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Well, that just sucks.

2 Feb

Alright, so, where did I leave off with the lace skirt?? Pretty close to the start – pieces cut out and the interfacing attached to the waist band.

First step was basting the lace to the shiny fabric. Get this…I actually prefer to baste by hand now.  Thank you FIT class.  I find it easier to remove when it’s not machine “loose” stitches, which are, in reality, pretty tight stitches.

Making a pencil skirt is pretty straight forward, nothing too fancy. The extent of fanciness on this one (besides the lace of course) is some darting. The front and back of the skirt each got 4 darts put in.

Next was some hemming on the slit in the back of the skirt. This step, I honestly have NO idea if I did right, the instructions were very confusing. Perhaps I should ask one of the ladies in the pattern making department…oh did I mention I work at McCalls now?!? 🙂

Next up was stitching the two back panels together above the slit. Quick, done, nice.

Another easy step next, stitch the sides together. Now its looking like a skirt! A really really tiny waisted skirt…crap, I’ll check that later.

The invisible zipper went on next. I like doing zippers because they’ve always been one of the few things I find easy to work with. Great, looks purdddyyy.

Waistband on next -right sides together, stitch, fold over. Ok, now Ill try it on to see if it really is too small annnnddd…..well, that just sucks. Too damn tight! This is the first piece of clothing I have made that wasn’t huge on me. Instead of crying, I put it away, then whined to Chris the next day. He said, well can’t you just take out the seams? He’s right. And that folks is my next mission – take out the stitching from the waistband, the stitching from the sides, stitch the skirt back together all over again so its wider and I’m back to where I am now. In the words of Stimpy, “oh, joy.”

Maybe I’ll do that this weekend or more realistically when I’m done procrastinating, because honestly taking out a million really tiny stitches without ripping lace is not the most exciting thing in the world. Until then…

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12 Cent Store Credit.

30 Sep

The skirt has officially been started!  Tuesday I cut out all the patterns, but didn’t take any pictures.  Really?  I could swear I did, but as of today they don’t exist, so I’ll describe it:  a bunch of paper cut out.  There you go.  Wednesday I cut out all the fabric and this time I have pictures.

I started with the tan fabric.  It took me a little while to decide if I wanted to use the shiny side or matte side, since I want to use it for a nice work skirt, but I finally picked shiny because if I’m going to make a nice skirt, I might as well make a NICE skirt!  Oh and by the way, did you know you can iron the pattern paper?  I always figured that was a bad idea because hot paper goes on fire, but apparently not this kind.  Having a nice flat pattern piece made things much easier 🙂


I had a friend helping me this time


4 pieces make up the skirt: Waist band (top) Front of the skirt (left) Back of the skirt (right, 2 pieces cut) 


Scraps of fabric make Mila happy

Lace pieces all cut out.  This is my first time working with lace and so far it seems pretty manageable…so far.  It was impossible to pin to the pattern, but luckily its not slippery so I was able to cut with just the corners pinned. 


I didn’t realize when I originally bought the fabric that I needed interfacing so I made a quick run up to the Huntington Fabric Depot on break at work.  Thanks for the quality piece lady:


I bought enough interfacing that the hole wasn’t an issue, though I still think I should get a 12 cent store credit for that.  Thursday I quickly ironed the interfacing to the waist band


And that, my friends, is step 1 of 19.

And the winner is…

27 Sep

The winner of last weeks vote for my next project was….drum roll…..Halloween Costume!!  But since I didn’t have Chris’s measurements or a good plan yet, the Halloween costumes will be next.  So the new winner was, the runner up, Lace!!

Off to Joanns I went and searched through the pattern books, well actually one book, Vogue (shocker!)  I found a great pattern and as usual they didn’t have my size.  Luckily, they had a larger size so I could at least use the envelope to get the list of fabrics, notions, etc.


I went back and forth between B or E, but finally decided on B because it looked pretty on the picture in the book.  See below.

I wanted to stick with the same colors from the Kate Moss picture, so I went with a tan/black combo.

The pattern called for scalloped lace but since Joanns had such a wide variety of black lace (2 styles) I went with a straight cut.

This is all it takes to make the skirt – fabric, lace contrast, thread and zipper.

I called around to other Joanns and none of them had the pattern in my size, so I ordered it on Amazon.com.  It was delivered while I was in San Francisco which was a nice surprise to come home to.  Another nice surprise waiting for me:

My adjustable Dressform that I can set to my exact sizes for tailoring!  An early birthday present from Chris 🙂

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