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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Working with striped fabric on: July 08, 2006 04:07:14 AM
In the end, I've decided to follow THIS tutorial for the skirt part.

Wish me luck- I think it's going to work well Smiley

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Working with striped fabric on: July 07, 2006 07:39:13 PM
which way does the fabric stretch?  what is the stretch factor (percentage)?

cutting stripes for a circle skirt is tricky in many ways.  if you cut as you describe (these are called gores), the stripes will chevron at the seams which creates its own headache in terms of matching them.

depending on which way and how much the fabric stretches, you are not going to be able to avoid either seams or matching issues.  neither is bad, but they take consideration before cutting.

After sitting down and measuring the stretch, it turns out that it has equal stretch both ways. 4" becomes 7" (is that a stretch factor of 57%? my math is very rusty).

I don't mind making seams, and if the stripes don't match *exactly* it shouldn't be *too* big of a deal. The fabric is very drapey and I imagine the chevron effect should be mostly hidden as long as I'm not twirling around.


I'm planning on making this circle skirt as part of the quickie dress. Maybe I need to... think outside the circle?

Oh, and as an aside- I did make one from the panne velvet that you helped me with the other day- it came out alright. It's a little big around the waist (can fix that with elastic) but my biggest issue is that the fabric looks different on the wrong side, so the straps end up looking messy when the wrong side is exposed. Also, the straps are a little short Smiley I'm toying with the idea of shortening the straps to shoulder height and adding a few feet of something like chiffon for tying with.

I'm a good rambler Smiley


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Working with striped fabric on: July 07, 2006 06:34:09 AM
I'd like to make a circle skirt from some very stretchy striped fabric I picked up today. The stripes are quite fine, although not pinstriped. But of course, my problem is, how do I cut the pieces in such a way that the skirt won't end up looking hideous?

Here's an ultrcrappy diagram:

Obviously, I don't want to just cut a donut from the fabric, because then the stripes are going to look all weird. My idea was to cut four pieces of donut all oriented the same way as that first piece you can see on the diagram. I was also hoping cutting it this way would minimise any problems with it stretching oddly due to the difference in stretch (it has about twice the stretch horizontally along the selvedge as it does... the other way).

Can anyone see any problems with this? Better ideas? Stripy circle skirt just a big, big no-no?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stretch Panne Velvet? on: July 03, 2006 05:53:28 PM

This is all the encouragment I need Smiley

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Stretch Panne Velvet? on: July 03, 2006 04:52:26 PM
I want to make Rostitchery's Quickie Dress but my stash is very depleted at the moment. The only thing I have that I think could be appropriate is a fair bit of crushed panne velvet (the stretchy kind) in a dark purple colour. My question is, is this fabric going to really accentuate lumps and bumps, or is it fairly forgiving in that sense?

I'm so keen to get started, I'd consider making it out of a garbage bag- and I know it would still turn out HAWT!


6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: July 03, 2006 04:20:24 PM
I saw this post yesterday and was oh-so-in-love; I knew I had to make this dress as soon as possible.

Then, last night I *dreamt* about it.

And today, I wake up and there are pictures of more dresses and the thread has grown by something like 5 pages! Crazy!

I *have* to get fabric for this today- I'm hitting the op-shop and praying they have something appropriate- if not, I may have to rug up the kids and take them out shopping (it's winter here in Australia).

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bali Wrap Pants-Photos and Tutorial on: June 12, 2006 05:11:35 PM
I don't have a Hancocks near me. Sad but JoAnn's has their Simplicity $1.99 sale this coming weekend. I'd feel better trying these w/ a pattern so I'll probably be buying it. I'll post when I finally get them made. Are the tiies made with bias tape?

I just used spare fabric- cut a long strip, sew one side, turn inside out, knot one end. Bias tape would work too Smiley

Wow, I just made me a pair of these frm your tut, from a white cotton bedsheet, and I friggin love them! Oh I have so much love for these! They may be a bit too baggy and long, but I'm gonna just chop off the sides and bottoms a few inches. I've been strutting around my house (conservatory mainly) and checking out my bad self in the windows/mirrors, pulling model poses. I like the way they swish  Smiley

Yay! I'm so glad you like them Smiley I think PinkMafias idea of adding darts in the front and back would help with the boxiness- and I have to cut some off the bottom too. I guess I have little legs Smiley

Seriously though- comfiest thigns ever! I have a pair in thick flannelette that I wear when it's cold (now) and I have plans for a nice, light rayon pair for warm weather.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "i've got a brandnew pair of rollerskates" heart print pinafore! **TUTE page on: June 11, 2006 05:36:04 PM
I live in Melbourne too, so I know what you mean about the weather. Still, I'm totally making this!
Maybe I'll see you skating along!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bali Wrap Pants-Photos and Tutorial on: June 10, 2006 09:19:40 PM
what changes do you think would need to be made to make that plus size friendly?

I would imagine just making it wider, and with a deeper and wider u shaped seam? Mesurements should be easy.

For the seam, you'd simply measure from where you want the pants to hit at the front, between your legs up the back and then add a couple inches ease and seam allowance. For the width, measure around and add a couple inches allowance again.

And like pinkmafia said, darts would certainly help it sit better.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bali Wrap Pants-Photos and Tutorial on: June 10, 2006 06:13:47 PM
They look great. I've been wanting to make this kind of pants for awhile but was waiting for the Simplicity patterns to go on sale at JoAnn's. Could you tell me what size jeans you wear? I'm trying to get a idea how they would look on me since we are about the same height.They look cool and comfy.

I'm a size 12 Australian. If it helps, my mesurements are 34/32/40. You could be a couple of inches bigger in the hips than me and they would still fit fine Smiley

In order for these pants to sit right you have to add darts. Two in the back and two in the front. One on the center, left hand side (front/back) and one one in the center of the right hand side of the pants. If that doesn't make sense I can draw a pic.

I'm definitely going to try that in my next pair!  Thanks for the tip Smiley

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