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« on: July 10, 2008 03:41:32 PM »

This is the first thing I've crafted in a while, let alone sewn! I haven't sewn in well over a year, and that was with a pattern (AND I had to modify it several times before I was happy with it!) I am soooo not a seamstress - I think I'll stick with crochet and spinning, thank you Wink Regardless, I want to make more of these!

I drafted the pattern from an existing skirt but since I didn't have any closures, I added an extra panel (11 total panels) and then added some elastic to the back of it.

Here it is!



Standing still. Its actually a really flared skirt. I tried to get a still of me spinning in it, but taking pictures of myself means the motion setting on the camera wasn't too functional. haha




Being held out. You can see the ginkgo leaves I machine stitched on there better.




The ginkgo leaves! I drew them out with chalk first and then just stitched onto what I drew.





The waistband. Let me tell you, its crazy hard to get a picture of that without taking the skirt off. I just stitched randomly onto the waistband in crazy, curvy patterns. Originally i was going to do that on the skirt, as well, but decided I liked it best simple with the leaves. I still might add a branch to the leaves but I'm undecdided.





I didn't hem the edge and I dont have a serger, so I used a zigzag stitch on the edge to keep it held together.



I'm super proud of it! I wore it out today and got a couple compliments on it (as well as on an owl changepurse I got from crafty_dame a while back. People thought my outfit was very "naturey"! haha)
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2008 04:00:17 PM »

I love that skirt! Great Job!!! I also like the picture of you with it flared out, very artistic Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2008 04:04:29 PM »

It turned out really well!
And I think that adding a branch to the leaves would make it even prettier  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2008 04:10:25 PM »

It turned out really well!
And I think that adding a branch to the leaves would make it even prettier  Wink

Thanks! Im considering adding the branch and maybe some gold seed beads, but I don't want to mess it up on accident. The more I do with this, the higher the chances!

I love that skirt! Great Job!!! I also like the picture of you with it flared out, very artistic Smiley


haha thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2008 04:35:27 PM »

i abso;outly love the ginko leaves right now and this skirt is no exception! its gorgeous! i love the combination of the colours, as well as the creative stitching on the hem.  personally i like the ginko leaves seperate from the branch. its perfect!
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2008 04:45:54 PM »

i abso;outly love the ginko leaves right now and this skirt is no exception! its gorgeous! i love the combination of the colours, as well as the creative stitching on the hem.  personally i like the ginko leaves seperate from the branch. its perfect!

Well thats one vote for a branch and one against. I like the idea of less work Wink

I absolutely love ginkgo leaves. I have an entire corner of my room (well, right now its my "office" but until I move again, all my stuff is in one room) with ginkgo stuff. crafty_dame made me a ginkgo bag last time I visited her, alwaysinmyroom made me a collage painting, lothruin made me a felted patch and sent me a bracelet with ginkgo leaves on it, I got some ginkgo leaves off a tree last time I visited jungrrl and theyre dried and scattered about...

wow. I really am obsessed, aren't i? And the craftster mods are facilitators! ah!

I swear I can stop any time I want....

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2008 05:20:49 PM »

very pretty! nice stitching, it looks really delicate
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2008 05:25:45 PM »

This is one beautiful skirt! It can be casual or dressy depending on the fabric. And I am a total tree/leaf fetish person!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2008 05:45:19 PM »

Verrrrry pretty!
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2008 06:09:33 PM »

I love it! For not being a seamstress..you did a pretty good job! 
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2008 07:46:47 PM »

Thanks, guys!

This is one beautiful skirt! It can be casual or dressy depending on the fabric. And I am a total tree/leaf fetish person!  Smiley

Exactly! Im more of a casual person, so this is VERY dressy for me, but it works well.
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2008 08:45:06 AM »

Yay! *claps* I'm so happy for many things at the moment. First of all, it's good to see you being crafty Smiley AND being crafty in a way I know more about! Yay! And second of all, this is so cute! AND it's so you! I love it! You did a great job stitching those leaves! I'm against putting a branch on I think. I like it with just the leaves. It's sort of a spinning free flowing kind of skirt, so I like the look of just the leaves-IF it wasn't flared and was more of a straight skirt, I'd feel like the skirt was more uptight and should have a branch. See, I overthought this!

I think it's really pretty  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2008 10:06:09 AM »

Wow that is a wonderful skirt.
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2008 11:21:06 AM »

wow I'm impressed that you did the leaves "freehand". I know how hard it is to stick to a specific line with tight curves on  sewing machine. it's very cute!
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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2008 04:06:10 PM »

I love your skirt. It looks very comfy. And has flattering lines. I would almost wear a skirt like that. It's been a very long time since I've worn one. I'm happy wearing jeans.
I like the way the leaves look like they are falling. It would work with or without a branch.






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Good job! The skirt is lovely. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2008 12:45:13 AM »

I really like the machine embroidery, and how you linked it on the waistband. I like details like that! It looks really cute!

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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2008 11:53:14 AM »

Oh yay!  Another mod joins in the clothing board!!  You sure are a brave one to just jump in and make a skirt (I love that you figured out an inventive way to make the skirt fit without a zipper!)...

And, you have done your ginko fetish proud with your machine embroidery!

Nice job, vanillaxlight!  I do hope you will keep on sewing clothes!
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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2008 12:07:18 AM »

so kickass! i love this skirt!


and i totally agree with faithbri, who did the thinking for me! Wink a branch wouldn't look right on such a flowy skirt, but would fabulous if you ever did a straight skirt with a similar design.

and i agree with andi sunrider about the waistband, that makes me very happy too (which is no surprise, we're the same damn person some days! Wink)
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