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Leesah
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2006 11:17:40 AM »

Saphyre,  if you read diannab's original post she said she wanted to make a REDONDO skirt but DIDNT want to buy the pattern and was asking for help, if anyone had a tutorial or instructions... so that's what we're trying to do.. help her make the skirt w/out having to buy the pattern.
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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2006 06:38:39 PM »

I don't typically mind paying for patterns but 20 dollars a pattern is a bit much!  Lips sealed I just can't fit that into my budget there is this great site, called I-can-make-it.com or something like that, and most of the patterns on their are 15 and up.... I am working on learning pattern drafting.... And let me tell you, when I do I will never charge more than 10 for a childrens outfit Tongue I sew b/c of budget and b/c I can't find what I want in the store. So I make it... Inflating everything that much with pattern prices would equate buying it in a boutique..... I can't justify that....


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« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2006 06:45:40 PM »

I have been looking for just this for sooo long!  Thanks so much for posting that link!

I too can't justify paying that much for a pattern.
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2006 03:00:18 AM »

Ah good, I've been looking for one of these for my daughter.

I've had a look at the PDF and I think that I can work out the pattern. For my 3 1/2 yr old daughter the larger spirals are about 30cm x 40cm and I guess that a waistband that's 8 cm x 50cm should be plenty especially as it's going to be elasticized.

Anyway, I'll try and work this out on paper first and see how I go! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2006 03:52:17 AM »

 Sad I want girls - my 2 boys only like yucky stuff, but my neice would love this skirt if any one figures it out!
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« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2006 08:15:21 AM »

flowerchild if you make one please post it!!  I can't wait to get started on one of these. Luckily I have a longggg time before spring gets here.  I have too many pending projects to start on this right now Sad  Can't wait to see how everyones turns out Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2006 07:40:24 PM »

Sure. 

I've just cut out the pattern on cheap cotton fabric as I'm not sure if I've done it correctly or not.

Anyway, I'll try and have it sewn up in the next day or so. Smiley

It's Spring here in Melbourne and so it's a good time for me to be making skirts for my little girl.
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2006 07:43:37 PM »

