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stickerj  Friend of PR
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Date: 1/24/13 11:12 AM

I have two yards of beautiful lawn cotton (see picture). I would like to make a top or a knee length skirt. Do you of any patterns that you can recommend for 3
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Date: 1/24/13 5:52 PM

Have you tried any of the pattern websites like Simplicity or Vogue? They provide yardages with their descriptions and photos of the patterns.

Making what you want depends on two things: one is the width of your two yards of fabric. A sixty inch width of fabric will go much further than a 45 inch width of fabric. Second, it depends on your size also. If you are petite you will have a lot more leeway design wise than say, someone much taller and larger.

I think those two factors are why there hasn't been any response to your question yet.


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Date: 1/24/13 6:36 PM

I agree w/ solosmocker. There are too many variables to just say - Make X. I also can't see you pic - so I don't know if there's a pattern that should be lined up (stripe, plaid, etc.). That always takes more fabric.

In addition to your size and the fabric's width is you style. You say knee length skirt, but then there the question of pencil, A-line, or wrap? Personally I think lawn is a bit light weight for a small width skirt (like a pencil skirt) - I might use it for a full circle skirt, but you'd need to be quite short for that to work, lol.

Top-wise (and I think this should probably be a top), are sleeves a must have? How fitted do you wear you blouses? Looser obviously needs more material. How short do you wear you blouses? My sister and I both have short torsos, but I don't really like most tops to be longer than my hip bones while she prefers full butt coverage. (LOL)

So all that said, an easy one for beginners (and do read the reviews, you will find suggestions such as shorten the bust dart by 1" and increase the length unless you are naturally short waisted) that would be lovely in a cotton lawn is the Sorbetto. You will get a taste of Colette patterns (see their tutorial on bias tape making) without having to sew any kind of closure, and it's free! It is also a really good blank canvas - if you go to Colette's Flikr group (or just search for it on Flickr or in Google Images or even on Pinterest!) you can see different way to sew the pleat (including leaving it out), add trims (lace, ribbon, buttons), and even the bias tape can be sewn different ways (in or out - contrast or self). Some people have even added sleeves (at least 4 different ways that I have found).

If you are good at cutting more from you fabric than the pattern suggests, you could also try the Violet or Sencha

Another thought - your bio says you have a stash of patterns. Have you ever sewn any of them? Which (if any) require 2 yds or less? Do any of those include lawn as a recommended fabric? (Probably not, but for the ones that are for wovens, which have other fabrics listed that are about the same weight?) Look those patterns up here on PR. Watch for a majority of people who say easy and great for beginners (or 1 or 2 who say that and the rest say something like Great Wardrobe builder).

Go out and get something cheap in a similar weight and make a muslin first (Hobby Lobby usually has a few cottons under $5/yd for example).

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Date: 1/24/13 7:27 PM

I hope this link works for the fabric!

If it doesn't, you can right click on the little square and select 'view image' and you can see it.

Beautiful fabric! It is soft and fine so something with gentle gathers and not too much seaming would be good. I think a nice peasant blouse could look really pretty, say Style Arc's Anita Peasant Blouse. This is an easy style for a beginning sewer too and uses 1 3/4 yards.

If you want a skirt then Simplicity 2151 View B would work provided you lined it with a lightweight cotton. This is an 'easy to sew' pattern and has had lots of good PR reviews.

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Jenny, Perth, WA

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Date: 1/25/13 7:16 AM

You could probably make a top and a skirt unless you're 8' tall.

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