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« on: June 15, 2008 03:48:23 PM »


Not only am I a newbie here, but I am a newbie with machine sewing things. I did a bit a couple of years ago, so know the basics, and have borrowed my mum's sewing machine for an undisclosed amount of time (basically til she needs it!). I really want to make a skirt but I'm rubbish at following patterns, so was thinking of making a simple elasticated waist skirt.
Is this going to look any good, or should I try and make a panel skirt instead?
If I should, how do I go about doing it?

Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for any help!
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2008 10:33:33 PM »

An elastic waist style skirt is rather easy to make, but the style looking good depends on your body type and the fabric selected.

If you are not good at following instructions, study an already made skirt in the style that interest you.

« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2008 07:31:22 AM »

The reason patterns are challenging is because they have their own language. Learn the language & they will fall into place much better for you. I reccomend patterns from the begining because of the techniques you will learn, even if it seems harder.

Learning to sew is like learning to drive, sure you can get behind the wheel & get on the road without studying the highway laws, but it's wiser if you know the rules first.
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2008 08:18:14 AM »

A panel skirt can have an elastic waist; it depends on the fit.  A pencil skirt is a very fitted panel skirt that needs a zipper, and is more advanced.  Get some scrap fabric and make a pillowcase and/or a drawstring bag, just to get the hang of things, then check out a few of the tutorials here on Craftster to see if you can find one you like.  Patterns can be intimidating, and learning them while you're learning to use a machine can be frustrating as all get out.  However, patterns for easy drawstring or elastic waist A-line skirts are very easy to follow, and easy to fit, so you may want to check out a Kwik Sew, or an Easy pattern from McCall's or Simplicity just to see what it's like.  Plus, all of the fabric stores have sales regularly on patterns, so you shouldn't spend a fortune on one!  Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2008 09:12:19 AM »

Thanks everyone, you've all been really helpful - now I just need to find the time to sit down and start experimenting!
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