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© 2006 • N. Langdon • Mother of Invention Inc. • All Rights Reserved
The “Redondo” skirt is a registered model. studioTANTRUM is a registered trademark of Mother of Invention Inc. These instructions are meant as an aid in sewing the above
design. The user of the pattern assumes all responsibility and releases Mother of Invention Inc. and Nancy Langdon of any and all liability.
“Redondo” with Flounces and Ruffles
These are my instructions for inserting flounces or
ruffles between the gores of the studioTANTRUM™
skirt Redondo. Other seamstresses may have
different methods; these are simply my suggested
methods. Please refer to the instructions on the
pattern sheet for the basic construction of the
Redondo skirt.
Note: While often used interchangeably, for the purposes of this set of
instructions, “ruffle” refers to a strip of fabric gathered along one edge;
“flounce” refers to a strip of fabric, which is not gathered. In these
instructions, I will occasionally call a spiral cut flounce a “snail”. In
these instructions, “gore” refers to the spiral-shaped Redondo skirt
pieces.
Much joy and success in your sewing project! Thank you for sewing Redondo. – Nancy Langdon
Inserting Flounces:
I find this skirt is best achieved with the use of a serger having a
four-thread overlock stitch and rolled hem capabilities, as well
as a conventional sewing machine for topstitching.
1. Cut and stitch pattern pieces 1
and 2 together to make five the
Redondo gores as per the pattern
sheet instructions.
2. Cut five spirals from a circular
form. Trace a circular form and
cut a "snail" approximately 6 cm
or 2-1/2 inches wide at the thickest part. For a
size 104/110; 4/5, a dinner plate is about the right size.
When stretched long, these spiral strips should be longer than the seam between the skirt gores
(longer than the inner Redondo gore curve).
Cut the innermost part of the snail straight across.
Stretch the spiral strip lengthwise with the inner curve pulled taunt:
The outer edge will have a wavey appearance. This wavey edge is
the outside edge of the flounce.
"Another method, which achieves a beautiful result, but
requires a bit more work, is to make flounces based on the
Redondo pattern pieces. One would take the Redondo pattern pieces and halve them,
using the inner half as the flounce. Here, too, it is important to make the total (in this
case, two-piece) flounce somewhat longer than the inner curve of the skirt gore.
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© 2006 • N. Langdon • Mother of Invention Inc. • All Rights Reserved
The “Redondo” skirt is a registered model. studioTANTRUM is a registered trademark of Mother of Invention Inc. These instructions are meant as an aid in sewing the above
design. The user of the pattern assumes all responsibility and releases Mother of Invention Inc. and Nancy Langdon of any and all liability.
2. Place the flounce wrong side on
the inner skirt gore
curve right side (both printed or top
sides should be facing the same
way). The inner part of the “snail”
will be at the waist edge. The pointy
tail of the “snail” will be down at the
hem.
Stitch the flounce to the gore beginning at the waist edge and
stitch down the length of the “snail” until you reach the end of the gore. The “snail tail” will
dangle from the end of the skirt gore. Repeat for the remaining skirt gores, such that there are
five long Redondo gores each with a flounce attached (“gore+flounce”).
3. Stitch the five skirt gore+flounce pieces together in the
normal Redondo manner, left edge to right edge (please refer
to the pattern sheet instructions for stitching the gores
together).
Since the flounce tail becomes, in a way, the extension of the
skirt gore, the dangling pointed flounce end will automatically
be stitched onto the next skirt gore.
4. Stitch the first gore+flounce to the fifth, thus closing the
skirt.
Now, you will recognize
the finished skirt.
Hemming the gores and
finishing the flounce
edges are both done in
the same line of roll hem
stitching.
5. Roll Hem the Skirt and Flounces: Re-thread and adjust the serger for a three-thread over edge
rolled hem. Place the hem under the needle under a flounce, at the location where one gore
meets the next at the hem (see photo illustration below). Begin the roll stitch on the gore at the
hem and stitch up. You will meet the flounce and automatically roll hem all the way up the
flounce. Repeat for the remaining gores and flounces.
Press the seam allowances between the gores such that the flounces lay flat (press the flounce
flat and the seam allowance in toward the outer curve of the “next” skirt gore, so that it looks like
the flounce is going under the next gore). Topstitch the seam along the seam allowance.
.
End of Flounce
End of Gore
Next skirt gore near hem
End of flounce
Flounce end
attaches
automatically to
next skirt gore
Gore+Flounce Piece
Gore end
Flounce+Gore+Next Gore
Flounce+Next Gore
Stitching Line
Waist edge of gore
Waist edge of flounce
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© 2006 • N. Langdon • Mother of Invention Inc. • All Rights Reserved
The “Redondo” skirt is a registered model. studioTANTRUM is a registered trademark of Mother of Invention Inc. These instructions are meant as an aid in sewing the above
design. The user of the pattern assumes all responsibility and releases Mother of Invention Inc. and Nancy Langdon of any and all liability.
6. Attach the elastic waistband using your preferred method, making certain the top ends of the
flounces are tucked into the waistband seam.
Inserting Ruffles:
1. Cut and stitch pattern pieces 1 and 2 together to make five the Redondo gores as per
the pattern sheet instructions.
2. With a tape measure, measure the inner curve
of the Redondo skirt gore. Add approximately
10 cm or 4 inches to this measurement and cut
a strip of fabric to this length, approx. 5-6 cm
or 2 – 2-1/2 inches in width.
3. Finish one lengthwise edge of the strips with a
rolled hem.
4. Gather the top lengthwise edge, such that the
length of the ruffle is somewhat shorter than
the gore inner curve length.
5. Pin the gathered edge of the ruffle wrong side to the right side of the inner curve of the
skirt gore (the printed or top sides of the material should be facing the same way). The
ruffle should end slightly before the end of the gore. Pull the gathering threads taunt at
this ruffle end, so that the ruffle end curls up and pin this end such that it will be stitched
into the gore seam.
6. Stitch the ruffle to the gore. Repeat for each of the skirt gores. You will now have five
Redondo skirt gores each with a ruffle attached (gore+ruffle).
7. Stitch the gore+ruffle pieces to one another in the normal Redondo manner, left edge to
right edge (please refer to the pattern sheet instructions for stitching together the gores).
8. Press the gore seams such that the ruffle lays flat (press the seam allowance away from
the ruffle). Topstitch along the seam allowance.
9. Insert the top edge of the ruffle under the front edge of the waistband and secure in the
waist seam.
Roll hem start
Roll hem transition gore Begin Roll Hem Here to flounce
Gore end
Flounce+Gore+Next Gore
Flounce+Next Gore
Design example and photo courtesy of
Griseldis Naumann
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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2006 11:48:15 PM »

