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professionalpineapple
« on: February 04, 2010 12:00:02 AM »



I have had this fabric for absolutely forever (at least a year, anyway. It was on super clearance at fabric.com, and I snatched up without thinking about what on earth you do with teal paisley scarves), and since I needed some instant gratification, I whipped up a skirt to wear to dance class tonight. It started as a ~72" square panel, so all I had to do was hem it (not so gratifying when you're working with slippery satin) and add an easy elastic waistband. It was awesome, and I'm mad at myself for being scared of working with the fabric until now. I even got a compliment on it while I was dancing! (Of course, compliments from men really mean "Nice legs", but I'll pretend that he was really complimenting my sewing skills.  Cheesy)

Since I am quickly running out of clothes that my dance class hasn't seen yet, I'm probably going to have to whip up a few more of these, along with some dresses that I've been wanting to put together for a while. More excuses to sew! Cheesy

This is a better picture of the length, so you can see how it sits on me. It's mid-thigh at the shortest, and almost-ankle at the longest. I'm pretty tall, so it probably wouldn't be so scandalous on a normal sized person, although it would be ridiculously long.



And because no skirt post is acceptable without a spinny picture, here's a really terrible one. It's very pretty while it spins, though, and the long points keep the short parts from flying up.
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010 05:03:06 AM »

This is awesome, I am looking to make some garments for my youth dance ministry at church. I would like to do something like this and add straps to make it a convertible/infinity dress. Is it possible to give a quick tute? I think my main concern is that it is long enough to remain modest. My girls range in age from 7 to 12. I was thinking a yard for the younger girls and 2 yards for the older girls would be enough, what do you think?
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010 05:17:25 AM »

Very nice, and I love the fabric.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010 06:55:20 AM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2010 07:08:25 AM »

wow its amazing.
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professionalpineapple
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2010 09:10:31 AM »

This is awesome, I am looking to make some garments for my youth dance ministry at church. I would like to do something like this and add straps to make it a convertible/infinity dress. Is it possible to give a quick tute? I think my main concern is that it is long enough to remain modest. My girls range in age from 7 to 12. I was thinking a yard for the younger girls and 2 yards for the older girls would be enough, what do you think?
Definitely! The skirt is exactly like an infinity skirt, except that you don't cut it into a circle, you just leave it as a square. It's the same as the "Pixie Skirt" on WhatTheCraft.

Keeping it long enough would be tricky, because, due to the geometry of the skirt, the long sides are about 1.5x the short sides. If you wanted it to be longer in the middle but still pointy, you could either make a weird pointy circle or you could use two skirt layers, make one a knee-length circle skirt, and the other a square pointy skirt. I would definitley do the layers, because it'll stay down better, and also give them more swish, *and* you get to use two different colors. Cheesy

I have no ideas on the fabric requirements, since I'm really bad at estimating for circle skirts. Probably more than a yard, though, even for a little girl. The square skirt doesn't take up a lot of room, but for the circle, (assuming the girl has a 25" waist and needs a 15" skirt -- I'm totally guessing on these) you'd need a 38" square, which is roughly a yard.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2010 10:18:33 AM »

Absolutely beautiful !! You say its simple, but you've got me lost.   Any chance you can do a step by step (don't particularly need photo's, but don't quite understand how you cut the waist out)  I've got a couple of scarves, lovely material but don't know what to do with them.. This would be perfect, so hope you don't mind me nicking your idea !

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2010 11:26:44 AM »

Absolutely beautiful !! You say its simple, but you've got me lost.   Any chance you can do a step by step (don't particularly need photo's, but don't quite understand how you cut the waist out)  I've got a couple of scarves, lovely material but don't know what to do with them.. This would be perfect, so hope you don't mind me nicking your idea !

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Sure! Don't worry about nicking this idea; I got it from the lovely scarf dresses that were in last season. Cheesy

This fabric was a panel with 4 scarves printed on it, but it would work equally well if you just sewed the scarves together along the edges. I hemmed all the outside edges with a baby hem, so that I had one big square, kind of like a tablecloth. I made my pattern, which was a quarter circle with a circumference big enough that I could pull it up over my hips. (Radius = (Hips + Ease)/(3.14159*2) - .5" for seam allowance) Then I just folded the panel into quarters and placed my pattern on the inside, and cut out the pattern. It looked like this:



For the waistband, I just used a strip of fabric that was roughly the same size as the hole I had cut out, then sewed it on, folded it over, and sewed it almost all the way shut, leaving a hole for the elastic to go in. You can make a waistband out of bias tape or stretchy ribbing too, but I had a few strips leftover from the baby hems, so  I put those to use. I've got one more, and it's making a lovely headband. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2010 03:45:45 AM »

That skirt is so beautiful.  I love the pattern and the material.  I want to try and make one now, out of what though lol?  I have nothing near as nice as that to work with though.
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2010 11:28:19 AM »

Thats a lot of fun! I love flowing pretty skirts!! Is it just 2 panels sewn together at an off angle?
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