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1  circle skirt, pattern matched, french seams, omg, quite a few pics in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by beautifulcreature on: August 07, 2008 03:14:29 PM
so i made another circle skirt.. i'm kind of ripping through the fabric so i stopped at walmart.. moralfreetradeethicalmindfulshoppingquandry oops. but i got alot of dollar fabric. this was some of it.

i'm having issues getting all  corners to match- yoke front/back skirt front/back. i'd google how the heck to get that to match up evenly but i don't even know what to search for "matching points" seems like it's going to yield me something for vegas incentives, or something.  but i did almost get the print to match up at the seams! woot!

and here it gosh golly gee wizz it does seem to be matching, that there's a seam you can barely see. woot

and it's got french seams, which started out seeming like the easiest thing in the world, until i hit the zipper.. and then i spent an hour drudging through it gritting my teeth and hand sewing it, then i put in sense and sensibility and was cheerful to sew by hand.

ok. end image obesity madness <now>
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2  cowl neck top. the best of times.. the worst of times... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by beautifulcreature on: August 06, 2008 10:35:33 PM
so.. i made a cowl neck top. i thought i'd venture afield from skirt land.. so i could wear an outfit made entirely by me, hurrah.

i need to clip the seam allowances on the side, that's why it's bulky there. i'm standing crooked, that's why the shirt's crooked.. but.. i'm not pleased with the cowl neck itself.. it drapes funny, the shirt starts a coup and tries to turn itself and shirtly order inside out. read pattern reviews and everyone elses shirts seem to politely drape in an orderly fashion. didn't see any others made out of jersey though, which the pattern says is An Approved Fabric. so. not sure what's up here. working with knit was wildly refreshing after a few weeks of woven cotton though. and i'm also wildly looking back to returning to the land of nonstretch. i'm seriously just tickled pink the whole thing holds together. but i can't figure out why the cowl neck hangs around my neck limp and heavy like one of my ferrets rather than like a delightful cowl neck. i'm still gonna wear it though. 'cause damn it. i sewed with a knit.
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3  4.8.08 i-wanted-a-circle-skirt-too skirt and lessons learned of the day in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by beautifulcreature on: August 04, 2008 10:58:53 PM

poll- how much more yellow does this thing need. -this was a serious question, i think it might need pockets trimmed w/ yellow
i will now stop gaping at brightly coloured things.
my family will no longer call my clothing ugly.
i DID learn the importance of even seam allowances w/ this skirt.
i still have no idea where on earth i'd wear this. and it's a bit too dangerous to turn 180 degrees rapidly because. well. it twirls. and. it's short.
i'll go make another, longer circle skirt now. and my family can practice NOT saying, "ugly"
this fabric is garish, yes, but it was in my mom's fabric stash for years. she was strangely drawn to it and now i'm strangely drawn to it and so it became the skirt of the day. maybe not beautiful but highly sentimental. i have no idea what it is, it's stiff. it's heavy, it's cotton, but it's one garish print, so why not add a suitably garish yoke.

since i've been making skirts without patterns some of the reasons for  even, consistent seams have been lost on me. today i realized several reasons why they are so important. yeah, sometimes slow on the uptake. the uneven look of it is because of the fabric. after several deconstructions the seams are all actually even and it really is a circle skirt now, not a 49.99% circle in back and 50%circle in front like it was in the beginning

it's not finished because i've had company/help for all the other bias binding i've made. right now the cats are probably ingesting a few yards of bright, frightening yellow not-finished-being-ironed-let-alone-sewn-on bias binding. i also realised i wanted it longer. not sure how much longer. taking a poll. i think adding a whole lot of scary yellow length is going to be bad, but the thing's never even going to get worn once if i can't safely bend over to pick something up off the ground without risking arrest.

after sewing willy nilly jut for the practice of it regardless of what fabric's available to me.. my closet is very.uhm. exuberant looking with the skirts hanging in all their glory. my mom'd at least be glad to see me wearing something other than jeans and a black tshirt

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4  2.8.08-skirt- when the pattern says stripes.. best believe it. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by beautifulcreature on: August 03, 2008 12:14:02 AM
At  11pm I decided I really did want to try and make a skirt today, so I looked through the tutorial list, thought RickRackRubys striped neat hemmed skirt, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34064.0, would be awesome- wait, Ive got no striped stretchy fabric. Thats ok, I have a whole lot of this eyebursting stretchy fabric.

