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E.J.
« on: January 21, 2010 04:08:33 AM »

Hi all, firstly Iíve just got to say that I absolutely love this forum and find you all so inspiring! I only just started sewing last year but I am really enjoying it and one message that I have got from this forum it to not stress too much about things, just get in there and have a go!  Seams can always be unpicked later  Smiley

So now Iím going to tell you about my first sewing adventure, and trust me, its been a long one!  About 5 years ago my boyfriend went to Japan for a holiday and brought me back some lovely red and gold printed fabric as a souvenir.  Then I was faced with the decision of what to make with it.  I only had about 1m so I was a limited a bit.  For 3 years I satisfied myself with just laying it out on the table and staring at it and then putting it away again  Smiley But I finally came to a decision.  Because it was quite a busy print I didnít want to make an entire garment out of it as it might be a bit too much.  In my mind I wanted a black skirt with inserts/pleats that would fall open to show the lovely red fabric in flashes as I walked.  
Okay, so I finally had the inspiration, now to find a pattern!
I settled on McCallís M4924 View A which was exactly what I was looking for.  Then it took me about another year of off again, on again sewing to finally get it finished for last winter.  I just struggled to find the time and as I was learning it seemed to take me a whole night to get a single step done, even with help from my mum (She would discuss steps with me, and tell me how to do certain things, but she never did anything for me which really helped me to learn) But I finally finished my skirt and Iím pretty happy with it  Smiley

Iím planning to go back and re-do the front seams, as you can see they donít sit flat and I think this is because my stitch line isnít straight.  But it does flash the red fabric while Iím walking which is what I wanted, and 5 years on my boyfriend is happy with what I have done with his present so it has all worked well  Smiley

Just a general comment about the skirt is that it is smaller at the top of the pleats than I expected which means that I have to take my time while walking, no big strides anywhere, its all very lady-like.  I donít think it is a fault or a real issue, I just thought it might be worth mentioning if anyone else is thinking of making this pattern.
But without further ado, its on to the photos!
Thanks for looking and I appreciate any comments or critiques,
Cheers, EJ.  Smiley
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Side with zip:

Close up of Japanese print:

Side views showing pleat detail:



Thanks Smiley

« Last Edit: January 21, 2010 08:34:49 PM by E.J. - Reason: I think I have the photos sorted this time! » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2010 09:48:26 AM »

Sounds gorgeous, can't wait to see the pics Smiley
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Okay so once again I am completely redoing my pictures. Got tired of photobucket, the only reason I used it was for here so I decided I will just use Craftster's photo uploader. So while I am switching over my photo links will be broken. Message me if there is a post you would like the pics for.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2010 08:36:01 PM »

Pictures are up! Yay!
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2010 12:37:35 AM »

oooh, cute! it makes me want to make a similar skirt, but with the pleats all in the back, kind of like this: http://site.babygirlboutique.com/stopstaring/stop-staring-pleated-pencil-skirt-cocoa9.jpg
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2010 05:52:01 AM »

wow it is gorgeous!
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2010 07:14:56 AM »

Yay the pics are up and it's GORGEOUS! Love how it came out and I think you did a fantastic job with it! I think it achieves what you desired very well!
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Okay so once again I am completely redoing my pictures. Got tired of photobucket, the only reason I used it was for here so I decided I will just use Craftster's photo uploader. So while I am switching over my photo links will be broken. Message me if there is a post you would like the pics for.
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2010 01:00:38 PM »

Tulip skirt with godets? Oh la la! Very cute!
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2010 05:25:46 PM »

You did a wonderful job. Your skirt is lovely. I might have to try that pattern out now.
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2010 07:42:56 PM »

wow what a lovely skirt!
im still trying to figure out how to put patterns together
but you did a great job
i absolutely love the print you used
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E.J.
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2010 12:30:06 AM »

Thanks everyone Smiley

And I love the skirt that you pointed out itsamutiny, I think you should definitely give it a go, it looks really classy!
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