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Topic: Anyone up for an EASY and CHEAP A-Line skirt?  (Read 5423 times)
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2006 03:17:08 PM »

Whoops, sorry - just saw it was your sewing machine, not your mothers!
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« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2006 12:10:22 PM »

Yeah, but if I break it I'll feel super-guilty: it was my grandmother's, and she died almost a year ago.
I hadn't thought about the manual, she probably kept it. She was organized like that.

Thanks for the link! I really hope I can make this skirt, it look great and I already have fabric I could use Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2006 09:25:06 AM »

I'm having second thoughts about using this pattern with the fabric I have - it's a cotton, but I've laundered it twice and it is still quite crisp and has a lot of body.  I'm thinking it may not work on the bias?  But I don't know - I have a kind of 'quarter circle' skirt that's quite stiff, and that works.
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2006 12:01:28 AM »

Yay! I found my sewing machine in the attic, AND think I may have found someone to help me learn to use it. If not, my mother's back. So I'm definetly in if a sewalong evolves.

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Wait. I'm not in if there's a sewalong. I'm too fat for the pattern. Grrr... Embarrassed Time for the gym! Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2006 11:27:39 PM »

I am totally in for this!  But I'll be using a slightly modified version of McCall's 3999 (which unfortunately seems to have disappeared off the face of the Internet!) -- it's got front and back darts, side zipper, and a faced waistband that folds into the skirt.  (The pattern is really for a long hippie-ish skirt with gathers and ruffles -- we just chopped the pattern off to my preferred length -- as you can now see in the picture!  I cut it off right about mid-knee length.)

My mom made a skirt for me with it first (so the pieces fit for sure), and I just ordered some of this delicious mod fabric (link here: http://www.tonicliving.com/details.asp?productid=235&currentpage=1), and as soon as it comes, I'm going to start.

Will definitely post pics!  A-line skirts rock.   Cheesy

EDIT 5/8/06: Okay, here is a picture of the fabric and the actual pattern:



I cut it out yesterday and sewed the side seams, and then tonight I did the zipper (woooooooo!!!) and put together the waist facings.  Tomorrow, hemming and sewing the facings on, and then I'm done!  Will post another pic tomorrow -- an action shot!   Grin Cheesy Grin Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2006 01:04:21 AM »

I'm FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the final product, hem AND zipper AND hook-and-eye in place!  (Excuse my uber-messy living room.)

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I am so happy with how it turned out!  I'm taking it to Arizona on vacation with me FO SHUH.  I used the pattern picture in the last post, but I just omitted the ruffles and hemmed to mid-knee.

Hooray for easy A-line skirts!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2006 09:28:27 AM »

I LOVE that!  Great fabric that will go with SO many things!
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