I've just about finished making it - it was a lot easier than I thought. Will post pics shortly.
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« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2006 12:04:45 AM »

Ok here goes, sorry if my instructions don't make sense.  Grin

1. You have to cut out the spiral first - the one I made has the spiral in two pieces which are then joined together. I think that you'd be able to do the spiral in one piece if you wanted to - it really just depends on how much curve you want. The basic premise I used on mine (as it has to fit a girl almost 4 yrs old) is that I took her hip measurement and divided it by 5 (as there are 5 spiral panels) and then added about 15 cm/6 inches for seams and ease of fitting - you don't want it too tight around the waist/hips!!

2. Find something that's a large circular shape - I ended up making my large circle 40cm/16 inches across. Then I hand-drew it into a spiral shape - you need the top part to be horizontal as that goes across the waist - on mine the horizontal section is 15cm/6 inches and then spirals around and ends at 12cm (about 5 inches) across. The second spiral starts at 12cm across (as they have to join) and then I just hand-drew a spiral so that it tapered off.  Just make sure with your measurements that the waist/hip area is at least 5cm (2inches) or more larger than your child - the more room you leave here the more gathered it will end up so really the measurements are up to you - you just need the shape and don't worry about it being 'perfect' as any imperfections are hidden by the movement and fullness of the skirt.

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/florence-and-kids/100_8596.jpg">
<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/florence-and-kids/100_8597.jpg">

3. Then you need to cut this out 5 times on your fabric. I just used cheap red cotton, you can use matching or contrasting fabric, doesn't really matter what you use.

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/florence-and-kids/100_8598.jpg">

4. Join the end of the large spiral (piece 1) to the beginning of the smaller spiral.

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/florence-and-kids/100_8599.jpg">

5. Now you have to sew each of the spirals together. Keep the horizontal section at the top - as that's meant to be the waist. Put the right sides together and sew along the spiral until you reach the end - do this for each one and then join the sides together til you've got the skirt.

It'll look like this:

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/florence-and-kids/100_8600.jpg">

6. I realized after sewing mine together that I made it way too long at the top and really could have made the vertical section at the top about 10cm (4 inches) shorter.  I actually folded it down to see what it looked like as a skirt:

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/florence-and-kids/100_8605.jpg">

7.  Well as it was sooo long at the top I actually just put a band around the top and made it into a dress:

<img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v475/florence-and-kids/100_8609.jpg">

So depending on whether you want a skirt or dress, then make sure that the top section (this is where the horizontal bit is) isn't too long. Unfortunately you'll have to either measure your own child to begin with or just sew it and cut it afterwards if it's too long.

Anyway, hope those instructions aren't too confusing. It's really easy to sew and don't worry if the spiral you draw isn't too perfect as you can't tell once the skirt is sewn together at all!
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