Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Grinning Skull On My Behind

After giving it a bit more thought, I decided against the dress. With those huge bulls-eyes and such an unusual pattern shape, I wasn't sure about placing them correctly especially as I didn't really have enough fabric so...





... instead, I cut out a skirt. By pinning the pattern near to the middle of the fabric I was able to place the circles to the sides of the skirt toward the hip instead of dead center marking my female anatomy. NOT a good idea.





The pattern is out of print Vogue 8637 by Marcy Tilton. It's not a complicated skirt but it's fiddly, cut in single layers with lots of marking and pleats. Even so, it's a pattern that I've wanted to make for a while only the instructions read for moderate stretch knits only and...





... mine was quite possibly too slinky. The skirt droops, stretches, and clings to every lump and bump and the bottom - even with elastic thread through - does not have the graceful flow of the envelope sample. I've put it in my to be refashioned box mostly because of that and partly because...





... the skull ended up right center back of my butt and would have shown below my t-shirt. A grinning skull on my behind is definitely NOT what I want people to be looking at. In retrospect, I think I'll be chopping this fabric up instead of trying to maintain it. There's just too much weird stuff going on and I'd rather focus on the colors and perhaps blend it with some other fabrics. I'll get back to it eventually. Right now...

... I'm working on things for my holiday. I'm gone for ten days so five outfits worn twice with a pair of jeans and a couple extra t-shirts should be more than enough. So far, I have four out of the five outfits and if the coat I'm - back to - working on now - the challenge piece - goes well, I may be able to sew a few extra pieces and have options. This would be good. I'm okay with one of the outfits but I'd rather take a different choice and I'd like to sew something a bit more special for my birthday.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - refashioning, nothing is ever wasted

10 comments:

  1. Hahaha! At least you gave it a try :) I'm sure you'll find an interesting way to re-use it!

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    1. I'll probably fiddle with the skirt first and see if I can figure out how to make it work.

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  2. It's too bad that it didn't work, but I think you may have created the best title for a blog post. I will be giggling for a while about this. thank you!

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    1. LOL - glad that worked for you. The title typically shows up somewhere in the text while I'm writing. I aim to have interesting ones but it's not always possible.

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  3. So would that be a cheeky grin? Sorry - couldn't resist.

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  4. Myrna you are very considerate of those who might view your butt in that skirt!!! If it were me I'd wear the Butt Skull w/pride and hope that anyone who saw it would get my little joke! That is beautiful fabric and I hope you can find a good considerate use for it!

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    1. And I might. Wear it that is. I'll try to figure out how to make the skirt work before I cut it up since I've loved that pattern for years but I do think it's the wrong fabric, not enough body to support the style. I'm sure it could become something interesting. We'll see when I get back to it.

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