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Topic: Evolution of a lazy seamstress. - Gathered skirt + dress  (Read 2794 times)
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« on: June 09, 2014 02:07:45 AM »

I originally started off getting this fabric hoping to turn it into a circle skirt dress... obviously I had no idea how circle skirts were made, but quickly found out that I couldn't use it for that. So I opted for making a gathered skirt, No pattern, I've just whacked it together, is really easy once you figure out what you're doing.

Excuse my floor and wall, I live in an old house and the shower was never lined back in the day, so now we have to renovate a little.
I think I was a little too eager on the gathering, I just took my waist measurement and tripled it. probably would do it with a little less next time.

This is the back. I originally left enough to flap over and do a button hole..... I don't know how but the skirt ate the remaining fabric so i had to improvise. I had nothing on hand so i found my container of new hair elastics and sew them into the seam. BAM! button holders.
My partner was less than amused and me singing "look at my hem, my hem is amazing' in the tune of look at my horse.  I get really excited over such small things
The skirt is made out of a cotton voile and I've just lined it with a poplin cotton.

Next we have a newlook pattern >_>

I'm not a fan... I had issues with the instructions saying to do multiple things to one specific side, the 'unnotched side' but half of it needed to be done to the notched side. so it caused hours of confusion and wondering where I'd stuffed up.

I had to pull the damn thing apart four times to fix it. I'm a size 16 (au) and I've always had large hips but smaller breasts, so the hips and waist fit perfectly, the top however didn't

I've piped the waist and the top of the dress. Unfortunately I had to dart the front twice to get it to fit. This was after taking four inches out of the top. It was a tricky fit, the rest of the dress fit perfect and the side seams were where they should be, it was just the bust the was gigantic. the third time I'd pulled it apart I removed the band that was in the pattern, it just looked bulky and was there to hold the elastic in place, but any good fitting strapless shouldn't need elastic to stay up, so i threw it to the side and walked off before i attacked the dress with scissors.

The bodice is lined and all the seams, apart from the waist, are hong kong seamed. I originally had it done on the first two attempts but it seemed bulky so i just finished it off on the machine instead.
And naturally, it got to the point where I was careless enough that trying to remove the zip the seam ripper thought it would be easy to cut the fabric than the cotton. So i had a minor hole to fix up along the way. Over all a simple dress but it ended up taking about 30 hours.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2014 11:45:17 AM by jungrrl » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2014 04:45:51 AM »

laughing all the way! Do da, do da. You don't sound lazy to me. Neat projects. Great that you hung in there.
I know what you mean about some patterns. I just "wing it", too.
I have a crazy body to fit, as well. I think you did grand. And I love the print on that first skirt. Yup. 2.5 is the gathering rule. 3 is a little much. That includes curtains or skirts. But hey, now you can twirl!!! It looks grand. Glad that you got it to work out OK.


Oh, BTW...circle skirts are a pain to hem. You have to work straight, and cross bias on the fabric all the way around. It never wants to turn proper. Even if you iron and baste it. You are better off to use an actual separate bias cording/edging piece for those. And lots of pinning. Or use a serger with an overcast stitch, but it still wants to fight you. The skirts do have a wonderful fancy flair, though. And hang on the body really sweet. With that swoosh that you remember from Lawrence Whelk. The ones that Sissy used to wear. When she danced with Bobby. Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2014 06:10:32 AM »

You adventures are amusing, but I am sorry that you spent so much time!

Both turned out lovely...

hmmm, 30 hours for a dress times minimum wage...you have yourself a designer dress! Grin

I love the prints...your skirt is like wearing a lush forest!
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2014 06:58:52 PM »

I see why you had to make something out of that blue and purple cotton - fantastic! And the robot dress is very sharp. The piping was a clever idea. (So many people seem to be afraid of it, but in fact piping is an easy way to make anything look slick and precise.)

And you're so right about hemming circle skirts, stillatthetop. Round tablecloths have exactly the same problem. It's pretty much impossible to make it even without either a well-fitting dress form or a hem chalker that lets you mark a level hem while you're wearing the skirt. (Or a patient and helpful friend!)


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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2014 01:02:36 AM »

Love the final fit of the robot dress! And the piping is a nice touch.

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2014 10:42:43 AM »

I like the prints you used, I also like the pipping..very nice work Smiley
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2014 04:34:44 PM »

It was worth all your time and effort as both end results look awesome! Loving that robot fabric. And congratulations on carrying on - I'm such a 'giver-upper' when things get confusing etc (sorry if that sounds patronising, it's really not meant to be!)
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2014 04:24:24 PM »

Wow, your adjusted top of the dress gives you a very flattering neckline! Well done. Smiley

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