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Topic: 2.8.08-skirt- when the pattern says stripes.. best believe it.  (Read 3134 times)
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« on: August 03, 2008 12:14:02 AM »

At  11pm I decided I really did want to try and make a skirt today, so I looked through the tutorial list, thought RickRackRubyís striped neat hemmed skirt, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34064.0, would be Ėawesome- wait, Iíve got no striped stretchy fabric. Thatís ok, I have a whole lot of this eyebursting stretchy fabric.

Mistake of the day #1- when the pattern/tutorial asks for a specific fabric you donít need to blindly believe it, but think about why. Really stop and think about WHY it asks for that fabric if you want to deviate. Skirts doing neat stripey visual tricks-AWESOME. Skirts causing seizures in passerbyers on the street is not so cool.
Success #1- used my sewing machine w/ stretchy fabric and it went great. Love zigzag stitch. Not much else to say about that.
Successishness #1  Ĺ- like using the giant cutting mat rather than measuring, seems a whole lot easier than fighting with the cats for the measuring tape, I throw the measuring tape to them to distract while I wield scissors, all is well.
Lessons for both good and evil learned for the day. Donít think Iíll ever wear it. I think Iíll shove it in the suitcase of things to reconstruct. Maybe it wants a second chance at life as a blinding tank top, or something.. not sure.. but thatíd be another lesson.. pattern+cut=visual impact.. sometimes that impact is a pleasant touch. Sometimes itís a boot to the head.  Both are great, itís just good to have a vision of whatís to come when you start, at least an inkling.

thanks to great people like rickrackruby for making tutorials Smiley it was amazingly well written and made me smile to read.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2008 12:28:59 AM »

I think it's cute. Although I think the pattern on the skirt will only allow you to wear very plain shirts with it. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2008 12:31:43 AM »

heyya, thank you. i just. i managed to totally miss the point that why that skirt looked so neat to me was how it hung, and the stripes at angles, and vertical and horizontal and all. sort of a biting into a slice of red cake expecting cherry and getting strawberry. why i should be so surprised i dunno. but i sure was Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2008 09:16:52 AM »

I think it's really cute, actually! Probably not what you had originally envisioned, but attractive all the same. It's funky--I feel like it could be really cute with a pair of tall boots, a dark shirt, and a scarf? Random, but I dunno... I know I wouldn't just shove that in a suitcase somewhere!!!

By the way... your skirt-a-day idea is really inspiring. It's a lot of fun to watch how things turn out. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2008 10:59:16 AM »

thank ya:> it gets sort of tedious sometimes, and probably for people viewing too.. sort of mechanical ya know.. i sort of think there's a difference between art and craft though... anyway. just sort of my own personal sewing workshop to improve skills rather than improving them only when there's a particular finished product i want.. i don't WANT a skirt every day. but at least this way i'm consistently learning, eh?
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2008 09:45:43 AM »

i just want to say "THANK YOU!!!"   you just turned my frown upside down with that little schpiel about following instructions about fabric. i mean, you had me laughing out loud for the first time today. Smiley because you know we have all done it... hahaha
i do genuinely like your skirt, though!!!  it's not seizure-worthy at all, and with a black top and boots, i think it'd be pretty darn hott!
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2008 08:15:44 AM »

Wow that is one fat cat! lol  Cheesy

Anyway, great skirt! I love it! The fabric is so cute.
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2008 02:14:12 AM »

jennyduckling- glad you got a laugh out of my woes.. Wink my obsession with skirt sewing remains but i haven't gotten to sew anything in months now.. :< glad someone's at least still getting some giggles from ghosts of posts past though...

lovelikegravity- i saw responses to this thread and clicked on it and forget dora had been in the pic.. she died in october:< she was the loveliest, fastest most helpful seamstress kitten:< such small furry nonspeaking creatures but they leave imprints on your life.. in dora's case BIG imprints. my soft sweet fluffball:/ related to the post though, this skirt has been a beloved cat and ferret bed.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2008 11:41:41 AM »

lovelikegravity- i saw responses to this thread and clicked on it and forget dora had been in the pic.. she died in october:< she was the loveliest, fastest most helpful seamstress kitten:< such small furry nonspeaking creatures but they leave imprints on your life.. in dora's case BIG imprints. my soft sweet fluffball:/ related to the post though, this skirt has been a beloved cat and ferret bed.

Ohhh, I'm so sorry.  As much as I liked your post (make me laugh... a lot), the only thing I really wanted to reply to was the beautiful mini-lion, I mean, kitty.  She's gorgeous.  Be happy you had the time with her that you did. 
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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2008 10:33:30 AM »

ballpoint needles are the best for knit/stretch fabrics.. Smiley

And I think it looks cute! It's like a picnic-at-the-park skirt.
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