I have a plaid fabric, I'm intending to use it for a wrap skirt. Given the style of the fabric and skirt, I have the idea to leave the edges frayed (both the wrapped part and the hem).
However, I obviously don't want the entire fabric to get frayed, rather keep the fraying near the edges. How do I go about in making sure the fabric don't fray too long into the skirt? Would just a single straight seam say 1 cm from the edge be enough?
I hope this is understandable and that someone can help me!
Normally I zig-zag/overlock each piece (to prevent fraying) before putting them together. Once they are together I iron the seam allowance apart and that's it.
But I've been thinking, would it work to not do anything, put the pieces together and then overlock the edges? It would be a time'saver, not to mention I'd get rid of that boring first part with just zig-zagging all the pieces?
Ok, I finished this in June but I've been too lazy to put it up. I used http://www.burdamode.com/Free,1333669-1413206-1333668,enEN.html which wasn't that easy. First of all the descriptions were in German (good thing I took it in high school) and the sizes were really strange, or maybe that's just since you choose based on the bust measurement. I had to put in extra darts in the front, make the ones in the back wider as well as cutting of about 2 inches all together. The weird thing, however was that the sleeves didn't fit at all, I couldn't get them around my arms. I don't know if they were supposed to be left open, but that looked weird so I made them to fit (must have some artistic freedom, right?)
Anyway, enough talking, on to the dress
Detail and fabric close-up:
I wore this to my sister's wedding and people seemed to like it
I wonder if there are and shirt-experts out there. I have bought a plaid fabric, great for shirts so that's what I'm making. I have a pattern making book, so I will try to construct the pattern myself, a task I haven't quite mastered yet (there are great descriptions in the book though)
I have two choices, putting the collar as part of the front piece or making it a separate piece. Which do you think is easier/looks best etc? Your thoughts would be good.
I also have a sweing books on techniques, which would help me in putting the collar to the shirt, should I choose the "independent" collar.
This fabric has been sitting here since October or November and now I finally got around for using it to make a skirt, like I was planning all along. As the fabric seems very winter-y it wanted to finish it now so I could wear it a few times at least before it's time for more spring-y stuff.
There is a zipper in the side and a button (the second zipper, I accidentally sewed into the first one so I had to cut it off, which made for the perfect fit of the waist). The back looks pretty much the same as the front, with two pleats.
My inspiration is actually America's Next Top Model, a bit embarrassing but true. Jade in Cycle 6 wore a bodice once that I liked so I made one for myself. I feel very business-like when wearing it, now I just need a job so that I have a place to wear it.