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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / troublesome tweed on: June 29, 2005 08:41:47 AM
I'm getting started on fall clothes and making an 8-panel skirt with little flares at the bottom (gores?). The pattern is one I made from an old skirt and I have already made one skirt from the pattern that turned out fine. I'm using a beautiful mid-to-heavy weight wool herringbone tweed this time (I used a medium silk before).

I started zig-zag overstitching the edges of each panel (prior to assembling them), and it just doesn't sew well - the thread seems to catch, etc. I'm worried that the skirt won't hold together. I'm already planning on lining it (already made the lining), but am I doing something wrong? Is it the cheap polyester thread? Should I be using a different setting on my sewing machine? would it have been better to line each panel THEN assemble the skirt (as it is my lining is a barely-smaller version of the skirt, minus the gores).

Thank you -
32  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Atomic boomerang barkcloth skirt on: June 17, 2005 06:38:06 AM
More reprodepot 50s fabric. Barkcloth is really hard to work with (frays really easily), but I finally finished it! Plus, this one is a little more work-appropriate than the strawberry dress (not that that'll stop me -fortunately, my boss is amused by my clothes, so as long as there's no clients or faculty, its all good)

33  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Strawberry Dress on: June 16, 2005 03:31:20 PM
This is my first dress. I used a pattern for the bodice and then added a free-form full skirt. Unfortunately, although my measurements said I should be a 12/14, I made the size 12 bodice and it was HUGE, which was incredibly irritating. I had to take it in a LOT. Then I had to add a sash to cinch in the waist even more (I like cinched waists).

Fortunately, this was a practice dress with inexpensive fabric - the real one is going to be made out of this nice green silk.

I call it my strawberry hostess dress because its calm on the surface, working frantically underneath to stay afloat (you know, like the quote about hostesses and ducks!)
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 70s mildewed prom dress to 50s skirt recon on: June 16, 2005 03:26:18 PM
A year or so ago in a thrift store I found this 70s prom dress. Empire waist, puff sleeves (all things that make me look  12, pregnant, or 12 AND pregnant!), and mildew across the top. However, it had this amazing sheer overlay with a floral pattern. So I cut off the salvageable part  and tucked it away, along with the pin satin ribbon the dress had been trimmed with.

Enter a plain white cotton sun dress that had developed underarm stains. I cut off the top and made it into a very plain white skirt. Never wore it (too boring)

Combined the two last week - sheer overlay over white underskirt, and voila!

35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / simple 50s skirt, fun 50s prints on: June 09, 2005 04:16:28 PM
These are two skirts I made, no pattern. My first projects in a looong time - I was inspired by 1) the fact that I need to stop shopping so much and 2) I found this website with great retro-50s fabrics. The first one has a pattern of couples in romantic situations (park benches, dinners out, little tiny shoe stores in the distance!) and the second one has kind of 50s squares and engagement rings (oddly, my boyfriend likes that one best).

Couples skirt by notamermaid, on Flickr

I apologize for the URLs and non-visible-inserted pics - I used flickr, and that doesnt seem to work with the code.
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