Wednesday, April 25, 2012

the Canvas

Over the weekend I cut into my Saffron Pastry Voile by Anna Maria Horner to make this skirt...

Pastry Line voile & Flea Market Fancy yoke

I hadn't planned on using anything in particular for the waistband, but it had to be cut on bias, so something other than the pastry voile was in order.  I'm totally smitten with how nicely this grey bouquet print from Flea Market Fancy plays with the saffron.  It gives it all a sort of country maiden flair?  Which is perfect, since I'm the kind of girl who loves to take a turn round the May pole.

yoke from Proper Attire Skirt by AMH

Anyhoo, the yoke is taken from Anna Maria Horner's Proper Attire Skirt pattern, which I also used for invisible zipper insertion/finishing instructions on this lined skirt.   I dig how the yoke is wide in the front and curves to narrow in the back. Rather than following the skirt body instructions from Anna's pattern, I made a simple gathered skirt, following the lead of the favorite finished skirt in my closet.  It has gathers just at the front and back, not at the sides, which flatters my hips.

preparing the Canvas


I'm making this skirt as a canvas of sorts for a Handstitched class project.  For those of you who plan to take the class, you might choose to embellish a skirt the week we study Applique (or opt for another Applique project instead).  Actually, you could do a skirt or dress.  The class won't include instructions for making the garment - just embellishing it by hand.  I figured you might have a "too plain" item languishing in your wardrobe that could use some love or you could buy or make something that suits your figure.  The embellishment will be along the bottom of the skirt/dress and it won't be all that subtle, while also not being very "dressy".  So it's a casual, pretty look.  There are tons of great online tutorials for skirts, like this one and this one, but I also recommend Anna's pattern.  Whatever fits your style!  You'll see the finished skirt before class starts so that might help you source the perfect canvas.

Now I need to hem this one and I'm thinking a rolled hem might be the way to go because I don't have enough fabric left to do a wide hem.  But I wonder if a rolled voile hem is super tricky?  I'd better practice on some scrap fabric first! Or maybe a hand-pressed 1/4" wide or 1/2" wide hem would be better.  This is my first time garment-making with voile, and I know that many of you are so wise and experienced!  What do you think would look best?

P.S.  After selling out almost as soon as it released, Flea Market Fancy is back in stock at Fat Quarter ShopSew Modern, Pink Chalk, Pink Castle and Moona. If you've been eying it, get it while you can!

20 comments:

  1. Oh, this is so PRETTTYY!! I love it!!

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  2. The waistband and body of the skirt really go together in a lovely way! The fabrics look so sweet matched up! :)

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  3. OMG I love this! It's gorgeous!! As if FMF and Pastry Voile couldn't get any better!

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  4. I love the links you are sending me to for fun skirts and pillowcase dresses. Thank you so much!

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  5. Thanks Rachel! Are there any tutorials out there that you know of for a simple sundress or tank/shift dress? I'm just more partial to dresses. Thanks!

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    1. I wish I had a list, but I think that since dresses are so much more tricky to fit than skirts that there aren't many online tutorials. This is one I have considered making: http://talk2thetrees.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-make-easy-high-waisted-dress-for.html

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  6. Lovely! I find that with light fabric I like to make a wider hem than the turned hem, just to give it a bit of extra weight (I think that it looks better that way). Have you had a go with shirred dresses yet? I've fallen in love with shirring, am practically shirring everything at the moment...

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    1. I wonder if it would look completely stupid to sew on a narrow strip of the flea market fancy fabric, turn it under (twice, obviously) and top stitch, and hem it that way? so that the flea market one is all turned on the wrong side and would only show, dunno, when you sit down for example?

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    2. Hmm.... I really like that idea! The only problem is I think it would work better with a heavier weight fabric? The voile is pretty shear. But, I do think it's a cool idea!

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  7. your skirt turned out lovely, and I'm getting all pumped up about the Handstitched class! Can't wait...
    Jen (piggybaby)

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  8. Love your fabric combination - very pretty.

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  9. hemming it with bias is the way to go. that is the way anna has you finish the painted portrait blouse/dress and it's a clean look. you could use either the voile or the quilting cotton. quilting cotton would definitely be easier to work with. good luck!

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  10. Love the fabric combination and you are making me really want to take your class with all this lovely every day.

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  11. fashion show, fashion show, fashion show! ;) very pretty. the colors marry so well together!

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  12. Hey o!! I love this skirt. The FMF is so right with the voile, I agree. Gorgeous, Rachel!

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  13. Hi, Do you have a finished product photo of this dress. I would love to see how you hemmed and appliqued it.

    Thanks

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    1. Yes, there are finished photos on a May post announcing registration for Handstitched Class. But, I'll also be posting about it again with more details in July.

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  14. Wow Rachel, you have made such a beautiful and colourful skirt...It really looks so pretty...Just want to see more and more skirts in different colours from your side...!!

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