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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tracing Pattern Darts on: October 23, 2007 04:02:47 PM
I'm a newbie working on Simplicity 3673 for a friend's Halloween costume.

It's got three darts on each of the four skirt panels, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to trace the lines on the pattern to the fabric without ruining the pattern for future use. I was using the back edge of my marking pencil, but that was tearing the pattern a bit.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Extending a circle skirt? on: August 27, 2007 01:03:38 PM
So, I'm fairly new to sewing clothing and I like to make up my own patterns without measuring. Which is dumb I know. But so far it has worked out for me, except for today apparently my luck ran out.

I'm making a circle skirt out of some sort of nylon-esque fabric for a costume. I measured on myself how long I wanted it, and cut out the circle, no problem. Then I tried to cut out the waist - which I had orignally planned to do with elastic, so I thought I'd make it bigger, so when the elastic was in it would gather.

Somewhere in there I went horribly awry, and now I have a super short, too big circle. I have a fair bit of material left over and I was just wondering if any of you crafty folks would have any ideas on how I could extend the skirt and salvage the waist-if at all possible with the least amount of aesthetic damage.

Many, many thanks in advance.
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