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1  Re: Based off the circle skirt tutorial. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by maliboo_barbie on: June 23, 2006 07:04:55 PM

May I make a suggestion? To keep the hem from twisting, either pin it or press it or both before you sew it.

Nice work!

I love the wide yoke & the fabric!!  Smiley

 I have a sewing book with a chapter called "Press Now--Or Pay Later."  I have learned a great deal from taking the time to press. 
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2  Re: New to sewing clothes ... where to start? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by maliboo_barbie on: June 23, 2006 01:14:40 PM
Pinky K:  I like your raffia purse, BTW.
*You and I made the same mistake, LOL I wanted that luxurious look too.  OMG It not only took months to sew, with many dreadful nights of bad cutting, bad measuring, and bad stitching...my landlady came in once I'd FINALLY finished and told me they were too long and a fire hazard!!  I was beyond mortified!  I hacked off the bottom 1.5' and that passed muster.  No way was I giving them up--took months to buy all that yardage, too.  I'm so NOT made of money!!  Tongue

The color is actually similar to wild roses--deep rougey pink.  The ceiling is 10', and the windows are about 8'x4' (ginormous, and there are 3!)

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3  Re: But it's so plain! D: in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by maliboo_barbie on: June 20, 2006 10:37:16 PM


This is one way to spruce up the edges w/o huge efforts or a serger.  Just do a tight overcast or zigzag stitch on the edges all around...

You definitely can take in the waist area & shorten the sleeves to make it girlier.  Oh, and sparklies on the butterfly!!   Cheesy
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4  Re: SUCH AN UGLY SHIRT! I NEED IDEAS TO MAKE IT WEARABLE! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by maliboo_barbie on: June 14, 2006 11:28:45 PM
I made a big (XXL) man's Champion tee into a skirt.   


I don't have photos yet of my finished skirt. I apologize (no digital camera).
1. Lay out the tee, neck to the north.
2. Cut the sleeves off, close to the seamlines if you need max hip room.  Smiley 
3. Cut across the shoulder seams so the tee is now sort of a goofy tube (the sides will be intact).
4. Using the former neck/shoulder area as the TOP of your skirt (this will be the waist), pull it up
    over your hips.  Decide how long/short you want the finished skirt NOW before you cut. 
5. Cut across the top of the shirt until you have a straight edge because this will be around your waist.
6. Turn the shirt inside out if you haven't already.  Pin/clip the sides where the sleeves used to be.
    The bottom hem of your skirt is the bottom of your former shirt.  The side seams right now will
    look like they only go halfway down.  If you only stitched halfways, you'd end up with funky (but
    not in a good way) bumps at your hips.  To fix that, you'll have to lengthen the side seams.  I just
    stitched from top to bottom hem, making it a narrower wedge as I got towards the bottom.  That
    way I had a basic A-line shape.  You can make it skinnier, too, if that's your thing.  The idea is to
    make the hip seam smooth so it doesn't look dorky. 
7. Roll over enough of that top (former shoulder/chest area) edge TOWARDS THE INSIDE! to make a
    casing for a drawstring.  This can be as wide or narrow as you like or can manage--remember that
    it will take away from the final length of your skirt!  It also has to ultimately hold the ribbon or cord
    that you'll have inside it.  Pin the rolled edge. Press. 
8. You can do a more 'professional' rollover if you fold abt. 1/4" or so, press that, then fold over the
    waist channel amount.  Your choice.  It's not like the general populus will be seeing this.  If they
    are, then that's your choice.  Tongue
9. I added the holes for the drawstring at this point.  You can do a fancy set of buttonholes or add grommets.
    Your choice/your skirt.  They don't have to be glam or flawless.  Your tied drawstring will hide some of it.
    (trust me  Cheesy)
10. Stitch along the wrong side of the fabric, close to the raw edge of your foldover. 
11. String something through that fantabulous channel you just made and wear that bad boy!

PS if the photo doesn't load, it's in the craftster gallery under my name too.  Grin
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