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« on: February 24, 2005 07:14:06 PM »

so i found this skirt on delias.com heres the link http://www.delias.com/item.do?categoryID=450&itemID=43953
 and i really want to make this skirt for spring because a)  i have never really worn skirts before and b) because it caught my eye... but the problem is  i have no idea where to start ...so crafty craftsters out there, any suggestions or help you can offer me would be awesome .like for starters if i was to walk into a fabric store.. what kind of fabric should i get(what kind of material) .. i want it to be the same colour as the picture and also does anyone know of any patterns that would match this skirt.
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2005 07:26:33 PM »

Well, according to the website, it's made of a rayon fabric.  You could probably find a book with basic directions about pinning and sewing pleats; and it says it's 19" in length for a medium size.  That's probably all the basic info you'd need to start with!  Good luck, it's very cute!

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2005 07:36:40 PM »

woops i totally missed that info lol but thank you.

« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2005 01:12:59 PM »

You need stretchy fabric-the delias one is a knit. If you don't use stretchy fabric, you'll have to put in a zipper.

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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2005 05:14:28 PM »

that is a cool skirt
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2005 05:18:26 PM »

that skirt is great. if you figure out how to make it, be sure to post a tutorial.
you could always find a pattern for a pleated skirt similar to that then add on the belt.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2005 05:30:53 PM »

The fabric is a knit, so it is strechy. (knit is like tee-shirt fabric) knits are very common so you should be able to find it in a similar color, if not, then dye some white (if you dye it, it has to be cotton or it won't take the dye) at the fabric store look through the pattern catologs for a pleated skirt, add lenth, and no flare. or look for  pencil skirt, and add pleats. if you are new to sewing, take a comunity ed class so you know what you are doing.
hope that helps! i cant wait to see it when your done! Grin
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2005 06:22:54 PM »

well, i can tell you how i would go about it if it would be any help. for the waist band, measure where it would go on your waist. that measurement would be your length. make the width 4 to 5 inches. cut 2.  for the tie part, take your previous length and add 20 inches, make your width 2 to 3 inches. cut 2. for the pleats, they don't look too deep, so take your original length, and add 1/2 to 3/4 (for shallow pleats, double the legnth or more for deeper pleats). decide width. cut 1.  i would then sew the bottom of the waist to the top of the tie, and the pleats. leave the bottom of the tie free. hem the skirt.   hope that made sense. be careful when sewing this type of material, stretching it as you sew will cause it to ruffle. 

a good way to determine how much fabric length you'll need for your pleats is to take a piece of the fabric, make 2 to 3 pleats that you like and measure it, say 6 inches. your waistband is say 36 inches, so you'll need 6 of your practice pleats (at 6 inches) to fit your skirt. unfold your pleats and measure how much fabric was used, say 11 inches. 11x6=66, so you'll need 66 inches for your length to obtain the pleats you want.

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