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« on: February 20, 2009 07:43:03 AM »

I am calling out to everyone of crafster to help me make this beautiful skirt.  Kiss
It's a high waist skirt made by Anna Sui with adorable heart pockets. Please tell me which pattern would work best!


This is a girl wearing it with a belt. Isn't it to die for?  Cheesy
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2009 09:24:29 AM »

If I were you I'd make my own pattern. It looks devastatingly simple, just a simple high waisted skirt with a bit of a wider A line, or perhaps a slight bell (I would just use whichever would be more flattering on you). The hearts are simple, just cut a heart shaped piece and topstitch it on with a contrasting thread and leave the top open for a pocket. Add a black zipper at the back and presto.

I can't believe they'd ask over $200 for something that (construction wise) is so simple and...well average!! Sure, it's cute, but you could add heart shaped pockets to any A line skirt and get the same effect....

« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2009 09:49:47 AM »

I know.. it does look simple to make to me too, but can you please consider the fact that I am an extreme beginner at sewing.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2009 12:04:39 PM »


you could maybe start with something like Simplicity 2758 but make it shorter? and add the detail to the top of the waist?


hope that helps!

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009 12:11:26 PM »

oooooh or New Look 6872


it's already got the high waist and the pockets....and its classified as easy!


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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2009 01:22:40 PM »

I'm sorry, I didn't know you were an "extreme beginner" lol. It's a good project to start with then, since it does look pretty simple.

I agree with both suggestions listed here. Smiley and also this one:

it is listed as "very easy" but for that skirt I would adjust the width to make the A Line a little wider. and if it's not as high-waisted as you want, just make it a size too small and wear it higher. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2009 07:50:56 PM »

I think any of the patterns mentioned sound good, I just wanted to give you a suggestion on making the heart pockets. I actually have a vintage pattern my sister gave me for a shirt with heart pockets, and while I haven't made it (as it's about 4 sizes too small for me) I did read the directions for making the pockets (which was why I liked the pattern).

What they tell you to do is cut out 2 pieces of fabric per pocket (so 4 heart shapes total) and then sew them together. You would do this right sides together, then turn them inside out, pillow style (I'm assuming you're familiar with how that works, so if not, let me know). Just sew up the hole, then top stitch it onto the skirt, and you have perfect, pretty heart pockets.

You could even use different fabric for the inside of the pockets, which would be like a little surprise detailing!

Here's a good example of what I'm talking about (only I would make them smaller, myself): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208648.0

« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2009 06:39:31 PM »

Thank you guys so much  Cheesy If anyone would like to give any more suggestions, feel free to keep them coming!
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2009 08:49:20 AM »

They do not look like real pockets to me. It looks like they top stitched on the skirt, and then just added tabs for embellishment. I may be wrong but the description of the skirt does not mention pockets, so that's no help.  Huh

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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2009 01:24:19 PM »

Oooooow!  It IS adorable!  I seriously doubt it'd look so pretty on me, but I am in love.
I have looked closely to the pics and yes, the hearts look pretty real applied, although I wouldn't be sure whether they are real pockets.  Mind you, the application topstitches show very roughly  matching points up on the sides, so it may be very well that they are indeed small pocket (low part of topstitch would be application seam, top bits would be separated from the skirt).

If you haven't done it yet, I have been checking the pieces and drafted them.  They are not very good but show the idea:

The left one is the back side, the right one is the front side and the middle one is the centre, back and front.  Notice:
-the centre piece is not straight, it has an A shape.
-the skirt closes with an invisible zipper in the centre back.  The centre back piece is actually two in the original.  Keep it that way to be able to apply the zipper properly.
-the front centre in the side pieces does that lovely curve that gives it character.  The back doesn't.  The line for the seams at the front doesn't really look completely vertical - probably somewhat open.

I hope that helps.  I can't do much more, if I did it I'd probably have to make a trial muslin to see the proper width of the skirt and height of the waist.

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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2009 12:33:11 PM »

Ok, I tried a short skirt the other day and... decided to give this one a go.  I've just drafted the patterns and this weekend I'll make time to buy some suitable fabric and go for it.

I'll do a muslin first thought.  I don't usually make them, but since I am not sure about the details (I AM about the fitting), I will make sure I cut the definitive fabric correctly, just in case.

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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2010 10:30:55 AM »

Welllll... I started this in AHEM! May of last year... I finished it yesterday! (things happen, you know...)  Although the craftmanship is not perfect, I am pleased with the results, and I must say that I have far more respect for Ms Sui now.  It may be a simple design, but the merit is in obtaining the results you want.  At any rate, I think this design have some inherent adorability... I like it even covering my bum!

Have a look at what I made:
Front view.

Bum Back view (argh!)

The basic difference with the original is that I didn't topstitch the tabs on the heart pockets (which I just appliqued, although I strongly suspect the original ones are real pockets, because of the stitching).  Apart from that, I tried to stick to the source as much as possible.  I did something wrong with the waistband, though - it comes up on the sides.  I must improve my drafting.

I hope you like it.  I do!

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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2010 11:07:59 AM »

I like the back detail a lot!  If you have a nice tushy, show it off!

Looks like you won this challenge!  It turned out cute and wearable and I think everyone gave such good suggestions...

Anna Sui is a marvelous designer known for her simple and classic styles with cute details...the pockets and the topstitching on the original are just fabulous and it is no wonder you like her style!

congrats on finally finishing...like having a baby--it tooks you 9 months!!! ha ha

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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2010 01:01:52 PM »

Hehe, thank you... That's how I like my babies... soft, cute and silent Cheesy

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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2010 06:27:45 PM »

VERY cute soorawn. Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2010 07:47:12 PM »

LOVE IT!!! Someday, I'll have the skillz to draft my own pattern!


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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2010 06:05:33 PM »

ooooooo!! nice job soorawn!!

i think i'm going to have to try this as well!!
...maybe with a stretch cotton though- zippers aren't too friendly with me Wink

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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2011 02:35:39 PM »

http://tinyurl.com/laurensewingpattern here - 34 inch waist, no seam allowance. It might be skimping a bit on the a line shape so by all means widen the bottom and alter the sides to fit Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2016 03:22:22 AM »

so pretty dress. I love it... 

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