Sunday, July 15, 2012

The skirt comes together - Simplicity 1910

The whole skirt is almost done.  I'm finishing up the slip/petticoat that gives the skirt its poofiness. Here's some pictures of the overskirt/main skirt and being modeled by Mary.  I haven't hemmed the main skirt yet and that's actually going to be the last thing I do, just in case it needs to be a different length than called for.  These pics are without the slip/petticoat so you can't see just how poofy the skirt is.

 This is the skirt front.  You can see how the pleating in the skirt helps give the skirt the fullness and a little decorative touch.  The bodice still needs to be added to the skirt.  -->

<-- This is the back.  There's also pleating back here to give it that some poof.  You can also see how long the main skirt is.  The overskirt will be pulled up and draped with chains so I'm not so worried about the length of it.  The main skirt, when hemmed, will hit right above my friend's knee. 
There's a lot of layers basted together with the skirt: tulle netting attached to main skirt; main skirt; overskirt; and the pleats.  I still need to baste the slip/petticoat to the skirt for a total of five layers.  I'm counting the pleats since they add bulk to the skirt.  That's a lot to attach to the bodice.  I worry about the skirt pulling the bodice down too much because of bulk and weight.  I guess I'll find out when I sew it together.

In fact, the skirt portion of this dress relied on a lot of prep/basting.  The actually sewing of the pieces together was easy.  Don't skip steps!  If you're using slippery fabrics that basting is a life-saver.

The only step I do say to skip is the step where you hem the main skirt.  I say save that for last.  You want the dress to hit you correctly, regardless if you are making the short or long version.  My friend is tall so I don't want the dress to be too long or too short on her but find the right balance.  Contrariwise, I'm short, so if I was making the long version for myself, it'll end up dragging on the ground.  (And then I'll end up stepping on it, which reminds me of my junior prom and how I ripped the hem of my dress because it was too long on me, even in high heels.)

Hopefully I'll be returning to my coat in the next post!  But there's a lot coming up!  Dragon*Con is so close I can smell it in the air!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

About the Ravellenic Games 2012

Since 2008,, a social network site for knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers, has hosted a challenge in during the Olympic Games.  The challenge is to start and complete a knitted/crocheted/weaved/spun object without the time-frame of the Games: 17 days.  One can also work on some WIPs and get them completed in the same time-frame.

It was previously called Ravelympics, but the name change is due to some legal issues.

Moving along, I'm excited by this year's challenge.  I've competed in both the 2008 challenge and the 2010 challenge.  In 2008, I actually completed the challenge, not so much for 2010.  This time around, I have a lot lined up and am looking forward to making some great knit-wear!  I'm hoping to finish a baby sweater for the niece; some washcloths for gifts, and hopefully, my dad's socks.  This year, I'm on Team TARDIS, so my little picture over there on the side is a mash-up of My Little Pony and Doctor Who.  Why?....Why not?  Those two just bring a smile to my face and make me happy.  ;-)

What's the matter with tulle?

Sorry it's been so long between posts.  It's been a little crazy over here.  So the skirt for Simplicity 1910 is nearing completion.  There's been some hiccups, most notably the cutting of the tulle.  Either I don't know how to read pattern instructions or these instructions are changing on a whim.  We (my friend and I) originally bought what we believed to be "enough" tulle according to the pattern envelope.  We get back to my sewing room, which is beginning to look like Jo-Ann's barfed up in it, and began cutting.  Turns out we were a little short and needed to go back and get some more tulle to cut.  So on a different day, we go back, get more tulle, and cut out the last piece for the skirt.  Then somewhere along the line, I decided to purchase more tulle, just in case.

Sewing ensues.  Cursing ensues.  Ripping ensues.  Then more sewing, more cursing, more ripping and a large glass of wine.  I wasn't expecting this nightmare!  I thought this would be an easy sew up.  But combining the too slippery fabrics: nylon tulle netting and polyester satin, proved to be my undoing.

The pattern calls for basting the tulle to the skirt pieces and then sewing the skirt up.  Fine, makes sense to me.  Now why doesn't that make sense to my machine?  Apparently my sewing machine's basting stitch has no tension at all.  So everything I basted, fell apart the moment I took it away from the machine.  Once I figured that out, and added some tension into the machine basting, it was easier basting.  Now getting the tulle pinned to the main fabric?  That was obnoxious.  The tulle kept slipping and shifting.  Once I got past those little obstacles, the skirt went together quickly.  Of course this involved more cursing and wine.

The overskirt is going together easily!  This is the first time I'm doing french seams, and it is a lot easier than I realized.  I'm not fighting with the sheer fabric as much as I did with the tulle.  The hemming was a little wonky, but it's done and the overskirt was basted to the main skirt.  

<- Overskirt in gold sheer, skirt in gold satin and tulle netting in gold.

Overskirt and main skirt, pre-hemming. ->

More Simplicity 1910 skirt next time!