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« on: June 14, 2011 08:48:56 PM »

 I know this a long shot for the entirely insane, but would anyone be interested in a patchwork skirt (or dress) sew-along?

I've started this one, but there are plenty more options out there!
This is a great one for kids, and vegbee has a tut up on her blog
There's a great-looking patchwork wrap skirt as well
And one last one, just for good measure!

I've got a good start, but I'm at the point where I need a little encouragement & company to keep me going.
Here's a teaser pic:

All my fabric sorted, cut out & ready to start sewing!
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2011 07:40:28 AM »

Awesome! I love how these skirts look, but I'm a woman of short patience Tongue I made a kid's dress like this once and it took a few days. Slooooow going! The results were worth it, though. Best of luck with your projects, and I'm sure they'll be awesome Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011 01:16:43 PM »

Yesyesyesyesyes! Ahem, excuse me. Yes. I would love to. I haven't really started, since I just decided I had to make another (I did one with fiery colors, and I've been wanting to do a rainbow skirt, and yesterday I was inspired).

I can't wait to see progress! From what I can see of those patches, it looks like it'll be GORGEOUS. What size patches are you using?
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2011 07:43:12 PM »

Jasper Illusian - I opted for 4"x4" with 1/4" seams. I'm also serging the hell out of everything lol.
So far, it's beautiful. I've put in over 50 hours, just was seeing if there was any interest before I put up some more pics. I'm using entirely gifted/thrifted fabrics, or small scraps that I had from previous projects.
Alexus - Thanks Smiley I have been in love with these for ages, but never thought I'd have the patience, either. The only reason I am even trying is because my ex's mother gave me two large boxes of quilting fabric, scraps, batting, stencils. I'm not a quilter lol. I took what I needed and re-gifted the rest to a friend who does quilt.

I think if I try one again (in the very far future) I will start with the last tier first, instead of top down. I'm losing patience now lol
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2011 08:27:06 PM »

OK, so flood of pics & info to follow...

I've been pretty anal about this project. I sat down & did all the math to make sure it would work & that I had enough fabric before I even started cutting. 10 tiers, 4"x4" squares. I didn't figure in seams into my equations, but am using 1/4". The bottom hem is over 215 feet! (690 squares) I used a 1.5x increase on each tier, but a 2x increase on the final one for extra ruffle.
Colour scheme is white-white-orange-yellow-green-teal-blue-purple-red-pink. I love pink - it had to have the largest representation.
I am a big girl, so opted for a very large waist to accommodate all sizes. I'm also tall, so on top of the 10 tiers, I'll be adding a 4" waistband with a belt that draws through it like a drawstring.

Total planning & organizing time was 1.5hrs
First day of cutting was 5hrs. Rotary cutters are KEY! I managed to get the first 8 tiers cut
Second day of cutting was another 5hrs.
I also managed to fit in 2.5hrs of sewing on day 2 (that got all the squares in the first 4 tiers pieced together)
4.5hrs of sewing got me through piecing the next 3 tiers.
Day 4 I only put in 2.5hrs of sewing, which was tier 8 (purple) pieced together.
I then took a 3-day break. But Friday came, and DS was at his grandmother's for the weekend. A lot of my friends would have gone out partying, but I went to BFF's & we worked away on this craziness. 3.5hrs each on Friday night. Another 9.5hrs each on Saturday with her twins running around.
Total 2-day, 2-woman labour was 27hrs, but we got the 9th tier pieced, & the 10th well on it's way. While she stitched, I serged. Unfortunately necessary to do both, as her 4th thread won't keep tension & breaks all the time Sad
Sunday we did another 2.5hrs each, plus I sat for another 1/2hr later to finish piecing the pink. All serging is done on tiers 1-9, tiers 1-8 are attached & serged together. Tier 9 is awaiting attachment. Tier 10 is pieced, & partially serged, as well as hem in progress.
I think I will ruffle tier 10, attach to tier 9, and then attach them to the rest of the skirt.
Final stage will be the waistband, and if I'm feeling brave, adding pockets.
Total work time so far? 53.5hrs

Enough chit-chat! PICS!!!
Some favorite fabrics
Orange:

Yellows:

Greens:

Teals:

Blue:

(for how many different fabrics there were, I wasn't a fan of a lot of them. I should have grabbed a pic of the funny Dutch-looking stuff with donkeys, though)
Purple:


I gave up on taking individual fabric pics, because there are too many favorites, but some of them are scraps from baby clothes my mom made me, a couple pieces of scrap from my nursery curtains when I was a baby, a sash that I made in 7th grade when we were studying africa...lots of cool stuff!

Here's what it looks like so far, sans red & pink:
All laid out on the floor:

Hanging from a hanger, folded in half twice:

For scale - that TV stands to my armpit, so the top of the stand that it is hanging from is mid-thigh on me:
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2011 09:26:36 PM »

As it just so happens, I started on a rainbow patchwork circle skirt the other day. I'm making mine just below knee length with six tiers: pink, orange, yellow, lime green, teal blue and lavender. I'm also want to make a waistband out of some pretty white fabric that I have yet to get, lol. My squares are going to be 4"x4" as well. I've only got the orange and yellow completely cut out and only half of the pink, I'm just waiting on another day off work before I can cut out some more. I'll post pics as soon as I'm done!
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2011 05:27:50 AM »

Jezebel, it looks absolutely AMAZING. =D

Oh wow... 690 squares? That is going to look incredible!

Sadly, I don't think I'll have enough squares for a while, but I was thinking that I might cut out the squares whenever I have fabric that works, and then *maybe* also start sewing the rows together a little bit. (Only a couple of squares at a time, though, since I'll be getting new fabric along the way.)

Meggy, I'm really excited to see yours, too!
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2011 02:21:41 PM »

Jasper, I could arrange to send you some fabrics to help bulk up your stash a bit. I have been de-stashing like crazy and trying to organize all of my craft stuff, which is another part of the reason I sat down to start this.
Maybe a private swap?
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2011 03:36:41 PM »

Oh my gosssshhhhhhh! That would be absolutely amazing! I'd love that, yes. ^_^ I've never done any swaps before, so you'd have to walk me through it.

I started cutting out squares today... Wow. It's gonna take a while. XD It's too bad our rotary cutter is broken... I really gotta get to Joann's tomorrow.
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2011 04:34:43 PM »

I'll PM you, so as not to flood the board lol
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