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Loes Hinse Designs: 5002 (Swing Skirt) thumbsup - Type:Skirts    printable version
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Reviewed by:VtMartha
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Posted on:4/26/06 10:56 AM
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Ceri590 said...
Very funny review! Good to have such a "versatile" piece of clothing (-:
4/26/06 11:20 AM
bunz said...
OMG, I can't stop laughing!! Not only do I share your figure, but also have a skirt/dress that I've decided to cut down from the waist. And that's what I would suggest for you. It'll never be a REAL dress -- I think if you move the waist down and store it folded in a drawer (and maybe dry it that way, too), you'll be OK.
4/26/06 11:43 AM
Ruth C said...
Lovely outfit and great story! I think the length problem is because it is a rayon knit--they stretch under their own weight. I've been told to let a skirt or dress made from such a knit to hang on a hanger for several days before heming it so that it will get it's stretching done.
4/26/06 11:46 AM
Elemenopeo said...
Hee hee. You tell a good story and have a good attitude about it all!
4/26/06 1:03 PM
mamacita said...
Oh my goodness! My DD lives in DC and is getting married end of June and I have decided to make the swing skirt for my outfit...with a shell top. I really laughed at your review. My DD is a horse woman and is rarely out of britches...she is opting not to wear a wedding dress...but not britches...LOL I hope my outfit turns out as well as yours. I am going to make a wearable muslin so I can check the skirt length ahead of time...I will make the real one out of two layers of chiffon...but only the top layer will have the ruffle...wish me luck...and thanks for the inspiration!!!!!
4/26/06 1:21 PM
VtMartha said...
Mamacita - I loved your remarks. My middle daughter, the maid of honor, lives in Albuquerque! Your skirt sounds wonderful. I might try that one next time I'm 'out of britches'.
4/26/06 1:27 PM
Mufffet said...
The outfit is lovely really. I love the jacket in the photo!
4/26/06 10:13 PM
fuzzygalore said...
Aren't you -lucky- you didn't decide on a fitted waist :-)... This story is the best argument for an elastic waist I've ever seen. But to get to the point, if I were you I'd stop treating this as a fragile fabric. Run it through the washer as if it was a towel. Throw it into a hot dryer. Try on again. Rayon will shrink dramatically through at least 2 washes, and even more so with heat. Rayon knit will grow and grow... so you really have to stop that tendency!

Next time you use a fabric that's so unstable, first pre-wash madly, then hang it for at least 24 hrs, with clips, from a hanger. Only then can you attempt cutting, when it's stretched out at its maximum. I'm sure you've heard of not doing a hem till a bias-cut garment has hung like this - same principle, using gravity up front. It works better to hang first, then cut, then hang again, and only finally hem.

Congratulations on making it through unscathed through what sounds like a major culture-shock event :-). May your feet recover soon...
4/27/06 2:07 AM

CarolynGM said...
Great way to start the day -- laughing over your review as I sip my first cup of coffee of the morning. I agree with fuzzygalore -- wash and dry repeatedly, hang, then cut it off to the desired length.
4/27/06 6:56 AM
countrybug said...
Loved the review! Laugh, laugh, laugh. Loved your reference to Merrills since I live in Northern Maine and have a lot of those shoes. Lovely outfit. Let us know how you solve your dilemma. I also understand the younger daughter "dressing" you, I have three of them and an opinionated son!
4/27/06 8:19 AM
Liana said...
What a great outfit, and WHAT a great story! You'll dine out on that one! Good job, it looks lovely.
4/27/06 9:46 AM
CatherineN said...
Wonderful story and wonderful results. Snooty is so boring and you made down-to-earth so attractive.
4/27/06 1:29 PM
Everyday Sewist said...
What a lovely outfit, and a great story too! (LOL!)
4/28/06 9:20 AM
AnneM said...
Oh my, what a story; it sounds like you made a great recovery. I haven't used this fabric, but it sounds like it needs to start life as a SHORT skirt. (Also loved your shoe comments.)
4/28/06 11:08 AM
QuiltsShoots&Leaves said...
What a great story! I admire your resourcefulness and your nothing-can-spoil-my-day attitude.
9/8/06 11:57 PM
Wilbur said...
It's a book.
9/14/06 3:22 PM
EleanorMcCarthy said...
My goodness! This is such a funy story. Something ALWAYS goes wrong at every wedding, no matter what. It must be a rule, or something. I almost missed mine entirely. I'm glad that you were able to recover with good humour and results. :) I didn't know that RPL grows like this. I have never sewn it. I was planing to buy some and try it out in a T-shirt. I will remember this problem and solutions for dealing with it. Thanks for the entertaining help.
11/15/06 3:35 PM
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