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Date: 8/12/10 7:23 PM

In the spirit of Marec and LynnRowe's woven/knit top sew along, I thought I would inquire about a skirt sew along. You'll need something to wear with those tops, right? If anyone is interested, let me know. I'll volunteer to guide this sew along.

If we proceed, I'd like to keep the pattern as simple as possible (4 pieces) so that we can focus on construction techniques. I am not a fit guru, though I have spent many (did I mention many?) months in trying to fit skirts, pants, and tops. I am fairly comfortable with my skirt fit and can give some guidance.

We could cover how to:

o make minor alterations for fit
o insert a lining with facings
o understitch
o insert an invisible zipper (if desired)
o finish the facing edge with bias binding
o sew and press a dart without bubbles at the tip

I don't want to go into too much detail for now. I would to sew a couple of skirts in the next week or so and hope people are able to join me!

L

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Date: 8/12/10 8:21 PM

Please! I have a half-finished skirt in my closet.

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Date: 8/12/10 8:47 PM

I love this idea ... could those of us still working on the other beginner sew alongs join just a bit later? I'm still trying to work out issues with altering a top!!

I guess there's nothing from stopping us from reading the thread later and making a skirt even if everyone else is long gone!

Thanks for volunteering by the way! I have learned more about sewing these past few weeks than in all my years before!

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Date: 8/12/10 9:07 PM

Lynnelle, this is a great idea. I've recently begun working on fitting skirts which once were oh-so-easy! Maybe I can be of help here and there.

One thing I would like to share with people as they select a pattern is that if you have a tummy (and I definitely do), you might want to avoid a skirt with a center front seam. It can have the tendency to "tent" over your tummy ~ at least it does for me. Just something to think about.
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Date: 8/12/10 10:11 PM

Sounds like a great idea! I just finished my knit sew along top and a lined skirt is next on my list to learn.

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Date: 8/12/10 10:28 PM

I am so excited....I am really wanting to learn about skirt linings and such....Count me in!

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Date: 8/13/10 2:44 AM

I'm in! I've never sewn a skirt, but throwing myself into the deep end might be good for me. Better than paralysis by indecision and over-information, anyway.

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Date: 8/13/10 7:36 AM

This is great! For those that are still working on their tops, I don't intend to start my skirt for a week or so. I'm still working on a few projects that are so close to completion, it would be shameful if I stopped now. =)

Eleanor if you have input, do share! If anyone would like to contribute fit or construction tips, please do so.

I have given this some thought and think it will be best to do this in stages where we can talk about techniques and tips at each stage. There will be no official deadlines or anything like that. Just do what you can, when you can.

I selected some patterns that have simple style lines and very few pieces. The waistline is finished with facings and not waistbands. I encourage the use of a skirt pattern that has a center back seam for the zipper. Side seam zippers are not difficult, you just have to work around the hip curve and that can be a focus in a future project.

None of these patterns include separate lining pieces and that's okay! We'll cut the lining using the same pieces for the skirt.

New Look 6300 (A-line)
Simplicity 5259 (pencil)
McCall's 6038 (pencil)
McCall's 3830 (pencil)
McCall's 3341 (A-line)
Kwik Sew 3098 view D (A-line with CF seam) (The CF seam can be eliminated.)
New Look 6854 (pencil and A-line)

Supplies:
o pattern
o fusible interfacing for facings
o scrap interfacing for zipper
o 7-inch regular or invisible zipper (I will use an invisible zipper.)
o lining fabric (purchase enough to cut the front and back)
o (optional) 0.5-inch wide single fold bias tape or 0.25-inch wide double fold bias tape in coordinating or contrasting colour
o (optional) coordinating or contrasting fabric for the facings

The optional supplies are for adding punch and/or comfort to the inside of the skirt. I recently made a skirt out of an itchy wool blend. Since I didn't want the shell fabric against my skin, I decided to cut the facings out of a scrap of cotton shirting. I also bound the lower edge of the facing using bias tape: click here.

Hmm...that's all I can think of right now. I am really glad to see that you all are interested! I am looking forward to sewing along with you.

L
-- Edited on 8/13/10 8:16 AM --

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Date: 8/13/10 12:20 PM

I wish I could but I'm not going to be able to set up my sewing area until the very end of the month and then I'll need to finish my 2 tops from the other sewalongs first. I'll be following this sewalong and it will be nice to have something to refer back to when I get ready to do a skirt with a lining. Thanks for starting this

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Date: 8/13/10 11:28 PM

Thank you for organizing this, Lynnelle. I will be joining for sure. I'm very excited about this since I've never had a pencil skirt that fits. I guess I'll be going through my Burda mags to see if there are any suitable pencil skirts. If not, both McCall's ones look good, too.

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