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Topic: What should I do with this impossibly gorgeous fabric?  (Read 1463 times)
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« on: August 27, 2009 08:15:28 PM »

Of course, I want to make a skirt/dress out of it, but it was very expensive and I want to be absolutely certain I have the right pattern for it. Any suggestions? What would you make?

I have 2 meters of it. I picked it up at a silk shop in Soho last month when I was in England for an archaeological dig. I pretty much spent my entire fabric budget for the trip on it.
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2009 08:19:28 PM »

I don't blame you, that piece is beautiful!!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2009 08:22:21 PM »

It looks a bit like a dress right now! It's really lovely- how about a tight bodice with a full skirt made from the ruffly bit?

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2009 08:42:56 PM »

Definitely something simple without a lot of construction details so the fabric can be shown off and so it's not a pain to work with ie. darts with this fabric are impossible.

I would do a simple fitted skirt just above the knee. It might add visual weight to your thigh region so wear a fitted top with it to show that you have a shape in there Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2009 11:19:14 PM »

I've never worked with pre-ruffled fabric like this, and I have no idea how to go about cutting and sewing it so that it doesn't look terrible. I was thinking about making a skirt kind of like I see on all the lolita dresses because I like the shape, but I've never drafted a pattern like that and wouldn't know where to begin.
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2009 07:08:56 AM »

Minimal cutting is helpful since you'll want to match up the ruffles. You could do a simple strip type skirt where there is just a back zipper and the top is, more or less, just gathered. I'll look at the tutorials to see if I can find one.


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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2009 09:25:20 AM »

I was thinking of doing something like that, but I worry about the bulk that gathering the top would produce.
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2009 09:44:52 AM »

I made a skirt out of a ruffled fabric kind of like this (though it was a stretchy jersey type, not silk.  Also, it was not as beautiful!).  The width of the skirt was over three times (!!) my waist measurement and it didn't look too bulky at all once I gathered the top.  I think it depends on how the fabric drapes- if it's stiff, it might look bulky if you gather it, but if it falls easily you'll probably be okay.

« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2009 01:08:46 PM »

That is super cute!
The fabric is stiff, like taffeta, hence my worry.
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2009 03:18:35 PM »

YUM! Your fabric budget was well invested. Whatever you decide to make, make a practice garment first. You want that sucker to fit.

And in the meantime it could make a completely kick-as shower curtain or swag. You wouldn't have to cut it, and you'd get to enjoy it until its final destination.

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