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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly 6 Panel Skirt, A short version of my previous skirt tutorial. on: June 25, 2014 09:02:19 AM
Since its summer, I decided to go a little shorter, I made this knee length version of the 6 panel skirt that I previously made the tutorial on. The tutorial can be found here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433982.0#axzz35fMBMlwv

To shorten, I traced my previous starting piece from the longer skirt to knee length to make another template for the short version. (1/6 of my waist measurement at the top, through the center to knee length)

To add extra flare I added an additional 3 1/2" at the bottom on either side so that the bottom hem is closer to the hem length of the longer skirt. I cut 4 of this piece.

The pocket and pocket liner pieces stayed the same as in the long skirt since the waist area really wasn't changed.

To cut the 2 shorter pieces that go with the pockets, I again folded at the hip-line and added 1/2" seam allowance at the top.

I added double fold bias tape across the pocket top hemline, just encasing the raw edges rather than sewing them together and then encasing them after.

I added darts in the center of all side panels including the pocket pieces.

Encased waist raw edge and bottom hem in double fold bias tape.

Added a regular hook and eye, in black to match the tape, above the invisible zipper since there is no real waist band.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paint Stir Stick + Skewers = Thread Holder Tutorial(with Pictures!) on: June 15, 2014 01:50:24 PM
I made these (3 total from 1 stir stick) to go in my sewing box that I have made out of an unused tackle box to solve my tangled mess issues (visible in the first image lol).

What you need:
Wooden or Bamboo skewers
1 paint stir stick (mine was left over from sherwin-williams but any should do)
Thread spool(s) (the widest/tallest ones you intend to use on the stand)
Marking tool (pencil, or sharpie)
Drill and drill bit
Wood glue
sand paper
paint or stain(optional)

First begin by measuring the inside of your box, at the smallest point in the direction you want your stick to lay. Mine measured 6 3/8" (actually because my box narrows at the bottom very slightly, it was little less than this)

Then take that measurement and mark off sections on your stir stick, one stick for me was 3 of this measurement.
Then trace your spool of thread between those marks, keeping the marks as close together as possible for a tight fit. Mark the center hole so you know where to place your skewers. I could fit 4 thread spools, and a bobbin area at the end.

Next, place the flat side of your skewer on the table next to your stir stick.

Slide your thread spool over it so that it rests on your stick, then mark above it so you know how tall to cut your skewers.

Once one area has been marked, you can take that mark and hold it up to the other skewers so that you have markings of the same distance. Like this:

Use your saw to cut your lengths of paint stick and your skewer lengths.
Test fit your lengths of paint sticks to ensure they fit as you want, I had to trim/sand a little further in because the base of my box narrows toward the bottom.
Measure your fattest skewer against your drill bit to ensure you have the right size, slightly larger is okay the glue will take care of the rest. (Ideally they're all the same but I've never found this to actually be true.)

Drill your hole, only go about half way through the stick so the back remains intact. It will be quickly done, for me it was only about a 1 second count.

Sand your holes, and your stick edges to remove any roughness that might splinter then do another test fit to ensure you do not need to sand further.

When this is complete, fill the holes with wood glue and place your skewers in them. Clean up any excess as best you can, any remaining should dry clear.

Once the glue is dry you're ready for painting or staining if you want to.

Here is a picture of it completed before painting.

Helpful tip: 1/2" vinyl tubing, cut in 1/4'' intervals then split open can be slid over bobbins to keep thread in place like this:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 6 Panel Long Skirt with Pockets Tutorial. LOTS OF PICS on: June 13, 2014 06:23:14 PM
That's terrific, thank you. I like long skirts and pockets a whole lotta lot so this will get made for sure Smiley.

Awesome. Be sure to post a pic Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 6 Panel Long Skirt with Pockets Tutorial. LOTS OF PICS on: June 13, 2014 12:07:41 PM
Very nice thank you. I love the way the pockets fit with the gores.

Thank you Cheesy I love the pockets too, it was one of the biggest eye catchers for me. I'm not very big on purses, so the big pockets are wonderful, everything fits. ^.^
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 6 Panel Long Skirt with Pockets Tutorial. LOTS OF PICS on: June 13, 2014 08:35:18 AM
This is my first tutorial so please bare with me >.<
When I searching for easy skirt patterns I came across this link http://www.mollytov.com/six-gore-skirt/
I am a huge fan of long skirts, no matter the weather, they're just fun for me. So I decided to try it!
I used Natural Muslin Dyers Cloth (44" wide) for my fabric (for many reasons, it was on sale for $1.99 and its a good cloth to use for just practicing a new pattern), sew in interfacing (waistband only), matching thread, 1 hidden zipper and 2 pants hook & eyes to make this skirt.

She describes the making of the pattern pieces in the blog link (for more detailed instructions), you basically take your measurements for: Waist, Hip, From waist to hip, then from hip to floor. Divide your waist measurement and hip measurement by 6 (six panels) Then you want to draft your pattern like this (I took these next two images from the blog post):


Pattern Pockets like this (I chose not to do step 1 here, I just folded under the orginal piece before pinning it to the fabric, you'll see further down):


To make it flowy I chose to add 4 1/2" to either side of the center for my own pieces. This is how mine look after they were drafted (I use brown packaging paper it was $4.99 at office depot, its a roll 24" x 50'):


Pin your pattern pieces to folded fabric like this to get the most use out of a small amount of fabric.

Pin your pocket pieces centered on the fold:

Do this twice leaving you with two of each pocket piece and 4 longer skirt panels.

