Test of the skirt pieces

It looks like the skirt pieces are doing pretty much what I want them to do. I need to play around a bit with adjusting the gathers, but it seems to be working.

These are the top 2 layers of the skirt. They are pretty haphazardly placed just to see if they will work. There’s enough fabric for one more layer. I’m thinking I’ll do a layer of the black tulle that’s in the bodice, as well, so I can have 4 layers. I will probably attach the next 2 layers to a slip that will be worn underneath.

I have some mending and alterations work to do the next couple of days, but I’ll get back to this when that is done.



  1. Posted September 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    it looks just like you were going for. It looks great! Do all of your projects work out so seamlessly? Any tips to help others achieve such a great result?

    • Posted September 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much. That’s nice of you to say.

      It’s hard to answer your question. I have a suspicion that false modesty is called for here, but that’s not really my thing.

      Most of my projects turn out the way I picture them. There are 2 reasons for this. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I have had professional training. I took classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for years. I think that professional training is really important. Sewing classes for hobbyists are often taught by other hobbyists and are designed to make you feel good about yourself. That’s fun and all, but if you have access to a trade school, the level of training is completely different. I feel like FIT taught me how to think of a good idea, and also gave me the tools to implement the idea. It’s hard to get this kind of foundation on your own.

      Of course, I have probably just cursed my project and it won’t end up the way I want at all.

  2. Posted September 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Looks good, just what you were aiming for. However did you figure out the yardage?

    • Posted September 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! LOL I figured out the yardage by looking at how much fabric I had and coming up with a pattern that will use it. I bought the fabric as a remnant, so I have a fixed amount. The upside is, it’s great quality and did not cost that much money. If it turns out well, I can wear it knowing that the fabric is beautiful. If it turns out badly, I can chalk it up to experience and I’m not out that much money. I think the piece I started with was around 4 yds.

  3. Posted September 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I agree with what you say about professional training . I have gotten some through the Melbourne School of fashion with pattern making which really helped me . When I have done classes at Adult Education providers I have sometimes known more that the instructor which is great for my confidence but not TEACHING me what I want . I must start posting again . I have done so much but havent gotten organized to photograph it and talk about it . I really appreciate your efforts Claudine .What sort of machine do you use ? I have just found the pleasures of using an old straight sewing Sinfger . Wow how good is it with chiffon etc?

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