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Topic: ridiculously easy skirt...now with pic!! (ice cream applique)  (Read 2398 times)
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« on: February 06, 2007 10:21:18 AM »

i finally got around to adding a pic (tho it's not a great one)....it's of the first skirt i made (which i added a giant ice cream cone applique to).....i kinda laughed when i saw the pic cuz there is this wierd white light in the pic by the bottom of the skirt  which reminds me of those pics people claim to have of ghosts (maybe my ice cream skirt is haunted?)
hee hee

sorry, i've completely lost my mind....this pic isn't even of the right skirt.....i'll try fixing it later

hey all...
i just got a sewing machine a couple weeks ago and am learning to sew...i'm so proud of myself cuz i just made a skirt and it came out pretty dang cool and it was totally easy....it's a 6 gore skirt and i used this tutorial:
and i learned how to put in the zipper using this incredibly easy tutorial:

wish i had a camera so ya'll could see...
it took less than 3 hrs to make, including measuring and making the pattern and all the cutting of fabric...but i'm sure if i make another one i could do it in like an hour.....i'd probably alter the first pattern i made as well as i didn't measure good enough which made my skirt end up a bit too big....i'm totally excited about learning to make my own clothes as it's so difficult to find anything cute for chubby girls ...do designers assume that only grandmas are chubby? i swear anything that actually fits is totally in an old lady style....okay,rant over!
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2007 11:18:44 AM »

Hey! Well done on making your first skirt! I was given a sewing machine last week, and really want to start making my own clothes.  How did you find your first item to make - any tips for a sewing machine newbie?

I finally made a wist: http://www.wists.com/NorthernScum
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007 10:56:13 AM »

you'll love your sewing machine!....i don't have much advice, except don't be too ambitious on your first projects!  i just kinda surfed the net for easy free patterns, also lots of great tutorials here on crafster!! good luck and have fun!!

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007 12:22:22 AM »

Congratulations on your first garment!

If you enjoyed that method of making a skirt, you might like making other things by the same method. You probably noticed the author of that website sells a book about pattern drafting, which she says she learned in Asia. At least a couple of other people put out books using what I think is basically the same method, which they also say is Asian. I've only encountered it in booklists and such, but a woman named Dorothy Moore wrote The Oriental Method of Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking, which I think got reprinted as Dorothy Moore's Pattern Drafting and Dressmaking , and two co-authors, Diehl Lewis and May Loh, put out a book called Patternless Fashions, which may be a little more readily available than the Dorothy Moore or that website lady's book.

I believe the recently published Sew What: Skirts book also has you use your own measurements marked on fabric--someone correct me if I'm wrong! I know there's a Sewalong for it.

"An old cloak makes a new jerkin..." (Wm Shakespeare, recycling and DIY enthusiast)
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007 10:06:39 AM »

wow! thanks for the info! i totally want to check out those books!! thanks agian!

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