Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Skirt For Millicent

It's snowing. Very gently. As in hardly noticeable. I had to look right at the street light to see the flakes falling but they are definitely there. It's quite light. Something to be thankful for with what Buffalo is experiencing. It'll be interesting to see how deep it is when it's time to walk Ms. Chloe.





A couple weeks ago - when I went to Fabricland looking for buckles for the purse - I found this black with white curlicues, very stable, knit fabric on the bargain table. There was just two meters which was enough to make another...





... Marcy Tilton Vogue 9060 skirt. This is the third time this month that I've sewn this pattern and it's a fabulous lesson in the fabric factor.





This paisley version is a medium. After I sewed it, I realized that my hips would have to be near to invisible for this to sit smoothly over them so I gave the skirt to my teeny tiny friend even though I absolutely LOVE this fabric. Note the drape. The fabric is stable but has a lot more stretch than the curlicue knit and it falls nicely with shape and definition.





This black rib knit version is much Much MUCH softer. It's pretty but doesn't have the same definition as the earlier fabric. With this skirt, I sewed a larger size and it fits me better through the upper hip but it's almost too drapey - droopy and dragging - although it's a comfortable piece to wear - which is why I tried again.





Right now, this is a skirt for Millicent. It'll go in the when I get there box of clothes to look forward to as I lose weight. With the elastic waist, it's not super fitted which provides a wider wearing range. This time, I cut the waistband the finished width of 4" plus the 5/8" seam allowance for joining to the main body of the skirt plus 1 1/4" for a casing for 3/4" elastic and rounded that measurement up 6". The seam is pressed toward the waistband and away from the bulk of other seams. After seeing these pictures, I'm going to top-stitch this seam to keep the bulk sitting flat and in the right direction.





I committed with the elastic. I finished both it and the casing to what my waist will be when my hips fit this skirt so now, the waistband is what it is and I need to be what it is if I want to wear this skirt - VBG.





What I found really interesting is how visible the fabric factor is. The first skirt and this white curlicue one are the exact same size, sewn in an identical manner, and the pictures look like this last one is smaller and closer fitted. If I sew this pattern again, I'd think about going down a size for a fabric with more stretch and about either sewing smaller seam allowances or going up a size for a very stable knit.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a dialed down dress form

Before you put on clothes, slide into heels, spray perfume, or accessorize to step into the world; there is a wardrobe that every woman must first put on. bathe in forgiveness, dress in self-esteem, adorn yourself with praise and slip into joy. When you are fully clothed in self love, you are always in fashion. 
- Sharon Rainey

8 comments:

  1. Great analysis. That explains why the photos posted for this pattern all look so subtly different - sometimes better-different, and sometimes not-so-great different. You are a natural born analyst, a wonderful bonus for an artist, IMO.

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    1. That's a lovely way of saying I think a lot. Thanks. It's amazing what a difference fabric.

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  2. Love the most recent one the most. I like the combination of stiffness and drape. I hope it feels as good as it looks, and I hope that you are all okay on that end. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    1. I really like the recent one but it is the "smallest" in terms of how the fabric fits. It feels okay. One of those snappy fabrics but not too bad. You hope not to snag it though. Life interesting. Thanks for you prayers. I'll reply to your email asap.

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  3. I like them all - even with their differences in fit and drape! Thanks for your helpful analysis. You are so good at the details! This pattern is already on its way to me though I hesitated because of the wide waistband. I don't have much of a waist for it and it will definitely be covered up by a top.

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    1. You're welcome. It's rather fun to explore what can be done with the same pattern/different fabric. I hope you enjoy the pattern. I'd wear it with a top over as well because that's a far more flattering look for me.

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  4. Hey - was just at Art Market here (an upscale craft market) and there were a couple of clothing lines that used that fabric! You're so trendy!!

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    1. LOL - that's rare for me. What fun. Art Market sounds like fun too.

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