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Topic: My first pattern skirt WAS beautiful *sniff sniff* :'( (img heavy)  (Read 9507 times)
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« on: November 30, 2006 06:17:16 PM »

I bought "Sew U" by Wendy Mullin and am just learning how to sew.  This is my first project using a pattern since junior high.  Its the pattern for the A-line skirt in the "Sew U" book.

Well.... scroll down for this SAD/funny story.

Found the fabric at Walmart (sorry- I don't USUALLY shop at the devil but I had a gift certificate) The shiny-asian thing caught my eye.

No alterations to the pattern, just used the "medium" size.
I thought I was super cute with my little brown knee-socks and new brown shoes.

Not perfect by any means but pretty damn good for me!

I was pretty much bouncing around the house super-proud of myself!!!  Grin

But, alas, my aversion to shiny asian stuff may have been my demise.  I noticed the fabric was quite prone to- how do you say it?- shredding?  Anyways, I wore my beautiful new skirt to work and about half way through the day...... Shocked

I couldn't believe it.  The butt seam just came undone.  I have no idea how long I was walking around with my butt out.  Of course it was a big ol' hole, and I was wearing a thong.  I work with all guys too so I don't know that if someone actually noticed if they would tell me- they might be too embarassed.  Not like a girl- she'd be sure to tell you right away.  I tied a sweater around my waist for the rest of the day.  It sucks though!!! Cry  I was soooo proud.  And I was SOOOO looking forward to wearing it through the holidays.

Funny thing is, this is not the first time I have split the butt seam on a piece of clothing  Cheesy (remember miss pisces?)

Upon closer inspection it definitely was the fabric and not the sewing.

Could you guys help a newbie out?  Any suggestions on the (obvious) fabric problem?  There's probably a way to make the fabric not do that I'm sure.  Or a way to tell if the fabric is prone to this type of thing?

Another question I had is regarding the darts.  They kinda poked out.   Any suggestions on how to prevent/fix that?

Thanks in advance!  Any comments/questions/critiques/suggestions welcome.

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2006 06:23:31 PM »

oh my gosh! I'm so sorry that happened to you. I feel your devistation! I'd be mortified. I hope you can fix it, because that fabric is truly lovely! Sorry I can't help you...newbie sewer/seamstress/whatever myself

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2006 06:24:54 PM »

ZigZag Stitch will be your new best friend!!!!!

i think to solve your prob you migh need to pull your skirt apart, and for each piece zigzag stitch around the edge of the fabric (put it under the foot so that the needle goes thru the fabric and then misses the fabric as it makes each stitch) then sew it back together again.  This should stop it from fraying and its sorta the same as overlocking/serging the fabric.  I do it on everything unless im in a huge rush and i think it makes your stuff last longer and look a little more professional

hope that helps!

btw good job and hot fabric regardless!
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2006 07:34:45 PM »

yep, the zigzag stitch unless you have a serger/overlock machine. You just have to finish your seams here is a visual. lol


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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2006 08:37:50 PM »

You may also want to apply some fray check to the edges of the fabric.
Good luck on fixing your skirt.. Wish I had some other suggestions for you!


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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006 09:17:40 PM »

When I sewed with super fray fabric, I used french seams.


« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2006 09:23:42 PM »

You might want to try using seam tape also.  It stabilizies fabric that is prone to this.  I think the brand name is \"Seams great\" or something like that.  It will really cut down on the shredding.  You just hold it with the fabric as you sew and sew along it.

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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2006 09:28:10 PM »

When I sewed with super fray fabric, I used french seams.



I agree, french seams are the best way to go about this type of fabric.

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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2006 09:48:17 PM »

I looks awesome!
Tips: Make sure you are using the right needle for your fabric
Make sure to check your tension

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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2006 10:34:21 PM »

Seriously, french seams kick ass. On a little trial run good-off bag that I made I did a french seam, didn't trin the edge as much and zigzagged the inside fold thing of it off.  Grin That seam did not come off when I tried to rip it open. lol.

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