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Topic: yet another rad pillowcase skirt! this time a la egypt. ~tutorial added~  (Read 19180 times)
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juniperl13
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you look like lunch to me! ^_^


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« on: July 23, 2004 05:51:01 PM »

My sewer's block finally sort of broke yesterday and, inspired by the miserable heat, i turned another hapless pillowcase into a not-quite-so-ordinary pleated skirt with a somewhat ancient egyptian twist.



i was REALLY tempted to leave that panel ankle-length but my spontaneous sense of practicality won out over my pure aesthetic.

in case you can't tell, i made this like any other pleated skirt but had the ends of the pleated part stop in the center front, then used the other half of the pillowcase band for the panel. and added more sexy zipper action. if that made absolutely no sense i'll be happy to have more fun with my paint program.

~EDIT~ tutorial fun with crappy paint program illustrations.  Grin



aaaand a closeup of the final skirt for detail-viewing purposes:

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EnchantedSushi
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2004 06:01:55 PM »

Ohhh, I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2004 06:48:03 PM »

That is very unique!! Smiley Did you hem it or did you just serge it or something? Is that a stuffed animal or a real one? Anyway, that's cute too!
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ldpaulson
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2004 07:45:15 PM »

Excellent job. But why are The Bangles singing in my head? ; )

BTW ... what's the story on the top? It really makes the look.
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MissMeliss737
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2004 08:02:05 PM »

PAINT PAINT PAINT! SO cute!
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janie00
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2004 09:08:26 PM »

really cute! i may be REALLY behind... sry, but i dont even know how to pleat a skirt Embarrassed, yeah i kno i kno... could some1 possibly explain it 4 me.. SLOW and CLEAR lol... i get confused easily
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2004 08:55:03 AM »

janie:

If you've ever made a folded fan from a sheet of paper, then you can pleat. All you're doing is folding the fabric to give it dimension. The concept is the same as folding, except fabric is a different texture than paper and you need some help to make it stay creased. There are a lot of different types of pleating. It's not a bad idea to practice whatever you want to do on paper, then take the idea to fabric.

Once you're ready to start, it's good to have a hot iron and a lot of pins handy. If you wanted to make your pleats crisp once you were happy with them and ready to baste, having some spray starch on hand might not be a bad idea. It's probably a good idea to iron and pin, baste, iron again, then take it to the sewing machine for stitching. At least that's what I'd do. The basting would be a must to make sure those pleats stayed where they were supposed to be.

If you have anything pleated in your closet, it's not a bad idea to pull it out and take notes with a measuring tape in hand  See how it was done, what measurements were used, what you like and don't like. etc. Or go tothe fabric store, find a pattern with pleats that you like and see if the instructions have a basic tutorial on pleats that you can read. THREADS is a great magazine every library in the nation *should* carry, and they have a lot of articles on techniques. I'm sure they've done one on pleating.

Hope this makes more sense to you, even without photos.

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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2004 01:17:06 PM »

soo cute!
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2004 02:43:06 PM »

coolbeans> it's overedged (my non-serger's version of serging) and that's a Very old stuffed animal

ldp> the top is just out of my wardrobe. one of the only braless shirts i can wear!  Grin because a bra was NOT happening yesterday.

janie> how to pleat:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=8;action=display;threadid=3372;start=0
but my pleats all go one way


give me a couple minutes to paint this out and i'll post you an "oh my god that's so SIMPLE" tutorial
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2004 06:49:14 PM »

>>> ldp> the top is just out of my wardrobe. one of the only braless shirts i can wear!   because a bra was NOT happening yesterday. <<<

That's what I need to find. Most of those one-shoulder jobbies I've seen in the stores are made out of thin, crappy knit that requires a good strapless bra. Still looking.

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