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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / reconstructing a skirt....help! on: February 18, 2012 04:50:39 PM
I was cleaning out my closet and came across not one but TWO genuine suede/leather skirts that must've belonged to my mother at some point. Unfortunately they are horribly, horribly out of fashion...super long, heavy and bulky, i'm not sure why anyone would EVER want to wear them as is...but I can't bear to throw them out and let all that leather go to waste!

So, my plan is to attempt to refashion them, and should that not work out, I'll just make them into handbags or something lol.

Unfortunately I'm a rather novice seamstress when it comes to clothing, so i do have a few questions and was hoping some of you more experienced folk could possibly weigh in with some advice on how to go about this? It would be much appreciated!!!!

So here it is::

the other skirt is exactly the same, just in black.

my idea is to try to cut it into a slightly-above-the-knee pencil skirt. the waist fits perfectly, so i think i'm going to cut it off a bit above that horizontal seam (making that panel a bit narrower in the process) to create one big panel of fabric I can cut down to size and then reattach to the waist bit. Does that seem like a good strategy? I want to go about it this way because it'll save me the trouble of having to put in a zipper, and i can just use the one thats already there Smiley Smiley

my worries are mostly with the fact the skirt is fully lined, which means I will have to either cut down the lining as well or do without it. I'm tempted to leave the lining in the top and then do without it on the bottom.

and also, does anyone have any experience sewing with leather?? the fabric isn't too think or heavy but its enough that makes me wonder if i should be considering new needles, and if my machine will even sew it at all! (it's a bit fussy sometimes.) what about thread??

lastly, has anyone tried dying suede before?? I might attempt on the khaki one....i'm thinking red Smiley

anyway, just looking for reassurance, advice, and any resources you guys might have to help me along!!! like i said I'm pretty new and have only made a few simple skirts before (think elastic waistbands and such), so this whole project is super intimidating!

thanks so much Smiley
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / A Scandinavian Inspired Swap? on: July 02, 2011 09:52:15 PM

Would anyone be interested in a swap full of handcrafted goodies inspired by the Scandinavian folk art and design? Or anything Scandinavian-ish, for that matter! I saw a book on Scandinavian needlecraft at the bookstore today, and thought that'd be an amazing theme to use for a swap....and easily applicable to so many different mediums!

Could possibly be stretched to include anything from dala horses or other fun and whimsy folk art designs, to norse mythology, to Astrid Lindgren's stories...and so on and so forth!  

What does everyone think? Any suggestions?  I'd be happy to help organize it, but looking forward to hear what everyone thinks first!

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / lots and lots and lots of flannel on: December 07, 2008 10:53:38 PM
Hi guys, I'm new here. Actually, the only reason I made an account was to ask this question, but after looking around a little bit I've gotten curious so I just might stick around  Grin

I like to do crafty things, but I'm not much of a seamstress and apparently not very creative, either. I have a ton of flannel (it is really cute, I have a couple yards of brown and then a couple yards of a matching print with little owls on it) and I'm desperate to do something with. I was just wondering if anyone here had any ideas for some easy project that can be made with it.

Ps-I tried to make PJs by copying a pattern off of some old PJs I liked, but since the flannel wasn't as stretchy it ended up being too tight  Sad

Any ideas? Christmas gifts, perhaps? I really appreciate it!!

thanks so much!
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