Sunday, December 27, 2009

I Used "That" Fabric!

"That" fabric.
Lovely, soft, colorful fabric.
Bought so long ago.

Loved fabric.

Taken from the closet.
Stacked again.

Cut. Committed.

Courage rewarded. Lovely fabric.
Life with bright clean future.

And now for details. My fabric was bought from Fabric Mart quite a while ago. It is a wool challis, very finely woven. Several bloggers bought this fabric, I remember. Among them, Mardel and Carolyn. I believe both of them felted their fabric to make the hand thicker. I kind of liked the fabric 'as is', but waited...and waited...and waited...for inspiration to strike.

Quite a while ago, another sewing friend, Patti, suggested I could make good use of this fabric by making it into Vogue 2933.

I agreed that this fabric was perfect for this design, and played around for a while so as to use the border design to good effect. I finally decided to place the border at the bottom of the main skirt piece (expected), and then, down the sides. During normal wearing, you won't see the side border too much, but I think it will look good when I move around and a glimpse of the border on the side will be seen.

Since this fabric was so finely woven, and the skirt takes a LOT of fabric, which would be heavy, hanging from the seams, I stabilized with two different stabilizers, both sew-in. Above, you can see what I did on the side seams. I used a rayon seam tape - it's very thin but very strong. Strength is needed when holding up those "wings" that are attached to this skirt on both sides. I sewed this in on both sides of the seam. I extended the tape on both sides up into the waistband seam, so that the weight could hang from the waistband.

One thing I also did, which lends a neat clean look, is that I did NOT sew a continuous seam at the "U" (again, look above). I broke the stitching in three places. At the side seam, and at each side of the "U". Or is it a "V".

Anyway, this lets the seam float a bit. Kind of like in carpentry, you don't want to nail the flooring tight to the subfloor. You want it to float on top so that expansion and contraction - normal moving of the materials - does not impede the finished project. Or, while we're on the building analogies, kind of like when you build a steel and glass skyscraper. The building floats on the foundation, so that the building can sway a bit in normal wind. Kind of like tree branches that sway in the wind. They sway so they do not break, right? On my dad's side of my family, they build things for a living - in fact that' s what my dad and mom did when I was growing up. They built houses and specialized in high end custom work. From hanging around their business (they worked a LOT), I learned a bit about building things. I also got experience mixing mortar, painting, installing insulation, rough carpentry (VERY rough), and so on, by working around my parents' business. So to summarize, from being around my parents' business as a kid, I know enough so that I can identify most wood on sight, and can be a real pain in the ass to builder/contractor -types.

Below is a photo of the waistline seam, where it joins to the waistband. I sewed a strip of silk organza in that seam.
The skirt will be fun to wear with a turtleneck sweater and black boots. And the color is such that I will be able to wear it well into spring, with a lighter top and maybe black sandals.


Vicki W said...

What a pretty skirt and it looks like ti will be fun to wear!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Barbara - I love how you used that fabric and in its original form! How kewl!!! And you are right it will work great now with some tights and boots and is light enough for early spring...GREAT skirt!

Little Hunting Creek said...

that's so pretty! What a great fabric for that skirt.

Remnant said...

Beautifully done! I love the detailed instructions on your construction technique. I hope you enjoy wearing it often.

Nancy (nanflan) said...

Nice skirt! I remember that challis and it's perfect for your skirt.

Lisette M said...

I love how you used that fabric. I recently pulled mine out for inspiration to strike, like you I like it in its original form.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Congratulations on using your too good to use fabric!

Nancy K said...

Mine is still sitting in the closet. Your skirt is a terrific use for this fabric.

gwensews said...

Beautiful skirt. Thank you for posting your construction techniques.

Audrey said...

Great use of this fabric. I really like the way you incorporated the borders with the style lines of this pattern. I still have some of this fabric aging in my stash.

Mardel said...

Barbara, I remember thinking that the skirt suggestion was such a lovely idea. Seeing the final result is just fabulous. It looks like such a great skirt that you will get a lot of use out of. My felted version is still in the closet, but I think I should make it up soon.

Sharon said...

What a great use for that fabric! I remember eyeballing that fabric many times and passing it by because I just couldn't figure out what to do with it. I had even sewn that skirt before and *still* wouldn't have thought to use it.

Great job - the skirts fabulous.