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red and white A-line skirt

Added May 17, 2010

by keren

Tel Aviv, Israel






I drafted the pattern for this A-line skirt from scratch – my very first time!!! It came out rather well I think! I definitely recommend this book if you know how to sew but want to learn how to begin to draft your own patterns:

Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified by Cal Patch

More info in my blog :-)

I’d love to hear your comments!

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    May 20, 2010, 09.48 PMby Passiona Cottee

    Congratulations on your first drafting! And look at how beautifully it fits. It is difficult to buy a skirt that fits both the hip and the waist perfectly. As yours does both, I am sure you will get many compliments on the skirt and your figure! Thanks for the book recommendation, too.

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      May 21, 2010, 05.19 AMby keren

      Thanks for your comment! It is very kind of you. Indeed people have been complimenting me on the skirt! It feels great to actually make it from scratch, knowing that this is the best way to really get it to fit! The fabric is somewhat stiff and hides any undergarment lines so it is also a good match. I am indeed pleased with it even though it is a very simple garment :-)

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    May 17, 2010, 11.28 PMby domestic-divaonline

    I first started making patterns years ago with the Lutterloh system. Enjoyed it very much but then eventually abandoned it and started making my own. I have to say the book intrigues me because there’s always more we can learn, isn’t there! I like how your toes match your skirt. : )

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      May 21, 2010, 05.20 AMby keren

      Thanks! The book is quite for beginners, so I don’t know if you will benefit from it since you are very experienced. Do you have any recommendations about pattern drafting? Books or tips or websites?

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      May 22, 2010, 08.43 PMby domestic-divaonline

      My efforts have become so intuitive, I don’t have a many sources to recommend. In the past I’ve used the Magic-Fit pants pattern. It gives you a master pattern that you can then redesign to create different styles. I’m sure they must be online somewhere. I haven’t bought a pattern in a long time but do have some basic ones that are a good foundation for almost any thing I want to create. I make copies of them then restyle the pieces to change their look. In general, the patterns I make are a spin-off of something else, maybe something I already own. I’ll trace it using gift wrap tissue and make a pattern. When I shop for clothes, my focus is on style and fit not color or fabric. If I fall in love with something that fits me perfectly, I’ll buy it, no mater how expensive. I take it home, trace it, then return it for a refund. It allows me to have very contemporary clothing without breaking the bank. The only pattern making tool I could not live without is the French Curve.

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    May 17, 2010, 02.32 PMby mlssfshn

    A-lines are so easy to draft and so fun to wear. When I teach children sewing it’s one of the projects we do with an elastic waist. The Fabric makes it good job!

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      May 21, 2010, 05.21 AMby keren

      Thank you! It must be very rewarding to teach children to sew. At what age? I guess they need to be old enough to be allowed to use a sewing machine…

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      May 21, 2010, 10.13 AMby mlssfshn

      The youngest I taught was 7 but usually will not go lower than 9.

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    May 17, 2010, 01.53 PMby Adrienne Hendrix

    Great job!!!! I need to look into getting this book since I love to make up my own patterns, I find following ready made patterns very confusing at times. Keep up the great work!

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      May 21, 2010, 05.25 AMby keren

      Thanks! This book has simplified things for me and makes it easier for me to understand the ready-made patterns. Also it makes me see that I don’t necessarily need the ready-made patterns sometimes, and understand why they sometimes just do not fit right, no matter what I do… I also have a few other books to help me with fitting issues, if you’d like you can check them out on my blog :-)

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    May 17, 2010, 08.32 AMby seasidelaundry

    I agree this book is worth every cent (or shekel!) Really seems to work & you are enjoying the process-super, professional fit, cute print. Drafting is intimidating to so many. Again, you share for the good of all-thanks!

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      May 21, 2010, 05.26 AMby keren

      Thank you! You are very kind :-) I do enjoy sharing and helping if I can!

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