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« on: September 17, 2008 08:50:22 PM »

Hello, My name is Kitty and i needed to use up some cutesey mermaid fabric so i made a skirt, and a matching thing to pin on a suit jacket, or something or other.also this will be my second shot at tutorials. I made a tutorial for both the skirt and the pin. The pin is simple you could do it with any fabric! I hope you find them handy!

-My Skirt-



-My Sewed Brooch/Pin-

-Tutorial For Skirt-

First I cut my fabric into two squares about 17 inches tall for my tummy to my knees and each one about 44 inches long to equal about 88 inches about my knees.

Then i cut a strip of dark blue fabric 40 inches long about 6 inches bigger than my 34 hips. I folded the strip in half and sewed it together.

I sewed my mermaid squared together. Pretty sides kissing.

See now it makes one long big rectangle.

Then i cut alot of white rectangles and sewed them together to make them MUCH longer than my mermaid square (which is about 88inches long right now)

Then i hemmed one side of my LONG white rectangle.

And then gave it pleats about 1/2 an inch apart to make it about the same length as me mermaid rectangle (88inches)

Then I hemed one side of my mermaid rectangle. (Not to be full of myself, but this must be one of the best hem jobs ive ever done :3)

Then about an inch from the bottom I sewed my white pleats to the back of my mermaids.

See you can flip it and there about a 1/2inch of mermaid covering my pleats. So the pleats are just peaking out.

Then I sewed my blue strip(waist band to my mermaids.

Now its added and you cant see the ugly top of my mermaids.

Pull a strip of elastic thats slightly smaller than my waist size through the tube of dark blue.

it will make your skirt fit you.

I usually use a safety pin on one end to help my pull it through. And I also safety pin my other end of elastic to the edge of my material so i dont lose it inside the tube.
Once you get your elastic through (unsafety pin) sew your to sides of elastic together, and very well at that.

One under the other.

Now you have a circle of elastic.

See your other side of mermaid isnt sewn yet. Its still just a rectangle

Now sew your dark blue fabric to the elastic.

The the edge of the other side of the tube uner so not to see the unraveling. and sew it over the other side of dark fabric.

Then proceed to sew the two sides of mermaid down and together.



Heres the materials i used (you can change em up if you like.
An extra scrap of mermaid fabric.
Sturdy Felt
Rick Rack

Cut out the mermaid (or picture on your fabric) that you (or I) want.
Cut out some shapes (any you want) slightly bigger than your cut out fabric picture (or mermaid in this case).

Sew lace, rick rack, ect to the edge of your felt shapes.

you can layer felt over a big felt pice.

Now pin your fabric mermaid (picture) where you want it on the felt.

Now by making your zig zig on your sewing machine wider and the stiched closer together
you sew around the edge of your picture very carefully.

Now you can sew on lace to the bottom and add a safety pin to the back so you can pin it on a shirt or jacket.

Good luck crafting!


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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008 09:50:26 PM »

Too cute!  Thanks for the tute
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008 04:56:40 AM »

This is very sweet. Thanks.

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