Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Look 6843 as a knit!

New Look 6843 as a knit
Look at that side seam matching!  When I serge the elastic to the top (right now it's zigzagged on), I think it will get rid of that little white bits poking up at the top.


New Look 6843 as a knit
The inaugural wearing/test run was yesterday!

I used my TNT New Look 6843 A-line skirt pattern, but it's meant for a woven.  This fun and fantastic knit fabric is from "Stitched Fabric" at the Austin Fabric Co-op, purchased during PR weekend Austin 2014. It is cotton and feels fantastic.  I'm wearing it with a slip because it's very see-through.

I folded out the front pleats and half of the back pleats on the pattern piece, then cut out the skirt  I had only bought a yard of the fabric, so I had to position it carefully.  This was as long as the skirt could possibly be!
New Look 6843 as a knit
I used Pamela's Fantastic Elastic and applied it to the outside to make it look like a band, like I'm wearing a belt with it.  I will say that I made two muslins (yes, TWO muslins for this very simple knit version of my TNT woven skirt pattern, I was not taking any chances messing up this fabric!) before cutting the real fabric.

Muslin #1:
 For the first muslin, I cut my front and back pattern pieces including the darts, but I did not sew the darts.  I followed the directions that come with the elastic, which says to cut the elastic 2-3" smaller than your waist, then overlap a half inch. Ha ha ha ha ha, I cut it 2" smaller and it was just too tight.  I also had not removed the darts and did not sew the darts, so there was a lot of, you know, gathering, which was not the look I wanted.  I wanted a very smooth look on the front.

Muslin #2.   
On my next muslin I cut the elastic 1" smaller than my waist and it was still snug so on my last version I basically cut it the same size as my waist and that was MUCH better.  Pamela's Fantastic Elastic is pretty fab, by the way, it is very sturdy and actually you can cut down the width, which I considered doing but haven't.  I ordered more of it this morning as I would like to make another knit skirt very soon!

Also on muslin version #2 I folded out the front pleats and half of the back pleats before cutting, which gave a much smoother look.

When I applied the elastic for version 2, I divided it up into quarters and it was more "gathered" in some places than other, still not the "generally smooth" look I was going for.

The Real Deal
So when it came to the real deal, I cut the front out first, folding out the darts of the front pattern piece then cutting.  But when it was time to cut out the back, I realized I could not do the pattern matching unless I cut out two fronts (i.e. they had to be cut one on top of the other to match the pattern pieces).  So that is what I did!!

Then I fused interfacing onto the lower edge of the fabric, and used my rotary cutter to cut under the white scallops. That seemed much better than trying to officially hem it.  I figure the interfacing will keep it from curling, and who doesn't love a scalloped edge?

Then I used my walking foot (for the second time ever) to sew the side seams.  I must say I found the walking foot much nicer this time around and I enjoyed the clack-clack-clack sound it makes.

Then I serged the side seams.

Then I threaded the serger tails into the side seams.

Then I sewed the elastic to the top of the skirt.  Instead of dividing it into quarters, I divided it into eighths, so that the fabric was more evenly distributed and more smooth.  I zigzagged the edge, with the idea of if I hated it, I could easily remove it.

I am probably going to serge it on the top and call it a day.  :)  Does anyone have experience serging the elastic band to the top? Any tips? Is my serger going to hate it????



New Look 6843 as a knit
The Debbie Cook pose.

New Look 6843 as a knit

The back
New Look 6843 as a knit
The Carolyn pose (I should have borrowed the neighbor's dog).

It's a new summer so you know what that means....
New Look 6843 as a knit
Time for leaping!!!

Fresh look for summer
I redesigned my blog --do you like it?  Do you want to hear about how I did it?

Public Service Announcement
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This is what happens when you don't drain the water out of the pipe that leads to your outside spigot. It doesn't matter if you remembered to do it every fall for the first 8 years you live in your townhouse, if you forget choose not to do it because you have other things to do, the ninth year you will turn on the hose in the spring and half of the water will come out the hose and the other half will be released into your bathroom wall and seep out from underneath the wall onto the floor and nine bath towels later, it will be mopped up.  Nine bath towels are also handy for sopping up your tears as you clean up the water.

It is a highly effective way to be forced to clean your bathroom floor, but I don't recommend it.

You're welcome.

Be well!!

27 comments:

  1. Super cute! Black and white is a classic that you'll surely wear for years to come. Sorry about the pipe. :(

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  2. Your skirt is fabulous! Happy summer!

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  3. What an adorable skirt! The muslins were worth it!

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  4. A beautiful skirt! And I love the poses:) So sorry about your pipe.

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  5. That skirt is awesome. All that planning and prep paid off.

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  6. adorable skirt - all the testing was worth it! sorry about the mess, no fun there.

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  7. What a great skirt! the fabric is fantastic. if you don't want to serge off of the white bit, get a rub-a-dub/sharpie laundry pen and just color it black. :)

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  8. I am so pleased that your skirt is a success - it looks great in that print, because your pipe story is very sad indeed. Wishing you a quick plumbing fix and many more adorable skirts.

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  9. Your skirt looks great. I noticed you used your walking foot in sewing this skirt. I'm gaining a new respect for the walking foot. I always think of it for quilting, but it is invaluable for garment sewing also.

    And I love the new look of the blog!

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  10. Silly plumbing fixtures.

    CUTE!!! I love the way it turned out! The elastic band is perfect. I've not yet serged one like that into place but I've wanted to...so I'll be watching!

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  11. Looks great- love the waterfall wave effect it has, very flattering. I think youll be fine serging the elastic if you disengage the knife first to avoid cutting the elastic. Melissa at Fehr Trade has a good tutorial for elsstic waistbands though I'm not sure tge application is the same as yours.

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  12. So far, my serger has loved everything I've thrown at it. Grab a discarded elastic piece and scrap of the knit and see if you need to adjust anything.
    Maybe your Debbie Cook pose will push someone's busy button.

    Love how the skirt looks on you.

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  13. What a fun skirt! and like the new blog look. It was definitely worth the muslins for such a great skirt.

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  14. Great skirt and perfect matching. I really like all your poses!

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  15. Hahahaha!! (Wish I had something new to pose for!)

    Great skirt ... love that fabric!

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  16. Love love the new skirt. That fabric is TDF!!! Great new blog look too!

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  17. Sorry to hear about your water troubles. Love the skirt and the new blog look. I thought it was cute before, but it is fun to change things up now and then. I definitely would like to hear about how you redesigned it.

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  18. Love the new look of your blog. It looks great. Sorry to hear about your plumbing problems. The skirt looks great and you are wearing it well.

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  19. Absolutely fabulous skirt! Your choice of a simple skirt pattern/shape really lets the fabric be the main feature.

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  20. Beautiful skirt and love the wide elastic waistband.

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  21. What a crazy and wild fabric that is, and it turned out so well!

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  22. Your skirt looks amazing! It's a wardrobe basic and a special piece all at the same time.

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  23. All of your precision paid off. This skirt looks fantastic!

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  24. Love the skirt and the poses!

    Sorry to hear about the plumbing issue. Ouch! I winterize my sprinkler system, but I don't do the side faucet. Hmm...

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  25. That skirt is so cute!!! You've inspired me to start some summer sewing!

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  26. This skirt is AMAZING!!!! Great texture, dimension, shape -- total winner! And yes, I do like the new blog look. Very "Kyle" LOL

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