Readers, I make a lot of muslins.
|Meniere's des Muslins|
|Betty the Miata-O-Matic abhores clutter|
|Pay attention: The operative words are "Hefty" and "Jumbo"|
2 gallon size zipper bags to place cut projects in for the stitching queue
30 gallon size CLEAR tie-top trash bags
1 foldy-type bin I found amongst my garage shelves
1 existing flippy-top foot operated bin
1 existing old laundry carrier binnish-type thing
1 ruthless attitude
I was brutal in my decision making process and you must be, too, or The Beast is never tamed. Studio Savage is of limited square footage, so prudence is a virtue. Fill that bag, sit on it, tie it off and toss in the boot for drop-off on the next errand day. One bagfull not enough for you to warrant the gas usage? Pfft - get thee to thine clothes closet and give it thy stinkith eye. Shed no tears, show no mercy.
To Recycle Fabric Scraps: Line a too-small-to-use remnant flippy-top bin (with foot operated lid lifter pedal - now that's thinking) with a 30 gal. clear CinchSak. Every time you cut a piece too small to use, flip the lid and give it the heave-ho.
|Lift, Remove, Label, It's Outta Here|
Flooring from WalMart Sporting Goods section. Who knew?!
So, Dear Readers, it's time take back your work area and wack it into submission.
|Betty says: "Be the Dominatrix of your Dominion."|
I used Vogue 7805 (OOP) to get me started.
Vogue 7805 Misses/Petite Skirt and Pants. Semi-fitted, straight skirt or pants have mock fly, front patch pockets/carriers combo, skirt back vent. I made the skirt with some changes.
Pattern Sizing: 12, 14, 16 I made a 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. Except that Changes I Made part.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but do mark carefully and take your time during construction. The pocket/belt loop/top stitching does take patience for a presentable finished make.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It's pretty easy to make. It's an excellent pattern choice for stretch woven summer skirts.
Fabric Used: Mystery super super stretchy woven unearthed in the above-mentioned stash tidying. I had about 3/4 yrd., 54" wide. Pre-washed on cold and low dryer, exited the dryer fairly unwrinkled. Seam puckering is from the Love/Hate relationship of my Pfaff 2036. I used a super-fine Microtex needle for general construction which seemed to lessen the puckering somewhat. I used a Janome Coverstitch to hem it so the hem would have some give as well.
Lining is from an old pair of re-fashioned size 14 RTW wide legged trousers (see, I do save everything). It's very sheer and lightweight. It's not a stretch lining per-say, but was so spongey it had a lot of give to it.
Pockets lined with a remnant from this project.
Top stitching/buttonhole twist was used for both the CF topstitching and hem, including threaded through the Coverstitch without a hitch.
All seam finishes are in Apple Green thread, also unearthed during tidying, of which inexplicably I have FOUR spools of. Obviously, all seam finishes this winter will be in Apple Green.
|What? Oh, like you've never done it. . .|
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I placed the exterior patch pockets on the inside, omitted the back vent and fly front, belt carriers and most of the top stitching, mostly because I am lazy. I wish I had omitted the front darts. Next time. I used an invisible zip in the CB seam. I top stitched the CF seam and hem only. This pattern has a touch curvier hip in it than my IRL do, so I sliced off about 1/4" from the side seams from about my hip bone to top of my thigh. I've a more hourglass in me southern patokus region, rather than the Dita Von Teese side-hip va-va-voom, even though our total circumference may be the same. Due to the fabric's stretchiness, I made sure to remember to stabilize the waistline seam with 1/4" twill tape.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. I've used this skirt pattern several times. I think it's a good choice for any stretch woven fabric. It's slim, sits at the waist without being suffocating and still comfy due to it having some stretchy give. I haven't made the pants.
|My curves go front-to-back, not hourglass side-to-side like Dita's|
|I am Savage|
Conclusion: Tidying up and shoveling out all those scraps may have only reduced the fabric stash by a smidge but I can find my scissors now. However, muslin-making should be far less chaotic. There's even a little bin (the little folding fabric bin thingy mentioned above) for knit toile fabric - which are mostly old knit sheets, BTW. And there's even room in the garage to set the laundry basket down without having to put it on top of the car. I may not have the life of Dita, but I am certainly the Mistress of My Muslins.
A final note on too-small-to-use scraps: If ONE of you suggests quilting - Do. Not. Go. There.
|I don't quilt.|