Mistake of the day #1- when the pattern/tutorial asks for a specific fabric you dont need to blindly believe it, but think about why. Really stop and think about WHY it asks for that fabric if you want to deviate. Skirts doing neat stripey visual tricks-AWESOME. Skirts causing seizures in passerbyers on the street is not so cool.
Success #1- used my sewing machine w/ stretchy fabric and it went great. Love zigzag stitch. Not much else to say about that.
Successishness #1  - like using the giant cutting mat rather than measuring, seems a whole lot easier than fighting with the cats for the measuring tape, I throw the measuring tape to them to distract while I wield scissors, all is well.
Lessons for both good and evil learned for the day. Dont think Ill ever wear it. I think Ill shove it in the suitcase of things to reconstruct. Maybe it wants a second chance at life as a blinding tank top, or something.. not sure.. but thatd be another lesson.. pattern+cut=visual impact.. sometimes that impact is a pleasant touch. Sometimes its a boot to the head.  Both are great, its just good to have a vision of whats to come when you start, at least an inkling.

thanks to great people like rickrackruby for making tutorials Smiley it was amazingly well written and made me smile to read.
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5  1.08.08 skirt of the day- cat approved in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by beautifulcreature on: August 01, 2008 09:25:13 PM
today's skirt... it's gotten cat approval at least, or maybe he just wants some catnip. i'm trying to learn something new with every skirt i sew. there's alot to learn..
today's lessons
don't screw up using bias tape for a hem. it turns into another lesson in stitch removal.
once your cat chews on your bias tape it's pretty much agonner.
darts are your friend- making them symmetrical is not so friendly but it is possible
i'm resigned to just handsewing zippers rather than arguing with the machine, in the future i'll just do it while i watch a movie

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6  look Ma, no pattern! box pleated? skirt thing? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by beautifulcreature on: July 31, 2008 07:05:59 PM

i bought fabric. i bought no pattern. i didn't want to make another exactsameasthelast7skirts. i thought i'd add... PLEATS. so. i added... a pleat. and here it is. ok anticlimactic story. the rest of it is that i bought the fabric, started to cut it up, got discouraged, my mom was like honey, pleats are for patterns, gave me consolation, and the pieces and all went into a ziplock baggie for the next 10 months. wish mom was still around so i could show her. not the most spectacular skirt. and i don't really like it now that it's done for many reasons. but by gosh by golly i got it done. so i'm sharing it here.

happy crafting to all and to all a good night
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7  This Is Not The Face Of Happy. Shirt hanging weird. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by beautifulcreature on: July 21, 2008 12:01:44 AM
So. I'm posting more here lately rather than lurking obsessive like. At one point I saw an obnoxious orange floral in mom's fabric stash. I said SO COOL. She said I'd never make and wear something from it. I said THROW DOWN I'll be wearing an orange floral Something one of these days and so began the mission... I never got around to finishing it so tonight I was down and thought I'd try to finish one of the dozens of ziplock baggies of WIPS this is what I pulled out. OK. back story complete...
No, the problem isn't the glaring orange floral, or the idea that I thought it would look GREAT with a purple top part,or the way the fleece sweats really set it off, nor the fact that I need to clean up my apartment, or that it looks like I'm in desperate need of botox, that's just the look of WTF happened to my top.
It hangs weird and gapes in front, I've tried pinning it different ways, I've tried getting it to hang on me different ways but it slips back to the gaping front position.
Did I just cut the yoke too large/wide? are my shoulders freakishly narrow? I'm not sure what's going on. any tips would be appreciated. I think the body is ok. and that it's the yoke that's the problem. but i'm not sure. basically. HELP. this is not the face of happy wearing the shirt:/ do not like the big ol' gaping front:/

