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Posted on:1/27/04 11:51 AM

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LBJ said... (4/2/04 8:49 AM) Reply
I tried to make this skirt with the gores and it ended up being a wadder. Couldn't get them in right. I made it without the gores and it went together fast and made a nice skirt. Too bad all LH designs end mid calf. It's a very unflattering length on me. Your skirt looks lovely, I love the fabric!
Harriet Rogers said... (2/2/04 9:06 AM) Reply
Rebecca: thank you so much. I am going to re-do the elastic on my skirt, thanks to your advice. I'll post another picture with me in it after I fix. Thanks again
Rebecca D said... (1/31/04 11:36 AM) Reply
One more thing, it's my understanding that the elastic that Loes recommends is for it's recovery after it's stitched through, and that you don't need to cut the elastic for half your waist size.
Rebecca D said... (1/31/04 11:33 AM) Reply
My waist is 36 inches and I cut my elastic around 28 inches, before overlap. I go down a size in the pattern when using a stretch fabric for a good close fit (for a woven, I cut based on my hip and narrow the waist slightly) and that leaves me with a skirt that I can *just* get over my hips. This all creates a smooth line, not elastic waist looking at all, there are really no gathers. All this is from Gigi's review of the skirt and her details in the Message Board. I hope that helps.
Harriet Rogers said... (1/28/04 9:34 AM) Reply
Thanks for comments. Ann: what a riot that we have the same fabric: have you made it up yet? Rebecca: when you say experiment with the elastic, does that mean that you cut it shorter than your waist? I think you and I are basically using the same method, but I clearly had too much elastic: should I next time around cut a few inches less than my waist (or even half the waist size) if I use the elastic recommended that stretches twice its size? That's my question for the month. Thanks for any additional help anyone can give me with this elastic problem.
Rebecca D said... (1/28/04 6:52 AM) Reply
Harriet, I agree with you about the instructions for inserting the gores. The first few times I made this skirt, the gores were tilted, off kilter and I found it almost impossible to make the point at the top look good. The articles in Sew News and Threads are much clearer. Finally, on my last version, to date, I figured out how to make the gores work. For me, it was better marking and I did not use the serger on the gores until after the points were perfect. As for the five-thread serger part of the instructions, I had plowed through all the reviews here and did a three-thread and another line of stitching with the sewing machine. Sad thing is, I have a 5-thread serger, but was not going to use it on those gores! I have used the elastic that Peggy mentions and had to experiment with the length and the application. I prefer serging the elastic to the top of the waistband, folding it over and tacking it down at each seam. This gives a smooth line, less of an "elastic waist" look. Also, with a lightweight stretch velvet, I used lingerie elastic (Gigi Louis describes the exact method somewhere in the message board in her Expet Forum) and it is the most comfortable elastic application ever!
MaryBeth said... (1/27/04 2:48 PM) Reply
Cute skirt! Love the way you've used the wavy stripes. Rayon feels so good, doesn't it?
Ann Smith said... (1/27/04 2:09 PM) Reply
Fun use of this fabric. I have it too!
jlg said... (1/27/04 1:45 PM) Reply
I agree. You have a nice looking skirt.
Peggy L said... (1/27/04 1:13 PM) Reply
Harriet - Loes recommends an elastic that stretches twice its size (I get it at the Sewing Place). Doesn't stretch that much on me! Most of us put it around our waist until it is comfortable and use that measurement. Nice skirt!
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