Wrapper Necklace! on: September 25, 2011 11:02:41 PM
What a great idea, and it turned out really nice too.  I only ever used to make little men and horses out of metallic sweet wrappers - to amuse the children of course  Tongue  and not to keep.  Your beads are so much prettier.
1546  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What's a prom? Here, have a formal dress! (just a few medium-sized pics) on: September 25, 2011 04:25:31 AM
A beautiful dress.  Lovely design and execution and I love the ruffly petticoat.
1547  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cards, music, flowers and more cards =P on: September 25, 2011 04:16:54 AM
Very pretty cards.  I like how you tailor them specifically to the recipients.  I think the piano one is my favourite.
1548  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: teeny tiny potions cabinet : snape approved!!! VERY PIC HEAVY on: September 24, 2011 12:19:37 AM
Wow! this is so stunning.  I love the candles on the top. I love all the little bottles you made from beads as well as the ones with magic  ingredients in them. (Memo to self - Must rush out and buy some "magic floor popcorn".  Obviously a vital ingredient for many potions  Wink.)  Also love the bat, the cockatiel feather quill, the skull ..and .. and ... The whole thing is just so amazing.  Thanks for all the lovely pictures.
1549  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Alice in Wonderland *pic heavy* on: September 23, 2011 11:19:03 PM
Very pretty little dress. Thanks for all the lovely pictures.  In the first one she looks as if she has just spotted the rabbit hole. Grin
1550  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sampler-style pillow and ship pillow on: September 23, 2011 11:16:26 PM
I like the idea of a stitch sampler that is useful too.  Love all those stitches and the way you have got them so neat.  The ship is so lovely I would be scared to sit against it for fear of wearing it out.
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