Friday, May 2, 2014

Flirting the Issue Sew-Along {materials}

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image by Anna Maria Horner
Let's do it!  Are you ready to sew yourself (or someone sweet) a skirt?  Quilters fear not.  Skirts are eaaaaaasy!  Way easier than a quilt.  We're going to sew-along together using Anna Maria Horner's free Flirting the Issue skirt pattern.  This skirt has an elasticized waist, so it's easy to fit and zipper-free.  You can make it for any size, from girls to grown-ups.  We'll sew it up the week of Mother's Day, in case you should find yourself in need of a personal treat...

::Materials::  Today!
::Cutting:: May 12th
::First Steps::  May 13th
::Elastic/Hemming:: May 14th
::Link Party:: May 16th

Hope you'll join us!




Materials

Anna Maria and many others have made this pattern in cotton voile.  Voile is a lightweight cotton with silky feel and lovely drape.  I do love my voile skirt.  It's so airy!  Voile can be hard to find, but Pink Chalk Fabrics has a nice selection with many on sale at $9.95 a yard.  That's a great price for voile!  The cotton lawn fabrics in this section would have a similar weight and drape.

Of course there are a lot more options available to us in quilting cotton. I hope to make one version in voile and one in quilting cotton to compare.  Based on remarks by those who have made this pattern, voile is preferred.  Quilting cotton would be less flowy and somewhat more poofy.  The gathering at the waist will be slightly more bulky.  But, I do love my quilting cotton skirts too, so I'm not afraid to try it in quilting cotton.  If quilting cotton makes you more comfortable for your first foray into garment sewing, go with quilting cotton!

The Flirting the Issue pattern requires a lining for skirt construction.  Voile makes a lovely lining.  Pink Chalk has a selection of some voile solids.  Anna Maria's shop also has some Flirting the Issue skirt kits which include voile outer and voile lining.  Lightweight muslin is another option for lining.  I've used it to line both voile and quilting cotton skirts.  I like the soft feel of muslin against my skin. 

How much fabric?  Well, that depends mainly on how long your skirt will be.  1 yard of fabric would make a short skirt up to 17" long, suitable for a girl or a petite woman.  Buy 1 1/4 yard for a medium-length skirt and 1 1/2 yard for a skirt up to 26" long.   You'll need to buy equal amounts of your main fabric and your lining fabric.

my Shopping List
  • 1 1/4 yard main fabric
  • 1 1/4 yard lining fabric
  • about 4 yards of 1/4" elastic (you need 4 times your waist measurement)
Happy shopping, ladies!  We'll get started sewing on Monday, May 12th!

22 comments:

  1. Hmm..you are tempting me, I haven't made a skirt in ages....

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    1. Be tempted! It's just the right time of year to go to the trouble =)

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  2. Fun, fun, fun!
    I have looked at this free pattern many times, but haven't made it (yet!).
    I'll definitely join in!

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  3. This is going to be so fun, thank you!

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  4. How fun! I am hoping to sew along with you, though I may get a late start. I am excited to see what people make!

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  5. I am excited to make a skirt, just in time for summer!

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  6. First timer for making any clothes but totally excited! Count me in!! Will try my hand at it and make one for my daughter....and maybe me too! Now to pick fabric.....(our favorite part)!

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  7. I'm so in! I've been dying to make some skirts but haven't found the perfect pattern! Whatdya know today was my lucky day!

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  8. I love summer skirts, so much cooler! Ordered a voile; thought I'd look for a lightweight gingham as a liner, more fun it it's seen.

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  9. I've been waiting for this to start, yay!

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  10. I've ordered two lots of fabric too, very excited to make my first skirt. Clothing scares me.

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  11. So fun! I just said to my husband yesterday that I needed to start making my own skirts since I can't find anything in the stores that I like enough to spend money on. This will be fun! One question... do you think a cotton knit would be okay to use? I'm looking for voile to make one with but I have a gorgeous knit I'd love to make into a skirt.

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    1. If you're comfortable sewing with knits, then I don't think it would technically be a problem to use knit instead of a woven. However, it will definitely change the drape. Do you have any skirts that are knit? If so, think about how they drape as opposed to woven cottons. I think it will hang more straight down? Also, this skirt has a lot of small gathers for the elasticized waistband. You'll want a thin knit that won't get too bulky to gather up.

      Others with experience sewing knits are welcome to chime in!

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    2. I have zero experience with knits, but lots of T's I'd like shorter. I have a double needle for them, but looking forward to advice for Steph that might help me also. Thanks

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  12. I like pockets, in everything. Usually pockets would be added as you go, but I'm wondering if adding them after the elastic waist might be better (never know how those hips change the drape). Anybody thinking about pockets? Any thoughts? Thanks

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    1. You could add slash pockets in the side seam of the skirt, I think? Sorry, I don't have more experience with those!

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    2. I think it best to add after elastic, when you know where the drape would put them. Thanks.

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  13. I just listened to your podcast with Pat Sloan and heard about this sew along. Sounds like fun! Can't wait to get started. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  14. I was looking at the instructions on Anna Maria's blog. Shouldn't the measurement used be the hip measurement versus waist measurement? Also it says nothing about adding material for the seam allowance. I'm picturing a bunch of beginner sewers with skirts that don't fit!

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    1. Well, the good news is that the skirts will fit! There is only one adjustment which has to be made for seam allowance (length of skirt) which she mentions. It is such a simple pattern, I can see that it almost seems to easy! Since the only fitted place is the waist, it's correct to base measurement on waist measurement, or basically wherever you want the waistband to hit.

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