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« on: November 20, 2006 12:15:41 PM »



Ok so I'm at Walmart the other day and I come across this fabric on the clearance rack.  It's Coolidge's poker playing canines.  Immediately I think, "Self, this MUST become a skirt!"  Myself replies, "Not just any skirt, oh hell no, this'll be a THANKSGIVING skirt."

I'm full of brilliant ideas, but running a little behind schedule.

So I have this fabric.  What would be the best way to go about making myself a skirt?  The panels are wide enough that a little over two of them would make a great skirt for me.  They're about 4" shorter than I want.

What, O' Great and Terrible Crafsters, would be the best way for me to turn this into a skirt?  I'm thinking adding 4" of fabric at the top, would take care of the length issue and drop the image down enough so that I don't have to lift my shirt to show it off.  But what about the width?  I just need another 2" total to give it just enough ease and swing, how should I approach that?

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2006 12:30:59 PM »

Gotta love those dogs!  So, are you totally set on making a skirt?  Are you cooking on Thanksgiving?  Because I thought that panel would make an adorable apron.  It would take care of the shortness issue, and you could just add a rectangle of coordinating fabric for the bib and the straps of the apron.  Just a thought, anyway, but I hope you post pics of whatever you end up doing. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2006 01:27:24 PM »

The apron is a great idea. You could forget the bib and make it a 1/2 apron (so '50s!) by making a casing at the top and running a ribbon through it.

If you really want a skirt, though...

Make a yoke out of a coordinating fabric, 4" long, plus an elastic waist casing and a seam allowance. (Say 5 1/2") Width -- about 3' wider than your hips, for ease and a seam allowance. Join 1 side together. Fold over and stitch casing.

Add 2 1/2 inches of coordinating fabric for the fullness you want to 2 sides of 1 panel. [A BIGGER PIECE WOULD GIVE YOU MORE FULLNESS. A TRIAGULAR GORE 2 1/2 inches ON TOP TO ABOUT 6" AT THE HEM WOULD GIVE YOU FLARE]

Sew the other panel to the coordinating fabric. Gather the panel piece. Sew to the hip yoke. Add elastic to the casing. Sew remaining side seam.

Turn up hem. Yer done.

This would be hilarious as a Christmas skirt, too.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2006 02:12:58 PM »

I thought of an apron too! but a skirt is so unexpected and fun!

If you're wanting more of a skirt with more flare at the end you can make strips that get larger as they go toward the bottom (kind of like a triangle).  I can't wait to see this made up!
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2006 02:53:56 PM »

Im not much of a sewer, so youll have to just forgive this if its inordinately dumb, but is it possible for you to get/use a third panel and make it more of a swing skirt?  Thats what I thought would be just adorable-it would catch people's eye immediately, but then they'd look for a minute to get the full effect...

good luck whatever you do and let us know; it is adorable fabric!!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2006 02:56:55 PM »

It would be cute as a wrap skirt, and you could use another fabric, so that the panel is what ends up in the front when it's tied.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2006 04:17:44 PM »

Loove the fabric! And a skirt is a great idea.
I'd consider a circle wraparound or an a-line, something that isn't gathered so that you get the full effect of the panel.
Have you considered making the skirt out of another fabric and then flatting (applique') the panel on top?
Do you know what I mean?
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2006 04:51:44 PM »

I thought of an apron too! but a skirt is so unexpected and fun!

If you're wanting more of a skirt with more flare at the end you can make strips that get larger as they go toward the bottom (kind of like a triangle).  I can't wait to see this made up!

Ooooh, yes, that is what I want.  It's ankle length and I thought about what you're saying here, but wouldn't that screw up the image?  I can't wrap my mind around how to resolve that.  I am, of course, a novice with the whole sewing bit.

Also, after a second measuring I realize that while 2 panels will fit me fine, there's not enough swing, so I added a third and pinned it, and the gathers, on my dressform.  It looks great.

I had considered a wrap skirt or a-line, but a wrap skirt looks terrible on me and if I'm going to wear a skirt it's going to be ankle length and flow-y.  I actually like the obscurity that happens with the image with all the gathers.  It breaks up the image and keeps my ass from looking like a giant billboard.

So now I'm going to work on the yoke and I'll be back with pics probably tomorrow.
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2006 09:47:07 PM »

I didn't lie exactly.  It *is* tomorrow.



It looks a little odd because there's no elastic and it's all just pinned together and on my ghetto fabulous dress form which, thanks to expanding foam, put on about 5 additional inches so it's not true either, but for a place to pin some outrageous fabric for the purposes of making an outrageous T-Day skirt, it works just fine.

Tomorrow I'll probably be sewing it up.  Anything I should know before I plunge in?  This will be my first time working with elastic.
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2006 09:50:38 PM »

OMG that's even better than I expected!!
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