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Date: 6/5/13 10:32 PM

I am a beginner sewer. I have sewed in the past, and made several unsuccessful attempts within the last year. I think my main problem was picking patterns that were too hard. I picked Kwik Sew 2805 this time. It is a very simple pattern. Here it is: http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/5089

It says I can use "cotton, cotton types, linen, challis, rayon, rayon blends, silk and silk-like fabrics, double knits or jersey for your fabric selection." I know silk and silk-like fabrics are too difficult for a beginner. I also know stretchy fabrics like jersey are a bad idea. I want to try to use a cheaper fabric so I don't have to be too sad if I mess up. I went to Joanns today and came home empty handed. So, I am looking for your expertise! Thanks!

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Date: 6/5/13 11:28 PM

IMO rayon and challis are not difficult to work with at all. And I don't think you should fear knits at all! My first successful project was a knit!

I think the only reason I've stated away from silk is the cost.

And you can never go wrong with cotton!!!! :)

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Date: 6/5/13 11:47 PM

Cottons are easy to work with, just make sure to preshrink as cottons do shrink. Consider making a muslin first (a tester garment to check fit) out of something cheap, maybe something you have around the house. I save our old sheets and use them for testing out my patterns. Good luck with your project.

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Date: 6/6/13 7:56 AM

Hi Soer,
Good on you, trying again. 2805 seems like a good choice. The interesting thing is, when I google it, is the difference between the drawings and the real thing -as per the illustration there.
What I am referring to is that the pictures of the skirts made up appear to have less drape than the drawn illustrations show.
So you have a choice to make. If you are wanting a drapey skirt you need to pick a jersey or a soft cotton or cotton like fabric. If you are happy with the 'straighter' look, go for a stiffer cotton, such as cotton sateen, with or without some stretch.(if you don't stretch it whilst making it, it will just provide some ease).
Take it slowly. Read the directions over and over, ask questions. Don't hurry.
Wear it with pride.
All the best

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Date: 6/6/13 8:11 AM

Here's to you starting over again! This is a very easy skirt pattern, made so mostly by the elastic waist. I have made and worn skirts like this in the past and they are very fun to wear and make.

You concern about silk and silk-like fabrics as well as jersey shows you really want to do better without the frustration of a mistake, and probably might "graduate" into these fabrics later on. Excellent thinking on your part. So what you want to find is something that has the drape of silk and jersey but is going to stay in place when cutting and sewing, and yet have some drape.

When I saw this pattern, the first thing that came to my mind is rayon challis. It's not as stiff as some cottons, but it's not as difficult as silk or jersey. Joann's sells a lot of this and I've purchased it there many times. Rayon is one of my all time favorite fabrics!

Another you might consider is what Joann's calls "linen look". It looks like linen, but it's polyester, and when washed, has the drape you are looking for.

Another consideration is chambray. A loosely woven cotton that acts like rayon challis. I'd bet that's what View A's skirt is intended for.

I wouldn't try Joann's quilting cottons unless you have a very slim figure. With the elastic waist, it might "poof" out, due to its stiffness, and you might end up being unhappy. You could try, on the other hand, a cotton batiste.

Have fun sewing this up and give us a review!

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Date: 6/6/13 10:03 AM

Like Miss Fairchild, the first thing that came to mind when I saw the pattern was rayon challis. I also agree that if you buy a fabric with any stiffness or crispness, it won't drape down, it will instead pouf out.

Besides over-fitting, the biggest problem I see with home sewn garments is the choice of fabrics. A dead give-away. On the other hand I've seen the right fabric elevate a simple garment to custom designer status!

Good luck!

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Date: 6/6/13 11:30 AM

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=d02da842-34cd-4d6a-af98-aa93b33aefda&CategoryID=affc8337-e741-42bb-bdf0-806ce7ce477a

Do you think that would be okay? It's shimmer rayon so I'm not quite sure how shimmery it would be. Hopefully not a lot. And hopefully not too slippery. But the price is right for a first project that may or may not be usable! I want to hear what you think please!

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Date: 6/6/13 12:27 PM

Nice print, but in looking at the fabric description, it it referred to as 'shirting' and 'very light weight'. That would make me wonder if it's a heavy enough weight for the skirt. But that's just my reaction.

One thing you could do would be to check out ready-to-wear skirts in the style you plan to make. It would give you a good idea of the kind of fabric you would want to use. I'd then suggest seeing if there's a fabric store or outlet near you so you can feel the fabric before you buy it.

I think buying fabric online works best when you know exactly what you want and are familiar with the fabric being sold.

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Date: 6/6/13 12:44 PM

Quote: GwenH
Nice print, but in looking at the fabric description, it it referred to as 'shirting' and 'very light weight'. That would make me wonder if it's a heavy enough weight for the skirt. But that's just my reaction.



One thing you could do would be to check out ready-to-wear skirts in the style you plan to make. It would give you a good idea of the kind of fabric you would want to use. I'd then suggest seeing if there's a fabric store or outlet near you so you can feel the fabric before you buy it.



I think buying fabric online works best when you know exactly what you want and are familiar with the fabric being sold.

Thank you for pointing that out.
I live really far from the fabric store, and when I got there, there was only juvenile prints, fleece (it's florida) and mostly quilting cotton. I think my only option is online.
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