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« on: June 25, 2007 11:52:24 AM »

So, I found this pretty paisley, gypsy printed skirt at a thrift store for like a dollar. I get it home and it fits great, but its one of those that fits on the waist, and the gathering made my butt look HUGE. So, crafty me decides, "well, I can always recon this, and just cut it to fit at my hips, take it in a little. perfect. Except I forget all about the gathering, and I don't actually know how to do gathering. So i end up with this:

Given that I ruined the waistband trying to salvage the elastic, I can't just add that back on. And given that I don't know how to do gathering, I can't just add that in. How do I salvage THIS?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007 11:55:14 AM »

Gathering is easy - either by hand, or with your sewing machine - you want to do big stitches, all the way around - 2 rows, about 1/4-1/2" apart....... leave a long end of thread hanging out at both ends.

now, you slide the fabric back towards the middle while gently pulled on the threads....... it'll all gather, and you can try it on to adjust the fit.

once you have it where you want it, stick a pin by the hanging ends, and wrap the threads in a figure 8 around the pins (to anchor it)

now you're ready to machine stitch the gathers, or add a waistband, or whatever you were planning on doing once it was gathered.


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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007 11:58:52 AM »

Thanks, I think I'm going to have to do that. The fabric is just too pretty to toss.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007 07:27:24 AM »

Thanks, I think I'm going to have to do that. The fabric is just too pretty to toss.

That would make a gorgeous book cover-if you can't save it, that is.


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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010 10:14:17 AM »

A gagillion times easier way of gathering than the traditional method: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/07/gathering-with-clear-elastic.html
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2011 11:25:19 AM »

Or, if all else fails, find matching solids and have at it XD
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