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missmonkeymae
« on: June 13, 2007 06:31:10 PM »

Okay, so I'm making a version of vegbee's wrap skirt (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=115979.0) for my little one's birthday party this weekend thinking I'd "whip it up"! Just being able to wrap my friggin' brain around the measurements and drawing them out for a pattern was enough to make me want to take a nap! Now I'm at the point, thank God, where I have cut the fabric and am ready to sew. I am going to use binding tape to make it easier on myself this time for hemming. So my question is this:  How much binding tape do I need to use at the waist line in order to tie it off?  And please please please tell me a toddler girl's play skirt doesn't require a button hole as it describes in the fitz pattern vegbee "patterned" her's off of! Hopefully I'll be able to post the final thing after all is said and done  Smiley

Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2007 02:45:47 PM »

i thought i'd reply so you wouldn't feel ignored, though it sounds like you already found the answer to your question. it's a bummer when it seems like nobody is paying attention... if you are still wanting to know about the wrap skirt, i have one i bought that i could measure for you. the bad news is i do think it has a button hole or somesuch. Wink

as for your other question about stretch/knit fabrics, i wish i could help. but i really don't know what i'm doing and had a lot of problems with the tee i reconned. i think i've seen some threads on craftster (maybe on the main clothing discussion board?) about stretch sewing. you could try doing a search. again, sorry i couldn't be of more help.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2007 06:22:06 PM »

Unless you change the pattern a LOT you're gonna need buttonholes.

WRT binding- take the dress waist length, add to that the full waist measure. You can always cut off extra, but it's really hard to add to a FO...
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007 09:24:42 PM »

Hey, I just now discovered this!

You've prob already put it together, but my bias tape waistband is 3x the waist of the skirt (1/3 length on each side).  Buttonhole is important, otherwise it goes all wonky.

Buttonholes are really not too horrible - I've done many many lately.  Thinking of putting up a buttonhole tute, if anyone is interested.

I find patterns don't work very well for me, and I can often find a better way of doing something (or suits me better anyway).  The wrap skirt pattern I really just looked at and got a general idea.  Mostly I just cut until it fits right (of course, my failed pile for scraps is almost as big as my fresh stash  Tongue). 

Anyway, tangent there.  Can't wait to see the skirt!
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missmonkeymae
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2007 11:09:09 AM »

I am definitely interested in the button hole tute! I haven't uploaded the pics of Miss Anna in her wrap skirt without the buttonhole at her birthday party.  I really should do a before and after because we've been potty training our "wee" one so on  the day of the party she was diaper free under her skirt. Butt because I went on strike against making a button hole my dd butt crack was in plain view for all those wonderful kodak moments! So far I've "slit" the hole where I want the button hole to be but that's all the further this chicken sh*t-sewer has gone!
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2007 12:20:14 PM »

if my monkey goes down for a nap today (cross fingers) I'll write a tute up and let you know  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2007 09:22:41 AM »

I avoid button holes too unless I'm doing at least 3 on the same garment, my buttonhole attatchment is a bit of work to attatch.

Cheater button'hole' I have done many mant times in various garments. Things like a little dress with a single button hole at the back of the neck.

Take a narrow piece or ribbon or bias tape or pretty cording that matches/ coordinates with your item, cut about 4 inches long.
If ribbon or bias fold down to 1/4 inch wide or less & run a single row of stitches down the lentgh.
Fold in half- stick your button tight into the fold & mark the size of the loop.
Put a couple hand stitches at your mark.
Machine sew loop to your garment with the raw ends in, trim.

Easy huh?
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2007 12:33:55 PM »

Nice cheat penlowe!

I've never used an attachment for my buttonholes - second hand machine and too lazy to buy one.  But I do have a tute here http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/07/buttonholes-are-our-friends.html because every once in a while you just can't get away from them.
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missmonkeymae
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2007 07:23:39 PM »

Cheater button holes! my kinda style...

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