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« on: May 19, 2006 12:54:57 PM »

I bought the fabric for this skirt ages ago, and finally sewed it up last week.  I used a tulip skirt pattern that I love, Simplicity 5914. 

I knew I wanted ruffles, and I wanted to end up with a Victorian sort of look to go with a lacey high-necked school-marm-ish blouse (purchased).  I didn't have much fabric left after cutting out the skirt, so I cut the ruffle pieces on the bias, and each ruffle was about two inches wider than the place on the skirt back where it was sewn.  I put a narrow rolled hem at the bottom of the ruffles, then zig-zagged the top edge to finish.  Then I put in a single row of wide stitching (instead of the two rows used for true gathering, since I had so little to gather), and pinned right sides together with the skirt back with the ruffles facing up toward the waist.  I then stitched the ruffles in place along the gathering stitch, and ironed them downward.  I thought I was going to have to top stitch the ruffles, but it turned out not to be necessary.  I zig-zagged the sides of the center back, careful to catch the ruffle edges in the zig zag, and then sewed the skirt together as normal.

I am really happy with it!  The only thing I'm annoyed with myself over is my cutting layout.  I experimented with folding the fabric both ways (selvage to selvage or cut end to cut end) to see which way would give me the most fabric left over for ruffles, but I was *not* paying attention to the direction of the stretch.  When i went to try it on the first time I was all, "Hey, why isn't this stretching over my ass to smooth the fit?" and then realized I had made the stretch go up and down rather than side to side.  Dumb.  Oh well.

Yeah, I have a bizarre and sort of scary expression on my face.  I don't photograph well, especially when I'm doing it myself.


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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2006 01:06:44 PM »

Very cute, congrats!
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006 01:11:25 PM »

nice skirt ... GREAT tights/sox

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2006 02:19:39 PM »

business in the front, party in the back! Cheesy
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2006 05:05:23 PM »

love... love... lovelove... loveloveLOVE the ruffles down the back!!!!!!

do you mind if i borrow that technique? I'll give it back well taken care of, I promise!


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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2006 05:07:55 PM »

dickensian is my favorite word.

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2006 06:14:46 PM »

Dickensian...I'd feel better about that word if I weren't studying for the GRE.   Instead, I'll try and think of Collin Meloy when I hear it.  Grin  Regardless, that is a fabulous ensemble!  I think I needs me ruffles on my bum.   

The shirt is delicious too.

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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2006 06:20:01 PM »

CUte!! The ruffles are a wonderful surprise.

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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2006 03:07:35 PM »

beautiful job!

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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2006 04:29:28 PM »

Great work! I love how you paired it with that top, too.

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