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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Disassembling a Lilly Pulitzer Shift Dress...how to? on: September 02, 2007 02:48:43 PM
I'm considering disassembling my fav Lilly Pulitzer cabana/shift style dress (which fits me PERFECTLY) to use it as a master pattern so I can make the same dress...but in fabrics I choose.

Is that task as easy as going at it with a seam ripper? 
Anything I should worry about when it comes to reassembling said dress?


Should I just buy the same style dress off Ebay & use that one as a sacrificial lamb & spare taking apart my favorite one?

Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks, Jane
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Wal-Mart fabric on: August 18, 2007 09:26:56 AM
Good or bad? Cheap or just cheaply made? I've seen some really neat fabrics there - but have yet to buy anything other than notions or patterns at Wal-Mart.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Is this skirt cut on the bias? on: August 18, 2007 09:23:30 AM
Hi, can anyone tell if this crinkled silk skirt is cut on the bias or not?  Also any advice I should know about when it comes to placing an invisible zipper in with a crinkled silky fabric? Thinking about using McCall's 2129 pattern - I think that one will do (assuming it's not a bias cut). Thanks! Jane

4  UNITED STATES / South Carolina / Greenville on: August 14, 2007 10:40:02 AM

Anyone from Greenville know of any really neat fabric stores in Greenville/Mauldin/Simpsonville area?  We'll be in the upstate to visit family in the very near future.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / hair/ponytail scarf on: June 10, 2007 02:47:55 PM
Hi all, I walked past a lady today with the cutest scarf tied around her head & she had a ultra-pixie haircut. My hair is short - no where near that short..but I am now terribly interested in making a head scarf. I asked her where she got the scarf & she said it was really called a "ponytail scarf" she got at some outlet store. 

The width was probably no wider than 2 or 2 1/2 inches but it's the length - any suggestions? Is there a standard length and width to deal with?

Thanks mucho, Jane
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Guitar-Themed Skirts: McCalls Skirt Sewing Patterns 3341 & 3830 on: June 02, 2007 10:29:11 AM
So when my husband is not flying the friendly & the not so friendly skies - he builds custom acoustic guitars. Thus we attend many guitar symposiums, trade shows, conventions, etc. I thought it would be neat to have a guitar-themed series of skirts to wear to our next symposium.

I used both McCall's 3341 A-line skirt pattern & McCall's 3830 straight skirt pattern.

All skirts are fully lined, faced waist, center back invisible zippers.

With the exception of the "aloha skirt" all fabric is cotton. The aloha is a cotton/rayon blend.

All fabrics bought online at  both Tonic Living.com  http://www.tonicliving.com and eQuilter.com   http://www.equilter.com. Did a search for "guitars" & lots of stuff came up.

*** Don't look too closely as I have barely ironed the skirts thus they all look a bit wonky. Man I hate my current iron.

So here they are. Hope you like. Jane

Used wrong pattern size - way too big - need to alter big time.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Can you make an a-line skirt skinnier? on: May 07, 2007 03:21:33 PM
Hi! So I've been busy making me a little mess o' skirts for an upcoming convention (skirt pix will be up soon!)

Anyways, I whipped up an A-line skirt last night from a McCall's pattern & while the skirt is cute...it's a really wide capital letter A. 
I much prefer a skinny A. It's a tad shy of being considered a circle skirt in my opinion.

While I don't want a straight skirt...and I do want to keep the a-line shape...is there a way to tame the flare?

The waist, hips circumference, and length are all just right...but a little less "A" would be nice.

Any suggestions to altering the pattern I have to reduce the wide "A" to a thinner "A"?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / "easestitching" a faced waistband? on: May 06, 2007 08:01:31 AM
So the pesky pattern calls for "easestitch waist edge".  I understand the premise..or so I think I do but...

1. I imagine I would use nearly a basting stitch..but what seam allowance? the typical 5/8"'s or do I use less?

then the pattern goes on to say....

"Pin facing to skirt, right sides together, matching notches, etc. Adjust ease. Baste. Stitch upper edge. Trim seam allowances".

2.  How exactly do I adjust ease? What is it I am looking for ...do I just yank up on the thread about every inch or so? Do I yank the thread on the right side or wrong side of the fabric? 

Am I trying to cause puckering in the fabric where it will attach to the facing? What gives?

 Huh  Jane
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Just a few ?'s ...... on: May 04, 2007 07:36:23 AM
Hi,  just a few questions about a few different concerns of mine.

1. Liners for skirts.
 Is there a more preferable way to finish the raw seam edges? Should I use my serger? Use a zigzag w/my sewing machine?
Is either going to add just too much bulk?

2.  If I'm adding a liner to skirt who's pattern does not account for adding a liner - do I attach the liner before or after attaching the faced waistband?

3.  Anyone ever use "Wash-Away Wonder Tape" especially when it comes to placing an invisible zipper? Is it worth using it? Or should I stick with using a fabric glue stick?  (using 100% cotton fabric here)

4.  Anyone ever use the Dritz Ezy-hem hem guide thingy? Any hints or tips I should know about it? I impulsed bought it yesterday.

OK that about covers my current list of hmmm's

Thanks in advance for any & all advice!

Jane Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / What am I doing wrong when it comes to skirts... on: April 08, 2007 02:58:49 PM
Hi yall, Bear with me here as I spin into a depressive state of "woe is me"....but I got myself an endless dilemma - I just cannot seem to make a skirt worth a damn. 

Oh, I've made a zillion skirts from different pattern companies - and have the remains crammed into a box deep in the closet as they ALL DON'T FIT!

A pattern will state that this particular A-line skirt (or straight skirt)should rest 1" below my belly button (or natural waist)...then I try it on only to find that it rests 3" ABOVE my belly button just at my ribcage! OR if I do manage to find a pattern that states the skirt will rest 3 or 4" below my natural waist (or belly button) then it fits at the hips but gapes open at the waist (even with darts).  Either way the length is always at the shortest (or darn close to it) even before I hem! What gives?

I have an uncomfortably odd hip to waist ratio (hip 39 & waist 28),  but shy of liposuction (of which I am saving up for) what can I do to solve my endless cycle of crummy fitting skirts?

I bought the Sew What! Skirts book the other day (it has no patterns but you make your own pattern based on your own measurements) but can't seem to rouse enough momentum to give even that a go.

Is this just me? Am I the only person anymore that can't put together an even halfway decent fitting skirt?  Am I completely odd shaped that I am doomed to ill-fitting skirts despite my best attempts? 

Sorry to sound so down in the dumps..but geez...it's a simple straight skirt/A-line skirt! How can I be botching this so consistently?

I swear I am a fairly laid-back person..but today I made yet another muslin from yet another pattern that looks crummy yet again. It's bumming me big time.  Cry

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