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September 11, 2012

CARNIVAL OF SKIRTS...

...can't really say exactly what initiated this great interest in skirts for my Fall 2012 wardrobe collection.  But I can say that I am pulling inspiration for EVERYWHERE!  I finished skirt number 2 in my Carnival of Skirts on Sunday.  It was made using Pamela's Magic Pencil Skirt pattern that I added to my collection earlier this summer.
Pamela's Patterns #109
I usually do not make pants or skirts with elastic waistbands; however this pattern intrigued me - so I just had to have it.  I think it's a great pattern..  The way the pattern is drafted is what I love.   The skirt is pegged perfectly.  I made the regular skirt (above right), and according to my measurements - the medium size (which automatically made me happy).  The skirt would have probably only taken me about an hour from start to finish, but you know me - I had to make some changes.  

I used a print stripped ponte de roma from Hancocks.  I've found that after washing the print ponte de roma the texture of the fabric changes leaving it a much lighter weight than the solid colors.  It just does not hold it's body.  Because of this, I decided to underline the skirt just to add a little weight to the fabric.  I used a black jet set knit as underlining and after pinning it to my fabric, hand stitched it to the seam allowances of my fashion fabric.   The hand stitching was time consuming, but worked so much better than stitching by machine.  I picked up Gertie's book this weekend and used her tip about catch stitching the seam allowances to the underlining.  Yep more time consuming hand stitching, (but at least there were only two seams) making Skirt Number 2 a real labor of love.  Adding this step will keep my seam allowance stable preventing it from ending up all "willy nilly" after washing.
Hand stitching seam allowance to underlining.
The stars in this stripe remind me of snow flakes
Two for the Carnival - The Parade is growing!!!


 The next skirt will be a Vera Wang knockoff - it's was prepped and cut on "New Project Sunday"...

19 comments:

  1. I love all of these skirts! You can never have too many.

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  2. Nothing like a few new skirts to zip up a work wardrobe fast.
    I've seen other people blogging about this skirt pattern. It seems to be a real winner.

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  3. Both skirts are fantastic! I too am intrigued by this Pamela pattern. Every rendition I've seen looks so good!

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  4. Great skirts. I haven't seen this pattern before. I went on a skirt spree this winter, too. I can see these with great coloured tights and boots.

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  5. Love your "Pam" skirts. That pattern has me intrigued too!

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  6. Great skirts, looks like a good pattern. Adding another one to my list!

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  7. Great skirts Faye! Now, off to order Gertie's new book!

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  8. Love your carnival of skirts...Nothing like something easy to get the sewing mojo started. Also like what you have done to the sewing room!

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  9. Cute skirts. Skirts are on my list for this fall.

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  10. Great skirts! I want some new skirts this fall....if I can muster the energy to make them!

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  11. Great skirts Faye! I definitely need to take a look add a few to my Fall wardrobe too! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I love them all. The fabric is gorgeous and I, too, am interested in that Pamela pattern. Great wardrobe additions.

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  13. You are really on a roll! Great variety of skirts. It must be fun to plan what tops and jackets you will wear with them. I think I might have to try the Pamela's skirt pattern. It looks great.

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  14. Just love your skirts! Can't wait to see what is next!

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  15. Love your skirts Faye! I haven't made any ever. Should try one for the fall... and join your carnival :)

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  16. ooooohhhh! I love both of these! While they are pattern print skirts there is so much you can add to the top. Can't wait to see the VWang knockoff!

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  17. Instead of "76 Trombones", you may end up with 76 skirts in your parade! Nice work.

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  18. Oooh! So pretty.I love it when you get on a roll. You have so much fun with it. I looking forward to the next one.

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  19. LOVE all your skirts. Isn't it amazing what we can do with a simple pencil skirt?

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  • Pants Sewing Guide
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  • Ribbon Crafts
  • Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers
  • Successful Serging
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women
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  • Singer - Perfect Plus
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  • Couture, The Fine Art of Sewing
  • Singer Sewing Reference Library - Tailoring - GIFTED
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  • Fit for Real People
  • DK-The Complete Book of Sewing