For your last two panel pieces you will need to fold your pattern piece under at the hip-line before pinning (rather than fabricating a whole new piece this is what I did)

Cut across your last piece straight and this will be the beginnings of your waist band.

~Fold over salvage edge along folded edge, pin fabric together like this, then measure your waist band width plus 1/2" seam allowance and your length plus 1/2" seam allowance and 1-2" extra for a hook tab.
(Note: If you are oddly shaped/curvy like I am, I would recomend trying the waistband on at this point, taking into account the extra that is supposed to be there, to determine whether you need to add a dart or cut it at an angle if you are doing a wide/high waistband like I did)
Cut it out then cut one of these out of interfacing (I use sew in interfacing personally but you can do whatever you like)
Now sew 1/2" seam at both ends of your waist band with the right side of fabric on the inside, sew from the fold down, leaving 1/2" area at the bottom at the long area open.

Snip off the fabric close to the seams and clip the corners at an angle for easy flipping.
Press open the long pocket area of your waistband.

Flip it right side out, with pressed seams inside the waist band and interfacing then press the whole thing like this

Next pin your two pocket lining pieces (the short ones) centered on the shorter two panel pieces right sides together then sew across.

After that is completed, press seam allowance toward the main skirt piece so it is out of the way for you to pin the other pocket pieces to the pocket lining. Like so

And when it is completed press it flat so that it now measures the correct length of your regular pieces.

Now before sewing everything together you need to decide where you want your invisible zipper (if you've never done one here is a helpful link http://www.mygrowinghome.com/2011/08/diy-gathered-skirt-with-waistband.html ). because the back of the skirt is 3 panels I chose to do my invisible zipper along the side seam even though that is where the pocket was. I chose the left side, because that is what I am used to. So, pin and sew three of the regular panels together with 1/2" seam allowance (right sides of fabric together of course) for the back of your skirt (leaving 1 panel for center front), on either side of these three panels will be one of the pocketed skirt pieces, sew one straight, and sew the zipper in the other side. Finish and trim all the raw edges with a zig zag stitch. When sewing the pocket side seams I did it this way to pin the pocket into place:

Once all of your pieces are sewn together, press your seams toward either of sides pressing the side seams toward the back of the skirt.

Next pin your waistband into place, and sew it on with 1/2" seam allowance starting at the back side of your invisible zipper and ending at the front area so that it overlaps going toward the back of the skirt. Then add on your hook & eye

Now press and pin your bottom hemline, however you prefer it. I chose to do an invisible hem.

When its completed it should look something like this ^.^

Its very light and comfy, I may dye it, or just leave it like it is, since its muslin I think it would make an excellent skirt to go over my bathing suit or something like that. If you make it, I'd love to see pictures. I hope the tutorial was easy enough. I'm sorry I didn't have pictures for some of the stages, my phone died -.-

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reversible Halter Dress on: February 21, 2014 01:48:42 PM
I think most of it comes from the fabric I use: I'm not a dressmaker, using brand new fabric. I'm an adapter, using the worn out remnants of clothing to turn into something else for a while. This means tiny seam allowances, already well worn patches and quite often thread that is stronger than the fabric. I've learned a few tricks, but, well, it took some mistakes to learn them.

I'll be excited to see the underskirt once it's done. A crinoline should Pouf it out with out making it too hot to dance in!

Ahh. I see, you are strong, in an area where I am weak. I'm just making attempts now to salvage/recraft/repurpose things. And I stink at it lol. Any suggestions for websites etc that have helped you learn (other than here of course)? Or was it all just trial and error?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reversible Halter Dress on: February 20, 2014 03:30:43 PM
Thank you. I may have found my problem: I'm not the sturdiest of sewers at the best of times.

I'm sure you're great! It just takes a lot of practice and patience (I'm prone to over-excitement myself). I've been sewing for a long time (hand sewing since 10, machine since about 12). My mother insisted on it, even insisted I first learn on a treadle sewing machine, I didn't use electric til I was 16. There are also lots of great instructional you tube videos from people (professor pincushion is good), and I've found several from collages too (west vally) if I find I can't remember something or am stuck I reference those and them practice on scrap etc. That is how I learned to do button holes on the machine for instance Cheesy Crepe back satin is sturdy on its own too which helps, that is what I made the dress out of. I've got a pattern for making the crinoline underskirt today so when I finally get around to that I'll add another pic in. Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Reversible Halter Dress on: February 20, 2014 08:32:02 AM
That's a great looking dress. I love how you've turned the back into a corset style. Is it ok to get on & off? I always seem to struggle with strings in the back.

I left the ribbon long enough that its not a big deal for me to reach to tie it or I have the man help me get it tied since its fun for him -.o
Its sewn sturdy enough that I can tie it and carefully shimmy it up in place too which is what I did for the pic I've added of me wearing it.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Halter Dress on: February 19, 2014 10:28:19 AM
I use Simplicity 1606 dress pattern, I made it fully lined so that it is reversible. I am not a fan of zippers so I did corset loops and a modesty panel that is also reversible red/black. The picture is the red and black side, when flipped it is completely black. I didn't do the boning, no place local seemed to have it in stock and I like the support of my long-line bustier/bra better anyway so I wore that and pinned it so that I could get a tighter little black dress fit when wearing it. I'm thinking of doing one or two in cotton so that I have some cute summer dresses too! Smiley
And now for the pic...

And one of me wearing it
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: HAPPY VALENTINE on: February 17, 2014 06:32:15 AM
How cute is that! We just finished watching the first season on Netflix literally an hour ago, so it was fun to see this pop up on craftster. Cheesy Very well done!

Thank you! ^.^ Netflix is awesome at spreading anime love. Cheesy
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