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8  Re: big green skirt to lil green skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by beautifulcreature on: July 20, 2008 10:44:53 AM
I wanted to say thank you to everyone for your very kind replies.. And I'm sorry to everyone else that's lost a mom, parent, or anyone really. It's been the worst experience of my life, so everyone being kind means alot. thanks everyone for the encouragement with reconning my mom's clothes... It's turned into a sort of mission. I have a feeling most people here would have probably gladly adopted my mom if for no other reason than her craft/sewing stash.
this is maybe half of her fabric stash and some of her crafting books and  some of her notions and other craft supplies

I turned her bedroom into a creative/playspace since my mom was probably better at having fun than me. it seemed appropriate so.. yeah, lots more recons and sewing coming. It's kind of weird since we had such different taste. I wouldn't have nearly so much uhm floral. mom loved shabby chic eh? totally different styles. But even if the fabric's and clothes aren't necessarily to my taste I think I need to work through at least a fair bit of her stash and clothing for emotional reasons.. so lots, lots, lots more florals to be posted. I'm saving the scraps so I can make a crazy quilt... I won't keep the clothes for forever.. alot of them just aren't my taste, and i know it, but the quilt i can keep always and wrap up in... so i'll be off in the quilting forume eventually.. lol. It's been half a year. and mom... Mom was sweet, kind, gentle, funny. So please don't get me wrong if I'm light hearted I think of her and it's hard not to laugh and smile because of just who she was and how she was. hard not to smile around her. i remember she's gone and then i cry. so I come across sort of weird about it. laughing because i remember mom's wonderfulness. while i'm talking about her not being around. sorry wrong forum. But mom is linked so closely with creativity in my mind. So this whole board's become a very frequent haunt for me. Thought about posting in interior decorating for help with organising her craft supplies, they boggle my mind, but was afraid it was just too depressing and screamed angst.. everyone's been so kind though.. i think i'm going to go take some photos of the mass craft chaos and post over there for organizational hints and help with it. everyone on this forum has been so kind..

again, thank you, sorry that the emotional nature of the post isn't really strictly in keeping with the forums. it's hard to separate the two for me right now since so much of it is motivated by missing mom.  again.. I'm sorry for anyone else who has lost a parent... and for whatever it is worth the empathy means alot to me.. thank you. It feels really lonely. but then you realise everyone's gone through horrible loss and you might feel lonely but it's part of being human. anyway. back to regularly scheduled crafting...
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9  some skirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by beautifulcreature on: July 18, 2008 10:50:58 PM
I found some old curtains at a thrift store not sure why it's hanging so funny in the pic, i'm pretty sure it doesn't normally look that weird

skirt i made for easter, i need to rehem it, this one IS hanging a bit odd Wink

posted this before, quite awhile ago but it was a wretched pic so reposting it

i live in jeans and i sew skirts. go figure. but they do look mighty decorative hanging in my closet
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10  big green skirt to lil green skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by beautifulcreature on: July 18, 2008 10:32:24 PM

So... My mom died and getting rid of her stuff is hard.. I decided to recon quite a few of her clothes so that they fit me. It's been a rotten few months.. and now I'm getting around to reconstructing her clothes and using up some of her fabric stash... this was the skirt before...

and after... I kept having disaster after disaster, and the original skirt was lined because  the outer fabric's super thin so I had to do my first lined skirt which lead to more disasters which meant.. the skirt kept getting shorter and tighter. On a funny note it made me laugh since mom always told me I wore overly long skirts. It was fated to be short and tight I guess.
So. not what I wanted it to be but it ended up being a mission to complete it, for personal reasons like I said. so that's my skirt. Thanks for reading.
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