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sneeg
« on: April 21, 2004 04:28:02 PM »

Before owning a sewing machine, my two favorite skirts were wrap around skirts from the same pattern.  My grandmother had made one of them in the 50's (brownish) and I made one in the 90's (blue).  They are comfortable and cotton and fun and easy to run in.  However, I've essentially worn these skirts out - they're frayed in parts and the pockets are tearing off.  I've made a number of small, imperfect repairs on them just to extend their lives a little longer.

It has been past time to replace them for a long time and it came down to making more of the same skirt or trying something new.  And, while I loved the wrap-arounds, they do get frustrating to deal with in the wind, so I looked for a new pattern.  The new pattern is Butterick 3134.  The fabric is from the super discount bin.



The pattern was very straightforward and easy to follow.  The waistband interfacing seems like it will work out really well and hold up over time.  It fits me fairly well (and I suspect I'll like it more after a couple of washes to soften it up).  The only real alteration I had to make was hemming it up about 5 inches so it was actually knee length.

So, yes, as soon as another fabulous fabric shows up in the super discount bin, I'll have another skirt.
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2004 09:13:27 PM »

I RREEEAAALLY like that skirt!  It looks like it fits you perfectly!  I'm a pretty new sewer and i've been looking for a fairly simple skirt pattern to try...I may give this one a go! Thanks for the advice.  If you make any more with this pattern, make sure to post pics!
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2004 08:23:05 PM »

That is really cute! I looked it up on sewingpatterns.com and it turns out that I already had that pattern, so I'm glad it looks so nice when it's made. I need to get started on it.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2004 06:47:25 AM »

I think that skirt kicks serious ass.  i hope to make one sometime soon, but school is really time consuming.  At least I only have around a month left, then I can make one or two hopefully.

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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2004 07:51:47 PM »

Thank's everyone!

LizziBoredom: if is isn't obvious, I made view B.

Jojo: I'm hoping to go fabric shopping tomorrow - I hope there will be another new skirt in my future soon!
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2004 08:37:36 PM »

Did the original pattern go up to your waist?  Did you tweak that to make it more of a hiphugger skirt?  I want to try that with a pattern I have; can you just hem the top part of the skirt down so it starts where you want it to?  Sorry if this is a question with an obvious answer, but tweaking patterns scares me...  I don't want to mess it up.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2004 08:21:31 AM »

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Did the original pattern go up to your waist?  Did you tweak that to make it more of a hiphugger skirt?  I want to try that with a pattern I have; can you just hem the top part of the skirt down so it starts where you want it to?  Sorry if this is a question with an obvious answer, but tweaking patterns scares me...  I don't want to mess it up.

I actually just made the skirt a size too big (which is probably a lot of the reason I had to hem it up so far) because I can't stand having things all the way up to my waist.  This strategy works pretty well for skirts, but not dresses; I recently started making a dress a size to large and it just looks frumpy.  Oh, well, I guess I'll practice taking in!
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2004 10:43:50 PM »

i've made a couple of skirts from this same pattern and i love them...but i'm always sort of half-assed about my zippers and waistbands because i don't really know how to sew and i just fake it a lot.  here's the latest--with it, i'm cleverly hiding the top of the zipper in the crazy wasteband with an appalling felt pin i made.  Wink


this one i manage to hide the entire janky zipper WITH the weird waistband.  i call it a "side tie" and act like it's supposed to be there.  right now it's pinned with a cute felt flower pin i got in a trade, but i'm working on a butterfly pin for it.

anyway, just wanted to share because your cute skirt totally inspired me to go buy the pattern and give it my half-assed best.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2004 10:58:01 PM »

annette, i love how you cleverly hid the zipper on all the skirts. so cute.
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2004 09:25:15 PM »

annette - your ability to "fake it" is really good!  And I like your embellishments a lot, they look very purposeful.
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